Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura

The project, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Portugal, comprises the construction of the International Contemporary Sculpture Museum (MIEC) and rehabilitation of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa (MMAP), that the Municipality of Santo Tirso intends to open in this site.

 

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum is a piece that blends seamlessly with the surrounding architecture while creating a break between the two buildings and deftly adding the intended functionality.”

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can we relate different buildings with similar programs? By underlining the gulf between them, by building in the form of a distinct touch and position through construction of a new body that physically connects the two buildings. By joining all times, exposing their subtleties. By replacing a small window, a tiny detail, a memory. By re-inscribing the truth in the historical adjustment and reinterpreting the past to build another time. When discovering the dialog between two architects that put in place two buildings communicating in time and in history, one perceives the sequencing in their decisions, even the most silent ones.” (more…)