Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

 

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

 

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

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…)

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.

 

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

 

The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)

“Arch and Art” Pavilions at XXI Triennale Milano

‘Arch and Art’ is a cultural project of Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza organised, coordinated by Domus and produced in collaboration with the Milan Triennale. Five architects and five artists have been united in pairs and invited to design five architectural pavilions.

 

Arch and Arts pavilions © Giovanni Nardi e Andrea Martiradonna

Arch and Arts pavilions © Giovanni Nardi e Andrea Martiradonna

 

Text by Domus. Arch and Art aims to document the transversal link that unites a work of architecture and a work of art, and vice versa. Architecture and art have always both contributed to shaping and creating the places and spaces in which humans go about their lives. In our recent past, however, these two disciplines have been separated by an increasing distance. Swaying between autonomy and infringements of their domains, they have in fact abandoned working side by side, ceasing to offer us those magnificent masterpieces that we were used to seeing them produce in the past. These considerations have fuelled the desire to do something tangible today that can reunite art and architecture after their long estrangement.

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Old cork factory reborn to host new local facilities in Portalegre, Portugal

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the factory. The grounds in the heart of Portalegre are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities, designed by Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with Souto de Moura.

 

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

Car-park in Portalegre, by Correia/Ragazzi © Luis Ferreira Alves

 

The grounds of an old cork factory in the heart of a town to the south of Portugal are being transformed into a multi-purpose area dedicated to arts, education and local facilities. Located in Portalegre, a small town in a natural environment, the general rehabilitation plan for the 60,000 sq meters has been designed by portuguese architects Correia/Ragazzi in collaboration with the team in the office of Souto de Moura.

Among the installations built so far stands a new car-park, situated in a former industrial building from the cork factory, serving local necessities as well as the necessary parking space for the also new School of Tourism and Hotel Management located nearby.

 

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“Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015” at Hombroich Foundation Missile Base

With models, plans, sketches and photographs, the exhibition is located at the Siza Pavilion and shows selected projects built by the Portuguese architect between 1980 and 2015.

 

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

Estádio Municipal de Braga sketch © Eduardo Souto de Moura

 

The BDA’s (Assotiation of German Architects) traditional annual architecture tour led them in 2013 from Dusseldorf  to Porto; from the encounter with local architect colleagues and the truly impressive visit to the office of Eduardo Souto de Moura, they had the idea to develop an exhibition on the Pritzker Prize winner (2011). Together with Insel Hombroich Museum, both institutions are now opening an interesting exhibition, presenting a selection of projects since 1980 until today. The exhibition was designed in close collaboration with de Moura himself to best express the architectural process from development to realization.

 

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