“Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen” at Serralves Museum

“Besides, History” is a three-party conversation that took place over the past year, involving Go Hasegawa, based in Tokyo, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen (OFFICE), based in Brussels, and the history of architecture.

 

Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA

Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen. Installation view, 2017 © CCA

 

This conversation was initiated by the CCA, an institution that was founded on the conviction that studying architecture’s ideas involves using the past and the present as tools to envision the future. (more…)

“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments” at Serralves Museum

There are few living artists of our time who have achieved the recognition and the renown of Anish Kapoor (b. Mumbai, 1954). His vast and profound sculptural work has been conceived for and on the scale of bodies, cities and the landscape, and the myriad contexts in which they are located, from the urban scale of metropolitan centres such as London, Naples, New York and Chicago, and the rolling hillsides of England and New Zealand.

 

"Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments" © Serralves

“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments” © Serralves

 

In recent years, Kapoor also has been invited to present his work in some of the world’s most beautiful formal gardens, including London’s Kensington Gardens and the Palace of Versailles. The gardens and museum of the Serralves Foundation offer a platform of a different history and spatial order in which to encounter the work of the artist. (more…)

“Public Without Rhetoric” Portuguese pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

Public Without Rhetoric is the project selected to represent Portugal at the 16th Biennale di Venezia. The curators Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah propose a tour of the “Public Building” of Portuguese origin through 12 works created at a time when Western Europe is confronted with its limits and possibilities and as architecture manifests its nonconformist nature in reinforcing its role in political and social intervention.

 

Arquipélago - Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos

Arquipélago – Center for Contemporary Arts, São Miguel (Azores) João Mendes Ribeiro and -é+ (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) Photo: José Campos

 

Portugal will be represented at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia with a project titled Public Without Rhetoric curated by Nuno Brandão Costa and Sérgio Mah. The project is the result of a public competition promoted by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, through the Directorate-General for the Arts and it has the support of Foundations and Institutional Partners. (more…)

“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at University of Porto

The Faculty of Architecture – University of Porto (FAUP), in partnership with the Directorate-General for the Arts (DGArtes), will welcome from 19 June to 17 September 2018 the exhibition “Neighbourhood: Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at FAUP Exhibition Gallery, curated by Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli, which represented Portugal at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

 

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Alvaro Siza

Neighbourhood: where Alvaro meets Aldo © Alvaro Siza

 

FAUP will host the third version of an exhibition initially designed for a site-specific format on the island of Giudecca, in Venice; afterwards, it was displayed at CCB’s Garagem Sul, in Lisbon, and now emerges as a moment of assessment after three years of work around this project. In Porto, the contents presented will highlight the research process that resulted in the exhibition and its relevance – the trips with Álvaro Siza, the cities and the neighbourhoods’ residents.

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“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene” at MAAT

During this Spring, MAAT explores the theme of climate change in its second international “manifesto- exhibition” Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene. In the museum’s first collaboration with several European museums, this multi-venue exhibition invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation.

 

"Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene", MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene”, MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

 

In MAAT’s first collaboration with several European museums, the Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene project is centred on current practices that propose critical and creative visions vis-à-vis the environmental transformations that are disturbing our planet. (more…)

“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” at Centro Cultural de Belém

Intended as a demonstration, the exhibition starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover this heritage at various scales. The exhibition redesigns, categorizes and compares the urban axes, distinguishes the public spaces, organizes the city blocks and buildings according to their current geometry.

 

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

 

The exhibition, curated by LAN – Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano- and FBC -Franck Boutté- starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover the city’s heritage at various scales.

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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Restoration Category Prize: the leading art museum and exhibition center in the Azores housed in a late-19th century former alcohol factory, located in the town of Ribeira Grande.

 

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

 

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can one re-inscribe the value of a factory and prolong its physical morphology? By finding a space between the new volumes to which character is given and a new design is defined for this place. By adjusting the scaling and gently touching the preexistence, and not surpassing its limits. By expressing the will to lay bare the weight of the volcanic materialization of this place, with new bodies built with apparent, smooth and dark concrete. By prolonging the mineral positioning and showing a differential tactile datum. By investing and allowing the materiality to respond in a contrary way to its exterior, smooth and docile, seeking to accommodate a program for the unpredictability of the arts. The BigMat International Architecture Award, through these three winning projects, shows by way of example the different fields of work of Portuguese architects with a persistent and rigorous posture of “building on the built-up”. (more…)

Meeting Centre in Grândola by Aires Mateus

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus designed a white sculpted building that serves as a Meeting Centre in Grândola, Portugal. A new Meeting Center rises in a small city of Portugal, in Grândola. The design of Aires Mateus is based on a simple white volume of concrete in which certain incisions have been sculpted and compose the doors and windows of the building.

Project data

Architects Aires Mateus
Location 7570 Grândola, Portugal
Authors Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
Area 670.0 m2
Project Year 2016
Photographs Nelson Garrido
Client Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Grândola
Coordination Jorge P Silva
Collaborators Marco Campolongo, Matteo Foresti, Előd Golicza
Specialism Axial / Três Cês Construction Manuel Mateus Frazão

The interior is a free square floor space and it is configurable by movable elements, which allows the realization of meetings of great amount of people, but also those with smaller scale. The structure of the ceiling, like the facades, also appears sculpted, but this time in its interior, dividing itself in different skylights with funnel forms. In this way, the roof reveals and configures the different parts in which the interior can be divided.

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed minimalist architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade. Although undoubtedly modern in design, Aires Mateus’ structure respects the surrounding buildings in mass and height. The design therefore opens a dialogue between the new and old buildings on the street, rather than overshadowing them.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Prisms, reminiscent of children’s blocks, are cut into the white façade, serving as indents for the door and window placements. At night these prisms glow brilliantly, creating a collection of illuminated shapes on the façade like a terrestrial broadcast to the sky. The building’s attention to geometry is heightened throughout the interior: the ceiling is covered in an expansive stretch of varying angular forms. Other than the ceiling, the interior program is quite simple: large meeting rooms allow the user to define the space based on their needs.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido


 

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“Shadow Soundings” Bill Fontana at MAAT Oval Gallery

Bill Fontana’s latest project turns the architecture of a suspended bridge into a sound and video installation. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality.

 

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

 

Shadow Soundings, the new international commission for MAAT’s Oval Gallery, is an immersive sound and video installation by American artist Bill Fontana, which was created from the sounds and vibrations of the 25th of April Bridge and the Tagus River. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality. (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…)