“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” retrospective at Garagem Sul

Despite being anthological in nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of way of looking, something that has been present since the start of his career. Here it is illustrated using the city of Lisbon, with which he has worked for over 30 years.

 

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994  © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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The CCA Montreal presents “The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76”

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city. The exhibition is organized by the Fundação de Serralves – Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.

 

"The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76" © Álvaro Siza

“The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76” © Álvaro Siza

 

Born out of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, SAAL―the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Local Ambulatory Support Service)―was a pioneering architectural and political experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and poor living conditions in Portuguese cities. With the support of the new temporary socialist government, SAAL established technical teams, known as brigades, that were led by architects in collaboration with local communities and aimed to develop housing solutions with the direct input of residents. The brigades reinvented the practice of architecture from start to finish, not only designing buildings but also surveying living conditions, supporting resident committees, and monitoring land use, resulting in projects designed with the residents and not just for them. In only twenty-six months, until October 1976, SAAL produced some 170 projects involving more than forty thousand families. (more…)

House in Fontinha by Manuel Aires Mateus

Positioned at the peak of a hill, the two-storey house was conceived as a lookout point offering views out across the Fontinha Estate, but was also planned to offer the same seclusion as a typical courtyard residence.

 

House in Fontinha © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House in Fontinha © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

 

Manuel Aires Mateus, ’15 BigMat Award member of the jury and one of the two founders of Aires Mateus Arquitectosteamed up with Ana Cravino and Inês Cordovil of fellow Lisbon office SIA Arquitectura to design House in Fontinha for a site outside the rural town of Melides.

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Architecture, design and photography join this summer in Lisbon’s MUDE

This summer, Lisbon’s MUDE is focusing on the relationship between architects and design, with two shows: Eminent Architects and Designer Architects. The installations comprise a broad display of designer objects of the Francisco Capelo Collection and a selection of black and white portraits by Ingrid von Kruse.

 

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects  © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

 

This summer, the MUDE -the Fashion and Design Museum of Lisbon– focuses on architecture with the inauguration of two simultaneous shows drawing on the relationship between architects and design.

Comprised by objects of the museums main collection, the Coleção Francisco Capelo, the exhibition Designer Architects located on the first floor of the museum displays a series of celebrated designer objects, ranging from chairs to lamps, signed by famous architects like Alvar Aalto, Andrea Branzi, Charles Eames, Michael Graves, Vittorio Gregotti, Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Carlo Scarpa, Eero Saarinen or  Ettore Sottsass, among many others.

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“Landscape as architecture” exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém

This exhibition is twofold in nature. It is about two architects – João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David – and two disciplines, and deals with two quite distinct geographies: the island of Madeira and the city of Lisbon.

 

"Landscape as architecture" © CCB / Diogo Nunes

“Landscape as architecture” © CCB / Diogo Nunes

 

But this exhibition is not about the history of the relationship between the two architects. It starts with their collaborations together, but then it moves from this central core to look at other individual projects, other geographies and other times. It is not an exhibition about a common history, but the illustration of a path that begins with a common core of works and then goes off in other directions. From a more ambitious and comprehensive standpoint, Landscape as Architecture is, above all, designed to provoke reflection about the complex relationship between landscape and architecture. (more…)

“Serralves Villa: The client as architect” exhibition at Serralves Library

Who is the author of the Serralves Villa? Unlike other art forms, architecture is a result of collective processes and shared decisions. In the case of Serralves the following is true: Marques da Silva coordinated the project and took responsibility for the completed work.

 

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

 

Charles Siclis may have sketched the image of the façades, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann may have suggested the scale and the nature of the main rooms in the house, Alfred Porteneuve may have detailed the design, Jacques Gréber may have defined the form of the gardens, but the decisive character that brought everything together was Carlos Alberto Cabral, the client of Marques da Silva. Cabral had the vision, the taste, the desire and the necessary resources to conceive his house. The archive documents in this exhibition illustrate the adventure of realizing this dream, under Cabral’s command and the patient and efficient coordination of architect Marques da Silva. (more…)

House at Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas: 18th-century townhouse renovation by Manuel Aires Mateus

Manuel Aires Mateus – one of the two founders of Aires Mateus Arquitectos and ’15 BigMat Award member of the jury – designed the renovation of the lower level of an ageing hillside residence located between Lisbon’s medieval castle and the Romanesque-style city cathedral.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 

A succession of everyday spaces occupied the lower floor of an 18th century building on castle hillside. The estate existed illustrating a period and an identity that were clouded due to extended neglect. The plan for the house elected spatial values, designed geometric affinities, precision in relation to exterior windows. The garden made it possible to enhance the depth of the view over the Baixa rooftops and the river. An existing addition was rebuilt to house more private functions. The secular spaces were opened up to incorporate more significant uses. The unexpected discovery of a cistern crosses the depth horizontally and connects with the sky, the most protected space of the house.

 

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Between the nothing and the infinite: VERTIGO pavilion by João Quintela and Tim Simon

Read a critical review from the spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza of their new pavilion VERTIGO, following the success of their previous KAIROS Pavilion at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

 

Vertigo Pavilion © Diana Quintela

Vertigo Pavilion © Diana Quintela

 

“At the end the reality coincides with the absolute abstraction and so it closes the circle between the nothing and the infinite”

– John Wheeler –

 

Once again a project built by João Quintela and Tim Simon. Two young architects, a Portuguese and a German who, during this long time of crisis, have decided that instead of uselessly complaining, to “take the bull by the horns”. They design and build wonderful pieces of architecture that are able to be self-constructed and still not lose their great spatial qualities. Instead of just waiting for a commission, they create it. Admirable the process and admirable the result.

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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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Villa Além: Valerio Olgiati’s own house in Portugal

Almost of the Brutalist vein in terms of layout, the single-floor home features a canal-like pool, situated at the center of the rectangular plot. Juxtaposing open, airy spaces with an overarching enclosed aesthetic.

 

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

Villa Além © Archive Olgiati

 

In a recondite place abounding in cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is the villa which the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built for himself and his wife. Four concrete walls rise up to 5.5 meters and fold to give shade to and keep winds out of an inner garden where a longitudinally positioned swimming pool establishes the symmetry axis of the complex. Seemingly taking on a secondary role, the building is situated along one of the four sides, at the south end of the pool, and hides within it, behind a curving wall that separates the living room, the more private living spaces. 

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