El Croquis 168-169: 11 master lessons from the architecture of Álvaro Siza

October 17, 2013

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Our favourite publication of this week is the latest issue of El Croquis, a monograph dedicated to the architect Álvaro Siza. The architecture magazine –of nearly 400 pages– features the latest projects of the Portuguese master, who ended his first work with only 21 years and received the internationally renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011, when he was 78 years.

The initial chapter of El Croquis 168-169 is written by professor Juan Antonio Cortés, who analyzes the work of Álvaro Siza from 11 master lessons, based on the idea that in the architecture of the Matosinhos-born architect there is always a combination of opposing ideas that however coexist and somehow merge. In this sense, Cortés explains each polarity using 2 buildings – very different but designed for the same use. He curates a dual game between concepts such as nature and architecture, the monumental and the domestic or modernity and classicism that become materialized in projects like the Pools of Leça da Palmeira or Armanda Passos House.

From all the projects of the Portuguese architect listed at El Croquis 168-169, today we will keep in our minds the library of the University of Aveiro and the Municipal Library of Viana do Castelo, spaces dedicated to storing books and silence. 

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