Álvaro Siza Vieira

Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira was awarded numerous prizes and honors including the Pritzker Prize in 1992, the Wolf Prize for the Arts in 2001, the RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal in 2009 and the Career Golden Lion for the 13th Venice Architecture Exhibition in 2012.

Alvaro Siza Vieira at Export Home trade fair, at Exponor, Porto, Portugal.
Alvaro Siza Vieira at Export Home trade fair, at Exponor, Porto, Portugal.

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What Are The Major Events In His Career?

Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieirawas born onJune 25, 1933inMatosinhos, near Porto (Portugal). He studiedarchitectureat the Escola Superior de Belas Artes in Porto. Between 1955 and 1958 he began his activity as an architect, collaborating withFernando Távora, and then opened his professional studio inPorto, the city where he currently lives and he works. Between 1966 and 1969 he taught in the Faculty of Architecture of theUniversity of Portoand in 1976 he was appointed professor in the Construction discipline. Academic activity ends in 2003.

Bonjour Tristesse by Alvaro Siza Vieira.
“Bonjour Tristesse” by Alvaro Siza Vieira, 1981,1984.

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Siza has mademany prestigious worksin Portugal and his work has been also presented all over the world: inItaly, in particular, in 1979 at the Pavilion of Contemporary Art (PAC) in Milan, in 1999 at the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza, in 2000 at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, at the MART in Rovereto in 2013 and at the Architecture Biennials in Venice (the Portuguese Pavilion 2016 is dedicated to his work). He has been invited tomany international competitionsand has wonnumerous awards, including the Pritzher Prize (1992), the Royal Golden Medal for Architecture of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2009), and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. of the Venice Biennale (2012). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, of theAIAAmerican Institute of Architects, of the Académie d’Architecture de France, of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, of the Academy Royal Swedish Fine Arts and the National Academy of San Luca.

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The Works That Made Him Famous

  • The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande

The church of Saint Jacques de la Lande is built in the French region ofBrittany. Curated by the Portuguese Álvaro Siza Vieira, the project materializes in ablock of white cementwith light cuts that illuminate the presbytery area,gently insertedin the southern district of Rennes. The main concern of the Portuguese architect is theintegration of architecture with the existing urban context. The church was designed in such a way as to occupy the same volume of the adjacent buildings, the same dimensions and spaces, so as to result in a minimally invasive building intervention, and dialogue with the residential district. Another peculiar feature of the church is thesecond circular-shaped, cylinder with a diameter of 14.75 meters and a height of 12 meters.

The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, by Álvaro Siza Vieira
The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, by Álvaro Siza Vieira, Photographer: Joao Morgado

Saint Jacques de la Lande di Álvaro Siza Vieira | Edifici sacri/Centri comunaliImage source:https://www.architonic.com/it/project/alvaro-siza-vieira-saint-jacques-de-la-lande/5105694#&gid=null&pid=3

The upper floor is characterized by a square square suspended that controls the entry ofnatural lightinto the room, filtering the light that comes through the skylights, and equipped with a counter ceiling with ventilation system and integrated artificial lighting. The material used for the external structure isreinforced concretewiththermal insulation. The signs of throwing are left exposed, in order to have abrutalist exterior, which contrasts with thecareof the interior. The parish center has abright marble flooringinside, walls covered with whitemarble panelsin the kitchen and bathrooms. The floors of the basement are inepoxy resinand the walls havecladding panelsof the same material. The external doors and windows are made ofwoodwithaluminum finishes.

Info source:https://www.area-arch.it/alvaro-siza-vieira-in-rennes/

  • Iberê Camargo Museum
Ibere Camargo Foundation, the facade takes the signature of the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza
Ibere Camargo Foundation- the facade takes the signature of the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza

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The Iberê Camargo Museum is situated in Porto Alegre,Braziland it opened in2008. The MoMA museum acquired21 drawingsand a model of the Iberê Camargo, which is considered representative of the “total maturity of the personal style” of the Portuguese architect and that is “a building of prominence in the work of Siza, as well as in the architecture of the XXI century in general“. The acquisitions also include 30 drawings, 21 photographs, a model and brochure of the housing project of São Victor, in Porto, representative of the architectural production of the revolutionary period in the post-25th of April. It was created and built between 1974 and 1977, within the scope of operationsSAAL(Local Ambulatory Support Service), which mobilized several Portuguese architects tooffer better housing conditionsto underserved populations. Lastly, MoMA’s press release describes it as “one of the mostelaborateandrefinedexamples of this master’s experimental approach“.

Info source:https://www.archdaily.com.br/br/01-53654/alvaro-siza-entra-na-coleccao-do-museu-de-arte-moderna-de-nova-iorque?ad_medium=gallery

About Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Style

The life and work of Siza Vieira isessentialin the history of contemporary architecture, being linked to various national and international constructions. The decorations are thenormalandnatural resultof a journey that has its roots inPortoand in academic and artistic associations, which culminated in theexpansion of horizons, perspectives and forms with the scent from the outside. A name that is symmetrical to what is thegreatnessof what it has conceived and done up to now, continuing to work and lending its credits to countless projections and results.

Tidal pools of Leça de Palmeira, Swimmingpool on the Beach at Leça da Palmeira by Álvaro Siza Vieria, 1959-73.
Tidal pools of Leça de Palmeira-Swimmingpool on the Beach at Leça da Palmeira by Álvaro Siza Vieria, 1959-73

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Taking as areferencethe organic North America ofFrank Lloyd Wright, the Austrian hierarchicalAdolf Loosand also Finnish naturalistAlvar Aalto, Álvaro Siza Vieira has found itsown identityand the way the labors of design and construction. Assuming amodernist and avant-garde perspective,在其建筑形式和sens辨认es, it has not forgotten thePortuguese traditionsand paid special attention to them, above all with regard to theirminutenessandrigor. The untimely death of his wife in 1973 influenced the course of his career, leading him to collaborate and work more oftenabroad. His architectural record was known as “poetic modernism“, underlining the influence of the MexicanLuis Barragánfor conceptual and formal virtuosity.

Info source:https://www.comunidadeculturaearte.com/alvaro-siza-vieira-a-construcao-de-uma-carreira-unica/

Caza Fez by Àlvaro Siza Vieira, in Porto, Portugal
Caza Fez by Àlvaro Siza Vieira, in Porto, Portugal
Caza Fez by Àlvaro Siza Vieira, in Porto, Portugal
Caza Fez by Àlvaro Siza Vieira, in Porto, Portugal

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