A Pool on the Beach, Álvaro Siza

Designed by Álvaro Siza, the tidal pool has been highlighted by critics as the most significant project in the architect's career

A Pool on the Beach, Álvaro Siza

Designed by Álvaro Siza, the tidal pool has been highlighted by critics as the most significant project in the architect's career

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The book presents the descriptive memory, drawings and photographs (construction process and work in use) including a writing by Siza, a historical/critical text by Michel Toussaint, a text on the intervention in landscape by João Gomes da Silva, an analysis of the path of bathers by Pedro Vieira de Almeida, as well as testimonies by Diogo Seixas Lopes and Manuel Aires Mateus. The photographs are by Nuno Cera and the book is also accompanied by a DVD with a film by Luís Urbano.

Designed by the most international of Portuguese architects – Álvaro Siza – the tidal pool (dates 1961-1966) has been highlighted by critics as the most significant project in the architect's career, at a time when public facilities were scarce and was placed at the service of population in general a swimming pool to better enjoy the sea and the sun on Leça da Palmeira beach

Siza, based on a simple program for a salt water tank, produced a complex of spaces that lead the bather from the seafront to the rocks over the sea, on a path that magnifies the relationship between the artificial and the natural.

Álvaro Siza is one of the main architects of the 20th century, and one of the names with which Portugal is associated in any part of the world, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1992. It was in 1991 that Álvaro Siza was invited to design the Museum of Contemporary Art in Serralves, which opened in 1999.

In 2019, he completed the architectural project for the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira and in 2021 the restoration and adaptation of the Casa de Serralves. Maintaining, until today, a collaborative relationship with the institution and its programming. 

PL014401

Data sheet

Dimensions
20,5 x 25,3 x 1 cm
ISBN
9789899846234
Publisher
A+A Books
Autor
Álvaro Siza Vieira, Manuel Aires Mateus, Michel Toussaint, Joao Manoel Gomes Da Silva, Luís Urbano, Diogo Seixas Lopes e Pedro Vieira de Almeida
Language
Portuguese / English
Cover
Soft
Year
2016
Pages
102

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