PRINT February 1997


Álvaro Siza

WINNER OF THE Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1991, sixty-four-year-old Álvaro Siza, Portugal’s most renowned contemporary architect, is known for his geometric deformations, his controlled composition of interiors, and his fascination with the everyday architectural forms of the modern urban landscape. If you add to these obsessions a “nostalgia” for the foundations of Modernity (Loos, Taut, Oud), a framework within which to read the work of this marvelously inventive architect begins to suggest itself.

His proposal for a new museum of contemporary art in his hometown of Porto evinces Siza’s penchant for asymmetry, his skill in transforming a preexisting structure from the inside and in channeling light to construct a new space. In this unfinished project, to be built on the grounds of the manorial home that is now the Serralves Foundation, Siza will doubtless surprise us again with his

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