Alvaro Siza is one of the world's most respected architects. Since the 1950s he has built and taught extensively, both in Portugal and internationally. Siza's architecture is based on a unity of space and volume. It is vigorous and coherent - each work reveals a unique sensitivity to the rural or urban context to which it belongs without detracting from its functional and stylistic identity. Siza has received critical acclaim for a range of works including: the Boa Nova Tea House and Restaurant, Matosinhos (1958-63); the Borges & Irmão Bank, Vila do Conde (1978-86); the Bonjour Tristesse Residential Complex, Schlesisches Tor, Berlin (1980-4); the reconstruction of the Chiado district, Lisbon (1988-); the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela (1988-93) and the Portuguese Pavilion at Expo '98, Lisbon (1995-8).
Born in 1933 in Matosinhos, Portugal, Siza studied at the University of Porto, School of Architecture and worked with Fernando Távora before starting his own practice in 1958. The recipient of many international awards, Siza has been Visiting Professor at the École Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts. He continues to teach at the University of Porto, School of Architecture.
This monograph is a comprehensive study of Álvaro Siza's work and charts over forty years of buildings and projects, represented by photographs, working drawings and many of Siza's sketches. An introductory essay by Kenneth Frampton examines Siza's prolific practice and its evolution, while writings by Siza are interspersed throughout the book, offering a unique personal perspective on his work and twentieth-century architecture as a whole.
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Description du livre Phaidon Press, 2006. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110714846333