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César Portela

César Portela
César Portela (1937) (Video interview César Portela) says that “architecture is all about the construction of space. What painting does with colour, sculpture with form, literature with words, photography with images, music with sound, film with images and time, architecture does with space.”
The space he works in most often is the maritime landscape. He is known for his famous Museum of the Sea, designed with Aldo Rossi, the sea cemetery at Finesterre and the lighthouse at Punta Nariga. Spain and Galicia in particular is the land best suited to a form of architecture rich in elements of construction deriving from observation of and respect for its natural setting. Portela studied at Escuelas Superiores de Arquitectura in Madrid and Barcelona and has since taught in universities all over Europe.
He has held numerous architecture seminars over the course of his career, including a 1974 seminar organised with Aldo Rossi at Santiago di Compostela. His most important projects include Cordoba bus station, awarded the Spanish National Architecture Prize in 1999.
 
César Portela selected works
 
- Geriatric centre, Vigo (Spain), 2005
- Railway station, Cádiz (Spain), 2003
- Restoration of buildings and the surroundings of the islands of San Simon and San Antonio, Redondela, Pontevedra (Spain)
- Bay nature park, Cádiz (Spain), 2002
- Museum of the Sea, Alcabre, Vigo (Spain), 2002 (con Aldo Rossi)
- Cemetery of the Sea, Finesterra (Spain), 2000
- Bus station, Cordoba (Spain), 1998
- Cultural centre, Vilalba (Spain), 1996
- Domus Museum, Curuña (Spain), 1995 (with Arata Isozaki)
- Lighthouse, Punta Nariga (Spain), 1995
- Aquarium, Vilagarcia de Arousa, Pontevedra (Spain), 1987

Official website

www.cesarportela.com

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