The exhibition Álvaro Siza The Alhambra Project which opened recently at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery presents to the public plans for the new Alhambra visitors' centre by famous architect Álvaro Siza, winner of the 1992 Pritzker Prize, in partnership with Spanish architect Juan Domingo Santos.
The Alhambra Palace, a monumental complex south of the Spanish city of Granada, is one of the most important sites of Moorish culture in Europe, officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Architects Álvaro Siza and Juan Domingo Santos created a series of spaces and courtyards for the new visitors' centre to direct the flow of visitors through the site, with large underground sections. The effects of light, shadows and colours in visible part of the new building interact with the existing architectural elements; Alvaro Siza underlines the importance of the use of light and shadow in different ways as a key feature of the Moorish architecture of the Alhambra and notes its impact on his own architectural projects.
Title: Álvaro Siza The Alhambra Project
Dates: 13.06.2014 – 31.08.2014
Location: Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein (Germany)
Images courtesy of Vitra