On September 24 architect Álvaro Siza held a streaming conference prior to the opening of the exhibition Coin, îlot, quartier, villes Álvaro Siza à Berlin et à La Haye / Corner, Block, Neighbourhood, Cities Álvaro Siza in Berlin and The Hague at the Octagonal Gallery of the Centre Canadien d'Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.
The exhibition focuses on Bonjour Tristesse (Berlin) and Punt en Komma (La Haye), two social housing projects Álvaro Siza completed in the ’80s. These were the architect’s first commissions abroad after working on SAAL in Portugal, the subject of a past exhibition at the CCA.
The two projects offer an opportunity to discover the way the Portuguese architect works and some of the basic principles expressed in his architecture: “union and separation, the universal and the particular, the specific aspects of the generic and the monumental aspects of the ordinary”, as explained by exhibition organiser Eszter Steierhoffer.
The exhibition is completed with photographs by Giovanni Chiaramonte for Bonjour Tristesse and by Alessandra Chemollo and Peter de Ruig for “Punt en Komma” showing the current state of Álvaro Siza’s projects and their ability to change and adapt with time.
Title: Coin, îlot, quartier, villes Álvaro Siza à Berlin et à La Haye
Corner, Block, Neighbourhood, Cities Álvaro Siza in Berlin and The Hague
curated by Eszter Steierhoffer
Dates: 24 September 2015 to 7 February 2016
Location: Octagonal Gallery, CCA - Montreal Canada
Images courtesy of CCA, Montréal:
“Bonjour Tristesse” and “Punt en Komma” photo by Giovanni Chiaramonte, Alessandra Chemollo & Peter de Ruig
Álvaro Siza Courtesy of Adri Duivesteijn/STROOM Den Haag © Fred van der Burg
Coin, îlot, quartier, villes. Álvaro Siza à Berlin et à La Haye, vue de l'exposition, 2015. © CCA, Montréal