The winner of the 2010 international design competition for a new visitors’ centre and entrances to the Alhambra in Granada, a world-famous site in Andalusia and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1984, is the team of architects Alvaro Siza Vieira and Juan Domingo Santos.
The structure designed by the architects blends into the landscape, using water, trees, shadows and light as its key elements.
The exhibition recently opened at Aedes gallery in Berlin illustrates the new project as well as the context in which the Alhambra complex developed. The exhibition includes original sketches by Alvaro Siza, technical drawings, models, renderings, photos and videos.
The Alhambra’s importance goes beyond its architectural value. The site is an example of peaceful coexistence of different cultures and religions, a very important issue in contemporary debate. Siza himself has said that the Alhambra project is the most important one of his career as an architect.
Exhibition: Visions of the Alhambra - Álvaro Siza
Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Berlin (Germany)
Images courtesy of Architekturforum Aedes