Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves Porto
Museum Building Guide series
Álvaro Siza

Preface by João Fernandes
Photo-essay by Duccio Malagamba


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This volume, published in Poligrafa’s innovative Museum Building series, reviews the Serralves Museum, a disarmingly intimate space in pronounced contradistinction to much recent museum architecture.

Architecture, Monograph
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza is one of the most influential architects of the past half-century. His most famous work is perhaps the Serralves Museum in his hometown of Porto, his second museum building, following the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, erected in 1997. Low built and horizontal in axis, its white stucco walls are perforated with occasional openings that yield unexpected views of a surrounding garden. As with most of Siza's buildings, the furniture and fittings were also designed by the architect, including lighting fixtures, handrails, doorknobs and all signage. Building materials include hardwood floors and painted walls in gesso with marble skirting in the exhibition halls and marble floors in the foyers.

Álvaro Siza (1933) is a Portuguese architect and designer whose structures, ranging from swimming pools to public housing developments, are characterized by a quiet clarity of form and function, a sensitive integration into their environment, and a purposeful engagement with both cultural and architectural traditions. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992.
Duccio Malagamba is an italian architectural photographer. He regularly collaborates with renowned architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, Rafael Moneo, Enric Miralles among many others.

80 pages, 62 illustrations
Paperback with jacket, 14x21 cm
Polígrafa, 1st edition 2011
ISBN 9788434312838