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  7. Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura

  • 01:00 - 12 January, 2011
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura
Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura, © Vítor Gabriel
© Vítor Gabriel

© Vítor Gabriel © Vítor Gabriel © Vítor Gabriel © Vítor Gabriel +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. da República 300, 2765 Cascais, Portugal
  • Architects

    Souto Moura Arquitectos
  • Project Team

    Sérgio Koch, Ricardo Prata, Bernardo Monteiro, Diogo Guimarães, Junko Imamura, Kirstin Schätzel, Manuel Vasconcelos, Maria Luís Barros, Pedro G. Oliveira, Rita Alves, Sofia Torres Pereira, Susana Monteiro
  • Structural And Mechanical Engineers

    AFAconsult
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

The Casa das Historias Paula Rego was designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The building makes use of certain aspects of the region's historical architecture, which is here reinterpreted in a contemporary way. It can be immediately recognised thanks to its two pyramid-shaped towers and the red-coloured concrete used in its construction.

© Vítor Gabriel
© Vítor Gabriel

The land and trees which previously existed at the site are incorporated as fundamental elements, while four wings, of varying heights and sizes, make up the building. The building itself is subdivided into rooms which lead into one another and are laid out around the higher central room which houses the temporary exhibition. The building's interior has 750m2 of exhibition space, on top of the technical and service areas, and is decorated in neutral shades and paved with the blue-grey marble of Cascais. The building also houses a shop, a café which opens onto a verdant garden and an auditorium with 200 seats.

© Vítor Gabriel
© Vítor Gabriel

The building's design is fully in keeping with the artist's wishes, and it was Paul Rego herself who was responsible for the choice of architect. It meets all the requirements for a museum and its various functions, without forgetting the need to give visitors a warm welcome.

© Vítor Gabriel
© Vítor Gabriel

“With the Casa das Historias, it can be said that Eduardo Souto de Moura has adopted and almost ‘regionalist' approach, distancing himself from the modem abstractionism that has been a dominant feature of his work. It is, however, an uncritical regionalism, that avoids the sense of ‘resistante' which lay behind other attempts at the approach in Portugal in the 1980s. In this museum created for Cascais, Souto de Moura associates certain formal devices with a legacy of architectural composition, adopting specific formulas for the building's insertion in the surrounding area as well as a use of scale which can be easily contextualised in a very specific type of geography. Its close proximity to the work of Raul Lino is therefore set in a “Southern” landscape, without resorting to any unnecessary decorative or picturesque frills.”

© Vítor Gabriel
© Vítor Gabriel

“With this museum, Souto de Moura develops a form of “modern-day architecture” without, in fact, repeating any of the “old models" - in keeping with the ideas defended by Aldo Rossi in his scientific autobiography - evoking timeless archetypes from urban iconography: towers, lighthouses, silos and chimneys, like the ones that define the profile of the Palacio de Sintra. It is therefore not surprising, if one continues the “analogy", that, when describing this museum, Souto de Moura also mentioned the pronounced roofs of Raul Lino's palaces, or the idea of an “inhabited chimney", evoking that of the kitchen in the monastery of Alcobaca_ In fact, in its best interpretation, the Casa das Historias can be seen as a “historicist" project, a condition that will certainly surprise Souto de Moura's most faithful followers and confound his harshest critics."

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minguotan · October 28, 2014

Like the public relationship in site.

suburbanrambler · April 04, 2012
safirz · January 10, 2012

a red concrete complementary to its surroundings, green forest. http://t.co/48Pz6wHj via @archdaily #exteriorcolor

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tamil · March 28, 2011

people should see tamilnadu (now south india) temples, to understand the scale and proportion of this project. search tanjur temple for more info.

girlish Urbansim · March 11, 2011

a nice red! http://tiny.cc/lwya1 photos via @ArchDaily

Nicholas Patten · January 16, 2011

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Ben +_+ · January 13, 2011

Pedro has a good video, the colors come out more natural looking.
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liveload · January 13, 2011

Is there an interior to this building?

Francisco · January 17, 2011 07:29 PM

No... this building has no interiors...

Larsson · January 13, 2011

Oh god, the video editing is so poor.

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