Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo

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Thanks to Alvaro Siza and , Portugal’s two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer – a la the Serpentine Gallery – in the city’s most important green space: Ibirapuera Park.

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The idea for the pavilion is to generate a dialogue between the Brazilian and Portuguese architecture communities. The Urban Strategy office, a Portuguese innovation lab, coordinated by architect Nuno Sampaio, that studies architecture, urbanism and design, is behind the project.

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The 500 m2 pavilion will be installed along the edge of the lake in the park for a month, probably September, and will house an exhibit on the last 20 years of Portuguese architecture. The structure will also feature an auditorium for 160 people, where lectures, panel discussions and film screenings can be held.

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Siza and Soto de Moura will also travel to the park, designed by Brazil’s iconic architect Oscar Niemeyer, to take part in a conference with Paulo Mendes da Rocha. As Nuno Sampaio noted, “the event will represent the four Pritzkers of Portugal and Brazil: Siza, Soto de Moura, Mendes da Rocha, and via the park itself, Oscar Niemeyer.”


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Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo" 22 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Laszlo Kovacs

    Mendes da Rocha, Souto de Moura, and Siza all in one place? This sounds amazing!

    • davider

      It is to compensate the bore of pavillion’s architecture…

      • Laszlo Kovacs

        well all three are the global masters of boring architecture, so I’m not surprised.

      • Bruno de Moura Eufrásio

        Maybe you guys just like Libeskind complexity, but Mendes is my favorite Brazilian architect, I really enjoy his solutions and geometry. I’m not much into Souto and Siza, but they come from a more modern background, so I can understand their geometry.

  • Laszlo Kovacs

    Bruno, I was being sarcastic. haha. I think all three are just about my favorite living architects. They’re just always labeled “boring” by people who happen to glance at their work without seeing the poetry of it. What I wouldn’t give to work for Mendes da Rocha or Souto de Moura. Especially Souto de Moura; his early house designs are incredible in my opinion.