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Aires Mateus Wins Competition to Design New Pôle Muséal of Lausanne

14:00 - 5 October, 2015
Aires Mateus Wins Competition to Design New Pôle Muséal of Lausanne, © Aires Mateus
© Aires Mateus

A jury led by David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma and Pôle Muséal Support Foundation President Olivier Steimer has announced Aires Mateus & Associados winner of an international competition to design the new Pôle Muséal of Lausanne. The Portuguese architects, chosen over 20 other practices, were lauded by the jury for designing a proposal that was "coherent, simple and bright."

Their design, "One museum, two museums" is comprised as a single exterior shell made up of two parts: the Musée de l’Elysée (Museum of Photography) and mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts). Both museums are connected by a shared entrance that "forms a natural extension to the public esplanade." By 2020, the design will be realized, transforming a former railroad site into a premier section of the city's art district. 

AD Round Up: Portugal's Micro-Hotels

00:00 - 5 May, 2014
AD Round Up: Portugal's Micro-Hotels, The Tree Snake Houses - A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
The Tree Snake Houses - A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

This Financial Times article describes the Post-Recession paradigm shift occurring in Portuguese architecture -- from construction to landscape, large to small. Pritzker Prize winners Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura have been leading this "micro" trend, designing hotels with exceptional materiality and craft. We've decided to round up some of these extraordinary structures, including: Casa Na Areia and Cabanas no Rio by Aires MateusJorge Sousa Santos’ Rio do Prado, the Ecork Hotel by Jose Carlos Cruz and Villa Extramuros by Jordi Fornells. Last but not least, is ArchDaily’s building of the year for hospitality architecture -- the Tree Snake Houses from father Luís Rebelo de Andrade and son Tiago Rebelo de Andrade.

Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai, Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Courtesy of Aires Mateus

The prestigious Portuguese office Aires Mateus - formed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - has won a competition to design the new headquarters of the University of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.

More information on the project, after the break...

AD Interviews: Francisco Aires Mateus

00:00 - 7 November, 2013

Aires Mateus - founded by brothers and partners, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture. We recently had the chance to interview one of the partners: Francisco Aires Mateus.

AD Round Up: Aires Mateus

00:00 - 5 March, 2013

Venice Biennale 2012: Radix / Aires Mateus

18:00 - 28 August, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

In the exteriors of the Arsenale we found Radix, the installation designed by Portuguese office Aires Mateus (Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus), an elegant contemporary response to the architectural setting of the Biennale.

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The installation recognises the nearby docks of the Arsenale designed by Jacopo Sansovino between 1568 and 1573, which is flanked by arched walkways that inspire this structure. Radix is an arch supported on three points with the fourth corner hanging over the water,  turning the otherwise massive steel structure into a lightweight balanced volume.

More pictures after the break.