Serralves’ Pavilion / fala

Serralves’ Pavilion / fala

© Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro © Ricardo Loureiro + 7

Pavillion  · 
Porto, Portugal
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    36.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Design Team

    Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Rute Peixoto, Elisa Sassi, Paulo Sousa
  • Photographs

  • Art

    'Gozolândia' (filme), por Priscila Fernandes
  • Contractor

    J Sousa Teixeira, E&C
  • Client

    Fundação Serralves, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
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© Ricardo Loureiro
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Text description provided by the architects. On the occasion of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, a temporary art gallery was to be installed in a slopped garden at the Serralves’ Foundation. The brief was vague and open to speculation.


A folly, as the word itself suggests, is an extravagant, frivolous or unreal building, thought more for an artistic expression than for functional reasons. The pavilion is, indeed, all of that. Through a polyphonic repertoire, it aims at being both a temple, a temporary construction and a toy, neo-classical and post-modern.

© Ricardo Loureiro
© Ricardo Loureiro

A rational structure encloses a cubic volume. The understandable metric of the wood elements finds a mismatch in the proportions of the openings and in the apparently arbitrary colours. A plinth erases the relationship with the sloping terrain, claiming for autonomy. Two round black marble elements mark the entrances while a red beam crosses the inner space. Inside, five lounger chairs provide an uncertain sense of domesticity to the otherwise monumental construction.

© Ricardo Loureiro
© Ricardo Loureiro

The folly is a playful combination of pragmatic seriousness and frivolous irony. A composition where each element has its own value, complementing and contradicting each other.


Priscila Fernandes’ film about contemplation and leisure found a dialogue with both the park and the light-heartedness of the architecture. Perhaps, the folly was to architectural languages what Priscila’s film is to leisure: a joyful and reflective pastiche…

© Ricardo Loureiro
© Ricardo Loureiro

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Address: Porto, Portugal

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Cite: "Serralves’ Pavilion / fala" 03 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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