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Pavilion of Portugal

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Alvaro Siza Vieira
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The architect's masterpiece, both for the tension he manages to create between a necessary, desired and difficult monumentality, and the delicate articulation - with the program and the location - both for daring of the solution and its intensive effect of a representative image symbol. The palatial theme, which he used first in the school in Setúbal, is here taken to expressive heights, combining the 'colossal' arcade with it's reflection and sublimation in the waters of the quay. The roof of the large ceremonial area is the finishing touch to the effect, which reminds us of Niemeyer and the most innovative of modern architecture and engineering in concrete and steel. It is an enormous 'shell', appearing to throw off its supports (only visible as the skeleton, like armour), and the down-facing curvature (an 'anti-dome'), like a reinforced tent, ephemeral and paradoxically vulnerable, with apparent fragility, but an enormous plastic force.

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Siza's masterpiece! Portugal proud! Trully sublime!
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I generally really like Siza's work. This one however is completely beside the point.
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Pavilion of Portugal
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Completion 2- 1998
ArchitectAlvaro Siza Vieira
Client Parque Expo
Project ID 1212
Latitude/Longitude 38°45'57N 09°05'43W
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