Casa da Arquitectura Centro Português de Arquitectura presented at the Venice Biennale
The project and programming of the Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura (Portuguese Centre of Architecture) for 2017 will be formally announced on November 25, at the Venice Biennale, during the closing session of the Official Portuguese Representation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale Di Venezia 2016. Casa da Arquitectura will open its doors next year in Matosinhos, in the old industrial quarter of the Real Vinícola (Royal Winery), which received the visit of the Prime Minister António Costa.
The presentation will take place at 5pm, at the Università Iuav di Venezia, and it will be attended by the Secretary of State for Culture, Miguel Honrado, the Executive Director of the Casa da Arquitectura, Nuno Sampaio, Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho, Commissioners of “Power / Architecture”, the inaugural exhibition of the Casa, and Roberto Cremascoli, commissioner of the program parallel to the exhibition.
With its inauguration scheduled for late spring next year, “Power / Architecture” will feature four dozen projects illustrating the relationship of architecture with eight powers that align, inflect, and diverge from each other, and influence the way the world structures itself. Among the selected projects are works by Álvaro Siza, David Chipperfield, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Herzog & De Meuron, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Rem Koolhaas, Valerio Olgiati, Vijitha Basnayake and Witherford Watson Mann.
The closing session of the Portuguese Official Representation at the Biennale will also include a debate between Álvaro Siza Vieira and Vittorio Gregotti on the confluence of the architectures of Portugal and Italy, moderated by Alberto Ferlenga. The Portuguese representation in the Venice Biennial is organised by the Directorate-General for the Artes and by the Portuguese Chamber of the Architects, curated by Nuno Grande and Roberto Cremascoli. The Casa da Arquitectura-Centro Português de Arquitectura is an institutional partner of the closing event.