Eduardo Souto de Moura. How to combine old and new architecture in the urban environment?

strelka courtyard
portugal (translated to russian)

Why is it obligatory to take into account the cultural heritage of the city and urban landscape when it comes to new architectural projects? How to use the landscape of the area during the construction? What is special about these buildings, and why do we need them? Portuguese architect, 2011 Pritzker Prize winner, Eduardo Souto de Moura will touch on these issues during his lecture at Strelka.

Eduardo Souto de Moura is known for expressing complex ideas through simple geometric forms, all his projects are tightly connected with the environment. During thirty years of architecture practice Eduardo Souto de Moura has completed over sixty projects, including the stadium in Braga, built into the Monte Castro cliff located on the site of the quarry as well as the building of the Museum of Paula Rego, whose design is based on two pyramids.

At various times the architect read at Harvard, as well as the universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, Dublin and Zurich. This year he will deliver a lecture at Strelka as part of Institute Summer Programme.

“During the last three decades Eduardo Souto de Moura was creating contemporary works that take into account architectural traditions. His buildings have a unique feature to transmit seemingly contradictory treats: strength and restraint, bravado and tenderness, the power of the government and a sense of intimacy ” – the Pritzker committee about Eduardo Souto de Moura in the announcement of the winner for 2011.

'braga stadium' by eduardo souto de moura in braga, portugal (2004)