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Architecture and Art in three Pritzkers

Porto has many charms and the city is full of perfect marriages between art and architecture, both for the aesthetic component of the buildings - which elevates them to the status of works of art - as for their intended purpose. One of the main axes of this register of the architecture's art in harmony and symbiosis with the various arts is the Avenida da Boavista (Boavista Avenue), the city's longest thoroughfare, which leads us to encounter the creation of the genius of three  Pritzker Prize winning architects.

We can start by the Casa da Música, of the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Pritzker in 2000. Considered by the New York Times as one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years, its unusual and appealing geometric shape made of it one of the most visited Porto's buildings and undoubtedly the most emblematic of the Invicta's modern era. It receives the music - it's its home - and gives it to the city through a recognized quality's program.

going down the Avenida da Boavista, you can reach the Ruben A Street through the António Cardoso Street, in a walk of about a mile, in order to see the Casa das Artes (House of Arts), designed by the Porto's architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, Pritzker in 2011. It's located in the gardens of the Visconde de Vilar d'Allen Small Palace, authored by the architect José Marques da Silva’s, another major figure of the Porto's history, responsible for shaping the city's physiognomy in the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The Casa das Artes welcomes concerts and conferences and it stands out for its simplicity, discretion and integration in the surrounding space.

Further down in the Avenida da Boavista, you can turn into the Marechal Gomes da Costa Avenue and then arrive to Casa de Serralves, another Marques da Silva's notable work, in whose gardens Siza Vieira - the most awarded of the Portuguese contemporary architects, he also Pritzker, in 1992 - projected the Serralves' Contemporary Art Museum, an international reference. Marked by the architectural sobriety and natural environment that characterizes the Siza Vieria's work, it's the most visited paid museum of Portugal, inserted in the main circuits of contemporary art. There we can see temporary exhibitions of the most important national and foreign artists.

 

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