No Place is Deserted

Ocean Swimming Pool, Leça da Palmeira (1960-2021)

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Exhibition about the project of the Piscina de Marés of Leça da Palmeira, one of the most emblematic works of the architect Álvaro Siza.

This exhibition illustrates the multiple lives of one of the most emblematic works of 20th century architecture, bringing together drawings, photographs, videos, models and objects – many of them unpublished – that allow us to reconstitute a critical narrative of the design process, construction and rehabilitation of this building designed by Siza Vieira and classified as a National Monument in 2011.

Contrary to what one might think, the Leça da Palmeira pool complex, designed and built between 1960 and 2021, was not conceived as a single project, but as a result of consecutive orders and revisions that dictated the gradual growth of the pool complex, from the construction of a tide pool to its recent renovation and extension to the north.

No place is deserted starts from the famous aphorism formulated by Siza Vieira regarding the multiplicity of references – natural, topographic, built, immaterial – that the architect finds in the place and that serve as a creative catalyst for the project.

Exhibition leaflet (PDF, 608 Kb)

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Guided tour with the curators
Thu, 21 Sep / More info soon



Teresa Cunha Ferreira
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