No place is deserted. Álvaro Siza: Ocean Swimming Pool

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27 Jul – 31 Dec 2023


Atrium Gulbenkian Art Library


Free entry
Get to know the project of an Exhibition of the most emblematic works of 20th century architecture, designed and built between 1960 and 2021 by 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works of 20th century architecture, bringing together drawings, photographs, videos, models and objects – many of them unpublished – that allow us to reconstitute a critical narrative of the design process, construction and rehabilitation of this building designed by Siza Vieira and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.



Teresa Cunha Ferreira
Luis Martinho Urbano

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