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Portuguese Architecture

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1966 – 1969



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Article last edited by Vanessa F R Alves on
June 28th, 2013

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The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum is one of the jewels of architecture known in Portugal. The buildings are part of their own isolated campus in Palhavã in central Lisbon. Architects Ruy Jervis d'Athouguia, Pedro Cid and Alberto Pessoa designed the campus and the buildings in memory of the foundation of the same name.

These important architects were responsible for implementing the project of the Foundation and Museum after winning a competition in 1959. The contest invited three teams of three architects to propose ideas for these buildings, which would serve as a cultural center and museum for the impressive art collection Calouste Gulbenkian. In late 1969, the execution of the project was completed.

The winning proposal involved austere modern buildings, which, as is said, reflect the personality of Calouste Gulbenkian. These concrete structures in buildings are separate but interconnected pathways through relaxing campus.

The landscaping was developed by Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles Barreto and Antonio Viana, and has great value in itself. The vegetation is proposed on the entire campus on the lawn, trees and water features. Spaces lead visitors to the city for a quiet place where they can enjoy the buildings and works of art.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum was recognized as a National Monument in Portugal in 2010. The buildings are seen as a significant representation of modern Portuguese architecture of the 60's, and continue to inspire young architects today.



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