PAULO DAVID. ALVAR AALTO MEDAL 2012
Alvar Aalto Museum / Bio Alppi 12.4.-2.9.2012
Alvar Aalto Museum features Portuguese architect Paulo David, the 11th winner of Alvar Aalto Medal. Funchal-born Paulo David (b. 1959) graduated as an architect in Lisbon and has worked on his home island in the Madeira archipelago since 2003. The rugged topography is mirrored in the style of his architecture, which is contemporary, yet timeless. Geographically remote from the Portuguese mainland, Madeira is a volcanic island famed for its craggy mountainous cliffs and sweeping ocean views, its coastline mercilessly exposed to the elements. David’s varied projects include private homes, residential developments, art galleries, museums and swimming pools featuring massive basalt surfaces, terraced platforms and water features that are subtly integrated with the natural scenery and architectural heritage of Madeira. His architectural vocabulary is modern yet ageless, local yet universal, vigorous yet serene.
“In searching for my place in this ever-globalizing world, I have been lucky to find a distinctive style with a strong sense of local identity. Building in Madeira is like making a meal out of sparse ingredients: the architect is at the mercy of nature, forced to constantly search for new alternatives and opportunities, stretching every inch and reshaping the space.”
David´s best-known works include the Casa das Mudas Art Centre (2004), the Do Atlântico Swimming Pools and Das Salinas Promenade (2004), the São Vicente Volcanism Pavilion (2006), Funchal 05 House (2006) and the Residence Funchal Hotel (2008). The exhibition has been produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in close cooperation with Paulo David’s office, and features original drawings and a video about David’s architecture.
THE ALVAR AALTO MEDAL
The award ceremony took place at the WDC Design Gala at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on February 2nd. Honouring Finland’s most famous architect, the Alvar Aalto Medal recognises creative excellence in the field of architecture. Designed by Aalto, it is conferred by its founders, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Architectural Society of Finland and the Finnish Architects’ Association together with the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki. More information on Alvar Aalto Medal 2012
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