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The object of this book is the detached house in the work of Alvaro Siza. This is a distinct and very important theme in the architect’s work, even though it has never been systematically studied and presented before. This publication, focussing on this one theme, therefore attempts to fill a significant gap in the study of Siza and his creations.
The houses presented in the book were designed and created over a fifty-year period, beginning with the four houses in Matosinhos, and closing at the present day, with the house at Majorca that is currently at the design stage. This number of houses by a single architect constitutes a veritable field of research for their creator, and continuity has allowed for a specific and, at the same time, a general reflection on architecture itself.
As an expression of scrupulous and loving hard work and patient and indefatigable study, the houses of Siza offer an exemplary lesson in intellectual greatness.
Alessandra Cianchetta (Arezzo, 1971) is an architect, independent landscape designer and curator. She was educated in Rome (La Sapienza), Barcelona (ETSAB), and Madrid (ETSAM). She specialised in criticism with Josep Quetglas at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Following a collaborative period at the studio practice of José Antonio Martinez Lapeña and Elias Torres in Barcelona, she established the architectural firm AWP (five architects and one philosopher) in Paris and developed projects for public spaces, gardens and infrastructure.
She was curator of the Limits-paisatges inestables exhibition on architecture and landscape in Japan, at the Col.legi Oficial de Arquitectes de Catalunya in Barcelona (2001). She was awarded first prize in the international competition, by invitation, for a contemporary community garden at Lille 2004, the Capital of Culture. She has published a number of works, including, ‘Park Güell’, edited by Gustavo Gili, Barcelona (2002).
Enrico Molteni (Mariano Comense, 1969) graduated from the Milan Polytechnic in 1994 with a thesis undertaken at the Arkitektskolen of Aarhus in Denmark. He then lived in Barcelona, where he worked at the studio of José Antonio Martinez Lapeña and Elias Torres. He has been awarded numerous scholarships for overseas work and study. He has published research and organised an exhibition on the Malagueira area by Álvaro Siza at the UPC in 1997.
Since 1999, Molteni has been working in private practice with Andrea Liverani, with a studio based in Milan. The practice focuses principally on architecture. Throughout the years he has participated in numerous national and international competitions and has been awarded prizes, including one for the new Serengo Municipality building in Milan, another for the refurbishment of Piazza Libertà at Lissone in Milan, and for the Study Centre at Capiago Intimiano in Como. Some of his designs have been published in architectural magazines in Italy, Spain and France.
The book is available at the Skira bookstore in via Torino 61 in Milan and from 1 December 2004 in all Italian bookstores.
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