Serralves Foundation

Serralves Foundation is a cultural institution located in Porto, Portugal. It includes a Contemporary Art Museum, a Park and a Villa, each one an example of contemporary architecture, Modernism and Art Deco. The Contemporary Art Museum is designed by one of Portugal most well known contemporary architects, Alvaro Siza Vieira, a refined and minimalist design, with some interesting spaces and framed views to the outside.

Entrance to the Contemporary Art Museum

Entrance to the Contemporary Art Museum

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One of the many hall of the Contemporary Art Museum

One of the many hall of the Contemporary Art Museum

The interior of the Museum is polished and simple in an elegant way. My favourite part was the marble lined openings and list work. Yet, I was surprised that the museum was not finished with the level of quality craftsmanship that you see an so many other older art institutions or other important works of architecture. Perhaps an important notion of the declining investments in such important buildings. 

Openings and list work lined with marble - lush and I like it!

Openings and list work lined with marble - lush and I like it!

 

Serralves Foundation - Park

Serralves Foundation - Park

And then there's the park. Large and well maintained, and gorgeous! Worth the visit on it's own. I especially enjoyed the lavender areas. 

Serralves Foundation - Art Deco Villa by Silva

Serralves Foundation - Art Deco Villa by Silva

So to the bet part: Casa de Serralves. The villa is situated a brief five minuite walk from the Museum, and was really my main reason for going to the Foundation in the first place. But who can blame me?! Look at this pink marvel! Designed by the architect Jose Marquel da Silva at the turn of the century, it is Art Deco at it's finest. Pure, crisp and strange. It's a delight for an architect, for it's quirky and sometimes crazy details, but also enjoyable for those without architectural background. I was especially happy about the marble bathrooms- they just don' make 'em like this anymore. I'll dedicate an entire post to this soon!