'At Home' in Lisbon
11. April 2021
At Home. Projects for Contemporary Housing, April 16 - September 5, 2021. Garagem Sul, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo: Tiago Casanova © Garagem Sul, CCB, 2021)
Opening on April 16 at Garagem Sul / Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, At Home: Projects for Contemporary Housing follows the exhibition of the same name that opened at MAXXI in Rome back in 2019. The new iteration builds upon the predecessor's pairing of housing projects at a range of scales, adding Portuguese examples that further explore how housing has changed in recent decades.
In its move from Italy to Portugal, At Home. Projects for Contemporary Housing finds a fitting locale at Garagem Sul, which is housed in the massive Centro Cultural de Belém, the nearly 30-year-old building designed by the late Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti with Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado. This piece of evidence of Italian/Portuguese collaboration continues in the projects in the exhibition: André Tavares and Sérgio Catumba have expanded upon the original selection by Margherita Guccione and Pippo Ciorra, with fourteen Portuguese buildings added to the two-dozen Italian and global projects.
The original At Home exhibition predated the coronavirus pandemic, a situation that delayed its opening at Garagem Sul. The impressions of visitors in Lisbon will no doubt be colored by the pandemic's immense impact on our daily lives. People may be looking at the projects that range from small-scale shelters to large-scale collective housing for solutions, for ways of moving forward. Speaking during a virtual press conference last week, Garagem Sul curator André Tavares mentioned that a lot of the ideas now being batted around — flexible housing situations, better senior housing, a focus on the individual, etc. — have already been explored and are present in the exhibition's projects. In turn, visitors to Garagem Sul between April 16 and September 5, 2021 may just leave At Home with a feeling of optimism.
Take a brief visual tour through parts of the exhibition: