Exhibition Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2010 1st prize

© gettyimages - Reference image: Delonix regia


The Jury found this project to be unique in that it accentuates the coherence of the exhibition concept. According to the project brief: “The idea which we are attempting to potentiate and which we are presenting for the Exhibition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in the Museu da Electricidade is an idea which is related to the interior (the house) and the exterior (its garden).”In this way, in the winning project, a scenographic figurative object representing a house creates a sense of transition between the “real exterior” and the “metaphorical exterior”. The house functions simultaneously as a filter between the street and the exhibition space, this being the place where the introduction to the exhibited pieces and the possible audiovisual elements are found in a darker space. It is a direct allusion to the theme of the Triennale – Letʼs Talk about Houses – a key component which plays an important and effective role in the assembly of the whole exhibition.
According to the concept proposed, the exhibitions are thus arranged in the area referred to as the “metaphorical exterior” which features plinths designed using, as inspiration, the shape of the petals of the flower of the Royal Poinciana (Delonix Regia) upon which the objects being exhibited are placed. The expressive or playful intensity which the proposed design could create was also valued, and was deemed to be an important element in the context of an exhibition aimed at a wide audience.
Jury report (1st prize architecture competition)

Briefing Triennale

Project Exhibition Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2010 in Electricity Museum
Location: Belém, Lisboa
Data: 2009 a 2010 (competition) 2010 (construction and conclusion)
Clent: Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa 2007 – Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.
Architecture: Cláudio Vilarinho
Collaborators: Ernesto Pereira, Filipe Lemos, Gil Soares, Paloma Ibarra
Grafic Design : Teresa Serôdio
Light Design: Paula Rainha
Photos credits: João Morgado


Children's drawing: house and garden


House (black) and flower (white)


Section and plan


© João Morgado - Building the exhibition


© João Morgado - Building the exhibition


© João Morgado - Inside the house


© João Morgado - The exhibition


© João Morgado - The exhibition


© João Morgado - The exhibition (people inside the flower)


© João Morgado - The exhibition


© João Morgado - Detail (painted wood + white artificial grass)