Quinta do Mosteiro de Leça do BalioArchitecture | 28 May 2018
RETURNING THE HERITAGE TO THE PEOPLE
Álvaro Siza, an unavoidable name of the Portuguese architecture, and Sidónio Pardal, renowned name of landscape architecture, are longtime friends and, now, got together for the rehabilitation project of Quinta do Mosteiro de Leça do Balio. The gardens will according to Sidónio Pardal, “connect the monastery to Lionesa’s complex”, and Siza’s sculpture, whose model is exhibited in the monastery’s Sala do Capítulo, will be a “space for contemplation”.
Lionesa’s Business Centre – who acquired the property, is responsible for this project, which main goal is to give the heritage back to the people. Never before opened to the public, the Monastery can now be visited, as well as its first exhibition – MONASTERIUM, KM 234 – which wants to remap this monastery as an important point for the Way to Santiago (the exhibition name is, actually, due to the fact that Mosteiro de Leça do Balio is exactly 234km away of Santiago de Compostela).
Pedro Pinto, director of Lionesa’s Business Centre, said that “more and more” what matters is to “tell stories from people to people”. Therefore, as both the project and exhibition’ curator Joel Cleto mentioned, the importance of “opening the monastery to the population”.
Fotos: Cortesia Mosteiro de Leça do Balio