Based on the exhibition entitled Texturas, we are shown 33 works by this architect. As he himself says, “Light acts as the principal agent in the material definition of the objects, unveiling a structure of more or less marked accidents, with or without rules, that qualifies them. Through an alteration in scale the notion of “mega-texture” extends beyond the field of the built object itself”.
Frederico Valsassina was born in Lisbon in 1955. He graduated from the Fine Arts Tertiary College in 1979 and created his atelier in 1986. He received the Honorable Mention of the Valmor Award 2003, regarding the Alcântara Rio project. In 2004 he received the Valmor Award for his project for the Art’s Business and Hotel Centre at the Parque das Nações. In 2007 he was awarded the INH/IHRU National Prize. In 2005, he was a guest lecturer at the Architecture Faculty of the UT L and in 2008 was guest judge for the International Architecture Competition that ran at the Campinas University – Brazil. Amongst other works, he is the author of the R.T.P./R.D.P. Studios, the Campus Building of the Logoplaste (Alcatel-Lucent), recuperates the Porto Côvo Palace and designs the Lusitânia Insurance Company’s Contemporary Art Museum. In Mozambique he is the author of Banco Unico’s Headquarters and the Olympic Swimming Pool for the Pan-African 2011 games. In partnership with Manuel Aires Mateus developed the project for the recuperation of the Monicas’ Convent and the Roof of the Alcântara ETA R. In 2012, in partnership with Ricardo Bak Gordon and João Ferreira, he developed a study for the Maputo Waterfront.