Eladio Dieste – Porto Alegre RS

One of Dieste’s key works, advancing architecture through material systems innovation – Dieste y Montañez S.A. – Market Structure, CEASA/RS – Avenida Fernando Ferrari

 

6 interviews with Eladio Dieste – realized by Arq. Mariano Arana, 8 of october 1990:

videos (es):  – 1 of 6   – 2 of 6   – 3 of 6   – 4 of 6   – 5 of 6   – 6 of 6

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birds eye view, ca. 1970 – archivio Dieste

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site layout, ca. 1969 – archivio Dieste

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“The resistant virtues of the structures that we seek depend on their form; it is through their form that they are stable, not because of an awkward accumulation of material. 

There is nothing more noble and elegant from an intellectual viewpoint than this: To resist through form.”   –  Eladio Dieste, 1987

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main access structure – from north, ca. 1970; foto: acervo Azevedo Moura & Gertum

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market structure – views from north-west, ca. 1970 – acervo Azevedo Moura & Gertum

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south-west, ca. 197o – archivio Dieste

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double-curvature masonry vaults, wide-span roof structure (Gaussian vault) of the central market building – shop drawing by Dieste y Montañez S.A., ca. 1969 – archivio Dieste

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free standing, single-curvature masonry vaults (barrel vault), of the lateral storage buildings – shop drawing by Dieste y Montañez, ca. 1969 – archivio Dieste


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“The building methods I am describing allow a building speed similar to that of prefabrication, requiring less equipment, and a similar workforce. The simplicity of the necessary equipment and the fact we are using the smallest and oldest of prefabricated elements often leads people to believe that we are employing arts and crafts methods, associated with a vague connotation of underdevelopment and a failure to apply what science has put within the reach of technology. This is not true!”

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birds-eye view – close-up from south-west, ca. 1970 – archivio Dieste

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aerial view from south-west, ca. 1970 – archivio Dieste

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“One might very well question the validity of a search for a true and rational expression of the laws of  matter in equilibrium. And if asked whether it is not enough to produce simple, economical construction, I would not hesitate to answer, NO, it is not enough!

Unnecessary simplification is the work of the financial economy of money and its management. If we want our buildings to have the power of the great architectural inventions of the past, then we must strive for a greater economy than the financial, an economy long forgotten by the practical gentleman who manage us and squander things of real worth with careless financial speculation.”

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Market structure – 2012.01.11.

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market structure  – west, south-west corner

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south-east – ca. 1970 above, foto: acervo Azevedo Moura & Gertum – 2012.01.11 bottom

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north east – close-up

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interiors – ca.1970, acervo Azevedo Moura & Gertum

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Storage structures – 2012.01.11

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some structures to the east of the market building

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freestanding access structure – 1970 above, archivio Dieste, 2012 bottom

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