Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Open House Lisboa 2018: dates and curators

September, the cultural rentrée month, the month to rediscover our city, the Open House Lisbon month. The 7th edition of OH Lisbon happens on the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd 2018. Save the date!

The city should be seen from different perspectives and because of that this year we are going to look at Lisbon through the gaze of architect, critic, and teacher Luís Santiago Baptista, and architect, teacher, and curator Maria Rita Pais. September is the month to open doors and celebrate Lisbon's architecture.

In the words of the curators, "we are motivated by the possibility of understanding Lisbon in a large urban scale, through projects, buildings and specific interventions, proposing a reading of the city's recent transformations, in its several areas and structural axis. And, finally, through that mapping, highlight the crucial role of architects in the construction of the past, present and future of Lisbon".

Men takes a picture of the river from the auditorium of the Champalimaud Foundation.

Fundação Champalimaud, Visita Comentada | © Untold

In a time of great transformation for Portugal's capital, it is even more important to let everyone know and understand how the city is projected, built and preserved. In the words of José Mateus, President of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, "one same reality can change radically and reinforce its charm when observed from different angles. In the case of Lisbon, if on the one hand there are many places, spaces or buildings that we would never have imagined existed, on the other hand, what seems obvious, and that we though we already knew can reveal itself in unexpected dimensions. The profile and experience of the Open House Lisbon curators Luís Santiago Baptista e Maria Rita Pais, promises exactly that: a plural, analytical and revealing outlook in the discovery process, whether it's through what we thought we knew, or towards what we don't know yet".

Lisbon City Hall © Hugo David

This event, that brings together the Triennale and EGEAC, looks to promote a wider dialogue on architecture and the community, based on the belief that this brings a better life to citizens. "This partnership, which has grown and renewed itself on each edition, promotes knowledge on public and private space through a specialised outlook that is nevertheless accessible to everyone. It's with that spirit of inclusion and promotion of our heritage - contemporary and ancient - that we think each edition together", says Joana Gomes Cardoso, the president of EGEAC.

Annually, a new and carefully crafted selection of buildings is proposed, that show us emblematic works in the city, their stories and authors, on a weekend of guided tours, free and with no booking required. From palaces to private homes, from museums to studios. See iconic buildings as well as recently concluded projects.

Open House is an international event with more than 35 participant cities in the world. In 2012, the Triennale brought Open House to Portugal, an event that has established itself as a reference in the capital. In 2015 and 2016, we also launched Open House Porto, in collaboration with Casa da Arquitectura.

Soon we will release all info concerning our Call for volunteers, Plus programme and suggestion of spaces.