The Competition for the Bastille Opera, the Portuguese proposals of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias

The Competition for the Bastille Opera, the Portuguese proposals of Raúl Hestnes Ferreira, Alfredo Matos Ferreira and Manuel Graça Dias

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On March 8, 1982, François Mitterrand launched his policy of Great Works, including the "realization on the site of the old Bastille station of a modern and popular opera." An international call was launched from November 1982 to January 1983, having answered 1650 candidates; however, it only received 775 projects.
In a consolidated urban sector, the proposed land was tricky, relatively narrow, but of very generous length. An extensive program was carried out, and the building would necessarily be complex and bulky. To this was added the objective of renovating the Bastille square, considering the symbolic aspect of the place, and creating a monument worthy of the bicentenary celebration.
The article aims to analyze and compare these three Portuguese proposals by Raúl Hestnes Ferreira (1931-2018), Alfredo Matos Ferreira (2928-2015), and Manuel Graça Dias (1953-2019) and their views on the program. The collections of these three architects belong to the Marques da Silva Foundation, in Porto. The Portuguese participation in this contest had only six proposals.
This article concludes that Opera did not meet the President's wishes, having the label of unloved in the Grands Travaux.

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Alexandra Saraiva

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Preferred Track

9. The Syndrome of Grand Projects: contamination processes between North-South, West-East, Global-Local

Second Preferred Track

1. Mega-events and mega-projects: trends and demands

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