Lisbon’s coach catastrophe

Architecture Here and There

Coach hall at Lisbon's former Museu dos Coches. (dreamwishes.com) Coach hall at Lisbon’s former Museu dos Coches. (dreamwishes.com)

Malcolm Millais, author of the explosive Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture (2009) sends sad news from Portugal. Lisbon’s delightful and elegant Coach Museum, long the nation’s most popular museum, had been housed in a perfectly lovely building of impeccable royal lineage. It has now been relocated into a typical abomination of modern architecture, designed specifically to fly in the face of all that is Portugal.

The old Coach Museum. (top10portugal.com) The old Coach Museum. (top10portugal.com)

An old coach at the old Coach Museum. (ie.picclick.com) An old coach at the old Coach Museum. (ie.picclick.com)

New home of Coach Museum. (oldportuguesestuff.com) New home of Coach Museum. (oldportuguesestuff.com)

Malcolm says he has no idea why they made the switch, but he and I can speculate with relative security. Leaders in Lisbon wanted to get on the celebrity-architect gravy train. I am not suggesting any sort of peculation – though I have no proof it did not take place. I posit only corruption of…

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