Edificio de Apartamentos Bonjour Tristesse [Bonjour Tristesse residential complex], Berlin, Germany (1980-1984)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)
  • Uli Böhme (architect)
  • Peter Brinkert (architect)

Edificio de Apartamentos Bonjour Tristesse [Bonjour Tristesse residential complex], Berlin, Germany (1980-1984)


circa 1981-2005

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 160 drawings (including 106 reprograhic copies)
    159 slides
    83 photographs
    11 35mm negative strips
    5 contact sheets
    1 postcard
Scope and content:
This project subseries documents the residential complex Bonjour Tristesse after Siza won the competition for Block 121. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 2/80 A.
Drawings in this subseries show changes between the competition entry for Bonjour Tristesse and the built project. For instance, drawings depict the decision to reduce the number of floors, as well as Siza’s proposal to preserve the ground floor shops that remained from the previous building. Other changes documented include changes in the number of staircases as well the omission of an entrance ramp.
Documenting this project subseries are sketches, studies, plans, elevations, and details. There are photographs, negatives, and slides that show the construction site and the building during and after construction. There are also photographs and negatives of the model for Bonjour Tristesse. For correspondence and project documentation see the project series.
Reference number:


Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.

Berlin Germany

Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • German
Related units of description:
  • Sketches for Block 121 are also included in Siza's sketchbooks found in series AP178.S2 of this fond. Of note are sketchbooks 59, 74, 84, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 110, 147, 150, 155, and 168. These sketchbooks include competition and post competition sketches of Bonjour Tristesse. Some of these sketchbooks also contain sketches of the Kita and the Senior Club Anziani. See subseries AP178.S1.1980.PR02.SS2 and AP178.S1.1980.PR02.SS3 for more details.

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