HKDI Gallery

About the Exhibition

This is the first major retrospective held in Asia on Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The exhibition masterfully portrays a practitioner who sought to define an approach to architectural design based on a strong disciplinary basis amid the ever-changing conditions of his time, accepting the difficult position of claiming architecture as a specific form of knowledge. Over 250 original drawings, photographs and models spanning Moneo’s career will be featured to illuminate the architect’s own vision and story, ultimately reflecting an important part of the recent history of architecture.

Portrait of Rafael Moneo
On site during construction of the laboratories in the Columbia University Northwest Corner Building, New York

THE FORMATIVE YEARS : The School of Madrid (until 1968)

AN EXPRESSION OF HIS OWN: First mature works (until 1976)

THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE: Between Madrid and New York (until 1984)

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Harvard (until 1990)

A GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: The return to Madrid and the international recognition (until 1999)

THE OFFICE IN THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: A reflective professional practice today (to this day)

Event & Public Services

Master Lecture “Behind Buildings” by Rafael Moneo

Date: 16 Dec 2016 (Friday)
Cocktails: 6:00pm
Lecture: 6:30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Design Institute
Speaker: Rafael Moneo

“It is true that buildings, once completed, begin a new life, by themselves, suddenly remote from their architects. But behind buildings there is inevitably a collection of narratives that explain their genesis, their coming to be. Stories that tell of the clients, institutions, and the reasons why a building is raised up. Others that recount the architect, his personal relationship with the building as well as the intellectual ambitions, the theoretical goals, that the architect sought to explore in these buildings.

I have chosen three well known buildings from my career to consider under the aesthetical and ideological commitments I was involved with in the days these buildings were raised. This will allow me to make some reflections about the evolution of architectural theory during the years I developed my career.” – Rafael Moneo 

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Public Guided Tours

Guided Tours can be arranged to schools and community groups by advanced booking. 
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Atocha Station, Madrid
Photograph by Michael Moran
© Rafael Moneo/Courtesy of Fundación Barrié

Visit Us

Exhibition Period
22 Oct 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
(Closed on Tuesdays, 18 December 2016 & 8 January 2017)

Opening Hours
10am - 8pm

d-mart, Hong Kong Design Institute
3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O,
New Territories, Hong Kong
(MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station Exit A2)

+852 3928 2566 /



Media Coverage

January 2017
17.1.2017 西班牙建築大師Rafael Moneo:要尊重過去,才可以談將來, Ming Pao Weekly (Online) (Chinese version only)

8.1.2017 Rafael Moneo, P.10, South China Morning Post - Post Magazine (Online)

6.1.2017 Spanish architect Rafael Moneo on working with his heroes, South China Morning Post – Post Magazine

5.1.2017 Exhibition逾越時間限制的偉大建築, The initium STYLE (Online) (Chinese version only)

4.1.2017 香港知專設計學院 HKDI當代設計三重展, Art Map (Hong Kong) Facebook Page (Online) (Chinese version only)

1.2017 Rafael Moneo: A Theroretical Reflection from the Professional Practice. Archive Materials (1961-2013), P.12, Perspective

Decemeber 2016
30.12.2016 Moneo's Merits, P. 9, China Daily HK

28.12.2016 建築大師設計椅子 在地思考建築之本, D2, Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese version only)
建築大師設計椅子 在地思考建築之本, Ming Pao Daily News (Online) (Chinese version only)

9.12.2016 Rafael Moneo 建築大師講座, Timable (Chinese version only)

5.12.2016 Win a Rafael Moneo book!, Time Out Hong Kong (Online)

3.12.2016 當代設計三重展 創意魅力, Hong Kong Economic Times (Online) (Chinese version only)
西班牙建築大師Rafael Moneo回顧展, Hong Kong Economic Times (Online) (Chinese version only)

12.2016 HKDI Gallery Presents: Rafael Moneo: A Theoretical Reflection from the Professional Practice. Archive Materials (1961-2013), P.65, Perspective
《建 • 哲》回顧展, P.188, Interior Beaute (Chinese version only)
Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Rafael Moenoe's Works on Display, P.44, Home Journal
在設計中建構生活 當代設計三重展, P.36-37, Art Plus

November 2016
11.2016 當代設計三重展矚目登場, P.154-155, Capital (Chinese version only)

October 2016
25.10.2016 HKDI 當代設計三重展, Wzaobao (Chinese version only)

17.10.2016 香港知專設計學院呈獻當代設計三重展, A44, am730 (Chinese version only)
日誌 - 香港知專設計學院呈獻當代設計三重展, am730 (Online) (Chinese version only)