HKDI Gallery


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)


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

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Atocha Station, Madrid
Photograph by Michael Moran
© Rafael Moneo/Courtesy of Fundación Barrié


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)

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January 2017


西班牙建筑大师Rafael Moneo:要尊重过去,才可以谈将来, Ming Pao Weekly (Online) (Chinese version only)


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


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


Exhibition逾越时间限制的伟大建筑, The initium STYLE (Online) (Chinese version only)


香港知专设计学院 HKDI当代设计三重展, Art Map (Hong Kong) Facebook Page (Online) (Chinese version only)


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

Decemeber 2016


Moneo's Merits, P. 9, China Daily HK


建筑大师设计椅子 在地思考建筑之本, D2, Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese version only)
建筑大师设计椅子 在地思考建筑之本, Ming Pao Daily News (Online) (Chinese version only)


Rafael Moneo 建筑大师讲座, Timable (Chinese version only)


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


当代设计三重展 创意魅力, Hong Kong Economic Times (Online) (Chinese version only)
西班牙建筑大师Rafael Moneo回顾展, Hong Kong Economic Times (Online) (Chinese version only)


HKDI Gallery Presents: Rafael Moneo: A Theoretical Reflection from the Professional Practice. Archive Materials (1961-2013), P.65, Perspective
《建 • 哲》回顾展, P.188, Interior Beaute (Chinese version only)
Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Rafael Moenoe's Works on Display, P.44, Home Journal
在设计中建构生活 当代设计三重展, P.36-37, Art Plus

November 2016


当代设计三重展瞩目登场, P.154-155, Capital (Chinese version only)

October 2016


HKDI 当代设计三重展, Wzaobao (Chinese version only)


香港知专设计学院呈献当代设计三重展, A44, am730 (Chinese version only)
日志 - 香港知专设计学院呈献当代设计三重展, am730 (Online) (Chinese version only)