At a basic, primary level, our buildings rest (downwards) on the ground, on the earth, and extend (upwards) into the air, into the sky.
The earth meets the need for anchorage, and the air offers the possibility of expansion, opening, taking off.
In indoor spaces, air has to be continuously removed and replaced by fresh air taken from a clean external source to maintain good indoor air quality, since it relates to the health and comfort of the building’s occupants. Ventilation removes pollutants and prevents build-up of odours, and in extreme cases removes smoke, biochemical species and other hazardous materials. more »
House Secchi, Ftan, Engadin, 1987
Looking at architecture in connection with water, the first premise is that a house should not leak. This constructive aspect targets the roof as a protective, cantilevering element. It is interesting to realize that, in the vernacular tradition, the shape of the roof is closely connected to changing local amounts of precipitation: flat roofs in more or less arid zones and steeper, pitched forms with greater altitude and latitude. more »
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Formless: water adapts to the container.
Moving: instability, dynamic behaviour.
Change of status: liquid to solid, and, when frozen, its volume increases. However, it is not only the consistency that changes, more »
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“Standing there, the building rests on the rocky ground. This resting of the work draws up out of the rock the mystery of that rock’s clumsy yet spontaneous support.
Standing there, the building holds its ground against the storm raging above it and so first makes the storm itself manifest in its violence. The luster and gleam of the stone, though itself apparently glowing only by the grace of the sun, yet first brings to light the light of the day, the breadth of the sky, the darkness of the night.
The temple’s firm towering makes visible the invisible space of air.”
Martin Heiddeger’s Hut in Todtnauberg, Black Forest, Germany. Photo: Adam Sharr
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On the urban front of the river Adour in Bayonne (France), around Henri Grenet Bridge, the Tête de Pont project is visibly taking shape.
It is a project of great importance for Bayonne, not just due to its sheer size (some 70.000 m2 of built surface area) but also because it is the new gateway to the city. The brief is divided between two city blocks that contain social and free market housing, a shopping centre, a hotel, a small area of offices and car parks, and the central part that joins the two blocks, channelling the flow of car and pedestrian transit. more »
The seafront in Barcelona is incomplete—that is, there are fixed, finished parts, and others yet to be built.
The limits are clear: to the left, with the sea at our backs, the mountain of Montjuïc, crowned by the fort.
At its foot, the industrial port.
To the right, the river Besòs, with a recent complex of high-rise buildings forming the built limit.
The background is beautiful: the coastal ridge, green mountains, undeveloped, happily.
The foreground, the base of the composition, is also interesting: the sea, which is usually calm, protected from the north winds by the Cape of Begur.
Limits, background, foreground, defined and beautiful.
In the middle, the city, a compact, formless mass, with emergences.
Unfinished, happily, yet to be built.
Josep Lluís Mateo
Go to the Barcelona Seafront view. more »
In Toulouse, near the airport and the river Garonne.
A housing development that seeks to optimize the living conditions of each of its cells. The whole is broken down to prioritize the meeting with the domestic rather than insisting on the abstraction of the idea.
A complex of four independent but conceptually connected volumes (A, B, C and D) arranged around a semi-private garden. more »
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Ullastret revisited by Jordi Bernadó
One of my first works, paving a medieval village, completed many years ago.
Through Bernadó’s eyes, it reappears new, colourful and vibrant. more »
Josep Lluís Mateo, August 2011
dAP – Issue 4. Cinema