Projects for the Kunsthaus Zürich extension and for a public art garden
We were to continue constructing the front that is the plaza, as the empty space currently there makes the city disappear too quickly. But Heimplatz is small and taken up with traffic, a situation that is not expected to change. more »
The plaza is a surface, a topography drawn out in relation to the movement of the water and built by pedreiros, following patterns that are abstract but not random.
Floating on this surface is an object. At its base, water, frozen here to form a skating rink.
Josep Lluís Mateo, 2013
Interview for the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Noticias more »
Restricted Competition, 2005 (Finalist)
The monument to the Ghetto Uprising, which stands in a large void without physical significance, surrounded by anonymous, ghostly buildings, interested us as a presence colonising the site. It stands on a big podium, establishing a new topographical layer and introducing a mark, a new scale of new facts.
We were also interested in the limits, the streets, but not for their form; instead we thought of them as channels, as lines of connexion, pipes for fluids. more »
Theater Objects: A Stage for Architecture and Art features works by, between others, Josep Lluís Mateo.
This exhibition is the first in a series of exhibitions that aim to initiate a dialogue between architecture and contemporary art. Co-produced by LUMA Foundation and gta Exhibitions, based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, the show invites the latter’s renowned Department of Architecture to enter into dialogue with the city’s exhibition venues. more »
More info about the lecture here.
In the grounds of Prague Castle, among various palaces currently reused to house the National Gallery, the brief was to design a small building that provides an entrance to the museum complex.
Two parallel surfaces organize what used to be an empty space without weighing it down: one forms the floor, the other the roof. more »
Build fire and read
the future in smoke
Carry out ash
and scatter over head more »
The ancients saw fire as the primeval element, the origin of the formation of matter. In our field, architecture, fire is associated with energy, with the thermal adaptation needed for human life, and for handling and producing the materials (iron, glass, food) that are fundamental for survival. Fire is a synonym for the flow of life, which architecture serves. more »