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Bettween sweet and raw. Acceleration objectology

  • Location: Badajoz
  • Client: EAI_IAE Euskadiko Arkitektura Institutoa
  • Date: 2021
  • Principal Architect: AZAB Cristina Acha, Miguel Zaballa, Ane Arce, Iñigo Berasategui
  • Photographs: Jorge Isla

Bettween sweet and raw. Acceleration   objectology.


"Architecture is always a dream and a function, an expression of a utopia and an instrument of convenience" (1)

(1) Barthes, Roland  Semiology and Urbanism.

Intervening on what is built is always an exercise in reflection and doubt, which accentuates or denies what has already been established. Doing it at the doors of the Basque Institute of Architecture is an obligation to propose, wondering and wondering, what is this about architecture?


AZAB proposes a furnishing that avoids being and building, in a space that is already too built, accentuating the meaning of the architectural as mediation and relationship between parts. The objectual intervention flies between the strangeness and immediacy of the found and the singularity of the ad hoc, through the installation of two large curtains, which, made of textile remnants, tear the over-articulated space, accelerating it with their stressed position. and color ratio. This accelerating curb is stay and travel, space and time. An effort to stretch, to the maximum, the idea of ​​limit to its minimum expression as a soft and interchangeable line in space.

In short, an objectology that from its alien and given condition, as a collection of industrially produced pieces, is transformed, through precise actions, into a significant set that builds new relationships with what is given. In a proposal to build a paradoxical account of the complex, in which architecture is presented as the intermediate: between function and dream, culture and industry, ... between the sweet and the crude.

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