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Barozzi / Veiga

Magazine Architecture | 09 Dec 2016

THE ESSENTIAL FORM OF ARCHITECTURE

  

Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi build, since 2004, an architecture full of meaning. Because a project is always 50% a reflection of desires and the will of the architect, the agency seeks to always go far and beyond in the work that it develops. Winners of the prize Mies Van Dier Rhoe, in 2015, they believe that with more distinction comes more pressure to continue doing the work they are so passionate about, but a healthy pressure to be managed with optimism and resistance, essential words that, for Albert Veiga, defines the way the agency looks towards the future.

 

The studio Barozzi/Veiga embraces an "essential" architecture. What sort of architecture is this and how is it possible to understand it formally? 

What is important to us is to discover with greater strength the reality that each place keeps hidden, we try to reduce or control to best of our ability every gesture that we can perform in order to transmit with greater intensity, what is for us, the most important of each place. That is why we refer to the essential. If we can say something merely with one gesture why would we use two? That being said, we try to say that we search for the essential, not because we have some sort of philosophical concept associated, but because of the need to transmit in a clear way what we consider to be of most importance in a place.

  

In a world which is more and more global how do you achieve the concept of particularities (a central aspect of your thoughts)? 

The question of particularities is connected to the notion of the essential. In the end, when you present yourself as an architect that works in a distinct place, or in a different country, in a reality that you are unfamiliar with, what you can only offer, only makes sense if you can be very specific in regards to a place, if you can give an answer not only for the imminent context, to the atmosphere, all that which envelops in reality the project. This is why, in this day and age, it makes sense to be specific in our profession.

  

This being essential and being specific, does it not lead to more time to develop a project or is time important, is it valued for the project?

For us it is something that is worthwhile. Of course it takes time. It is a work method which functions by the process of elimination. We begin to detach from things as we advance. For us this makes sense, or at least up until now. In a few years from now we cannot say what sort of architecture we will be doing, but it is a territory that satisfies us.
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Text: Cátia Fernandes
Photos: Courtesy of Barozzi/Veiga

Barozzi/Veiga

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