Architecture In Motion
According to the call for papers of XV Cultural week of ETSAS, Estudio Pepino proposed a conference-workshop called “ Architecture and destruction”
The conference was developed through the opposites, from the architecture of destruction, unable to adapt itself and force to be permanently expired, to other type of architecture, the one with the capacity to change and be permanent. This permanence is not physical but the ability to be duplicate over time with a mechanism or system called “Timeless folk architecture”. Keeping this mutable, adaptable and folkloric architecture in mind, “El Estaribel” is created and planned to be built during the workshop.
“El Estaribel” is the consequence of a previous analysis about the architecture’s ability to regenerate itself over the time. How the architecture could face its antiquated character and it can regenerate after natural disasters or failures in its own process.
The way to solve this initial idea is with an ephemeral, folkloric and timeless construction, full of life, changeable and cyclical. It would be the authentic paradigm of permanent architecture, repeating itself over the time. Setting the regeneration as a way to create and to use the construction as a change method and as a revitalizing element.
Pabellon En Movimiento
Benimaclet conFusion festival is a culture and free expression annual festival in Benimaclet’s neighborhood (Valencia, Spain). This third edition hosted more than 380 artists who have been participating in more than 70 spaces throughout the district.
Estudio Pepino had the opportunity to work in one of these spaces, the one where several performances and the closing party will take place. To host these activities, the neighborhood association and the Benimaclet’s people left a place to the festival located in the neighborhood`s urban orchard, a place where activities and performances will take place and where the construction of our installation will be place as well.
Knowing the style of the festival, the duration and the involvement of the neighbors, and the possibility of reuse the construction, we worked on a system, an installation that allows a quick construction and an easy re-adaptation to future uses at the same time. This is how “Pabellón en movimiento” appears, a zero degree’s structure, an adaptable ephemeral architecture, an architectural system that will respond to the neighbors’ necessities in the future, a dynamic installation that can be used as a pavilion, a stage, a place to rest or as a common space, transforming itself increasing its height and moving depending on the necessities.
For that, we designed an adjustable pillar with an oscillating base which through its movement can extend and reduce the structure at the same time. All of this is made by a simple system of counterweight and the triangulation that gives the stability to each element.
To realize the installation,considering the implication of the neighbors and the request of an identity by the festival staff, a three-day workshop is needed with the possibility of involve the district’s inhabitants in order to help to built the future.
Estudio Pepino appreciated the involvement of the neighbors and the architecture students of the University of Valencia who came to the place to generate a common element, we hope that the construction will be used many years, growing up with the neighborhood, becoming a part of it.
Who influences you graphically?
Our influences stem from the architecture realm as well as from alternative ways of communicating ideas developed by some graphic designers and artists.
In the architectonic field, we are inspired by architects from the 60s and 70s, namely Archizoom, Zzigurat, Archigram and Cedric Price, whose radical and critical thought was materialized not only in their projects but also in their way of designing these.
In the design area, artists from the 80s, such as Ettore Sottsass, Memphis group or the contemporary artist Yoko Honda are very stimulating or us.
What dictates the images through which you chose to reveal your proposal?
From the beginning, the aim of the “Estudio Pepino” way of designing is to avoid the hyperrealism transmitted by traditional renders. We believe in the importance of not revealing everything, suggest allows people’s imagination to complete and enrich the projects.
Drawings should explain something more than plan floors, elevations and axonometric views, that is why our graphical documents intend to reflect the concepts, the ideas and the contributions from our proposals to the places where they are located and to the quotidian of the users.
How do the first two images work and what are they trying to say?
We use collage as a graphic tool that reveals the intentions and concerns of the project through an expressive and strong image.
These two images were created in different stages of the development of the project. The first one was made during the conception of the pavilion, it is a direct transposition of the first brainstorming. In contrast,, the second one, that conveys concepts such as lightweight and heaviness as well as the tension between the tectonic and the stereotomic, was produced when the project was already well defined and developed,
You implement a similar aesthetic to each project, how important is your style of drawing to you and as representative of your firm?
“Estudio Pepino” is an heterogeneous group of architects with individual interests and concerns. This individualities are enriching since they are united and coordinated to produce a common action. The aesthetic we develop strengthen this idea. Nevertheless, without forgetting our collective identity, in each project we develop a graphic style that represents the goals of the proposed architecture.
How could the format of a manual be implemented as to take the proposal a step further and really reveal the beauty which lies in the simplicity of the construction of your structures?
We always try to go beyond the merely technical architecture, however it has to be constructible.The construction and the structure are integrated in the design of architecture, having its graphic style an important rôle in its interpretation.
In the case of the Movement Pavilion, in addition to the conception, we built it along with its future users. To facilitate the setting-up and in order that to get to the people involved in the construction process, we made a Manual. We realized how this document, and the care that goes into making its images and designs, discloses the essence of the project.
Estudio Pepino is a group of architects concerned in building the tension between the stable, solid and permanent versus the futile, anecdotal and slight. Created in La Coruña (Spain) by Adrián González, Antonio Antequera, Ander Bados, Beatriz Sierra, María Montenegro, Miguel Ramón and Sara Escudero, they develop their theoretical, constructive and architectural activity throughout the Spanish territory. They are interested in the creation of architectures in motion, chaotic structures that provoke doubts of its stand ability producing uncertainty in the perception of ordinary situations. However, this is one of the myriad definitions of Estudio Pepino.
Welcome to the era of timeless folk-architecture.