Rigour & Expression
Estudio Lucas y Hernández-Gil
The project is a first floor 300 sqm duplex house. The apartment benefits from natural daylight from two courtyards which are at its limits, at the apartment’s core a stair connects both levels and is the main element of the house. With the aim of addressing this as the main structural core and as the heart of the flat itself, the project draws inspiration from Martk Rothko’s colour fields and treats it with two sets of coloured tiles.
As G. Bachelard says in ‘The Poetics of Space’ everyday movements up and down the stairs takes us on a phenomenological journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.
Casaplata is a restaurant and cocktail bar in the very center of Seville. Differently from similar projects developed in the area which sought to revive a historical past, this project looks towards the future with no element of nostalgia. Similarly to the still lives of Giorgio Morandi the proposal can is defined through strong colored pieces that stand out over a silver gray atmosphere. The aim here is to reinforce the gastronomic, to focus on what is within reach by by blurring the lines of the environment. Upon this underdone stage, a vaporous furniture appears made with colored perforated sheets.
How do you approach the theme of representation in architecture? How does this reflect how you operate as a studio?
We approach our projects by drawing as means of organise space and developing conceptual collages. As a first step we make axonometrics that condense the very essence of every project. It is a traditional approach from diedric drawings that we combine with a plastic and intuitive method. In every project we look for a combination of rigour and expression.
How does your work as graphic designers effect the way you think of representation and approach drawing?
It affects our way of looking and quest for the ‘essence’ of an idea, for us the relationship between representation and product should be basic.
What is your biggest tool when it comes to drawing architecture? What is your take on the contemporary palette of digital tools?
We are open minded with regards to this aspect. We always start with hand-drawn sketches, but also use 3D modelling as a tool during the process phase of the project. We use this medium as working model, not looking for an absolute definition but for an open and an intriguing door offering different paths for the project.
When opening your projects page on the website one is overwhelmed by a series of ax/iso drawings- what is your take on this orthogonal projection? Why the choice to reveal each project firstly through this drawing?
Axonometric drawings are a representation system that is visual and abstract at the same time. We really like this intermediate step that is offered both by the approximations to diedric drawings and conical models. It is an architectural tool that is legible by everyone without loosing the geometric base of the project.
What role do the silhouettes play in your images? How do they talk about the architectural environments they inhabit?
Drawings include their architectural environment when it is determinant on the proposal. Our projects are born from the environment in a wide variety of aspects.
From the representation of a project before it is created to the manipulation after what is the relationship between these two sets of images?
This first drawings are most intuition. In the process we come up with some determining aspects and if you solve them it add complexity on a functional and constructive point of view to the project.
The studio works on architectural projects, as well as on interior and graphic design, seeking a different point of view, merging curiosity, intuition and trade. This work is imbued with the idea of The Craftsman, as defined by Richard Sennett, and tries to discover a story where all the elements fit together in every project.