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Josep Lluis Mateo Book
Occasions : Architecture Publication by celebrated Barcelona architect, Spain
14 Jun 2012
Mateo Arquitectura Book
This book describes that initial moment of a series of buildings, beyond their origins and their physical constitution (both issues, idea and matter, however, based on my work). Here, the objects are presented, captured by Adrià Goula, as visual forms, as compositions of planes and surfaces that form volumes and also as a dialectic of the light and shade that define spaces.
Josep Lluís Mateo
Excerpt from ON BUILDING Matter and Form
24 May 2012
Mateo Arquitectura – New Book
ON BUILDING Matter and Form, by Josep Lluís Mateo
ON BUILDING. Josep Lluís Mateo
On Building is an action that moves towards the future. It involves imagining another reality, another world, different to this one. The project requires data about existing conditions. (…) Yet the project distorts this data (and must do so). (…)
Building is a long journey through the present continuous. The past exists as an echo, as a phantasmal form that is no longer discussed, and sometimes even its origin is forgotten.(…) Finally, the building appears. Despite the slowness of construction, suddenly, the building is there. (…)
And so we see it: whole, new, young, brilliant. Very soon, we will leave it. (…)
The idea, however, is to convey the initial, fresh force of the objects when they appear. Witnessing these brief moments is, in part, what motivates our work.
Josep Lluís Mateo
Excerpt from ON BUILDING Matter and Form
This book presents 5 singular projects that Josep Lluís Mateo has completed recently:
1. Offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
2. PGGM Company Headquarters, Zeist, Netherlands
3. Remodelling of Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain
4. Reconstruction of an old country mansion, Garrotxa, Girona, Spain
5. Film Theatre of Catalonia, Barcelona
Josep Lluis Mateo Book – Credits
Title: ON BUILDING Matter and Form
Author / Editor: Josep Lluís Mateo
Photos: Adrià Goula
Texts: Josep Lluís Mateo, Agustí Obiol, Dominique Boudet, Fredy Massad, Alicia Guerrero, Philip Ursprung, Adrià Goula y Lucien Engels
Published by Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona 2012
Mateo Arquitectura Book – Featured Buildings
Filmoteca de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain
image : Josep Lluis Mateo
Filmoteca de Cataluña Barcelona
PGGM Headquarters Building, Zeist, The Netherlands
photograph : Adrià Goula
PGGM Company Headquarters
Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France
images : Adria Goula
Banc de Sabadell Atlantic, Barcelona, Spain
photo © Pedro Pegenaute
Banc de Sabadell Atlantic
Reconstruction of an old country mansion, Garrotxa, Girona, Spain
photo © Adrià Goula
House in Garrotxa
A previous book by Josep Lluís Mateo:
Josep Lluis Mateo Architect Book
PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK OCCASIONS AND THE
OCCASIONAL CITY INSTALLATION by Josep Lluis Mateo
(15 to 19 Sep 2009)
Josep Lluis Mateo presents his book Occasions, which contains the architect’s projects, talks and reflections over the last five years. To coincide with this launch, the practice has devised an ephemeral installation, Occasional City, comprising models and documents of recent projects.
The book, published by Actar, will have its public launch on 15 September at Barcelona’s Galeria RAS, the venue of the installation of models and audiovisual material.
The book is published in Spanish and English, and will be distributed in over 20 countries. It includes contributions by Stan Allen, Dominique Boudet, Vicente Guallart, Jose Luis Guerin, Marta Poch, Carlos M. Reis de Figueiredo and Jordi Teixidor.
The ephemeral installation will be open to visitors on 3, 4 and 5 September only, at Galeria RAS in Barcelona.
“Don’t finish this building (the Catalan Film Theatre). The outline is always much better than the finished product. It’s lovely, Josep Lluis.”
Jose Luis Guerin, film director
“Josep Lluis Mateo is one of Spain’s most influential architects and a guest in Nice at this first lecture of 2008. He is an architect with an atypical career.
(…) It was a hard training, but one that allowed Mateo to forge his exceptional urban savoir-faire”
Dominique Boudet, Director and editor in chief of AMC French magazine
“I try to ensure that my participation is in proportion, establishing a balanced relation between the way I see and feel the commission and the overall project (…) .less painting, more architecture.”
Jordi Teixidor, Painter
“(…) reflection on the profession also forms part of the practice of an architect, and that this activity should not necessarily be given up to professional theorists or academics.”
Stan Allen, Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University
THE BOOK: OCCASIONS
Occasions refers to the specificity of our actions and puts distance between itself and the generic approach. Operating as an architect, I have to go up to phenomena; I cannot merely explain them from the distance that renders them uniform and dilute. I am interested in the viewpoint that causes experiences and ideas to materialize in a unique, special way. In consequence, rather than proposing a practice of general, abstract, generic architecture, Occasions seeks to understand it and to describe it as the product of an intelligence and a specific sensibility.
Occasions points out that our work is always an opportunity to understand and establish active relations with the world.
Josep Lluis Mateo
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
THE INSTALLATION: OCCASIONAL CITY
OCCASIONAL CITY is an ideal city consisting of fragments of cities in which we have been invited to work. It is global and local, comprised of order and hierarchy (despite being fortuitous), and it organizes our responses on the occasions when we have been asked.
The installation is made up of a fragment of this ideal city that contains actual models, screenings and audiovisual material in a programme that will be publicized in August 2009.
The installation will be open to the public from 15 to 19 September 2009 at the RAS gallery in Barcelona. The opening will take place at 8 pm in the evening on Tuesday 15 September.
RAS is at number 10, Carrer Doctor Dou in Barcelona.
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