'Never forget what you had and what was lacking on the shelters you've been.'
Old builder's saying.
FAR FROM ANY ROAD.
The more we keep working, the more we keep learning, the lesser roads we find in our way.
Our constant questioning of reality and its possibilities lead us to uncharted territories, sometimes impenetrable, sometimes everyday deserts full of life, sometimes welcoming groves.
It is from and towards this wild, open, common yet extraordinary places where we're headed in search for the sources of our matter.
Knowledge, culture, tradition, science, design tools, are a light bag we carry from place to place, from project to project, not a paved road we can follow.
THE BRIEF OUTLINE OF A WORKSHOP UNGROWTH.
We know our territory. We have been working the last fifteen years in the same place we grew up. Everyday we learn new things from it. We work in our childhood landscapes. We experience enough mistakes -'salutary failure'- so as to know which limits we need to explore and cross. We keep learning which questions to make, practicing rigour and precision in our daily explorations. We don't sell anything, nor we give any service. We help you feel at home in the world through modifying the environment as little as possible.
From the hard dialectic between exiles in our own land and feeling at home, we keep nurturing this mental spring.
Although we are not nomadic, our core team could move its working environment in a night. Then we would set camp in each of our construction sites.
Everyday, we end up being a very small-sized practice. It is not that we want to be big or small. Our natural way of working keeps shaping this ecotone's size and intercourses. We work to improve life, working together with very diverse people -for the common good and by building trust. We are not a proper workshop, with enough space and diverse physical tools, although we spend a great amount of time in others' workshops. Our mind is our main tool, our light. It is not better or worse than any other physical tool/means. Small we are and small/closer we'll probably stand.
We work simultaneously in as few projects as we can. We nourish with care a very fragile and evolving ecosystem. Often enjoying brief and intense procrastinating spaces in between commissions. When you welcome changes everyday, you don't experience any negative crisis. Naturally, we enjoy comfortable, fast projects. But we are also very interested in leftover commissions that nobody is willing to take. In recognising extraordinary potential in apparently dull situations. Turning apparent shit into manure. In fact, there are no bad commissions, just mediocre or egotistic architects. In a design process there are no problems, in the sense that all obstacles -exterior and interior- are a portal to improve this design.
There is no Re- in life. But somehow, our practice is born again after each task -the same but different. Most of the time, we don't know whether we'll still exist in five or six months. Yet, every year is better than the last. Not that we make more money, or have success and fame. But we work better, build better and give more. As long as we keep improving, we'll be around to try to help you, carefully posing new and old questions.
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