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Ensamble Studio: Anton Garcia Abril and Debora Mesa Molina

Architecture of the Earth


July 18–September 25, 2020

Architecture of the Earth is an ongoing investigation conducted by Ensamble Studio that reflects upon the relation between Architecture and the Earth. It discovers an abandoned sandstone quarry in the Balearic Island of Menorca and gives it new meaning, opening our imagination to archiitectures that have more to do with reading space, recycling landscape and quarrying light than building from ground up. The architects state: “The fruit that nature gives us, as a found space; which requires tillage and cultivation to imbue the received offering with domesticity…history [is] interpreted to transform it into architecture.”

The virtual exhibition at T Space consists of significant new research in 2020 including experimental virtual reality, video, drawing, and conceptual substance.

 

“We propose a trip to the interior being of matter, and recognize the freedom with which it gives us spaces to live.” – Ensamble Studio

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Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing imagination and reality, art and science, their work innovates typologies, technologies and methodologies to address issues as diverse as the construction of the landscape or the prefabrication of the house. From their early works –Hemeroscopium House in Madrid or The Truffle in Galicia– to their most recent – Structures of Landscape in Montana or Ca’n Terra in Menorca–, every project makes space for experimentation aiming to advance their
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Antón and Débora are committed to sharing ideas and cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds through teaching, lecturing and researching: she is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech and he is a Professor at MIT, where they co-founded the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory ) in 2012. Their work is extensively published in both printed and digital media, exhibited worldwide -Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum NYC 2019-20, Harvard GSD 2018, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and 2016, GA International Exhibitions 2016-2010 in Tokyo, MOMA NY 2015, amongst others- and awarded with international prizes. Their efforts to make theory and practice meet in their work has been recognized with the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.

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