Venice Biennale 2014: “European-ness Porosity” Symposium

Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

“European-ness Porosity” is presented as part of “MADE IN EUROPE: 25 years of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.”

From the Organizers. Europe is currently experiencing a paradigm shift from national to urban identities. As its boundaries become increasingly blurred, each city is claiming an identity of its own. Europe is predominantly urban, and the condition of the European city is related to a stratification of architectures, functions and events which, palimpsest-like, shape a compact, complex understanding of the urban experience that embraces its architectonic heritage, industrial development, social housing, archaeological sites, modern infrastructure and the cities rebuilt after WW2.

The globalisation process began with the emigration of artists and architects during WW1, and continuing with the exodus due to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the start of WW2. In this sense, Europe acted as a transmission device, the key node in a complex process of emission and assimilation. Today we live in a liquid reality whose theme is permeability, a reality in which professionals and intellectuals can move across porous borders.

Dwellings in Barcelona / Josep Lluís Mateo

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Passatge Marimon, 5, , Spain
Area: 907 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Cultural Center in Castelo Branco / Josep Lluís Mateo

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Devesa, 6060-087,
Collaborating Architect: Carlos Reis Figueiredo
Area: 64300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

IE Master in Architectural Design Lecture Series: Josep Lluís Mateo

The IE Master in Architectural Design as part of the Lecture Series 2013 in conjunction with the Círculo de Bellas Artes presents “Lugar, tiempo y materia. Obra reciente, 2010 – 2013″, by .

In this lecture he will manifest his continuing interest in demonstrating the links between construction, research, intellectual development and the pragmatism required to make architecture a reality, as expressed in his recent work.

Josep Lluís Mateo is currently Professor of Architecture and Projects, ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2002-present). Academic Advisor, IE Master in Architectural Design, IE School of Architecture and Design (2012-present). Vice President of Arquiberia (International Association of Spanish Architects) (2011-present). Founder member of the Cercle de Cultura (Culture Circle) in (2010). Visiting lecturer, Princeton, Columbia University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, ABKStuttgart, UP8 Paris, OAF, Oslo and ITESMMexico.

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Reconstruction of an Old Rural Mansion / Josep Lluís Mateo

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Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Vall de Vianya, Catalonia,
Collaborators: Dot Arquitectes - Bet Capdeferro, Ramón Bosch
Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

On Building: Matter and Form / Josep Lluís Mateo


Josep Lluís Mateo is one of ’s-and Europe’s-most prolific and visible architects. Mateo has designed corporate headquarters, housing units, office blocks and hotels throughout Western Europe, and has also renovated urban centers in Gerona () and Castelo Branco (portugal). this volume looks back at nearly 30 years of Mateo’s built structures, as portrayed by the architectural photographer Adrià Goula. As well as buildings from the 80s and 90s, it also looks at his most important projects of the past few years, from the Banc Sabadell Headquarters renovation (2004) and the Factory office building in Boulogne-Billancourt, France (2010) to the PGGM Headquarters in Zeist, Holland (2011) and the Catalonian Film Theater in (2011). Interspersed among Goula’s photographs are Mateo’s observations and musings on architecture.

Masterplan for Nice Grand Arénas / Josep Lluís Mateo

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Josep Lluís Mateo, of Mateo Arquitectura, recently presented his masterplan for the Pôle Multimodal Nice-Aéroport quartier d’affairs Grand Arénas which imagines a city of the future. His brief description and a video can be viewed after the break.

Tête de Pont / Josep Lluís Mateo

Tête de Pont is a winning competition entry by Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura that is a remodeling of the river Adour in Bayonne, .  The solution of the design marks a new threshold for the approach to the old town that begins the process of urban renewal on the banks of Adour between the city center and the estuary.

Read on for more on this project after the break.

After Crisis

“‘After Crisis’ concentrates around the new conditions for architectural practice and around the new epistemologies that may inform it in the next future. That is, in the period after the financial bubble has collapsed and living and working conditions have significantly changed. Essays, studies and interviews, along with a selection of indicative projects, tackle the actual issues of growth and shrinking, economy and ideology, craftsmanship and social space in the city, materiality and sustainability in architecture. In a logical sequence, they depict the current reality of architecture.”

Further information and photos after the break.

The Factory / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Mateo Arquitectura / Josep Lluis Mateo
Location: ZAC Ile Seguin, Rives de Seine,
Technical Project Manager: SNC LAVALIN
Coordinating Architect: Patrick Chavanne
Landscape: D’ici-la
Site Area: 3,000 sqm
Project Area: 17,300 sqm
Budget: 37, 8 million euros
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

In Progress: PGGM Headquarters / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula

Architects: / Mateo Arquitectura
Location: Zeist, Utrecht,
Project Leaders: Markus Lauber, Till von Mackensen
Project Area: 25,000 sqm offices, 25,000 sqm car park
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Place de la République / Mateo Arquitectura

Josep Lluis Mateo / Mateo Arquitectura shared with us their entry for the restricted competition for the Place de la République in Paris, .

More information after the break:

Banc Sabadell Access Hall / Mateo Arquitectura

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Architect: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: ,
Project and site supervisor: Ismael Heras
MAP Arquitectos team: Mariana Castro, Sara Cardoso, Miriam Moreno
Structure: Agustí Obiol, BOMA
Contractor: G56
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Beat Marugg

First Prize: Reconstruction of the historical center of Sibenik, Croatia / MAP

based architect Josep Lluís Mateo won the first prize for the public competition for the reconstruction of the historical center of Sibenik, Croatia.

For more information, click here. More images and architect’s description, after the break.