Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Plans o' Pinós

On Monday, as part of The Arhchitectural League's fall lecture series, Barcelona's Carme Pinós presented a handful of recent projects, including a competition she won for a square with housing and educational components in Barcelona, an office building in Mexico and a primary school in Barceona (both built), a couple hotel projects in Latin America, and an installation to (hopefully) be built in the Canary Islands. What stood out amongst the imagery of the projects were the floor plans. The architect's very capable hand is evident in the way she articulates the different plans, a broad array of different types, owing to the various building types she tackles.

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The above thumbnails culled from the Estudio Carme Pinós web page illustrate the obvious importance the architect places on the plan. Sectional relationships and form are certainly not ignored in the designs, but the movement of bodies in spaces that is afforded by the plan takes precedence. This makes sense for an architect who endeavors "to create an experiential architecture to be understood not only with the eyes and the head, but also with the whole body.” Below is a sampling of plans from the projects Pinós presented the other night. I think they speak for themselves.

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