Adrià Goula on Architecture and Travel
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What is the importance of traveling, especially for Architects and humans in general?
What do you think is the added value that architecture creates within a city?
What is the importance of Architectural events (like WAF that is hosting us here) worldwide? What are the profits for a city holding such kind of major events?
At the end, can you please provide your personal proposal for 10 buildings (constructed and visitable) which you think as the most important worldwide that someone must visit anyway?
There’s a building in Bordeaux which is an old submarine base where the Nazis built their submarines. It’s a building made of concrete, it’s huge, they can’t demolish it because it’s too big, it’s not restored, so it’s like it’s falling apart. Inside there are really big spaces where the water enters. It’s really one of the buildings that I love.
Also, we can talk about La Tourette, which influenced Miralles a lot as well. I really like this building. Here in Barcelona we have the Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion, which is kind of nice, the way that the spaces mix. There is a really good book about it from Juiseppe Kerglass, who is one of the teachers here in Barcelona. I really like the architecture without architects.
There’s this book, I forget who wrote it, “Architecture without Architects”. When I traveled to Morocco I found Kasbahs, cities that are built as if they were a building. It’s amazing the spaces that are created, this continuity of things that open up, things to the sides… Also from Bordeaux, this house from Lacatonie Vassal, which has the trees inside, it’s an amazing space. I had the chance to pass some days there and it’s not only the place itself but also that they kept the best way to stay there. In the United States there are some things also.
Last year I was in Chicago and I really loved this building where there are two towers, the Marina I think it’s called, they have the parking lots inside the building, on the bottom and on the top there are apartments. That’s nice; it’s kind of brutal architecture, which I like. The Thermal Bath in Vals by Zumthor, I think that’s really amazing as well.
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Adrià Goula Sardà (Barcelona, 1973) is formed in the School of Architecture in Barcelona where he obtained a degree in architecture in 2000 and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in 2007.
He works as an architect in various offices in Barcelona (Enric Miralles (EMBT) and Coll-Leclerc arquitectos, etc..) and Paris (Yves Lion architectes et urbanistes) and in 2005 founded his own firm “aH! arquitectura” together with Helen Silvy-Leligois.Alongside professional start in photography of architecture, which will become its main activity. In this area, performs work for renowned architects locally and internationally (Yves Lion, Josep Mias, Josep Lluis Mateo, Eduard Bru, Vicente Guallart, Fermin Vazquez (b720 architects), Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, etc.), and to various public and private institutions (City of Barcelona, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (MMAMB) Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB), Musée des Monuments Français, Aéroports de Catalunya, Escofet, etc..)
Has published several monographic books: “On building of Josep Lluis Mateo” (Ed. Actar), “b720″ (TC quadernos), ” Ciutat Vella de Barcelona: memòria urbà d’un proces” (Ed. Criteria) and “Barceloneta Market of Josep Mias “(Ed. Actar) and has collaborated with multiple books and magazines, national and international (Arquitectura Viva, Domus, Abitare, Quaderns, AMC, Frame, On diseño, Arquitectura y Diseño, C3, Detail, etc …). He has also been a professor of photography at the Escola Sert in Barcelona, has participated in several worksohops and has lectured at various universities and schools.He also develops a personal photo work beyond the architecture, that have been exposed individually in Paris (“NY” in Salón de Torigny, November 2003), Bordeaux (“Murs” in June 2009 and “Vietnam” in April 2011 in Atélier Dartois) and Barcelona (“NY” in June 2004 and “De-Construcción” in June 2010 in the Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya). Currently he’s preparing an exhibition at the Gallery Kowasa in Barcelona for September 2012. He has also a published book of his personal work “De-Construcción” by Fundación Esteyco in November 2009.