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Benedetta Tagliabue

Pavijoni spanjol ne expo Shanghai, nga Miralles Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue, born 1963 in Milano, is the director of the international architecture studio Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. She founded it together with her late husband and partner Enric Miralles (1995-2000) in 1994 in Barcelona and since 2010 it is also based in Shanghai. Tagliabue and Miralles are internationally appreciated for their poetic and contextual approach to architecture. Each building inscribes itself not only in the historical context but intends to express the present atmosphere of the city and people and is developed as a unique, contemporary project.

Their projects are ranging from landscape architecture, over public buildings to interior design and several projects were rewarded; In 2001 they’ve got the national prize of Catalonia for the Santa Caterina Market. With its colorful, moving roof it is designed in the spirit of the pulsing city and society. The Scottish Parliament was rewarded among others with the RIBA Stirling Prize 2005. In a sensible way it integrates in the landscape and giving to all building parts individual characteristics, it is concepted as a non-hierarchical architecture, reminding that the parliament represents the Scottish people. Also, the Spanish Pavilion (Shanghai World Expo 2010) was valued by a number of prices. Realized with basketry techniques, it reveals the potential of wickerwork as a sustainable construction and lets revive a intercultural tradition.

In 2013 Benedetta Tagliabue received the RIBA Jencks Award for her major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture internationally and in 2014 she became member of the Pritzker Prize Jury. In honor to Enric Miralles, she leads a Foundation under his name, which promotes experimental architecture.

Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh 2004

Projekti i parlamentit Skocez nga Miralles Tagliabue
Scottish_Parliament_Building by Miralles Tagliabue

Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh 2004

Beginning the project, the architects went through a profound reflection about the characteristics of Scotland, its inhabitants and its hillside landscape. The result is an architecture of complex shapes, materials and structural devises which creates almost overwhelming sensorial experiences, in interior spaces, as well as through its performance in the context. The building is organized in several separated volumes interconnected by a skylit ground floor. Unique in its function and design each room is important as every other. This universal level of detail serves to emphatically reject the establishment of spatial hierarchies. A comparison to boats is drawn, floating on the open sea. They borrowed the forms of upturned boats from a nearby shoreline.

Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona 2005

Santa Caterina market, Barcelona

Santa Caterina Market, Barcelona 2005

The Santa Caterina City Market is in an old residential quarter of Barcelona. Tagliabue and Miralles revitalized it and created a public place for encounter and social interactions. Some characteristic parts of the old Market, which was built in 1845, were kept and integrated while the interior distribution and service systems were reorganized. With the ambition to make an architecture that gives a positive impulse to the whole district, the architects gave the marked a roof with the shape of waves, covered by a colorful mosaic (designed by Antoni Cumella). Cantilevered, the roof creates urban interspaces that allow to integrate the activities of the neighborhood and let the building communicate with the Avinguda Frances Cambó, an important transitional vein in the neigbourhood.

 

Vigo University Campus, Spain 2003

Vigo University Campus, Spain 2003

Projekti i kampusit të Universitetit Vigo, i vendosur në një mal, kërkonte krijimin e një infrastrukture të re si p.sh. rruga hyrëse, sheshet dhe hapësirat e qarkullimit për zonën tregtare, rezidenciale dhe institucionale. Duke ndryshuar topografinë, kampusi e shndërroi vendin në një peizazh të ndërtuar dhe të unifikuar.

The Rector Office of Vigo University Campus, 2006

The Rector Office of Vigo University Campus, 2006

The Rector Office is one of the buildings of the Vigo University Campus, a rectangle that bows on the back part to adapt itself to the form of the area. The roof, a light oak carpentry construction, contrasts with the concrete facades. The play of concrete and oak continues into the interior, where the geometry of the stairs connect the levels and spaces which are flooded with the light from above.
The building’s program includes among others the chancellor’s and vice-chancellor’s offices, meeting rooms arranged in a radial form and the main hall – a ramped auditorium that creates an impressive form on the lateral façade.

The Youth Music School in Hamburg, Germany 2000 and Extension in 2011

The Youth Music School in Hamburg, Germany 2000 and Extension in 2011

The Youth Music School, shaped through the existing trees and as a figurative work out of music, offers colorful, luminous classes with a close connection to nature. The new auditorium with its main entrance foyer completes the program. Designed 10 years after the original project, it is located between the old school and the new youth music school, thus creating a new passage between them. The brick facade refers in material and shape to the existing buildings, its ornamentation to the graphic of sound waves.

Gas Natural Fenosa Office Building in Barcelona, Spain 2007

Gas Natural Fenosa Office Building in Barcelona, Spain 2007

The new headquarter of Gas Natural is a tower with 22 stories and 86 meters high.  The commission was to design a unique tower rising up as a city landmark, but in the same time respecting the small dimensions of the context of fisherman families’ houses and five-story apartment blocks. Composed of different volumes, the building responds to different scales and enables a physical dialogue with the nearby buildings. The shape adopts the strong lines which characterize the city structure.

Six Dwellings in Borneo Island Amsterdam, Netherland 1996

Six Dwellings in Borneo Island Amsterdam, Netherland 1996

Borneo Island is a big-scale intervention in the central port of Amsterdam. Unlike the adjacent buildings EMBT designed the six dwellings in a long shape, reaching from street to street, but appearing as one building through its playfully concepted façade. The connecting lane is thought as a missing dwelling, indicated with the facade design.

Spanish Pavilion for world Expo in Shanghai, China 2010

Spanish Pavilion for world Expo in Shanghai, China 2010

The Spanish Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo of Shanghai sought to reflect upon the Spanish climate, as well as to recover the extraordinary craft of wickerwork in order to bring it back to life and to reinvent it as a new, sustainable construction technique. Basketry techniques, handcrafts with natural fibers, are a global tradition shared by cultures of all ages. In this sense, the material choice for the pavilion attempted to bridge between two cultures, the Spanish (visiting) and the Chinese (the host).

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