Carme Pinós is a Spanish architect (born 1954 in Barcelona) worldwide renowned for her sharp approach to design, which is anchored in the constant focus on experimentation and research. She setup her studio “Estudio Carme Pinós” in 1991, after winning an international recognition for her work with Enric Miralles, Igualada Cemetery. Her work rangesfrom urban refurbishments and public works to furniture design. She has been honored by several awards for her outstanding commitment to Architecture and her cultural and social contribution through Architecture, Design and Educational engagement. So was she named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and RIBA International Fellow in 2013. Her projects have been exhibited worldwide in galleries, museums and universities. In 2012 Carme Pinos launched OBJECTS, a collection of products designed, produced and commercialized by her own studio.
HIGHLIGHT: CARME PINÓS
Barcelona, Spain 1994
Completed in 1994, the Igualada Cemetery was designed by Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos to be a place of reflection and memories. Miralles and Pinos conceptualized the poetic ideas of a cemetery for the visitors to begin to understand and accept the cycle of life as a link between the past, present, and future. Embedded in the Catalonian hills, the Igualada Cemetery is an earthwork that blends into the landscape as if it were a natural aspect of the land. The cemetery was designed as a tiered landscape that unfolds into the landscape as one continuous and fluid progression.
Museum, Auditorium and Cultural Center Caixaforum
Zaragoza, Spain 2014
The principle idea of this architecture is to give its visitors the sensation of being in the city, the feeling that they are part of it and to offer a variety of distant perspectives to them while they are passing from one exhibition hall to another. The halls are located on the upper floor so that just the lobby and the store occupy the ground floor. The liberated space becomes public place, but more important – the (symbolic) portal from the new quarter to the historical one.
Cube II Office Tower
Guadalajara, Mexico 2014
The Cube II Office Tower is located on a small plot amongst a heterogenic accumulation of towers. Situated close to two towers very similar in height, it is the sculptural expressivity,especially the inclination, that makes the building stand out.Its parallelepiped shape results from the structural concept;two sets of concrete bulkheads which form an acute angle and divide the building into two triangles freed from interior columns.
“Terres de l´Ebre” Regional Office Tortosa
Tarragona, Spain 2017
Amid the historic quarter, the white building of the regional Office stands out and gains importance because of its specific form and monolithic character.The building is composed of three volumes that align with the streets and structure the space creating three plazas. This way the project adopts the proportions and scales of the city.
Escola Massana, Art and Design Center
Barcelona, Spain 2017
The Massana art school has been part of a transformation process of Gardunya Square in the historical district of Barcelona. On the comparatively small plot around 11.000 m² light-filled open interior spaces were generated.The building is split, both in terms of volumetrics as well as in the solution of the façade, in response to the surrounding constructions. In order to give the building a more filigree character, to change the orientation towards the square and to offer open spaces in form of terraces, the part of the building which faces the square is decomposed in two rotating volumes. The ceramic piece reminiscent of a brise-soleil that covers the exterior emphasizes its volumetric will while at once protecting the student’s privacy.