Espacio Valverde presents an exhibition on small, minor commissions made to contemporary European architecture offices in which architects have found a way to express their architectural concerns and experimentation. The exhibition at this gallery in Madrid focuses on the work of fifteen different teams of architects in a small-scale project context, showcasing photographs and project design drawings.
“A minor architecture”
18 January – 4 February, 2017
C/ Valverde 30, Madrid
TEXT BY FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ DE CANALES
Minor genres have often been used to explore new experimental paths in regard to any kind of creative practice. This may be due to their material immediacy, their flexibility and availability to address emerging issues, and their possible separation from hegemonic themes and formats of the time; thus, minor practices have not only contributed to the development of new independent means of practicing, but at the same time have contributed towards the important renovation of existing disciplines.
A Minor Architecture shows fragments of the work from a select group of European offices founded in the first decade of the twenty-first century; offices in which small private commissions—generally understood as “minor commissions”— have been relevant for the articulation of their own independent voice within contemporary architectural discourses.
Conditioned by the mundane constraints of small commissions, these practices have developed highly situated experiments to interrogate contexts, regulations, typological and compositional arrangements, and the limits between the technological and the artisanal, whilst at the same time questioning, if not exploiting, the many preconceptions and assumptions prevalent in the architectural profession today.
Included in this exhibition are: 6a architects (London), Anna & Eugeni Bach (Barcelona), Arquitectura–G (Barcelona), Canales Lombardero (London/Seville), Dierendock Blancke Architecten (Ghent), Dyvik Kahlen (London), García-Germán Arquitectos (Madrid), Lucas y Hernández-Gil (Madrid), Luetjens Padmanabhan (Zurich), Office KGDVS (Brussels), MAIO (Barcelona), Ted’A arquitectes (Mallorca), SAMI (Setúbal), Studio Wet (Seville) and vPPR Architects (London).