Inside the archives of Ábalos & Herreros in Park Books latest AP 164

Park Books presents the influential work of the Spanish architects re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators and students, with contents taken from the office’s archives in the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage showing the inclusion of the architectural character of the double tower. #84 – Parque Dunar, Doñana (1993 – 94). Collage of electrostatic prints with marker and graphite. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros.

 

Park Books presents their latest monograph publication on the Spanish architecture office Ábalos & Herreros, made in collaboration with Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, and photographed by Stefano Graziani.

While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive, which was acquired by the Canadian centre for Architecture in Montreal in 2012, offering a new take on this important architectural practice.


 

Book data

AP 164: ÁBALOS & HERREROS
Selected by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, with an interpretation in photographs by Stefano Graziani.

Published by Park Books
Edited by Giovanna Borasi
1st edition, 2016
Paperback
208 pages, 136 color and 248 b/w illustrations
24 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-006-0
In cooperation with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal

 


Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established the renowned architectural firm Ábalos & Herreros in Madrid in 1984. At the time, following the end of the Franco regime, architects were valued more for their technical ability than for their contributions to theoretical research. In this context, Ábalos & Herreros’s melding of design with a range of publications and curatorial projects presented a remarkable challenge to assumptions about the role of an architect.

 

Cover image of AP 164: Ábalos&Herreros.  Selected by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, with an interpretation in photography by Stefano Graziani. Published by Park Books.

Cover image of AP 164: Ábalos&Herreros.
Selected by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, with an interpretation in photography by Stefano Graziani. Published by Park Books.

 

In 2012, the Canadian Centre for Architecture obtained the Ábalos & Herreros archive, which contains documents related to more than 160 projects. The material comprises sketches, slides, models, collages, and drawings. The archive presents a compelling opportunity to reconstruct Ábalos & Herreros’s planning and design process.

 

Ábalos & Herreros, Site panorama. #116 – Barcelona Forum 2004 (2000). Photomontage of chromogenic prints with pressure-sensitive tape. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos & Herreros, Site panorama. #116 – Barcelona Forum 2004 (2000). Photomontage of chromogenic prints with pressure-sensitive tape. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage. #99 – Planta de reciclaje de residuos urbanos de Valdemingómez, Madrid (1996 – 99). Collage of electrostatic prints and patterned drafting appliqué with marker, graphite and pen. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos & Herreros, Photomontage. #99 – Planta de reciclaje de residuos urbanos de Valdemingómez, Madrid (1996 – 99). Collage of electrostatic prints and patterned drafting appliqué with marker, graphite and pen. Ábalos & Herreros fonds, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

 

Each of the book’s three contributors—two of whom worked with Ábalos & Herreros—approaches the archive with specific questions, and their essays explore topics including the architects’ fascination with industrial architecture, their capacity to construct a hybrid materiality without recourse to building technology as language, and their innovative visions for landscape architecture.

 

Ábalos&Herreros. Photomontaged view of the Woermann Plaza and Tower nearing completion, c. 2004. Chromogenic colour prints, 18.6 x 15.7 cm. AP164.S1.2001.D7.ARCH271720. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Photomontaged view of the Woermann Plaza and Tower nearing completion, c. 2004. Chromogenic colour prints, 18.6 x 15.7 cm. AP164.S1.2001.D7.ARCH271720. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Photographic sequence of a study model showing the program and structure of the Zephyr Competition self-sufficient hybrid towers, 1994. Chromogenic colour prints, 8.1 x 21.1 cm. AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271736, AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271737, AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271735. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Photographic sequence of a study model showing the program and structure of the Zephyr Competition self-sufficient hybrid towers, 1994. Chromogenic colour prints, 8.1 x 21.1 cm. AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271736, AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271737, AP164.S1.1994.D2.ARCH271735. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a photomontage showing the environmental education centre and offices, Arico, Tenerife, by Ábalos&Herreros, 1998–2001 (AP164.S1.1998.D1). Digital print, 20 x 29.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:045. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Photomontage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a photomontage showing the environmental education centre and offices, Arico, Tenerife, by Ábalos&Herreros, 1998–2001 (AP164.S1.1998.D1). Digital print, 20 x 29.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:045. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Photomontage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Study for a plant motif for the windows of the Woermann Tower, c. 2001–2005. Ink-jet print, 29.7 x 21 cm. AP164.S1.2001.ARCH272013. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Study for a plant motif for the windows of the Woermann Tower, c. 2001–2005. Ink-jet print, 29.7 x 21 cm. AP164.S1.2001.ARCH272013. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a collage for the industrialized housing prototypes: AH-Gia Houses by Ábalos&Herreros, 1993–1996 (AP164.S1.1993.D11). Digital print, 20 x 24.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:001. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Collage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a collage for the industrialized housing prototypes: AH-Gia Houses by Ábalos&Herreros, 1993–1996 (AP164.S1.1993.D11). Digital print, 20 x 24.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:001. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Collage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Construction view of the environmental mixed-use towers in the Salburua wetlands in Vitoria, c. 2005. Laser print, 21 x 29.7 cm. P164.S1.2002.D2.ARCH271887:010. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Ábalos&Herreros. Construction view of the environmental mixed-use towers in the Salburua wetlands in Vitoria, c. 2005. Laser print, 21 x 29.7 cm. P164.S1.2002.D2.ARCH271887:010. Ábalos&Herreros archive, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros. © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a poster showing a photomontage for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, by Ábalos&Herreros, 2003 (AP164.S1.2003.D1). Digital print, 20 x 24.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:019. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Photomontage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros

Stefano Graziani, photographer. View of a poster showing a photomontage for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, by Ábalos&Herreros, 2003 (AP164.S1.2003.D1). Digital print, 20 x 24.9 cm. From the series Proofs of Relevance, 2014. PH2015:0002:019. Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Gift of the artist. © Stefano Graziani. Photomontage © Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros


 

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