This monograph presents one of the most unique voices in contemporary architecture whose collection of built work makes a compelling case for its powerful radical simplicity. Featuring Hisao Suzuki’s photography, this monoigraph on the Spanish architect includes projects like the Andalucian Museum of Memory and Caja Granada -two contiguous buildings united in a quiet yet monumental statement about Granada and its history- as well as other instant classics such as the Asencio, Gaspar, and Turegano houses. All share a basic dedication to simple composition with unadorned masses and show Baeza’s uncompromising exercise of disciplined restraint in achieving architectural silence, his laconic answer to the deafening noise of the contemporary city. The projects explored in the book span four decades of an international architectural practice. Contributions by Richard Meyer, Jesus Aparicio, Kenneth Frampton and Manuel Blanco offer critical commentary on Baeza’s persistent quest for beauty and relevance by means of simplicity.
Covering four decades of practice, this superbly produced monograph includes critial commentaries on Campo Baeza´s persistent quest for beauty and relevance through his adherence to clarity and a deeply felt devotion to modernist principles of architecture.
The introduction of the book, by Jesús Aparicio, BigMat International Architecture Award President, is entitled “The space alchemist “ and analyzes the Baeza´s work from the following points of view: the architect´s vision of the function and the context, about how structure, geometry and light establish the order of the space, and the use of some architectural techniques as compactness and expansion, boxes, flat planes and perimeters.
Alberto Campo Baeza
Born in Valladolid, where his grandfather was an architect, from the age of two he lived in CADIZ where he saw the LIGHT. From his father he inherited a spirit of ANALYSIS and from his mother the determination to be an ARCHITECT.
He lives in Madrid, where he moved to study Architecture. His first professor was Alejandro de la Sota, who instilled in him the ESSENTIAL architecture that he is still trying to erect. He is a PROFESSOR at the Madrid School of Architecture, ETSAM, where he has been a tenured professor for more than 25 years.
He has taught at the ETH in Zurich and the EPFL in Lausanne as well as the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. And in Dublin and Naples, Virginia and Copenhagen. And at the BAUHAUS in Weimar and at Kansas State University. He spent a year as a research fellow at COLUMBIA University in New York in 2001 and again in 2011. He has given many lectures and has received many awards like the TORROJA for his Caja Granada building. And he was awarded the Buenos Aires Biennial 2009 for his Nursery for Benetton in Venice and his MA Museum in Granada. He has recently been nominated by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the prestigious Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of 2010.
His works have been widely recognized. From the single family houses Casa Turégano and Casa de Blas, both in Madrid, to Casa Gaspar, Casa Asencio and Casa Guerrero in Cádiz. And the Olnick Spanu House in Garrison, New York, the Centro BIT in Inca-Mallorca, the Caja de Granada Savings Bank and the MA, the Museum of Andalusian Memory, both in Granada, and a nursery for Benetton in Venice. And Between Cathedrals in Cádiz, and just recently a building for Offices in Zamora (2012). And the construction of the new Offices for Benetton in Samara, Russia, which is about to begin.
And more than 20 editions of a BOOK with his texts “LA IDEA CONSTRUÍDA” [THE BUILT IDEA] have been published in several languages. A fourth edition of “PENSAR CON LAS MANOS”, a second compilation of his writings, has just been published. And just now “PRINCIPIA ARCHITECTONICA”, a collection of his texts written during his sabbatical year at Columbia University in New York in 2011.
He believes in Architecture as a BUILT IDEA. And he believes that the principle components of Architecture are GRAVITY that constructs SPACE and LIGHT that constructs TIME.
He has exhibited his work in the CROWN HALL by Mies at Chicago’s IIT and at the PALLADIO Basilica in Vicenza. And in the Urban Center in New York. And at the Saint Irene Church in Istanbul. In 2009 the prestigious MA Gallery of Toto in Tokyo made an anthological exhibition of his work that in 2011 was in the MAXXI in Rome.
Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York City in 1963. He has received the highest honors in the field including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. Among his most well-known projects are the acclaimed Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Frankfurt Museum for Decorative Arts. Current projects include the Italcementi ITC Lab in Bergamo, Italy, the St. Denis office complex in Paris, Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, and the SoMa Newark Master Plan.
Kenneth Frampton was born in the United Kingdom in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. After practicing for a number of years in the United Kingdom and in Israel, he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design. He has taught at a number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art, the ETH Zurich, EPFL Lansanne, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, and the Berlage Institute in The Netherlands. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007).
Jesus Aparicio graduated in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM). He has won the Rome Prize in Architecture at the Academia de Bellas Artes de España in Rome, and a Fulbright/M.E.C Fellowship. He was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York, where he obtained a Master in Architecture and Building Design. He has a Ph.D. in Architecture and since 2009 has been Full Professor of Building Design at the ETSAM.
David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating, he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has over 180 staff at its main offices in London, Berlin, Milan, and Shanghai. The practice has won more than fifty national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence. In 2009, David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany in the UK New Year Honours List 2010. He has taught and lectured extensively.
Manuel Blanco. Full Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, ETSAM UPM. The first Director of Spain’s National Museum of Architecture and Urbanism, 2007, he was the Curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the X Biennale di Architettura di Venecia 2006, where he presented España [f.] Nosotras, las Ciudades. He has curated and designed numerous exhibitions, conceived as installations, including the following series: Campo Baeza. The Creation Tree, Gallery Ma de Tokyo 2009. Campo Baeza alla luce di Palladio, Basilica Palladiana de Vicenza 2004. Campo Baeza Light is More, at the Byzantine Basilica of Saint Irene for the UIA Congress in Istanbul 2005, Urban Center of New York 2003, Mies Van der Rohe’s Crown Hall, IIT Chicago 2003. Santiago Calatrava: Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the Olympic Museum Lausanne, National Gallery of Athens, Design Center of Malmö and Museo de Arte Moderno of Santo Domingo.
Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda.
Foreword by Richard Meier.
Introduction by Jesús Aparicio.
Interview by Manuel Blanco.
Epilogue by David Chipperfield.
Size.- 30.50 x 23.70 cm.
Number of pages.- 632 pages, withover 500 illustrations.