we are truly inspired by nature
we strongly believe in an architecture that it’s based on intentions
the house is for them to inhabit not for us
Pablo Pérez Palacios is the founder and principal of PPAA – Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados. During the interview Pablo Pérez will talk about the importance of the ideas that generate the project and how the project itself can become a diffuser of concepts. PPAA is very careful in the selection of materials and prefers the use of raw and natural ones. Another important goal of the study is the relationship with the owner and the constant search to understand his needs.
How was the PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos born?
It all begin when I won a private competition to design an office building and warehouse for a textile company from that project along with my previous partner , founded DCPP and after 10 very good years I decided to continue the journey on my own and that how PPAA was found.
Do you have people or historical movements that you consider important for your professional training?
More than historical movements we are truly inspired by nature and regarding people we admire and find very inspiring the work of lot of people from different times and context but specially the work by Peter Zumthor, it’s very present in our practice.
In your manifesto we read that you want an architecture of ideas rather than an architecture of forms. Could you explain this concept?
Yes we strongly believe in an architecture that it’s based on intentions, concepts, feelings, atmospheres in other words ideas, but with this what we are referring as ideas it’s really an architecture that could express does intension or ideas. Before starting a project we start by putting in words what we want to transmit, what does the project wants to reflect, create, generate in all terms and after that we translate it into an architectural form.
For example, in la Quinta after a lot of conversations with the client we wanted the project to generate a sensation of peace, protection, isolation, calm etc. and from there we start.
The form, the materials, the architectural way of solving the space , etc always come after and always respond to initial intention or idea
Do you have any favorite materials?
No, but what we do have is an obsession of using them in the most raw or natural possible way
What kind of relationship do you have with technology?
We understand it as a tool to do a better architecture and we also see it as a reality that has and will continue to change the way we relate among us and with our natural environment.
What kind of relationship do you have with the owners when designing a new house?
A very personal one, the house is for them to inhabit not for us , each one of use lives and understands life in a very personal way , so we act more as a translation and interpretation of how they want to live.