PPAA: the architecture generated by the intention

May 2020

NAME:

PPAA

INTERVIEW by:

Andrea Carloni 

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PPAA

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.

Pablo Pérez Palacios principal of PPAA

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.

PPAA, Prototipo de Vivienda INFONAVIT, 2017, Coahuila, Mexico PH: Rafael Gamo

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.

PPAA, Casa Aculco, 2017, Aculco, Mexico

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

PPAA, La Quinta, 2018 - San Miguel de Allende, México PH: Rafael Gamo

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

PPAA, Casa Campanario, 2016, Querétaro, México PH: PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos, Alfonso de la Concha

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.  

PPAA, La Quinta, 2018 - San Miguel de Allende, México PH: Rafael Gamo

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.

PPAA, Tlalpuente, 2015, Mexico City, Mexico PH: Alfonso de la Concha

the work by Peter Zumthor,  it’s very present in our practice.

Before starting a project we start by putting in words what we want to transmit

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