His idea of "sentimental monumentality" means an architecture capable of interpreting and marking the identity of a place, but in a subtle, allusive, evocative way, never high-sounding: exactly what happens with the Szczecin Philharmonic, or with stone blocks perforated from the liminal square of Roa, or with the small tower covered with ornamental concrete slabs of the Chur museum.
The set of plans and documentation included in this monograph shows the importance of material, technical-constructive decisions, in the condensation of the character of his proposals and the construction of those mental places. Or as they have also described it on occasion, "the contribution of technical requirements to the poetry of the project."
What these works present with an exciting naturalness is the result of an extremely delicate balance that is difficult to carry out; a synthesis, digested and autonomous, of the best of the European construction tradition of the last 50 or 60 years.
For an Architecture in Counterpoint
Barozzi Veiga. The construction of a mental place.
Ricardo Meri de la Maza
Auditorium and Congress Centre in Águilas, Murcia. Spain
Headquarters of the Regulatory Council for the D.O. Ribera del Duero in Roa, Burgos. Spain
Szczecin Philharmonic Hall. Poland
Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur. Switzerland
Ragenhaus Musikschule Bruneck. Italy
MCBA- Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne. Switzerland
Tanzhaus Zürich. Zürich. Switzerland
Design District Ateliers. Londres. UK
Solo House in Cretas. Teruel. Spain
Guerrieri Rizzardi Guest House, Bardolino. Italy
Guerrieri Rizzardi Guest House. Bardolino. Italy
Housing Complex, Badalona. Spain
Maritime Museum Saint-Malo. France
Villa AK. Beirut. Lebanon
Loro Piana Flagship Store. Tokyo. Japan
Dynafit Headquarters. Kiefersfelden. Germany
Aalborg Art Center. Denmark
Jewish Museum of Belgium. Brussels. Belgium