The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees by OOIIO Architecture




The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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OOIIO wins first prize in the open ideas competition “UNFINISHED” organized by the Spain Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2016 with the project “The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees”, and is shown as part of the selection of projects outlined in the Pavilion.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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Also the Spanish pavilion has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2016. One of the most important international awards in the architecture world.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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The jury praised the ideas and projects presented showing that after the Spanish deep economic crisis a new generation of architects is finding its path into the profession with new ways of working.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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The project presented by OOIIO is developed in an unusual format in architecture: it is a literary story, a tale, accompanied by some illustrations in axonometric by which OOIIO intends to recover the vast obsolete and unbuilt urbanized lands that are in the “Spain post outbreak of housing bubble” for the reception of those refugees who are trying to enter Europe.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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Some of the many architects that are unemployed in Spain today would be responsible for designing such camps through ephemeral architectures initially that eventually become permanent architectures thanks to its success and good design.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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Both, the story and the pictures, have a high burden of symbolism: it is precisely choose “a tale” as a way to communicate the project because a tale always has an intentionality, it does not matter whether is written for children or adults, a tale is an artistic figure that the writer never does without a precise objective.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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The texts are rich in references to the words of several renowned architects like Rem Koolhaas for example; illustrations show so surreal landscapes that invite the reader to let the imagination fly imagining how would be those described places in the text, with many references also to famous historical paintings and architectures. Nothing is left to chance in this singular OOIIO´s project!

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
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Luckily for the team, the jury understood the work behind this project presented for the open competition (over 150 projects were submitted) and chose it to join the Spanish representation at the 2016 Venice Biennale, the most important international event in architecture. Source by OOIIO Architecture.

The Tale of The Architecture and The Refugees
Image © OOIIO Architecture
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Architects: OOIIO Architecture
  • Project Team: Joaquin Millan Villamuelas, Gaetano Carambia, Marta Muñoz Hermoso, Alejandra Sánchez
  • Client: Spanish Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
  • Status: 1st Prize “UNFINISHED” Competition; Spanish Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
  • Images: Courtesy of OOIIO Architecture

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