If you’re a true design aficionado, we bet that you already heard about the Spanish architect and head Professor of Design at the School of Architecture of Madrid, Alberto Campo Baeza! The designer has a unique signature style with an unparalleled minimalistic design perspective. Today, Vintage Industrial Style Blog will tell you all about the designer and about his most recognized design projects!
A multi-award winning designer, featured in the most distinguished ID and architectural maganizes of the world. Alberto is a master in exploring new techniques to produce minimalist spaces. Specialized in a style that is popular nowadays, the designers’ works keeps receiving recognition from clients that have a long-term relationship with the architect.
Alberto has a wide portfolio of exquisite design projects spread all over the world. It is impressive how he matches the clients’ needs and wishes with his own signature style, continue doing the right balance between aesthetics and functionality and how the project fits in its surroundings.
The attention to detail is the key of the designer’s success. Alberto believes that all design projects have to be a mirror of the client: they have to reflect who they are. We’re all different, that is why each design project should have its own fingerprint.
He was born in Valladolid, where his grandfather was an architect, from the age of two he lived in Cadiz. From his father he inherited a spirit of analysis and from his mother the determination to be an architect. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich, the EPFL in Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dublin, Naples, Virginia, Copenhagen, the BAUHAUS in Weimar, and at Kansas State University. Alberto’s works have been widely recognized, he has been awarded the HEINRICH TESSENOW GOLD MEDAL in 2012. In April 2013, Alberto has been awarded BRUNNER PRIZE IN ARCHITECTURE.
He lives in Madrid, where he went to study Architecture. His first professor was Alejandro de la Sota, who imbued in him the ESSENTIAL architecture that he is still trying to erect. He also had Julio Cano Lasso as professor, who very generously invited him to collaborate on some works. As well as Aburto and Cabrero. He wrote his Doctoral Thesis with Javier Carvajal and entered as a PROFESSOR, by the hand of Sáenz de Oíza, in the Madrid School of Architecture, the ETSAM UPM.
Background & Realizations: the projects
Baeza’s work is pretty neat and clean, he uses heavy materials but he just thinks about everything in a project in order to make it minimalist.
Spanish Pavilion at Expo Milano
About light. Solid when light passes through the translucent light. This project reflects on the light in architecture. We can move forward on how to use the light , investigating new possibilities to control light precisely.
Light is the most luxurious materials architects work with and it is, most of the times, no valued. There can be no architecture without light, as there can be no air Music: Architecture sine luce nulla est.
The well dosed through holes in the upper horizontal plane , open skylights in the roof , or through holes in the vertical planes , the open windows in the walls , strong sunlight tight space created by the architect.
MOST ICONIC PROJECTS
To build a well-balanced house full of light and shade. Campo Boeza and his team built very tall, 8 meter high, walls around a 33 x 18 meter rectangle and covered the central strip, 9 x 18 meters. Raised the ceiling of the 9 x 9 central square to the same height as the 8 meter high outside walls.
To fill this central space with shade, they opened it to the front and back, creating 3 meter deep porches that protect these openings from the sun, tempering the light. To either side, bedrooms and baths.
In the front courtyard, the entrance to the house, four orange trees mark the central and main axis, flanked by low walls that hide service areas. In the back courtyard, another four orange trees are similarly aligned. And at the end, carved into the ground, a trough like pond stretches from side to side. The house is the construction of a luminous shadow.
LITTLE WHITE BOX
Next to the “cubic white cabin” Campo Baeza built a little white box. Some time ago he wrote a text entitled “Boxes, little boxes, big boxes”. And his first box-project that he created and built was Turégano House, in Pozuelo-Madrid, almost 25 years ago. A white cube measuring 10x10x10 meters: a “cubic white cabin”.
So now to celebrate the event after all these years Roberto Turégano y Alicia Sánchez, who are now more friends than clients, have asked him to build this new piece. Alicia Sánchez is one of the leading actresses of the Spanish stage and Roberto Turégano one of our foremost graphic designers. And this little piece will be his studio at the foot of his house.
The result is very simple: a little box measuring 10x5x3, as if it were a quarter of that cube. The new piece is in line with the existing one in its external walls and the use of the same stone floor ensures continuity with the house inside and outside Thus the two pieces are in complete harmony. The short external walls of the new white box are entirely open, transparent and continuous. A large circular skylight in the ceiling is the counterpoint to this spatial arrangement.
📍 Special Project: House of infinite
House of infinite is a very special Project by Campo Baeza. It is located in Cádiz, Spain, facing the infinite sea. A house that is a podium crowned by na upper horizontal plane, bare and denuded. To materialize this elevated horizontal plane, which is the main living room of the house, it was built a large box with 20 meters of frontage and 36 meters deep. And under those first 12 meters we excavated two floors in the solid rock to develop the whole living space.
On the denuned stone platform, three walls surround us and protect us from the prevailing strong winds. Sometimes it is as if had opened a bag containing the winds Aeolus.
The images speak for itself, it is a great Project and full of thought:
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