Joaquín Torres, director of A-Cero, describes his approach to design for living Featured

In this Luxos interview, insights on the ideal contemporary design process.
by 01 July 2009

Your projects are renowned for their minimalism. What do you think is the architectural trend of the moment for residential housing?
We try to communicate simplicity, purity and the absence of superfluous ornaments. We pay special attention to spatial distribution and the connections that exist between the interior and the exterior, in order to create a smooth space free of skirting boards, partition walls or other elements that could obstruct one’s sight. To do this, we use huge glass panels that offer a visual flow in a space free of superf luous corners or woodworks.

A-cero is well-known thanks to your family homes. It is a challenge for any studio not to be typecast. How do you deal with this?
Exactly, our work with family homes has received a great amount of press and has somewhat become our trademark. But this is only a small part of what we do. We also develop vertical, multi-unit housing, urban projects, commercial and hotel buildings. We welcome all kinds of projects.

Do you think that new constructions need to fit into the place where they are built, or should they need to stand out?
The surroundings of a project will condition it and at the same time make it richer. We take great care in integrating the land into our project. Our goal is for the structure to enrich the space where it is built without altering the way things were.

As an art lover, which three Spanish museums would you recommend to our readers?
The Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid for the works it houses, more than the house itself, the Guggenheim in Bilbao for its great shows, and the CGA C in Santiago de Compostela.

What has been your most challenging architectural feat up to this date?
For the A-cero team, each new project is a new challenge faced with dedication and excitement. We try not to lose the element of novelty and freshness we have at the beginning, and we want each work to be unique and to adjust itself to the necessities and expectations of the client.

If you could choose a place in Spain to do a new project, where would it be and why?
Rather than an ideal place to carry out a project, I would talk about an ideal client: a client that gives us the freedom to work and innovate with new materials and ideas. The secret is to win the client’s trust so that he lets us get on with our work.

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