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Synthetic beach
@Countless Cities Biennale (1st Prize)

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LIDO FAVARA

Synthetic beach

@Countless Cities Biennale (1st Prize)

Farm Cultural Park,

2021

La terrazza di Palazzo Miccichè, tappa di Countless Cities Biennale e culmine di Human Forest, è un luogo nobile ed informale, dove indugiare e sentirsi accolti. Un salotto in quota che invita a stendersi, a rilassarsi, a spiaggiarsi – a giocare con il corpo per innescare la propria immaginazione. Lido Favara si rivela all'improvviso come un paesaggio surreale di sabbia lavica, come un osservatorio che guarda fuori mentre si riflette dentro. E' una stanza annidata tra interno ed esterno, tra natura ed artificio, che mira a limare il confine tra l'imprevedibilità dello spazio pubblico ed il calore del focolare domestico.

Archivi d'amore

Le piccole stanze di servizio della terrazza si (ri)vestono per l'occasione, diventano familiari nelle finiture ed intime nei contenuti. Al loro interno ospitano una serie di ritrovamenti: il primo, sopra il battiscopa verde, è proprio la carta da parati stessa – riproduzione pop di un motivo floreale presente al pianterreno di Palazzo Miccichè. Entrando, nei cassetti di due mobiletti in equilibrio sulla sabbia, vi sono invece dei reperti autentici, che Favara – città fragile ma generosa – ci ha di colpo messo a disposizione.

Mentre stavamo allestendo il padiglione, infatti, è crollata una vecchia casa, del centro storico. La casa era disabitata da anni, ma non per questo vuota: avvicinandoci ai detriti, abbiamo chiesto in punta di piedi ai proprietari se potevamo raccogliere tutti quegli oggetti che a loro non interessavano – memorie visive e tattili di parenti a cui non erano legati o, chissà, che non avevano nemmeno mai conosciuto. Abbiamo scoperto un mare di bottoni colorati, pagelle, vecchi libri sottolineati, cartoline e lettere d'amore. Si racconta di fratelli partiti per la Germania, auguri fatti in ritardo, regali spediti con grande insuccesso, punti della spesa mai riscossi, peripezie per gli ultimi esami di Università. Questi frammenti che meritavano di essere raccolti, conservati, e, con cautela, mostrati.

L'archivio di Lido favara, inteso come uno spazio in comproprietà tra i cittadini di Favara e chi vi si affaccia per la prima volta, comincia proprio da qui - dall'intersezione amorevole di storie tangibili e ricordi materiali. Sarà un archivio aperto, che ambisce ad accumulare nuovi pezzi, che ambisce a costruire rappresentazioni molteplici del mondo e sul mondo di Farm Cultural Park.

Una spiaggia sospesa

Sulla soglia, un cartello raccomanda agli avventori di togliersi le scarpe: scalzi, d'altronde, si è più spontanei, più giocherelloni. Un gioco di specchi caratterizza poi l'intera terrazza come macchina teatrale, in cui poter calibrare, dosandole a piacere, illusione e realtà. Camminando a piedi nudi sulla sabbia nera, aggiustando lo sguardo per catturare immagini che rimbalzano, si ha l'opportunità di re-inventare il modo di stare insieme, condividendo creativamente spazi, gesti e momenti. Pochi oggetti adornano questa spiaggia raccolta ma volutamente brulla, libera da impedimenti: un rastrello per disegnare solchi, due lavavetri per mettere a fuoco le immagini riflesse e dei teli da mare dalle dimensioni importanti, per livellare le dune e ricostruire sprazzi di convivialità.

La cupola della Chiesa Madre, che a Favara svetta ovunque, sostenuta dai mosaici colorati della sua facciata, è qui celebrata, moltiplicata – apparentemente ingrandita nel riflesso degli edifici che vi si arroccano attorno. Di notte, la città diventa una lanterna corale, che penetra la terrazza, illuminandone lo sfondo – trasformandolo nello schermo di un cinema muto, naturale e perpetuo.

Designed and curated by

Lemonot

with

Andrea Bartoli

Florinda Saieva

Marco Bellavia

Carmelo Nicotra

Photos

Santo Eduardo Di Miceli

Performative pavilion
@Spazi Sospesi (Honorable Mention)

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IL GRANATAIO

Performative pavilion

@Spazi Sospesi (Honorable Mention)

Firenze,

2021

"Granataio" ( from "granata", which in Tuscany means "broom") is designed as a theatrical machine for the public space of Piazza Luigi della Piccola, consisting of 8 inhabitable and reconfigurable benches. It is a light, geometric and modular infrastructure, covered with 388 brooms - whose branched, resistant and flexible broomsticks shape a peculiar interplay between light and shadows across the entire pavilion. The brooms are recognisable elements from the everyday that invite you to enter this square: with its fibrous, raw and natural consistency, Granataio stands out against the rationalist and imposing background of the student residence.

The pavilion is fluid in form, in materials, but above all in use. As in a game at the scale of architecture, you can move the benches and you can have fun planning collectively different ways of meeting and sharing. More open for artistic performances, more enclosed and intimate for the workshops where you need to concentrate.

The 8 benches are built with plywood panels hooked to a structure in metal tubulars, on which 3 or 4 radial series of inclined brooms are screwed. The set of movable wings on wheels is sufficiently light (the weight of the brooms, per bench, does not exceed 60 kg) to be moved by two people. Each bench is an eighth of an asymmetrical circle, with the two ends of different sizes: one of 45 cm and the other of 135 cm.

When they are all side by side, the benches form an intimate and completely shaded space on the perimeter. However, this is only one of the possible spaces: like sails that plow the square, the wings can be repositioned with ease, creating multiple configurations that support the movements, desires and needs of those who populate the neighbourhood.

Granataio invites a direct exchange between people and the spatial artefact, stimulating a particular process of circularity within the neighbourhood: when the pavilion needs to be dismantled, everyone that has a relationship with the square - business owners students and all residents - will have the opportunity to get a broom, bringing home a piece of the pavilion, to continue to take care both of their households and of Piazza Dallapiccola.

The brooms become the symbol of the emotional and material continuity between the public sphere and the domestic space. The benches, “undressed”, will remain in the square, offering the opportunity to linger and rest that is now missing, while the metal structures can be the basis for swings and other games for children.

Designed by

Lemonot

with

Camilla Tinti

Gianmarco Dolfi

Performative pavilion
@Concentrico Festival (Finalist)

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SERMIENTO

Performative pavilion

@Concentrico Festival (Finalist)

Logroño,

2021

The project starts by a simple ritual: storing and reusing sarmientos - branches that are usually trimmed in winter time as a preparation for the vine season. We will collect the bunches from Bodega LAN and nearby wineries to turn them into a construction material. We want to celebrate these leftovers that are usually crammed and burned, by building a theatrical backdrop to the vineyard and El Rincón - able to welcome the visitors into its branches. The singular bunches, once accumulated into a curved, natural yet geometrical pile-up, create a vibrant space to be contemplated, touched and inhabited.

1200 bunches of sarmientos soar over the various trails and plots of Bodega LAN, highlighting the strong material relationship between the artefact and the context. They are interlocked within a wooden structure which is 16 meters long and more than 4 meters high. It acts as a skeleton for the sarmientos that, wrapping the entire structure, slightly cantilevered from its profile, create an heterogeneous natural cladding. This wall is composed of 14 vertical structural modules joined by 6 rows of horizontal bracing. Due to the modular grid structural system, it can be disassembled and built somewhere else in a short period of time. The overall wall dimensions can be adjusted and proportions can be calibrated. Its feet can also be adjusted on the topography of the landscape. The whole construction process can happen without the need of machineries but only through a slotting system mechanism.

The sarmientos stacked on top of each other invite glimmers of light to come through, drawing shadows on the ground and offering shelter from the sun inside the wooden niche. An oculus on one side frames the puente Mantible and the Ebro River. From the other side an enclosed window overlooks the vineyards, inviting people to sit on it and contemplate the grapevines. Its proportions are simultaneously generous and cozy: it becomes a refuge from which to observe the landscape and hear the sounds of nature.

The assembling and the dismantling is a collective process, in which the sarmiento bunches can be recycled either as compost for the grapevines or as embers for preparing a traditional asado.

Designed by

Lemonot

with

OfficeShopHouse

Pavilion
@tbc

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OASI DEI GOLOSI

Pavilion

@tbc

Palermo,

2020

WIP - Coming soon!

Designed by

Lemonot

with

PuccioCollodoro Architetti

Land Art
@Masseria Cultura

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MARBLE SALAD

Land Art

@Masseria Cultura

Puglia,

2020

“Marble Salad” is the main of three spatial still-lifes that have been developed throughout a month-long artist residency at Masseria Cultura, an old vernacular mansion situated in the middle of the countryside in Puglia, Italy.

The project reuses marble debris, collected from various refineries, located in neighbouring villages - then manually interlocked to compose a 4x4m solid platform on the ground. The surface could act as a walkable floor - a stage - or just as a contemplative device - an horizontal tactile and colourful canvas. The precise definition of its borders clashes with the wilderness of the open fields in the backyard of the mansion that surround it.

This area will be soon cultivated and transformed into a vegetable garden - rows of zucchini, aubergines, tomatoes, peas, carrots and purple cabbages will become the updated bucolic frame of the platform.

It’s almost a process of inverted mimesis: the marbles’ polychromy anticipates the organization of the vegetables - the artifice discloses nature.

The notion of time has been fundamental for the artworks, dealing with it in different ways. “Marble Salad” will act as a proper still-life, a permanent frozen snapshot immersed within an iteratively changing environment - the hortus. The other two interventions are instead more ephemeral: “Tra-Forato” is a totem made of hollow bricks, a stage-set for the landscape, a portable scenery flat to frame and construct specific viewpoints; “Red Carpet” was our first spatial intuitive rehearsal in the Masseria, an ironic commentary on the re-usage of humble debris.

The context allowed you to be immersed in nature, fostering both a metaphorical and physical dialogue with the landscape: this dictated not only the timing of the project but also defined the way we used certain materials - exploring issues of permanence, ephemerality and construction rhythm.

The three installations are the result of the collaboration with local old crafters, becoming almost built embodiment of the precious relationship we managed to establish with all of them.

Designed and constructed by

Lemonot

with

Letizia I. H. Tueros

Photos

Nicolò

Urban park
@Larnaca international competition

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SALINA ARCHIPELAGO

Urban park

@Larnaca international competition

Larnaca,

2020

The proposal aims to work with and enhance the main characteristics of the plot, both physically and conceptually, to achieve a composition in the form of a large three dimensional mosaic or tapestry.

There are three main threads in which we researched and unpicked the site and its history: -A former tree/flower nursery for the municipality; -The infrastructural antiquities found hidden under or emerging from the ground which show Larnaca’s rich history and importance in the ancient world; -The inherent etymology “Salina” as a place to harvest and store salt in mount forms which are recorded in paintings and drawings until the 17th century.

It is along these threads that our proposal weaves and layers a variety of systems of gardens and public activities, sewn together in an interplay of colour, size and geometry, to celebrate the multi-cultural past and present of the city as a port: a place of import and export, a cultural hub of multiplicities and nationalities, gathering around the Mediterrenean coast.

The synthesis of the organisational system of the park uses a grid of watering infrastructures emanenting from the ancient aquaducts of the area and incorporates all the existing trees, embedding them into the backbone of our landscape whilst meeting the practical/ technical requirements. The system is a working motherboard or green lung which aims to give back to the city and its people.

Space syntax and compositional method. From notation to architectural plan: -The plot is a canvas. From its inception, the proposal attempts to incorporate the existing natural characteristics and planting which assume a primary role in the composition. These trees become preliminary nodes in the evolution of the drafting and compositional system of the proposal. -A bold continuous loop takes form around the park boundaries, weaving the entire site as one generous simple gesture that seeks to define the space. This becomes the main access route and the synthetic element along which our proposal evolves. -The circular motion creates two opposite diagonal subdivisions that we envision as a rock garden. These spaces offer a natural low maintenance setting. -A horizontal frame is applied to highlight the existing perimeter path and to restore the existing circulation route of the plot. -The horizontal bead or threads of the frame extend from west to east to add an element of rhythm, distance and scale. This becomes part of the system and practical logic for the design of the park that incorporates water systems and determines distances for its planting by adding structure and color. We connect this system to the existing trees to organise the core of our archipelago. -An archipelago of islands are therefore anchored along the horizontal grain of the tapestry and incorporate the existing geometries of the space, as well as trees, which we studied during our visit to the site. The goal is to tease out the concept of land management, ‘archeology’, of tree nursery and garden. The islands introduce varieties of field typologies, vegetation, colours and activities in the park, amalgamating in the composition.

The planting scheme establishes a natural design which includes and respects the native species and the existing vegetation. The proposed vegetation is resilient to Cyprus weather, in particular the drought of summer months. One of the main features of the proposal is its materiality, inspired by the geology and history of the city of Larnaca. Raw materials and materials from the earth, are managed with different techniques and energies to create a new topography with parallels to quarries, the Salina and the gardens.

In any form of artificial garden or partially landscaped garden there must be an underlying structure; a canvas or grid geometry to define and structure the systems. This is also similar to the natural weaving of a piece of wallpaper but also the creation of a multidimensional landscape composition that incorporates structure, depth and colour to make it understandable and beautiful. Visitors are free to roam and immerse themselves in this rich, thick tapestry of composition, with paths of experiences and scales that bring elements of Larnaca as a natural landscape into a miniature cartography, a physical archive to be mentally absorbed in its entirety and for one to dwell upon.

Designed by

Lemonot

with

Urban Radicals

Christophoros Kyriakides

Adam Harris

Images

Sonia Magdziarz

Inhabi-Table
@AntePavilion competition

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LOVE 19

Inhabi-Table

@AntePavilion competition

London,

2020

Love19 is an inhabitable, performative sculpture with a multiple nature: a table at the scale of architecture, a scenographic shelter, a permeable enfilade, made of hollow columns to be climbed - a roof to sit on, to admire the city and landscape from a unusual perspective.

Each column opens upwards, transforming itself into a lightweight fan vault: all together, juxtaposed and intersected, they give life to a shaded corridor, in which the light playfully manifests itself between the ribs and the curtains. The columns build an horizontal thick surface, flattened in the part facing the sky, at a height of 3.15 m As suspended garlands, each module is in fact composed of 48 flags of various shapes, in translucent white fabric, which wrap two rows of tennis referee chairs and support two sequences of green metal sunburst sticks.

This hanging elevated table - a geometric interweaving of 912 artificial foliage - features considerable dimensions: it's 17.35 meters long and 5.60 meters wide. Below it, between 40 and 50 people can linger simultaneously. At the table, however, there are only 19 seats. The exception creates the entrance, otherwise each diner sits 2.60 meters from those in front and 1.60 meters from those on the sides.

These are the dimensional parameters that quantify the artefact - the result of a diligent reflection on the current times. However, Love19 offers an alternative to the sadly recurring ready-to-use solutions - those that attempt to change directly and quickly certain rooted behaviours, established over time. Bodily relationships can be designed, rethought, even fabricated, but - fortunately - not controlled. They can't be measured in centimetres.

Love19 does not try to constrain, to adjust: it re-shuffles the proportions between space and objects, it aims to alter the foundations of perception and motor coordination that regulate the ordinary - it claims to stimulate a radically new use of the body. Love19 is designed to suggest, but it opens up to instinct, intuition, a physicality free to transform itself. Love19 invites - with pragmatic optimism - to rethink, creatively, movements and devices for the public space.

Designed by

Lemonot

Edible pavilion
@Mextropoli Festival (1st Prize)

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GASTRONOMIC PALAPA

Edible pavilion

@Mextropoli Festival (1st Prize)

Mexico City,

2021

"La comida, más que las especulaciones místicas, es una manera segura de acercarse a un pueblo y a su cultura" Octavio Paz.

Alameda Central, once an Aztec marketplace, today becomes the context for the Gastronomic Palapa: a temporary polysemic place a public chillies dryer a cathedral of sounds and colours a convivial collective mesa

Octavio Paz describes how through the art of cooking we can talk about cultural identity. What we eat and how we relate to the food and resources we have today defines a cultural and historical debate. Completely made by Chiles Secos, the triangular-shaped dryer is constructed with a series of wooden arches forming an inverted thatched roof that acts as a communal palapa.

3500 bunches of chillies become the main elements to inform the materiality of the pavilion. They’re attached progressively to each wooden arch, creating a colourful sequence to walk through. The lowest entrance is at 2.50m from the ground, while the peak is at 6.5 m. The pavilion covers an area of 108sqm2.

The chillies knotted together define a variegated cloister where glimmers of light draw shadows on the ground made of recycled clay tiles, inviting the visitor to smells and colours in contrast with the jacaranda trees. Guajillo, Pasilla, Puya, Arbol chillies will be hung inside of the pavilion, safe from birds, but hot enough to dry throughout the days of Mextropoli2020.

The audience will participate in the drying process from arranging the chillies in green bunches, to observing them slowly turning into a bright red colour during the exsiccation. The last day, the pavilion will be deconstructed directly by the public who wish to take a bunch back home. Throughout the days, the chilli will become brittle to touch and their seeds will be heard inside when shaken.

The sheltered space communicates to the exuberant Alameda through a series of tables. La Mesa as a medium to connect interior and exterior, providing a fertile ground for spontaneous gatherings. Gastronomic palapa is an architecture to be bodily consumed.

Designed and curated by

Lemonot

with

Federico Fauli

Arquine

Inhabitable sculpture
@Neuchatel Competition

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TRIBAL CANDELA

Inhabitable sculpture

@Neuchatel Competition

Mexico City,

2020

Ten meters high, Tribal Candela is a form of permanent ars topiaria, an habitable metal sculpture, covered with the purple flowers of jacaranda trees which help to mitigate the environmental pollution and introduce buffering microclimatic variations in the city by nature.

Among the crowded streets, tribal candela becomes a shaded space to hide from the chaotic noise of the city. An urban soft canopy which resembles the thin shells, popularly known as cascarones, designed by Felix Candela.

The curve that rises upwards becomes a point of reference and meeting place - a spatial and sensorial experience through strong colours and smells. It is an architecture that makes you want to look up, through the opening cone to the sky.

Tribal candela invites you in, capturing your gaze in ordinary moments: from the outside it moves as if it was breathing, the leaves change color and are shaken by the wind, catching the viewer’s eye - framing the environment and the sky around

Tribal candela is a piece of work which becomes interactive through the users moving throughout the piece, changing character depending on the needs of the people. A space for the community to be used yet intimate and unique.

Once you enter, the sound of the frenetic city outside is muffled. You can use the space as a moment of peace, of play, of conversation or waiting. Tribal Candela is also a platform for observing people wandering from one sidewalk to another, shops opening and closing, cars and street vendors. A platform to observe daily rituals in Mexico city. A place to enhance everyday life; in a space that changes and evolves daily, where the users are the main protagonists.

The petals of the vaulted dome are constructed with a reticular steel structure, cladded with colourful and crafted textiles. The dome supports an actual topiary piece made of thin steel cage which lets the jacaranda flowers grow naturally through time.

Designed by

Lemonot

with

Federico Fauli

Images

Federico Fauli

Diego Ariza

INDA workshop and exhibition
@ATT19 Gallery

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THE CHINATOWN EFFECT

INDA workshop and exhibition

@ATT19 Gallery

Bangkok,

2019

“The Chinatown effect” is a temporary installation at the ATT19 gallery designed and constructed in four weeks by INDA students in Bangkok. The project starts as a site-specific stage set, a series of props and composite videos investigating the notion of commonality and stereotype - in relationship to the world of Chinatown(s) as social typologies. When analysed through the Chinese cultural attitude towards reproducibility, the proliferation of Chinatowns reveals a network of what we define “authentic trans-territorial clichés”. We need to craft challenging techniques for the legitimization and preservation of such a specific yet diffused identity: Chinatowns are constantly reconstructed and experienced in different parts of the world, growing into a familiar system of habits, reminiscences and iconographical values that became a simulacrum of a sophisticated, layered domesticity for everybody.

Once inside the pavilion, the spectator, through videos on multiple screens, inhabit a “Chinatownised “ world made of communal rituals. The stage set itself, through its materiality, structure and ornaments, is a spatial manifestation of stereotypical yet identitarian forces: an inhabitable red folie, a dragon, a votive pavilion - a purposely recognizable architectural cliché. The project was first conceived and exhibited in Bangkok, then it will travel around the globe, to be showcased in the Chinatowns of different continents.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “Chinatown” as “a district of any non-Chinese town, especially a city or seaport, in which the population is predominantly of Chinese origin”. However, some Chinatowns may have little to do with China, while they certainly have in common with other Chinatowns in different locations. Indeed, if one hand these communities were able to resist and preserve their cultural origins more than other ethnic enclaves, they were also subject to a natural process of diffusion, exposure and commodification - that witnessed the rise of a worldwide shared "Chinatownised" identity. Travellers find there secure places where to recollect memories and authentic experiences. Clusters of exotic stimulating clichés - goods, signs and behaviours - that trigger an intuitive sense of familiarity and international domesticity.

The Chinese have two different concepts of a copy. Fangzhipin are imitations where the difference from the original is obvious. These are small models or copies that can be purchased in a museum shop, for example. The second concept for a copy is Fuzhipin. They are exact reproductions of the original, which, for the Chinese, are of equal value to the original. It has absolutely no negative connotations. The discrepancy with regard to the understanding of what a copy has often led to misunderstandings and arguments between Chinese and Western culture. Especially for Europeans, it’s difficult to accept that identity and renewal can be not mutually exclusive. Instead, in the Chinese culture - where continual reproduction represents a technique for conservation and preservation - replicas are anything but mere copies.

Taught and curated by

Lemonot

with

INDA students

Mook Attakanwong

Mook Attakanwong

Farm Cultural Park, 2021
Firenze, 2021
Logroño, 2021
Palermo, 2021
Puglia, 2020
Larnaca, 2020
London, 2020
Mexico City, 2020
Mexico City, 2020
Bangkok, 2019
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Sabrina Morreale, AA Dipl
Lorenzo Perri, AA Dipl (Hons)

projects@lemonot.co.uk

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Sabrina Morreale, AA Dipl
Lorenzo Perri, AA Dipl (Hons)

18b Ferntower Road
N52JH London, UK

projects@lemonot.co.uk

ABOUT

Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri are architects, educators and founding partners of Lemonot – an open platform for spatial and relational practices, born in London on June 24th 2016, the day of Brexit, and now fluctuating among London, Italy, Vienna and Latin America.

Sabrina graduated at the Architectural Association in 2016, awarded with the AA prize. She’s currently teaching in the Foundation course at the AA and in the School of Architecture in Reading.She has taught in Cambridge, while collaborating with various magazines (Rivista Studio, Cartha, Elle), with the RIBA as curator assistant  and with multiple architectural firms in London (OMMX, The Decorators and Office S&M), Her projects always explore notions of fragmentation, assembling techniques and authorship.

Lorenzo graduated with Honours at the Architectural Association in 2016. He’s currently teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and he’s a consultant for Experimental 9 at the AA. While participating in several competitions with international firms (Amid.Cero9, Elemental), he co-founded the research-based Plakat Platform and the architectural studio Ecòl. Obsessed with geometry and aesthetics, precision and expression, he studied engineering and classical piano before working in architecture.

Through Lemonot, they operate in between architecture and performative arts – using them as devices to detect, celebrate and provoke the spontaneous theatre of everyday life. Spatial production is neither the beginning nor the end of their stories, rather it is a filtering framework to grasp reality. Architecture becomes a medium to produce heterogeneous outcomes: from geometrical patterns and still-lives for the public space to pastry tools and toys, interactive pavilions, short films, performances and embroidered masks.

Their projects have been exhibited and awarded worldwide – at the Venice Biennale, at the YTAA (Young Talent Architecture Award) 2016, at the ATT19 Gallery in Bangkok, at the RIBA (Royal institute of British Architects) Live Drawing Marathon and at Mextropoli 2020 in Mexico City among the others.

Hungry observers and compulsive collectors of anthropic mirabilia, they’re interested in all those iconographic gestures that enable the mutual immanence among objects, bodies and rituals. In particular, their work attempts to define peculiar architectural settings for updated gastronomic performances, with the aim of revealing the symbolism behind food preparation and consumption.

They have been teaching together at the AA Summer School since 2016. In 2018 and 2019 they taught as Adjunct Professors at INDA in Bangkok and they’re now programme Heads of the AA Visiting School El Alto (Bolivia).

Their academic research focuses on contemporary forms of conviviality – as a trigger for unconventional spatial languages, between geometrical abstraction and material figurativism.