The exhibition Perspectives. Tatiana Bilbao Estudio presents the work that has been developed since 2004 through four lines of thought: Space, Context, Inhabit, and Collage. Within these concepts are explored several of the projects, from the most recognized buildings to the theoretical exercises that have marked the work of the study.

Tatiana Bilbao was named one of the Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York in 2010. In December of the same year, three of her projects were selected to be part of the Architecture Collection of the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France. In 2012 she received the Kunstpreis Berlin for her professional career and in 2014 the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture by the LOCUS Foundation, the Cité de l’Architecture in Paris and sponsorship of UNESCO. She has been a visiting professor at several universities such as Yale, Rice, and Columbia in the United States. Her work has been published in A + U, GA Houses, Domus and The New York Times, among others.

The beginning of architecture, depending on the theory or the historical moment in which we are located, can be found in the primordial hut of Marc-Antoine Laugier, the search for the shadow of Louis Kahn or in the ceremonial earth mounds of Adolf Loos. All these beginnings are intrinsically linked to the idea of space. Often, the architectural project becomes an intellectual exercise of which materiality is not a constraint. The use and meaning of a work leaves open the possibility for multiple interpretations. In the work of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, space allows them to re-imagine the environments, taking as a starting point the phenomenological, geological, social and historical conditions in the search to add a new interpretation to the landscape.

• UDEM Pavilion Monterrey, N.L., Mexico 2015-2018 (under construction)
• Tangassi Funeral Home San Luis Potosí, S.L.P., Mexico 2006-2011
• Wineries for Vineyards Valle de las Parras, Coahuila, Mexico 2005-2017 (in development)
• Solo Bilbao V. 2 Solo, Matarraña, Spain, 2004-2017 (in process)
• Ajijic House Chapala Lake, Jalisco, Mexico 2010-2011
• Tamayo Museum Pavilion Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City 2013
• Sustainable Housing Mexico, 2015
• Botanical Garden Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico 2004-2016
• Substation San Francisco, CA, United States (project)

To speak of context is to speak of the other, of the opposite, of the not so frequent and daily, of the unknown. To consider one’s position as the possibility of alternating or changing one’s perspective on the other allows opening a time frame in whose dimensions are possibilities nearby. It is thus that otherness is a determining factor in any design intent of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, since to become aware of the individuality from the feeling of strangeness before the alien can allow a harmonious integration, the multifaceted understanding of something, the non-imposition of our beliefs and the acceptance that there are more realities than our own. This library compiles specialized publications on the subjects explored by the sample, is a selection of books of key reference and source of constant inspiration in the work of Bilbao. It represents a meeting point between the perspectives that make up the exhibition. Books, as good neighbors, inhabit this space individually waiting for their visitors to find the relationships that unite them.

Designing a home implies a constant challenge that demands deep explorations to act in the intersection between context, functionality, beauty, and quality of life. Housing conditions in Mexico show on the one hand the rupture that exists between the logical, social and political structures that consolidate the center of the cities and the complexes that have developed in their peripheries, and on the other hand, the stereotypes that exist in the way we have to live.

The house of the XXI Century must have a flexible form that is transformed according to the human needs of privacy, but at the same time is connected with the community. It should provide spaces where daily activities can be carried out while inviting to create configurations such as connection with neighbors, individual-communal-collective, semi-individuality, temporality and family.

The interest of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio is to create discussion platforms to start the road to change and contribute positively to the global discussion of housing from a particularly Mexican approach. It seeks to combine the ambitions of contemporaneity with a deep appreciation for the local and cultural modus vivendi of Mexican families, as well as to find design possibilities sufficiently open to allow organic growth and adaptation to particular ways of life that revalue the parameters of construction of housing in Mexico.

• Ways of Life Kassel, Hasse, Germany, 2017 (Project)
• Chicago Tower Room

Cutting and juxtaposing images is not only a statement of artistic expression, but it indicates a process of reasoning, finding the possibilities and connections between two images no matter how distant their ties are. While the work of Tatiana Bilbao Estudio is developed in the digital era and in our use of collage that affirms a culture of the image that has been propagated by technology, it protests against it in the materiality that the medium requires. Collages are ways to represent what you already imagined or did. They are an integral part of our process that reinterprets the architectural project, as well as its relationship with photography and the different ways of “seeing” our surroundings.

• Ventura House | San Pedro Garza García, N.L., Mexico, 2008-2016
• Staterra | Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico 2015-2020 (under construction)
• Guatemala Tower | Guatemala, Guatemala 2015-2018

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