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ateliermob (Portugal)

Heute gibt es mal ein anderes Interview. Ich habe bei ateliermob angefragt, ob jemand die 11 Fragen beantworten kann. Leider bekam ich eine „Absage“. Ateliermob ist keine Person, und kann daher einige Fragen nicht beantworten, sondern ein Büro. Aber dem kann abgeholfen werden und  daher gibt es heute 11 Fragen an … ein Büro.  Zur Gewohnheit soll das aber nicht werden, da die persönliche Note fehlt. Oder gefällt es euch?



Before we begin with the interview, please describe the office in 3-4 sentences briefly.
_ateliermob: ateliermob is a Lisbon (Portugal) based office, that develops ideas and projects in architecture, design and urbanism.
Our projects and work have been often referenced and distinguished with awards as the honorable mention on the International Ideas Competition for the Paris Courthouse [2006], the 1st Prize on the International Competition to Develop Tagus’ River Banks [2007] and the 1st Prize on the Competition for the New Moura’s Cemetery [2008]. In 2007, ateliermob was integrated in the Top 10 New Portuguese Blood held by „New Italian Blood“.

Question 1:When and by whom the office was founded?
_ateliermob: The office was founded in 2005 at Lisbon by 4 partners, and since the beginning of 2007 is lead by Andreia Salavessa and Tiago Mota Saraiva

Question 2: Why should clients in any case work together with an architect?
_ateliermob: If you are ill you have to look for a doctor, if you go on a plain you expect to be guided by one pilot, if you need a house we must work with an architect.

Question 3: How would you describe architectural style of the office?
_ateliermob: If we could describe it, we would be working to unstyle it.

Question 4: Which journals have you subscribed in the office?
_ateliermob: Daily national newspapers and a few selected international blogs/webites that publish on realtime: Archinect, Dezeen, Wired, The Cool Hunter, Um Sítio, Monoble and Europaconcorsi

Question 5: Who are your role models and why?
_ateliermob: No role models

Question 6: Is the client king or should he be guided to his luck by an architect?
_ateliermob: Both and none of it. We have to understand the clients and integrate them as the center of the project although clarifying who is the designer

Question 7: What has been the most interesting project that you have completed?
_ateliermob: All the projects are interesting, it is not a problem of scale, program or time.

Question 8: From Paul Valéry comes the term „architecture is music made in stone.“ What referees to the question, what music you’re currently happy to hear in the office?
_ateliermob: In fact that question is as difficult as the one from the style of the office. We listen radio a lot.

Question 9: Which building would you like to design and why?
_ateliermob: Right now, the cemetery we are designing.

Question 10: Architecture is … ?
_ateliermob: Something you have to leave in and with.

And finally, question 11: What question would you like to ask and whom?
_ateliermob: To Sebastian Lauff: Why us?

I am glad to have you as an non-german speaking architect on my magazine. So I take the opportunity to ask you a few more questions interesting for me and others. How to become an architect in your country?
_ateliermob: 5 years studies + 1 year of internship

In germany you have to be a member of the architectural chamber to call yourself an architect. Is there any comparable in Portugal?
_ateliermob: In Portugal it’s the same.

What about the current market situation in your place?
_ateliermob: It’s very closed and there is a general movement that is trying to avoid new architects and ideas.

Are there any special architectual conditions in Portugal?

_ateliermob: We almost don’t have design competitions.

Thank you ateliermob.

ateliermob – arquitectura, design e urbanismo lda.
Tv. Cruz do Desterro nº 26 2º
1150 121 Lisboa Portugal
T. + 351 218863869
F. + 351 218863869

Und die Antwort auf die Fragen 11 lautet:

Why not? I found you on twitter (@ateliermob) and found you tweets interesting. Thanks for being here!

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