20/04/2016 AP164: Ábalos & Herreros——
Published by Park Books, Zurich
in collaboration with Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA, Montreal
Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established Ábalos & Herreros in Madrid in 1984 and the firm quickly became one of the foremost Spanish architectural firms until its dissolution in 2006. At the time, following the end of the Franco regime, architects were valued more for their technical ability than for their contributions to theoretical research. In this context, Ábalos & Herreros’s melding of design with a range of publications and curatorial projects presented a remarkable challenge to assumptions about the role of an architect.
In 2012, the Canadian Centre for Architecture obtained the Ábalos & Herreros archive, which contains documents related to more than 160 projects. The material comprises sketches, slides, models, collages, and drawings. The archive presents a compelling opportunity to reconstruct Ábalos & Herreros’s planning and design process. Each of the book’s three contributors—two of whom worked or studied with Ábalos & Herreros—approaches the archive with specific questions, and their essays explore topics including the architects’ fascination with industrial architecture, their capacity to construct a hybrid materiality without recourse to building technology as language, and their innovative visions for landscape architecture.
While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous publications have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. This new book is the first to draw on the firm’s archive to offer a new take on this important architectural practice.