Interview with MASKE+SUHREN ARCHITEKTEN UND DESIGNER and BISAZZA

Interview with MASKE+SUHREN ARCHITEKTEN UND DESIGNER and BISAZZAImage courtesy of It’s LIQUID Group

Interview with MASKE+SUHREN ARCHITEKTEN UND DESIGNER and BISAZZA

Arch. Domenico Fallacara, project coordinator of It’s LIQUID Group, talks with MASKE+SUHREN ARCHITEKTEN UND DESIGNER and BISAZZA, which collaborated for the participation in FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS festival 2016.

 

– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: Three keyworks that people can suddenly think about looking at your work for the first time: Architecture – Water – Reflection. Are these words enough to summarize your work? And which are the links between these words that you want to express with your installation?

– MASKE+SUHREN and BISAZZA: In our view, Architecture, Water and Reflection are linked through the notion of Sustainability. Essentially, this is the core meaning that we want to “reflect” in the installation. We think of water as the most clear and transparent symbol to represent the idea of a self renewing life. Sustainability and a circular flow of our consumptions are the big items we nowadays have to face. Architects are asked to find positive and prospective solutions, as buildings have to patronise humans and at the same time have to protect nature in its singularity. Water is sensible and a very particular element. For us, it is a basic source and as well, provides a huge space of life. It is of fundamental influence to our climate and to all the structures of life in our world. But its reflections hide big parts of its reality and in exchange, show us our own face and ambiances. In this simple way, it allows us to identify our attitude and remediate. Berlin is a specific case study, while Venice is a superordinate inspiration.

 

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– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: Tell us about this unusual perception of the Architecture from the water that you recreate in your installation. Venice maybe was an inspiration, even if your work is focused on Berlin. How do you develop this idea with BISAZZA?

– MASKE+SUHREN: People all over the world love the relationship with natural water and express this within their settlements. Venice is probably the most beautiful and “extreme” example: There, water has become a symbol of identity and a cultural asset. Berlin has different implicances. The relationship is not that of an active and permanent dialogue that unfolds with full visibility in every corner. It is rather a subtle relationship, which ranges from the indirect presence of the soil substratum to the role of the specific water courses that cross and shape the city’s urban configuration.With our study case, we invite people to renew their own relationship to water. As we really have to change our perception of the world, our approach is to “use” the simple phenomen of reflection to experience different our surroundings. In turning around the usual sight, we offer to change the point of view and provide unrecognized references. Observation is an important approach for learning. More passive than active, it may awake interest of unknown topics and allows our thoughts to wander. Every single person will develop his own ideas.This is an important surviving strategy of the worlds “biodiversity“: someone will have a right idea!

 

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– BISAZZA:  Being clear within our exhibition concept and having decided the way we wanted to visualize it on the walls, we were searching for the right pavement. As we were talking about life cycles, we wanted to use a recycled material. On the other hand, in our work, Bisazza’s glass tiles had always an important role and anyhow, are perfectly able to simbolize water in the most beautiful way. I wondered about their fabrication cycles and found an article about the high waste rate in that high quality production. So maybe, we could use this “waste“…..? Getting in contact with Alessandra Gaspari, Area Manager, we found out that Bisazza had enhanced the fabrication cycles reusing all waste glass material as basic granulate. And in this specific case, the opaque quality of the “waste“, granulate glass was able to create even more perfectly the beauty of the non-transparent Bisazza glass tiles. As many times in our work, Bisazza was the perfect partner!

 

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– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: How do you understand their concept, and which was your support for the realization of the idea, from both the sides, conceptually and materially?

– BISAZZA: It is our policy to let the architects imagine and use our products without restrictions. The showcase made by Maske und Suhren was a great opportunity to give form to this intention. Conceptually, it reinforces the notions of recycling and sustainability, which are an important part of our priorities. And materially, it shows a very innovative use of recycled granulated glass, taking advantage of its beautiful chromatic palette and its endless possibilities of combination.

 

– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: What is the importance of the water in Architecture nowadays? Not just outside, but inside of the buildings too. And how do your work managing the water in the architectural projects?

– MASKE+SUHREN and BISAZZA: Water is a basic element and affects persons very much. As far as we can control it, we like its presence in our houses and buildings. We use water compatible or waterproof surfaces and materials that allow it to be next to us almost the whole day. We like to visualise its presence in tiles and other twinkling materials. Water is a symbol and a requirement of life at the same time. It seems somehow we don’t fear it as a force of nature any more. No city can express this ambiguity better than Venice itself. And, of course, we use water in our buildings in an artificial way. In the Zoo Palast, Berlins biggest cinema, for example, we installed a huge and impressive water curtain that is loved by the audience from the first day on, as it provides a particular mixture of imagination and reality at the same time. We are developing a project with working title “Water House”, that cares about water in nature. Basicly, it will be a big exhibition and lab space. Being architects with an artistic approach, we experimentalise with water to understand and mediate natural phenomena in an abstract way.

 

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– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: In which way do you think that this immersive installation can involve people in your work as architects and as a design company?

– MASKE+SUHREN and BISAZZA: First of all, we hope that the visit moves people to like this space, to get involved with it and develop interest or amazement for the water topic. We want to share our enthusiasm! We learned to consider our assignments in a complex and circumspect way and try to develop this attitude with cultural activities. We gain these approaches as laboratories for us and our employees and we share it with interested people. As said before, this brings us to a larger diversity of ideas and perception. We propose this installation as an invitation to gain sensation and consciousness about sustainability as a key concept for the future of mankind. It is intended to show our attitude and perspective towards these main topics, through an evocative and “poetic” installation that offers an interactive, inmersive experience, in consonance with the contemporary trends regarding exhibition spaces.

 

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– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: What do you think about the importance of cooperation between architectural firms and design companies? In artistic projects and also in everyday work in architecture’s world. How much is it important to reach a great result?

– MASKE+SUHREN and BISAZZA: In our contemporary architectural scene, it is self-evident to include the participation of design companies, both for small and for large scale projects. A strong relationship between planners and productors has not only “practical” terms. This is where the artistic projects acquire their major significance. Our projects are experimental laboratories that can show innovative and non-standard applications of combined architectural and design solutions, proposing convincing ways for use of materials, as in the case of our work with Bisazza in the context of this installation. A great result will always be achieved as long as there is a strong idea that materializes itself with the most appropiate material means, with elegance, clearness and precision. And this is undoubtly important, not just for the architecture and design practice, but for life as a whole.

 

– Arch. Domenico Fallacara: How much is important to show your works, as architects and design company, during BORDERS – International Art and Architecture Festival? Do you think the work of It’s LIQUID Group to organize and curate these international events can represent an opportunity for Architects and Design company?

– MASKE+SUHREN and BISAZZA: Borders acts as a very effective communication platform, which provides visibility and at the same time articulates dynamic links between different actors: from the exhibitors themselves to the companies and curators, and public in general. In this sense we think of it as a really valuable and contemporary frame of interaction.

 

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MASKE+SUHREN ARCHITEKTEN The office “Maske und Suhren architekten und designer” was founded in 1999 by Anna Maske and Jens Suhren. They shared their studies and several extended projects with W. Brenne Architekten to improve their architectural and design ideas and ability. From the creation of the office on, they have developed a large variety of projects in different scales and contexts, both in Europe and overseas, focusing on planning, conservation, exhibition conceptions and interior design, with high-specialized knowledge on premium movie theaters and related projects. Since mid-2015 the architect and professor Juan Almarza Anwandter collaborates as a member of Maske und Suhren design team.

 

BISAZZA is one of the top luxury brands in the design sector and the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaics for interior and exterior decoration. Over the past few years, the company has extended its decorative offerings with new materials made through processes that combine the value of design with the charm of craftsmanship. From 1956 to today Established by Renato Bisazza in 1956 in Alte, Vicenza, Northern Italy, the company has become a trailblazer, marked by a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, a mastery of modern technologies, and an ability to read and anticipate the needs of the global market. The company’s distribution network currently includes 7 flagship stores in Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, New York and Paris and 2,800 local retailers around the world.

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