Since its foundation in 2006, the work done by Ábalos+Sentkiewicz, one of the two offices into which the defunct Ábalos&Herreros studio split, has stood out on the Spanish and international architecture scene for its original synthesis of technical rigour, formal richness and its integrating of architecture, landscape and environment.
This number of 2G presents 15 recent works and projects carried out by Iñaki Ábalos and Renata Sentkiewicz that extend from museum programmes -like the rehabilitation of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona and two projects for Caixafórum in Saragossa and Seville by way of works relying on private enterprise- painter Albert Oehlen's atelier in Switzerland, the apartment block in Calle Orfila and the Lolita office building, both in Madrid to international competitions for huge complexes, such as the Porte de la Chapelle tower and Osmose Station in Paris, and the Performing Arts Centre in Taipei.
The selection of works is preceded by introductory essays from Philip Ursprung and Florencio Manteca and closes in the Nexus section with two articles: a text in which Iñaki Ábalos himself reflects on how what we call sustainability can generate a new type of beauty, and a text growing out of a conversation between Ábalos, Sentkiewicz and Enrique Walker.
Against Naturalism: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz and the Beauty of Sustainability by Philip Ursprung
The Thermodynamic Architecture of Ábalos+Sentkiewicz by Florencio Manteca
Works and projects
Orfila Street housing block, Madrid
Osmose station, Grand Paris project, Paris
Senior citizens’ leisure centre, Azuqueca de Henares, Guadalajara
Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County
Porte de la Chapelle Tower, Paris
Lolita office building, Madrid
Performing Arts Centre, Taipei
Observatory of Elche Palm Grove
Atelier Albert Oehlen, Bülher
Spina Tower, Turín
Intermodal station, park and housing
towers, Logroño CaixaFórum, Seville
Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona
Thermodynamic beauty by Iñaki Ábalos
15 Notes + 5 Annotations by Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiwicz and Enrique Walker