‘Carme Pinós: Building for Life’ at Museo ICO in Madrid


Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano and on view from 10 February to 9 May, the exhibition is a journey through the many works of Carme Pinós that follows a clear guiding thread: the importance of context and environments in the creation of architectural space. Prominent among them are the Massana School of Arts and Design in Barcelona (2017), the CaixaForum of Zaragoza (2014), and the Cube Tower in Guadalajara, Mexico (2005). In 2006, the model of the latter was acquired by the MoMA of New York for its permanent collection.

According to Luis Fernández-Galiano, “Carme Pinós builds settings for life, and does so joining reason and emotion: the work of the Barcelona-based architect shows that the extreme sensibility present in the materialization of her projects rests on the solid support of an inquisitive intelligence, determined to understand the world and stimulated by an extensive reading experience.” As Pinós explains, “Architecture builds landscape or builds city; it is not a sculpture. Every urban action must be done with a view to building city, to dignifying our environment. When I work, I consider that my purpose is ultimately to improve or embellish the context.”

The Catalan architect began her career hand in hand with Enric Miralles in the 1980s, the period covered by the first part of the exhibition, presenting eight projects carried out together. The show features eighty projects developed by Estudio Carme Pinós from the time it was established in 1991 until today, using photographs, plans, sketches, models, audiovisual material, and also a recreation of Pinós’s studio and library, which spotlights the influence that reading has had on her professional and personal trajectory.

The museographic design and the exhibition catalog, forming part of the programming of Madrid Design Festival 2021, are the work of Pinós, in collaboration with Arquitectura Viva.

Exhibition catalog

Arquitectura Viva

Arquitectura Viva

Arquitectura Viva

Arquitectura Viva

Escuela Massana de Arte y Diseño, 2006-2017, Barcelona

Edificio de viviendas La Gardunya, 2006-2017, Barcelona

Ampliación del Mercado de La Boquería, 2007-2015, Barcelona

Centro Cultural CaixaForum, 2008-2014, Zaragoza

Torre de oficinas Cube, 2002-2005, Guadalajara (México)

Pabellón temporal MPavilion 2018, 2017-2018, Melbourne (Australia)

Parque Dunar, 1996, Matalascañas, Huelva (España)

Parque Aromático de Torreblanca, 2000-2010, Torrevieja, Alicante (España)

Hotel Pizota, 2004, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco (México)

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