From Berlin, in Conversation with Context

Jürgen Tietz 

The relationship with the existing and the evolution of the structures on which they intervene play a key role in the oeuvre of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. Hence, their projects in Halle an der Saale (Moritzburg Museum) and Graz (Joanneum Museum extension and the remodelling of the Kastner & Öhler building) emerge as complex processes that delve into the architectural and formal possibilities. In their interventions, Nieto & Sobejano establish a link with the specific history of the place and its evolution, which, in the project design process, is filtered through several levels of abstraction. In this way they manage to materialize architectural works that are at once independent and rooted in a dense network of traces and references. The result is a sensual architecture of complexity, which maintains a deft balance between expressive autonomy and relationship with the place. Nieto & Sobejano’s research into the relationship between history and contemporaneity gives their works a new and substantial quality; they offer users architectural experiences in which both the function and the complexity of the building are readable on different levels...

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