FUENSANTA NIETO: Time Dialogues // 04.04.2022



Fuensanta Nieto is founding partner at Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos with Enrique Sobejano and a professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. The practice was founded in 1985 and has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Their major works include the Madinat al-Zahra Museum, the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastián, the Martin Chirino Foundation in Las Palmas, the Joanneum Museum extension in Graz, the Contemporary Art Centre in Córdoba and the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. They are currently working on projects in several countries, among them, the extension of the Archaeologische Staatssammlung in Munich, the extension of the Museo Sorolla in Madrid, the Archive of the Avant-gard in Dresden and the Carmen Thyssen Musem in Girona. Along with being widely published in international magazines and books, the firm’s work has been widely exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia, MoMA, the Kunsthaus in Graz, and at the MAST Foundation in Bologna. They are the recipients of numerous international awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Piranesi Prix de Rome, the Alvar Aalto Medal, and the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts.

Her lecture, Time Dialogues, presents the ways in which existing structures provide unexpected clues as to how they might be transformed: we simply need to read those hidden instructions, which suggest how to expand, enclose, modify or subdivide them. Renovating, adapting or expanding an existing building means reinterpreting the intentions of the original design, reading the architecture as a palimpsest, the sum of various coexisting texts in which the traces of an earlier inscription are still perceptible. Our new interventions in existing buildings are, in that sense, dialogues with time.

This lecture is supported by the James A.D. Cox endowment.

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