Architectural Monographs

BAK Arquitectos

Concrete Subjects


  • Foreword by
  • Juan Molina y Vedia
  •  
  • Introduction by
  • Berto Gonzalez Montaner
  •  
  • Text by
  • María Victoria Besonías
  •  
  • Interview by
  • Fernando Diez
  •  
  • Edited by
  • Oscar Riera Ojeda
  •  

BAK Arquitectos

Concrete Subjects

Architectural Monographs

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  • Foreword by Juan Molina y Vedia
  • Introduction by Berto Gonzalez Montaner
  • Text by María Victoria Besonías
  • Interview by Fernando Diez
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
  • specifications

  • Edition: English Language
  • Size: 7.25 x 9.25 in / 184 x 235 mm
  • Format: Portrait
  • Pages: 352
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Photographs: 180
  • Weight: 1.3 kgs
  • Rights: World Rights Available
  • Price: USD $50 / €45 / ₤32
  • description

  • BAK arquitectos is an office founded in 2000 by the architects María Victoria Besonias, Guillermo de Almeida and Luciano Kruk. The three principals teach architecture, which guarantees that every new work they start is seen as an opportunity to put into practice the rich link between theory and production, and as a way of overcoming the customary inflexibility of the profession. From the very first steps of a project, they initiate a wide search for possible solutions supported by strong beliefs, rooted in a number of basic principles: The incorporation of simple forms and a limited repertoire of materials is an aesthetic choice and an ethically principled valorization of available resources; the physical and tangible condition of architecture is part of its essence and, as such, is present from the start; architectural production cannot rely on the appearance of an image; it is the physical condition of architecture that instills sense and emotional character to spaces; aesthetic quality must be found in the essence of architecture and in a gradual and meticulous renunciation of what is not essential; the need to foster new research subjects, approaches and techniques; a small house and a complex building require the same enthusiasm and energy to be successfully embarked upon and accomplished. The projects in this book are a careful selection of the most recent experiences of the firm – from 2004 up to the present day. In all of them, these principles are clearly exhibited.
  • Contributors Biographies

  • María Victoria Besonias was born on the 18th of October in 1947 in Madrid, Spain. She received a Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Buenos Aires in 1975, is a lecturer at FADU, UBA and a member of the Panel of Jurors at FADEA (Federacion Argentina de Entidades de Arquitectura). She was invited to speak at the 14th International Congress of Architecture in Monterrey in 2009 and the 2006 Biennial of Brasilia. She currently provides consultancy services in urbanism and for architectural competitions.

    Juan Molina y Vedia is an architect and Emeritus Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is also a Professor of Architecture and History of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universities of Buenos Aires (UNBA); Resistencia (UNNE); La Plata (UNLP); Arequipa, Perú and San Juan (UNC). He has published several books – La ciudad dulce (2010), Enseñanza sin dogma (Nobuko, 2008), Mi Buenos Aires herido (Colihue, 1999), Fermín Bereterbide, La construcción de lo imposible (Colihue, 1997) and Luis Barragán-Paraisos (Kliczkowski, 1994). He has won many national and international competitions and built numerous projects.

    Alberto Gonzalez Montaner is an architect, journalist and writer. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1981). Since 1992, he has been the Editor in Chief of ARQ, the architecture supplement of Clarín Argentina. Since May 2006, he has been the producer and host of the TV show “Crónicas Urbanas”, which focuses on Latin American architecture and cities. He is professor of “Urban Projects” and “Architecture Projects” at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; has served on juries for national and international architecture and design competitions; has been an expert consultant for United Nations programs; covered international congresses and meetings and often lectures on architecture, urban heritage and cities.

    Fernando Diez is an architect (UB, Argentina 1979) and has a PhD in Architecture (PROPAR-UFRGRS, Brazil, 2005). His work as a critic and Chief Editor of Summa+ Magazine has made him into an important figure in contemporary discussions of architecture and planning in Latin America. He is currently a Professor of Planning and Architecture Theory at the Universidad de Palermo, where he is also Director of the Department of History and Theory.

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BAK arquitectos is an office founded in 2000 by the architects María Victoria Besonias, Guillermo de Almeida and Luciano Kruk. The three principals teach architecture, which guarantees that every new work they start is seen as an opportunity to put into practice the rich link between theory and production, and as a way of overcoming the customary inflexibility of the profession. From the very first steps of a project, they initiate a wide search for possible solutions supported by strong beliefs, rooted in a number of basic principles: The incorporation of simple forms and a limited repertoire of materials is an aesthetic choice and an ethically principled valorization of available resources; the physical and tangible condition of architecture is part of its essence and, as such, is present from the start; architectural production cannot rely on the appearance of an image; it is the physical condition of architecture that instills sense and emotional character to spaces; aesthetic quality must be found in the essence of architecture and in a gradual and meticulous renunciation of what is not essential; the need to foster new research subjects, approaches and techniques; a small house and a complex building require the same enthusiasm and energy to be successfully embarked upon and accomplished. The projects in this book are a careful selection of the most recent experiences of the firm – from 2004 up to the present day. In all of them, these principles are clearly exhibited.

  • Foreword by Juan Molina y Vedia
  • Introduction by Berto Gonzalez Montaner
  • Text by María Victoria Besonías
  • Interview by Fernando Diez
  • Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda

Contributors Biographies

María Victoria Besonias was born on the 18th of October in 1947 in Madrid, Spain. She received a Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Buenos Aires in 1975, is a lecturer at FADU, UBA and a member of the Panel of Jurors at FADEA (Federacion Argentina de Entidades de Arquitectura). She was invited to speak at the 14th International Congress of Architecture in Monterrey in 2009 and the 2006 Biennial of Brasilia. She currently provides consultancy services in urbanism and for architectural competitions.

Juan Molina y Vedia is an architect and Emeritus Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is also a Professor of Architecture and History of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universities of Buenos Aires (UNBA); Resistencia (UNNE); La Plata (UNLP); Arequipa, Perú and San Juan (UNC). He has published several books – La ciudad dulce (2010), Enseñanza sin dogma (Nobuko, 2008), Mi Buenos Aires herido (Colihue, 1999), Fermín Bereterbide, La construcción de lo imposible (Colihue, 1997) and Luis Barragán-Paraisos (Kliczkowski, 1994). He has won many national and international competitions and built numerous projects.

Alberto Gonzalez Montaner is an architect, journalist and writer. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1981). Since 1992, he has been the Editor in Chief of ARQ, the architecture supplement of Clarín Argentina. Since May 2006, he has been the producer and host of the TV show “Crónicas Urbanas”, which focuses on Latin American architecture and cities. He is professor of “Urban Projects” and “Architecture Projects” at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; has served on juries for national and international architecture and design competitions; has been an expert consultant for United Nations programs; covered international congresses and meetings and often lectures on architecture, urban heritage and cities.

Fernando Diez is an architect (UB, Argentina 1979) and has a PhD in Architecture (PROPAR-UFRGRS, Brazil, 2005). His work as a critic and Chief Editor of Summa+ Magazine has made him into an important figure in contemporary discussions of architecture and planning in Latin America. He is currently a Professor of Planning and Architecture Theory at the Universidad de Palermo, where he is also Director of the Department of History and Theory.

  • Edition:English Language
  • Size:7.25 x 9.25 in / 184 x 235 mm
  • Format:Portrait
  • Pages:352
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Photographs:180
  • Weight:1.3 kgs
  • Rights:World Rights Available
  • Price:USD $50 / €45 / ₤32