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Joao Quintela and Tim Simon

ATELIER JQTS

https://atelierjqts.com

Calçada Marquês de Abrantes 43, R/c Dtº, 1200-109 Lisboa., Portugal
JQTS is an architecture studio led by Joao Quintela and Tim Simon working between Lisbon and Hamburg. The office’s work consists in a serial research into the open field of architecture combined with a process of learning from the empirical knowledge.

Architecture of Limitations


Limitation as impetus for a consistent architecture

Architecture of Limitations


Limitation as impetus for a consistent architecture
We believe in limitation as a chance for an architecture that appears as logical consequence of a creative process
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

“The crisis is the greatest blessing for people and nations, because the crisis brings progress. Creativity comes from anxiety as the day comes from the dark night.”
A. Einstein, 1955

Strict requirements and given financial circumstances constantly reduce the possibilities of approaching architecture in a common way. Contraints condition the creative process.
But constrains are not necessarily a bad thing while they stimulate human creativity.
Limitation means to deal with what you have and what you can do with it. It implies a choice and a clear definition of priorities. Approaches need to disclose the essence of an architectural problem and react to it with precise answers.
Limitation is forcing radical solutions generating a strong dialogue with the available materials, their logical use and structural possibilities, their formal characteristics as well as their social meanings.
Final solutions always express their own condition of being the logical result of the process.


NOVERCA HOUSE, 2017, financial limitations asked for a prefabricated system done in OSB

GALLERY, 2017, available materials were local wood, volcanic stones and a basic net

VIATICUS, 2018, all the materials were reused after disassembling

VERTIGO, 2014, the project was thought and built as self construction

INSITU, 2015, without budget the only available material to work with were leftover steel tubes

Architecture of Limitations


Limitation as impetus for a consistent architecture

Architecture of Limitations


Limitation as impetus for a consistent architecture
We believe in limitation as a chance for an architecture that appears as logical consequence of a creative process
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

“The crisis is the greatest blessing for people and nations, because the crisis brings progress. Creativity comes from anxiety as the day comes from the dark night.”
A. Einstein, 1955

Strict requirements and given financial circumstances constantly reduce the possibilities of approaching architecture in a common way. Contraints condition the creative process.
But constrains are not necessarily a bad thing while they stimulate human creativity.
Limitation means to deal with what you have and what you can do with it. It implies a choice and a clear definition of priorities. Approaches need to disclose the essence of an architectural problem and react to it with precise answers.
Limitation is forcing radical solutions generating a strong dialogue with the available materials, their logical use and structural possibilities, their formal characteristics as well as their social meanings.
Final solutions always express their own condition of being the logical result of the process.


NOVERCA HOUSE, 2017, financial limitations asked for a prefabricated system done in OSB

GALLERY, 2017, available materials were local wood, volcanic stones and a basic net

VIATICUS, 2018, all the materials were reused after disassembling

VERTIGO, 2014, the project was thought and built as self construction

INSITU, 2015, without budget the only available material to work with were leftover steel tubes


Idea by

Joao Quintela and Tim Simon
ATELIER JQTS
Calçada Marquês de Abrantes 43, R/c Dtº
1200-109 Lisboa.
Portugal
JQTS is an architecture studio led by Joao Quintela and Tim Simon working between Lisbon and Hamburg. The office’s work consists in a serial research into the open field of architecture combined with a process of learning from the empirical knowledge.