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Albert García-Alzórriz Guardiola

http://www.garcia-alzorriz.com

Barcelona, Spain
Albert García-Alzórriz (1992) is an architect and audiovisual artist based in Barcelona, Spain. He explores the fascination and estrangement produced by certain places and objects, which can generate speculative narratives in contact with other agents, both human and non-human. To date, his projects and research have mainly resulted in the creation of installations, architectures, moving images and sounds. Imbricating systems that require multiple degrees of collaboration and collective work.

Behind the eucalyptus trees


Behind the eucalyptus trees


In a village built under Francoism, the neighbours settle on an empty plot once occupied by a cinema.
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Two years ago, I worked on a project in collaboration with the residents of a village in southern Spain, Llanos del Sotillo, the architecture of which is based on a radical mid-1950s design. The houses and streets are spread over a four-by-four metre graticule and seem to constitute a large sole building.

The project gave rise to a film titled ‘Behind the eucalyptus trees’, in reference to the greenery surrounding the village. These trees are just as much of a mystery as the architecture of the houses assigned by the Francoist regime. When the residents were asked about the village’s unique, unusual design, their interpretations showed how vacuums of institutional information turned into fertile ground for speculation. Architecture became a metaphor for the residents themselves as a community. It was at the origins of a story created by the popular imaginary that enabled locals to soften and resist the harshness of an official imposition.



Behind the eucalyptus trees


Behind the eucalyptus trees


In a village built under Francoism, the neighbours settle on an empty plot once occupied by a cinema.
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

Two years ago, I worked on a project in collaboration with the residents of a village in southern Spain, Llanos del Sotillo, the architecture of which is based on a radical mid-1950s design. The houses and streets are spread over a four-by-four metre graticule and seem to constitute a large sole building.

The project gave rise to a film titled ‘Behind the eucalyptus trees’, in reference to the greenery surrounding the village. These trees are just as much of a mystery as the architecture of the houses assigned by the Francoist regime. When the residents were asked about the village’s unique, unusual design, their interpretations showed how vacuums of institutional information turned into fertile ground for speculation. Architecture became a metaphor for the residents themselves as a community. It was at the origins of a story created by the popular imaginary that enabled locals to soften and resist the harshness of an official imposition.




Idea by

Albert García-Alzórriz Guardiola
Barcelona
Spain
Albert García-Alzórriz (1992) is an architect and audiovisual artist based in Barcelona, Spain. He explores the fascination and estrangement produced by certain places and objects, which can generate speculative narratives in contact with other agents, both human and non-human. To date, his projects and research have mainly resulted in the creation of installations, architectures, moving images and sounds. Imbricating systems that require multiple degrees of collaboration and collective work.