AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros
Selected by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen, Juan José Castellón González, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, with an interpretation in photographs by Stefano Graziani
The influential work of Ábalos & Herreros re-interpreted by their contemporaries, collaborators, and students.
1st edition, 2016
208 pages, 136 color and 248 b/w illustrations
24 x 31 cm
In cooperation with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal
Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established the renowned architectural firm Ábalos & Herreros in Madrid in 1984. At the time, following the end of the Franco regime, architects were valued more for their technical ability than for their contributions to theoretical research. In this context, Ábalos & Herreros’s melding of design with a range of publications and curatorial projects presented a remarkable challenge to assumptions about the role of an architect.
In 2012, the Canadian Centre for Architecture obtained the Ábalos & Herreros archive, which contains documents related to more than 160 projects. The material comprises sketches, slides, models, collages, and drawings. The archive presents a compelling opportunity to reconstruct Ábalos & Herreros’s planning and design process. Each of the book’s three contributors—two of whom worked with Ábalos & Herreros—approaches the archive with specific questions, and their essays explore topics including the architects’ fascination with industrial architecture, their capacity to construct a hybrid materiality without recourse to building technology as language, and their innovative visions for landscape architecture.
While many have written about the work of Ábalos & Herreros, previous books have been based mainly on their built projects and ongoing research. AP 164: Ábalos & Herreros is the first book to draw on the firm’s archive to offer a new take on this important architectural practice.