Folding space into space

31 Mar 2011

An insight into Eva Castro Iraola's work as co-founder and co-director of Plasma Studio

Folding space into space, Eva Castro Iraola draws landscapes into buildings, streets into facades, inside to outside. Transformative tectonics set spaces, planes and bodies into unforeseen relationships that challenge conventional topographies and spatial codes. Strategic reasoning and the desire to produce specificity in place of generics drive tectonic form. They venture that the construction of topographic dialogues ‘may enable and potentialize new and different forms of social interaction'. These topographic dialogues are enacted by an architecture of trajectory and momentum, which responds to the nature of the topographies and the possibilities of engagement.

Eva Castro Iraola is co-founder and co-director of Plasma Studio and GroundLab as well as Director of the Landscape Urbanism Master programme at the Architectural Association. Operating on a wide range of scales and types of projects from furniture to large scale buildings, Plasma Studio's work is always original, innovative and ambitious, having won the practice numerous awards, publications and exhibitions.

Within both- the architectural and the urban scale- Plasma Studio and GroundLab seek to forge unique, evocative and elegant projects by calibrating the dynamic and fluid nature of flows, events and ephemera on the one hand and the rational, structural and systemic parameters of material, organisation and resistance on the other.

In order to extend the approach of Landscape Urbanism to the real world, Eva founded GroundLab in 2005 with 4 partners from different disciplines such as engineering, landscape design and architecture. Through the use of digital and indexical tools, their projects achieved the complexity and richness of ‘naturally grown' urbanism, leading to the victory in several city planning competitions in China.

Recently, the studio succeeded with the International Horticultural Expo in Xi'an with 37 ha and 12,000 sqm of projected buildings. The project, which opens April 28th to a projected total of 15 Million visitors, enabled Eva to develop a complete and integrated sustainable vision of a 21st Century landscape.


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