Friday 19 January 2018

Visionary architect to speak at TCD

Donal Buckley

BIOTECHNOLOGICAL Park Building, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, is one of the buildings designed by Tatiana Bilbao, who will speak at the NEWNOWNEXT free architectural talks series at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD, Dublin on Tuesday, June 18.

Tatiana Bilbao is one of Mexico's most relevant architects and enjoys global recognition, with projects as diverse as a beach house with the artist Gabriel Orozco, a master plan for an art-filled botanical garden and a spiritual refuge in Mexico's Jalisco Mountains.

According to the New York Times, "her work is a welcome reminder that sensitive architecture doesn't have to be meek and unimaginative".

"Tatiana Bilbao represents a way of working that can bring about the most inspiring spaces by using simple materials, low- tech resources and a strong understanding of the client's needs," said Nathalie Weadick, director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF).

The Biotechnological Park Building is on the campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey, the largest national private university in Mexico, and provides a link between academic and business environments. Bilbao designed the 8,000sqm building considering academic and professional life as a growing tree.

In an article in the New York Times, Bilbao was praised for the way she designed the building stacking the segments, "some on a north-south axis, others facing east-west, so that their ends jut out in four directions. "The effect is both functional and visually striking. The overhangs provide shade, cooling interiors and cutting down on energy costs. The coloured glass cuts out glare where the sun is harshest. Best, the roofs of the cantilevered slabs act as balconies where employees and students can take a break."

NEWNOWNEXT is a series of 12 architectural talks organised by IAF and Arup. The title of Ms Bilbao's talk is 'The Way Things Go'. You can book to attend at http://newnownext-2.eventbrite.ie/.

Irish Independent

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