The exhibition introduces the Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao (born 1972 in Mexico City), and her eponymous office, it’s approach and philosophy, along with their most important building projects.
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio researches and interprets the historical culture and building traditions of Mexico, and the immediate context of projects. The exhibition explores different facets of the “landscape” used to inform and guide the office’s work, from natural or urban scapes, to the social and cultural.
Bilbao’s work is highly diverse and frequently interdisciplinary, produced in collaboration with other architects, landscape architects, artists and inhabitants: from a pilgrimage route in Mexico and a botanical garden in Culiacán, to housing developments. The analysis of the landscape and social conditions also forms the basis for projects as large as an aquarium in Mazatlán or as small as a post disaster house design in Acuña.
The local cultural, artistic and building tradition — involving for instance the use of rammed earth — plays a key role in Bilbao’s works. The basic idea is that architecture should become the platform for anyone to create their own existence. “When you come from a country where many people have very little in the way of economic resources, you are used to not wasting them.” (Tatiana Bilbao)
On show in the exhibition are models of significant projects within a hand drawn context, as well as large scale installations, complimented by a cabinet of curiosities filled with sketches, collages and samples of raw materials that invite visitors to glimpse into the complex working process of the office.
This exhibition was realized in collaboration with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.