Exhibition Concept
Architecture of The Earth

Earth is a material.
It is also a place where we live, that we transform.
Architecture sometimes chooses to build with it.
Others, to exist independently.
Or to flatten its face.

Vestiges of ancient monuments carved in rock, built with it, vernacular architectures that give order to the materials around them, land art, and some earthworks as well... evidence the potential of using land and landscapes actively, beyond their understanding as sources for endless exploitation.

"Architecture of The Earth" presents a series of research and professional projects conducted by Ensamble Studio during two decades. Though developed at different times, in different geographies and for different reasons, together they contribute to reflect upon the relation between Architecture and The Earth, or the print that as humans we leave in our environment. Reading landscapes, recycling them, reinforcing their crust or using it as mold, structures are built utilizing the natural potential of places and creating synergies. Learning from geological processes, analog construction methodologies are developed and new architectural languages discovered, opening our imagination to unknown territories that are worth exploring.

TOTO GALLERY・MA offers three distinct spaces through which the theme unfolds: Laboratory of Ideas and Garden (RESEARCH & DESIGN) and Audiovisual Landscapes (CONSTRUCTION). They propose an itinerary, from ideas to materialization and back: a retrofitting loop that presents the theme of the exhibition as an ongoing and unfinished enterprise.
Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa,
Ensamble Studio
Architect Profile
Ensamble Studio
Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing research and practice, their work innovates typologies, technologies and methodologies to address issues as diverse as the construction of the landscape or the prefabrication of the house. From their early works to their most recent every project makes space for hands-on experimentation aiming to advance their field and the role of the architect in society. In their work, art, science, construction and development, join forces with design seeking how to best translate ideas into matter.
García-Abril is Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, USA), and Mesa is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech (GA, USA). Their most representative works include Structures of Landscape (for Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana, USA, 2016), Ca'n Terra (Menorca, Spain, 2020) among others. They have won numerous awards including the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.

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