manuel bouzas + santiago de aguila install catenary meshes in a flores & prats building
 

manuel bouzas + santiago de aguila install catenary meshes in a flores & prats building

the catenary and the arc by manuel bouzas and santiago del aguila is a temporary installation occupying the courtyard of flores & pratscasal balaguer cultural center in palma de mallorca. displayed during insòlit 2019, a festival of temporary installations that opened the doors of palma’s courtyards to creativity during the first week of july, the project draws from the architecture of the building, confronting two opposing geomtries: the arc and the catenary.manuel bouzas + santiago de aguila install catenary meshes in a flores & prats buildingall images by antonio bouzas barcala

 

 

seduced by the beauty of the stone arches in the patio of casal balaguer, an aristocratic house dating back to the 14th century, manuel bouzas & santiago del aguila have created a temporary installation that reflects their form with a reverse geometry. the large catenaries are built using light steel meshes and covered with acetate, projecting a warm light in the interior of the courtyard.

 

‘we want to confront two opposite geometries: the arc and the catenary,’ explain the architects, ‘one fights against gravity while the other one works with it; one requires mass while the other achieves lightness; one is compressed while the other stretches; one is opaque while the other lets light pass through it; one provides shade while the other projects its color; one grows from the ground while the other falls from the sky; one was already there while the other not yet.’manuel bouzas + santiago de aguila install catenary meshes in a flores & prats building

 

 

the catenary and the arc was presented during insòlit 2019, a festival of temporary installations curated by aina bigorra, erik herrera and pep rovira. the festival aims to promote and show in an active and participative way the heritage value of the balearic islands, through temporary creative actions.

manuel bouzas + santiago de aguila install catenary meshes in a flores & prats building

 

 

project info:

 

 

name: the catenary and the arc

architect: manuel bouzas & santiago del aguila

location: carrer de la unió, 3, palma de mallorca, balearic islands, spain

area: 200 m2

collaborators: clara alvarez garcía and alexander zikanov

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