1010 ja frayfoamhome bvenecia 004

Arquitecto Proyecto: Andres Jaque
Dirección de Obra: Andres Jaque
Colaboradores: Alejandro Sajgalik Walter Cuccuru Carolina Silvana Vaca Mehrdad Nazemi Ángela Bailén Patricia Acosta Diana Calvache Sizhou Yang Silvia Rodríguez
Localización: Venecia Italy
Fecha: 12/2010
Cliente: Bienal de Venecia


FRAY FOAM HOME By Andrés Jaque
Homes are arenas in which the political currently finds opportunities to happen. FRAY FOAM HOME is the restitution of the fragmented spaces in which a specific home -with its comforts, supplies and fictions- is constructed. Sweet Homes are no longer apolitical spaces for familiarity, but distant-bubbled-made-foams joined by conflict and fray. Distribution and uses of water, energy exploitation, right for access to fiction, engagement with transgendered individual roles are the arenas in which societies get shaped. What does this home look like? That is what FRAY FOAM HOME aims to approach.

Even the most intimate and personal action happens in shared multiple locations. Washing our skin activates shared contracts with water and infrastructures. Lotions to prevent its aging make our skin to inhabit labs where they get tried on mice. We are bubbled-foam-homes dwellers. There are no agoras any more, but an atmosphere of collective controversies in which we get to take decisions. We no longer go out to emerge as citizens. There is not outside and inside. By committing ourselves with energy efficient or unsustainable expenditure is how we install ourselves both individually and as collectives as components of the public. We live in ‘Parliament Homes’ ruled by confrontation, but we remain mainly blind to it.

FRAY FOAM HOME comes from the detailed study of the dependencies and polemics in which a specific flat in Madrid’s Calle del Pez happen. A flat shared by five people with personal daily options. The installation is an approach to the restitution of the distant contextual fragments and public polemics in which their daily lifes are installed. What gets visible, gets critical and accountable. What are the politics of design emerging from opening the black box of expanded multi-located homes? That is the question architecture can build up. A local interior design for global occupancies, which could be detailed in three questions:

1010 ja frayfoamhome bvenecia 006

1. What if consumption locations and productive ones could be experienced simultaneously? Could we produce a notion of relational beauty, closer to ‘parliaments’ than to ‘white boxes’?

2. What if we try to build with resilience and redundancy rather than with zoning and spatial specialization? Could a sensitivity for forecasting and optimizing be replaced by one of risk management and adaptability?

3. What if conflict could be politically managed? Could the management of difference and controversies be taken to daily life? Could we transform the material architectural devices that mediate in our social installation to move from a territorial antagonism to a foam-like agonism?

Architecture is often the device to promote territorial distribution in order to ensure realms of ‘Sweet Local Calm’. But it can also be a time for architectures of daily realities becoming compulsory pass points for the polemics in which they are constructed.

Arquitectos: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

andres jaque

+34 911886136
Calle de Otero, 3
28028, Madrid, SPAIN

Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation explore the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices. The office’s slogan is ‘ARCHITECTURE IS TECHNOLOGICALLY RENDERED SOCIETY’ and is currently devoted to the study of connected-domesticities like politically-activated urbanism.
They are authors for reference buildings including Plasencia Clergy House (awarded with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize), House in Never Never Land (finalist of FAD Awards and Mies van der Rohe European Award), TUPPER HOME (finalist of the European Award Mies van der Rohe and of the X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo), or ESCARAVOX (COAM 2013 Award and finalist of FAD Awards).

In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA) incorporated ‘IKEA Disobedients’ by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation into its collection as the first architectural performance acquired by the museum. This work has also been nominated in Architecture category for the Design of the Year 2013 Awards of the Design Museum, London. In 2013 they presented ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’ at Lisbon Architecture Triennale, ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ for RED CAT Gallery at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, in Los Angeles, and ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ at La Casa Encendida, in Madrid. In 2012, they presented their intervention ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’ at Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. In 2011, the research and prototype-making project ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ was presented at the Gwangju Biennale and, in 2010, the installation ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ was presented at the Biennale di Venezia 2010.
They are authors of the publications PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas, Eco-Ordinary. Codes for everyday architectural practices and Everyday Politics. Their production has been published in the most important media including A+U, Domus, El Croquis, The New York Times or Vogue, among others. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna, London Design Museum, RED CAT Gallery at Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, Mostra di Architettura de la Bienal de Venezia, Gwangju Biennale and Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Andrés Jaque [1971], directs Andrés Jaque Architects and the Office for Political Innovation. He is currently Advanced Design Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University. He has been Tessenow Stipendiat 1998 in Toepfer Stiftung FVS, in Hamburg, and visiting teacher in a number of international universities and has lectured and taken part in round tables extensively throughout the world including Princeton University, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Instituto Politecnico di Milano, Centre International pour la Ville de Paris, Centre pour l’Architecture et le Paysage (Brussels), Sociedad Central (Buenos Aires), Berlage Institut (Rotterdam) or Museo Nacional (Bogotá).

The office clients list includes AC/E Acción Cultural Española, ARCOmadrid, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo de Madrid S.A., Art Fairs S.L., La Musa S.L., Matadero Madrid, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Obispado de Plasencia, Ojalá Awareness Club, Construmat, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Comunidad de Madrid, Aluz Imagen y Comunicación S.L., Ayuntamiento de Burgos, Caja Duero and Xunta de Galicia, among others.