Den lille perle vandt

Den lille perle vandt

  • Førstepræmievinderen i "Tid & Rum", Nathan Romero Muelas

At skrive er et analytisk redskab for den spanskfødte og i Danmark bosatte arkitekt Nathan Romero Muelas. Det siger han, efter han mandag kl. 17 blev tildelt førstepræmien på €10.000 i Henning Larsens Fonds internationale konkurrence om at skrive om arkitektur, ”TID & RUM”. 

I alt 173 bidrag fra 18 lande har juryen (Henning Larsen, Kent Martinussen, Martin Keiding, Christian Bundegaard og Troels Troelsen) vurderet, og foruden førstepræmien har den uddelt en andenpræmie på €5.000 og tre tredjepræmier på hver €2.000 til henholdsvis Daniel Persson, Sanne Flyvbjerg, Mette Marie Kallehauge og Tinne Delfs. Juryen kalder Nathan Romero Muelas tekst for et klassisk essay, som er “en lille perle, der samler alt det vigtige med enkle midler”. Muelas’ essay udgives sammen de øvrige vindertekster i ”TID & RUM - At skrive om arkitektur” på Arkitektens Forlag.

Vi stiller her Nathan Romero Muelas, der har grundlagt og driver Nathan Romero Arkitekter, fem spørgsmål – på engelsk – om skrivningens værdi for arkitekturen.

When did you begin writing about architecture?

I have been writing things down from very early in my life. I have always carried a note book with me. Trying to find out why some spaces moved me, while others left me indifferent or even unsettled me, has been a substantial part of these notes… even before I started studying architecture. Drawing was of course part of the same investigation.

Why is it important to write about architecture?

Writing is for an architect, very much like drawing, an analytical tool. We move by explorations, approximations, hoping to find a passage to the core of experience. In my studio, Nathan Romero Arkitekter, these explorations are often previous or parallel to the actual “solving” of the project. 

Should architects spend more time writing?

I can only say that it is already a very important part, at least when it comes to getting work through competitions. Words matter. I am obsessively careful with the texts that we produce for competitions projects. Apart from the obvious communication factor, writing can help us getting to the fundamentals in our work, beyond distractions and temptations. But then again, some good architects write and some don’t. I have always been very interested in knowing what the architects I admire said or wrote.. Siza, Le Corbusier, Zumthor are fantastic writers.

Winning this award, what does that mean to you?

Being a Spanish architect trying to build in Denmark one can feel at times a bit isolated. To know that such important jury has read my text, which deals with the fundamentals of our profession, and liked it, is like opening my constant monologue up into a conversation of sorts and it means a world to me. In a more personal note, I have always admired the work and the person of Henning Larsen. In the almost ten years now that I have been living in Denmark, I never had the chance to meet him.  

Fakta: Konkurrencen er den tredje i rækken af arkitekturkonkurrencer, som Henning Larsens Fond har afholdt. Den første handlede om ”at fotografere arkitektur”, den anden om ”at tegne arkitektur”, og den tredje – ”TID & RUM” – altså om ”at skrive om arkitektur”. Henning Larsens Fond blev stiftet for private midler af arkitekt Henning Larsen i 2001 og har siden da hvert år foretaget uddelinger på stifterens fødselsdag, den 20. august. De to tidligere konkurrencer blev afholdt i henholdsvis 2007 og 2008.

Tom Hermansen

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