Architecture means time, patience, exchange and observation. This personal journal reflects progress on upcoming projects, awards, collaborations and thoughts on the creative process.
NEW HOUSING, ARGENTEUIL
Study of new housing possibilities, commissioned by the company Linkcity (Group Bouygues) in the city of Argenteuil.
Article for Diario de Menorca in reference to the lecture in COIAB.
AV 2022 Spain Yearbook
The AV Monographs Yearbook reviews the most relevant events and selects twenty-four buildings that represent the best of architecture built in Spain during 2022.
Banc Sabadell receives the Laus Companies and Entities Award 2022
Josep Lluís Mateo, responsible for the design of Banc Sabadell's offices is interviewed by the awarding organization.
COMING SOON: L’AVANT-SCENE, NICE
Currently located in empty space, on the outer periphery of Nice, a new part of the city is set to appear here in the near future: L'avant-scène.
Detail and big-scale
Approach to full-scale materials and finishes for under construction Avant-Scène project.
Behind the Scenes. Toni Catany International Photography Centre
Photography and Architecture, Aldo Amoretti and Gabriel Ramon discuss their connection with the photographer and with architecture.
CCIB collect the M&IT Award 2021
18 years after its creation, the Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB) continues to collect important international awards.
A SPACE BETWEEN RIVERS
Marked by the presence and interaction of infrastructures of movement across the territory is a large shopping centre with a geometric name (Baricentro).
Toni Catany International Photography Centre by the press
First impressions of the Spanish press after visiting the International Center of Photography Toni Catany.
Guided visit to Banc Sabadell Space, Madrid
From the outside, the window, raised above the level of the street, directly shows off the workplace, in an abstract, professional but sober environment.
Banco Sabadell Space
At a time of transformation for bank branches, here, as an experimental proposal, we created a space as a place to work and to meet. Open but active. Private when necessary.
The Great Orchard
With the undergrounding of the railways that bisected the city, a large garden-orchard promenade is destined to become its core public space.
Present architectural questions 2021
A dialogue between Juhani Pallasmaa and Josep Lluís Mateo on "Footprints. Josep Lluís Mateo. Writings 2005-2020".
About Footprints. Josep Lluís Mateo. Writings 2005-2020
Several authors (architects, writers, curators, editors and critics) talk about Footprints. Josep Lluís Mateo. Writings 2005-2020
Lecture: Present Times. Practising Architecture during COVID
Josep Lluís Mateo will be reflecting on the practice of architecture in the present times...
Lecture: Filmoteca de Catalunya (Film Theatre of Catalonia)
On 21 May at 12:00, Josep Lluís Mateo will be talking about the Filmoteca de Catalunya...
Towards the Building Site
Building calls for proximity. Physical contact. Making dreams come true means coming down to earth...
“Looking Up” is Josep Lluís Mateo’s interpretation of some of the images that make up The Challenge of the Chamfered Corner...
’60s Barcelona. New Brutalism
In the nineteen-fifties, local architecture was marked by the presence of the second-generation modern movement...
NATURE & PROJECT. Chronicle of a Teaching Experience, by Josep Lluís Mateo
During the 2019 fall semester, Josep Lluís Mateo led the Visiting Studio organized for the final year at the ETSAB...
Josep Lluís Mateo, present digitally at the Quito Architecture Biennial 2020
Under the heading “Transformations”, the 22nd Quito Pan-American Architecture Biennial (BAQ 2020) takes place during the month of November
CONNEXIO, the first office building at Nice Grand Arénas
In Grand Arénas, the international business centre in Nice...
Coming soon: Footprints. Josep Lluís Mateo. Writings 2005 – 2020
Book launch: December 2020
Coming soon: ESMA Montpellier
Opening: September 2020
Coming soon: Branch of Banco Sabadell in Madrid
Opening: End 2020
Coming soon: Housing in Heerhugowaard, Holland
Construction completed: March 2020
El temblor de la arquitectura
Todos los seres humanos sentimos la arquitectura. Este sentimiento –que es una auténtica pulsión– forma parte de nuestra naturaleza.
Building in Times of Coronavirus
Building: together, with our hands, physical contact…
Reflexionar sobre el futuro, desde una situación tan dura como la que vivimos, se presta a transitar por todo tipo de caminos no atractivos.
I stop at another moment: the expression of the force and the energy of nature...
Projects and their construction mean facing a long period of time...
Josep Lluís Mateo reflects on the darkness in Toni Catany’s images
That theme is light. And, in the hands of the artist, its opposite, darkness, as the ultimate expression, by contrast, with lightness...
Competition for the Reurbanisation of Place Roubaud in the neighbourhood of La Bocca, Cannes, France
Work on pause: Toni Catany International Photography Centre
Just a few months ago, building work was starting on the site...
Building something represents an effort in relation to a project, to an idea.
DETAILS: Apartment building in Heerhugowaard (Holland)
The idea behind its rugged, rustic, varied envelope is to avoid typical Dutch abstraction...
Space: ESMA Montpellier
At the end of the building of the structure, sometimes, the space appears. No finishes, no anomalies and no life: pure space.
Josep Lluís Mateo responde a un estudiante de arquitectura
La ETSAB reedita dentro de su colección de ETSAB breus - breves la entrevista realizada por Piotr Lopatka, ex alumno del Prof. Dr. Josep Lluís Mateo en su Cátedra de Proyectos en la ETH de Zürich
Josep Lluís Mateo journeys to German Romanticism
Josep Lluís Mateo talks about Architecture during Romanticism in the cycle "A Journey to German Romanticism" organized by the Goethe-Institut Barcelona...
TRANSFER Architecture Video Award presents the winners of its first edition
The first winner of the TRANSFER Architecture Video Award is the video by Luís Úrculo, Brazilian Embassy / Ipiña + Nieto Arquitectos, Chile, 2019...
Guided visit to Banc Sabadell Company HUB
Through large windows, the space opens up to its surroundings, the city...
Josep Lluís Mateo designs the Toni Catany International Photography Centre
His proposal presents a spacious courtyard leading into the installation...
Josep Lluís Mateo, Professional Work (2014 – 2019)
Josep Lluís Mateo will be taking part in “Culture”, the series of lectures organised by the ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture)...
BÉTON: ESMA Montpellier
The delicate touch of Madame Varlet moves over the concrete walls...
ETSAB VISITING STUDIO (WINTER SEMESTER)
This semester, near the end of the course of study at the ETSAB, brings to bear a multiple vision of the design process...
Between the sea and the mountains. Each house, a world unto itself
To understand the reason for this house, you have to see it from the sea...
The 100+ world’s best architecture firms 2019 by Domus
Nice from the sky
A drone follows the central axis of the new multimodal hub of Nice Grand Arénas...
Laying the first stone in the apartment building in Heerhugowaard, Holland
The first stone of the apartment building designed by mateoarquitectura in the centre of Heerhugowaard, Holland, will be laid on Wednesday 22 May at 15:30
Josep Lluís Mateo closes the Foros 2019 cycle “Identities”
Josep Lluís will be exploring two opposing forces that interact in our reality...
BOOK REVIEW: CRÍTICA DE CHOQUE (SHOCK CRITICISM)
The book describes the contemporary cultural landscape, a time when communication and criticism come face to face with new issues such as fake news...
Prototypes. 80 Housing units in Heerhugowaard, Holland
Working with matter is a mental activity, but it involves experimenting physical, sensible presence...
Unpublished text by Marcel Meili about Quaderns in the 80s
There are several texts by Josep Lluís Mateo, which have aroused our special interest in Quaderns. Texts about technology, reality and periphery...
Montpellier : « Une enveloppe de béton transformé en matériau précieux »
Josep Lluís Mateo a pensé le futur grand pôle français de formation dans les métiers de la création et du numérique...
Montpellier, First Stone. 21 March 2019
The tradition of celebrating the start of work on a building is a reminder that our profession starts with ideas but is necessarily formalised with matter.
Marcel Meili, 1953 – 2019. In memoriam
The dream of the Metropolis is constructed in the subsoil
Text by Josep Lluís Mateo, for Marcel Meili, Markus Peter 1987 – 2008. Zurich, 2008
Laying the first stone of the Campus Créatif of ESMA Montpellier, France
The ceremony of laying the first stone of the Campus Créatif ESMA Montpellier, France, will take place on Thursday 21 March at 19:00...
In the vertical plane, lines draw animals, friendly presences. In the horizontal plane, straight lines mark the layout of the new city...
10th anniversary of the Nice Éco-Vallée project
Nice Éco-Vallée, the scheme to promote the area of Nice Grand Arénas where Josep Lluís Mateo is carrying out his urban planning and development project, celebrates its 10th anniversary...
“Unveiled Affinities: Quaderns in Europe”
“Unveiled Affinities: Quaderns in Europe” highlights Josep Lluís Mateo’s contribution as editor of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme (1981-1990)...
Object representing the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB)...
The blue house on the sea, by Ignasi Solà-Morales
On a cold and blustery Saturday in February 2001 Ignasi Solà-Morales and I went to visit this house in Mallorca...
“The First House…” cycle of dialogues, featuring Josep Lluís Mateo
Next Wednesday 16 January, Josep Lluís Mateo will be taking part in the cycle “The First House..."
Self, Shell, Shelter
To speak of the shelter is to recall an archaic, primitive argument of our work. The condition of protection from a hostile exterior...
Beneath the paving stones lies the sea…
In the main axis of the new multimodal hub in the French city of Nice, for the first time in Europe, a large expanse of urban cool paving has been created.
De l’incarnation. Entretien avec Josep Lluís Mateo
Josep Lluis Mateo nous reçoit dans son agence, au pied des montagnes qui au nord, délimitent Barcelone...
Sustainability and Architecture: Office Building in Cornellà
A classic pattern of office building. It consists in a sequence of surface areas around a courtyard with single entrance. General atrium of the complex.
Toulouse 2030: Designing the City of Tomorrow
The dwellings designed by Josep Lluís Mateo in Toulouse will form part of the exhibition Toulouse 2030
Dwellings on Borneo Island, Amsterdam. Revisited
Almost 20 years after its completion, we revisit the housing project on the island of Borneo in the port of Amsterdam...
Josep Lluís Mateo, FOOTPRINTS. Making of
Here, without pretending to draw the line, we show a few points, some footprints, in our journey...
Round Table: EXHIBIT ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Writer, Professor of Aesthetics at UPF...
Footprints, an exhibition of Josep Lluís Mateo
A journey, a path, is made up of a succession of points, of steps, of footprints, which, viewed as a whole, indicate a direction, reveal (or not) their meaning.
An overview of Josep Lluís Mateo career by Nader Tehrani
On March 27, Josep Lluís Mateo gave a lecture entitled “Footprints” at The Cooper Union...
5 books recommended by Josep Lluís Mateo
Josep Lluís Mateo recommends the five most significant books about architecture produced over the last 35 years for him.
Island, desert, mountain: architecture degree zero
Architecture – that prosthesis sometimes necessary for survival – is presented in its initial condition. As degree zero.
The relationship between architecture and landscape in environments of extreme topography.
Nice Grand Arénas. France
Un projet sur 50ha du sol public, le nouveau centre urbain de la ville.
(Version en français)
Establishing links between the desert and architecture entails imagining an object facing its antagonist...
Take two of my projects 30 years apart, one recent work and one early scheme; despite the lapse in time and their very different contexts, they reveal much in common.
Nice Grand Arénas. France
50 hectares of public land on which to design the city’s new urban centre.
The Film of Bayonne, Entrée de Ville. France.
Bayonne revisited one year later.
Le Bon Sauvage. A Contemporary Architect’s Status
The imaginary of the profession of architect has historically seen the emergence of various paradigms...
THE VALUES OF ARCHITECTURE – Josep Lluís Mateo
Preparatory notes for an oral intervention in the closing session of the Architects’ Congress of Catalonia...
Islands, finite, enclosed spaces: the limit as condition and presence, as unifying moment.
AN URBAN AXIS IN NICE
A straight line in the territory...
Nature + Architecture
AHO, Oslo School of Architecture, 11/05/17
The art of the model maker. Report by betevé (Barcelona Television) at Mateo Arquitectura
Report by the culture programme Àrtic, shown by betevé...
CCIB, Best Overseas Conference Centre 2017
The Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), designed by Josep Lluís Mateo (mateoarquitectura), has been awarded the Gold...
Montpellier Cité Créative
The project for the creation of a cluster devoted to culture and creative industries (CCI) has been presented in the city of Montpellier...
About my work
My work speaks of places that I transform and continue...
Josep Lluís Mateo presents Philip Ursprung at “Europa, Europa”
Josep Lluís Mateo was asked to present Philip Ursprung on the occasion...
Aftermath. Architecture beyond Architects – Venice Architecture Biennale
Aftermath. Architecture beyond Architects...
“Volume, Void, Surface”: Talk at the Politecnico di Milano
“In the city, we define an urban space by means of the interrelation of objects in the void...”
TRANSFER: a new Global Architecture Platform
Transfer is a new independent digital editorial project based on the production and transmission of architectural knowledge...
References = Books
“People ask me what my references are ...”
Josep Lluís Mateo gives the first talk in the Exterior series of Cultural Scene 2016 organized by the Culture Board of the Minorca Branch of the COAIB
The session turned around three themes...
Materials #2: Prague National Gallery Entrance Hall
Two parallel surfaces organize what used to be an empty space without weighing it down...
Materials: Dwellings in Toulouse
The structure comprises a series of parallel concrete walls...