ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]

 

My House and Other Animals Gallery

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

 

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

 

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Refurbishment of an apartment in Madrid. With SOFT architects / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo)

Madrid (Spain) / 2017 (built)

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

Everyday dynamics involve a plethora of actors and practices that establish unstable relations with architectural frameworks and consistently challenge the conventional understanding of domesticity and the family as the privileged unit of inhabitation. This house considers these contingent relations and expanded boundaries through a flexible typology retrofitted with a series of devices that acknowledge changing patterns of inhabitation while allowing for the materialization of dynamic attachments and affections within architecture. 

“My house and other animals” results from an intervention in an old apartment. It transforms its spatial and programmatic structure previously defined as a sequence of small rooms and defines a new organization of interconnected spaces along the apartment’s structural bays. A system of interventions mediating the scale of furniture and architecture qualify these bays and facilitate their occupation. They address the needs of a cat, a thirty-something man, his work life and the parties he likes to host. These interventions mediate the attachments structuring ordinary life as well as the expanding forms of sociality involved in this sequence of non-ordinary events hosted in the apartment. They facilitate the required spatial adaptations while allowing for future changes and expected transformations.

Photo by Miguel de Guzman, imagensubliminal.com

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Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOFT architects / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).

Collaborators: Pablo Sainz del Río, Laura Peique, Jorge Sedano.

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  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale and the exhibitions Your Restroom is a Battleground and The Restroom Pavillion for the 2021 Venice Biennale. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the jury. He is one of the editors of the eponymous volume (MIT Press, 2022).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, migration, and access.

    You can visit his faculty profile here.

  • Statement Open or Close

    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience. 

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, its collective operations, and its diverse types of mobilization. 

    We are interested in architecture's capacity to mediate social pursuits for access, diversity, and assistance.

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.