A2arquitectos is a Spanish architectural studio established in Majorca and Madrid, focusing its efforts on the creation of unique and innovative design projects.
Under the guidance of architects Juan Manzanares y Cristian Santandreu, it has won numerous national and international awards, placing it at the cutting edge of architecture and interior design, and achieving international renown.
The studio develops projects based on the interplay of light and reflections, modifying spaces and creating multiple, dreamlike worlds within them. Unique spaces that respond to different sensory experiences, playing with forms, colours, reflections, fluorescence and textures. Its acclaimed work has been exhibited at museums including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
On the Olympus Perspective Playgrounds A2 shows/showed the following installations:
Barcelona 2017: Miralls
Miralls presents a multiplied reality of the vaulted space of the Sant Pau Hospital, transforming the space through the interplay of reflections.The installation of a horizontal reflective surface creates the sensation of weightlessness above the vaults, giving a thrilling sensation of floatability. The combination with similarly reflective vertical planes enhances the concept, transforming it into an infinite, levitating space.
This establishes a continuous interaction between users, the work and the building itself, making viewers interact with the space, and turning them into an active part of the work: their position within it, their movements, their reflections, their actions… progressively generate and create different dreamlike interior worlds.
Munich and Paris 2015: Kaleidoscope
The Kaleidoscope is a memorising and traditional concept toy. This toy has been played for generations who have enjoyed its optical effects. A2arquitectos has decided to build this large scale model of the Kaleidoscope so people can interact with it.
The magic is created by reflecting external views, reflections and the people walking inside them, thus creating multiple worlds to explore.
Such elements include light and the visitor who trigger a set of reflective effects. This illusion forms the key aspect of the kaleidoscope; the unusual shapes, repetition of pattern and beautiful colours engender a dream-like world.
This piece allows people to walk inside and interact with all the space, part of their own kaleidoscopic effect experiencing a strange sensation of weightlessness from the view that is created.
Portrait © A2arquitectos
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