Author(s): Clare Melhuish
Though only founded in 2004, the practice of Luis Vidal (LVA) is now one of the five largest in Spain, and has quickly established an international reputation for its large-scale public buildings. LVA, which took off after Vidals key role in Madrid Airport's Terminal 4, is particularly renowned for Zaragoza Airport, and Heathrow Terminal 2. The practice is also involved in several hospital projects across Spain and Latin America, as well as offices and museums, masterplanning, interior designs and product designs. This book looks at all the major projects that have been built or designed by LVA to date, but its primary focus is on the working process behind the practice. It looks at the role of collaboration with other architects and designers; the crucial role of the clients; and the importance of cross-disciplinary approaches and lateral thinking. In order to reinforce the process-led approach to their work, the book's innovative design includes numerous links and cross-references between projects and design concepts.
Clare Melhuish is an architectural critic and author, and has published a number of books and articles. She is currently a Research Associate at the Open University.
1.Introduction Scale v style From the Spanish context to Heathrow T2A Architectural responsibility An international practice A multi-disciplinary framework Collaborative partnerships and the 'High-Tech' connection 2.Design as an open-ended process A hybrid typology - architecture as service to the public A pragmatic approach Scale and bigness: architecture as social event Circulation, flow and permeability: fusion of the technical and social Buildings as assemblage Architectural aesthetics and identity Colour and texture Environmental responsibility 3.Design leading to results Office structure and working practices Heathrow East Terminal 2A, a work in process 4.Results Urban Design / City Scale Masterplan, Valladolid (with RSH+P) La Marina Masterplan, San Sebastian de los Reyes (with RSH+P) Research and Development Facades Social Housing in South America Airports Heathrow East Airport Terminal 2A (with F+P) Zaragoza Airport Terminal Office complexes Palmas Altas Technology Centre for Abengoa (with RSH+P) Hospitals Vallecas Hospital Ibiza Hospital Vigo Hospital Public Buildings Botin Arts Centre (with Renzo Piano) Interiors MNCARS restaurant Abengoa Fit-Out (with RSH+P) Smaller Scale and Industrial Design Abengoa bridge (with RSH+P) Pylon electric post Sanitaryware for Porcelanosa (with RSH+P) Eco-tab for Porcelanosa 5. LVA's people 6. LVA's friends