TC cuadernos. BAAS
Ten years ago, we presented the first TC Cuadernos monograph dedicated to BAAS. The studio had already been working with that name for some years, since 1993, and the publication compiled some of the works we had built until then: the Funeral Parlour of León, the courts of Sant Boi, the CH house in La Garriga...
Since then, many things have changed and BAAS has evolved, working towards assimilating those changes. It is difficult to specify what the main lines of work of a studio are, especially for the authors themselves, but we are convinced that it is precisely in these compilations, grouping together some of the most recent works, where common elements can be perceived, if any exist.
If we had to analyse and explain what our working method is, we would surely begin by talking about the site. We are interested in the capacity of architecture to adapt to an environment in a natural way, as if it had always belonged to that context, without disturbing, breaking or violating the physical coexistence with the buildings that have arrived there before us. This is particularly visible in urban environments, where we try to make our pieces fit together like the last piece in the puzzle that gives meaning to the whole, completing a part of the city as if it had always been there. This is why at the beginning we always work with the location plan and scale models of the surroundings, always checking that the scale, tone and shapes are a logical continuation of what already exists; in other words, we try to build city rather than architecture. From the collective point of view, we try to give the structure the size and appearance that it should have according to its urban role, without too many concessions to the programme, which we know may change in the future.
Jordi Badia, Eva Olavarria, Antoni Garcés, Quique Melús, Anna Badia, Oana Gramada, Irene Pinyol, Marta Cendra