Vidal Arquitectos, Wall of Ideas. Installation view at Palazzo Mora, 2016.

Photo: GAA Foundation

Time Space Existence - Biennale Architettura 2016

Time Space Existence - Biennale Architettura 2016

Existence is closely connected with the spirit. What moves us to create in order to transcend is an immaterial essence which gives us a personality and integrates us with others and with our environment. This dualist-shaped character manifested in body and background represented by the soul can also translate to an architectural project. At first glance the layout of walls, windows, tiles, and doors appears to be the whole work, but it goes beyond that. In an architectural project materials, colors, and spaces create the form. Design, the story behind the work, the satisfaction and emotions that occur within the user, that's the spirit.
What you see in a work is the form. But what moves us and what makes us feel when we see it, that's the spirit, as expressed by the architect Alberto Vidal:
"My idea of transcending is that clients feel the work. I hope to contribute in a way that the project enriches the user's experience through a series of architectural decisions, which are sometimes imperceptible at first glance, but that are felt inside each person. That is the spirit of the project, it's what makes us feel good when we inhabit those spaces. Although the spirit of the project is immaterial, everything contributes to give it life: ideas, materials, light, spaces, etc. The spirit of the projects does not diminish its functionality or profitability and my intention is to create works that, on the one hand generate a return on investment to clients, and on the other they have soul, people notice the difference. "
Architecture is a part of men’s need to act on their surroundings and be recognized in the spaces they inhabit. It is catching and releasing a space at the same time. Without falling into a contradiction, architecture involves challenging and reconciling with the forms of nature. This dialogue with nature is what gives the work its exact place in the environment, because space has a natural essence.
Traditionally in architecture space is delimited by walls and ceilings, but for Vidal the definition of space is as follows, walls and ceilings do not touch but visually communicate with each other to create endless possibilities: "I seek that projects remain open, the view and the light enters through the slits generated between walls and ceilings."
Buildings are witnesses of memory and are the still permanence of a present that becomes continuous when they maintain their appearance naturally. The architectural work captures the time and visually communicates a culture of its social context and the particular philosophy of the creator.
Generally the passing of time is present through the deterioration of the appearance of the project if it is not properly cared for. But there is another option to keep the appearance of the work as intact as possible. Vidal explains how to achieve this effect in his creations:
Time also influences the creative process of an architect. The wisdom that accumulates through the creative process of projects rewires the experience of the creator and diversifies the references through which he interprets the world. Then the architect, as a creator, is not the same over time. Vidal also has transformed over time:
Architecture is an art that proposes an ever-changing and dynamic aesthetic and moves into three categories: time, space, and existence. It has the virtue of harmonizing with the space, persisting through time and justifying its own existence.


  • Title: Vidal Arquitectos, Wall of Ideas. Installation view at Palazzo Mora, 2016.
  • Creator: Photo: GAA Foundation


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