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Interview with Claudio Gantous

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Claudio Gantous (CG) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Claudio Gantous by clicking here.

Interview with Claudio Gantous at Friday 13th of March 2015
Claudio Gantous
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
CG: Gantous Arquitectos was established 23 years ago by myself and my brother Christian. Since then, along with a team of professionals, we have developed projects of the highest architectural and technical standards for residential, commercial, corporate and government sectors. Our studio was created with the optimistic vision of contributing to devise and build a better world. We believe architecture not only grants man a sense of belonging in space and time, but should as well cause his existential enjoyment. The beautiful and delicate task of manipulating and transforming the natural environment into "a governable creation for the mastery of life”* is what motivates our work. *Moholy.Nagy “the Concept of Space"

FS: What is "design" for you?
CG: I believe architecture to be an independent system that is endowed with an essential own will, a complex mechanism that should be in harmony with nature and in synchronicity with human activity.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
CG: I could name many, but in general I'am proud of every project that has positively transformed the life experience of the end users, but as a design team we are always looking forward for the next challenge and to a new perfect creation!

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
CG: The materials we use vary depending on the project and place. Architects should have an ample knowledge of materials and construction processes to apply in favor of design. As Mies Van Der Rohe said: “There is no design possible without understanding completely beforehand the materials with which you design.” We tend to use materials that are readily available and prefer in the most part they express their true nature.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
CG: Every project is approached as an opportunity for uniqueness and authenticity . The site’s topography, surroundings, optimal sun orientation, climate, programmatic needs, client´s special requirements ,budget, local materials, building systems, etc. are taken into account to produce projects that are carefully designed to meet with the clients’ expectations and resulting in intelligent and sustainable architecture. Our studio has no great concern for contemporary stylistic architectural trends, but focuses on simple and serene forms that allow for emphasis on detail. In this manner, seeking to achieve spaces that enrich the human spirit through the fundamental value of respectful communication between nature and the architectural creation.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
CG: Our firm is not interested in style or form as a principle, our vision is focused in constant experimentation, investigation and the constant search of options in architectural creation. Since our first projects created more than 20 years ago, we have changed and evolved and surely we will keep on doing it; our goal in regard to formal and spatial expression is, other than seeking a notion of beauty, to favor the existential enjoyment and well being of man.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
CG: Mexico City. Cultural heritage is always a factor that determines design. Evidently humankind's development has always been a certain kind of globalization process; migrations, conquests, colonizations, commerce, communications, etc. Due to them, the different inhabitants (ethnic groups) of the world's multiple regions have acquired, kept and many times enriched their own cultural identities. Clearly, a certain degree of revindicating a cultural identity is desirable to preserve its distinction from others to the end of not being absorbed by them. Nevertheless, we need to keep an openness to expand our cultures with all that contributes to their enrichment. We believe that identity in the architectural design process should emanate and develop in the meditated creation of a spatial structure that is loaded with meaning.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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