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Arthur Casas

Magazine Architecture Interviews | 14 Nov 2017

DRAWING WITHOUT BORDERS

 

He usually says that the surname determined his profession. But Arthur Casas´ (Houses in English) intervention, currently one of the most prominent architects, goes far beyond the creation of iconic residential buildings. Being present and in control of all the stages of the projects, Arthur Casas maintains a coherent identity that unifies the studios´ projects, in different scales, all over the world. Only in the past five years he has more than 200.
Critical of how Brazil is hostage to political directives, as far as urban planning is concerned, Arthur Casas leaves an impossible mark to remove on world architecture for his elegant and "relaxed vocabulary", while "keeping the innovative tradition of national modernization”.

 

At what point did it become clear that architecture was the area that would fulfill you professionally?

In my childhood, I walked through the streets of the several residential districts of São Paulo and was delighted to see the buildings. It was the 60s and 70s, many modern constructions, structures of pure concrete. At the age of seven or eight, I was already designing house façades, influenced by what I saw on those streets. At 12 I developed an architectural project with drawings, cuts and elevations for a pretend client. From then on I didn´t stop. Actually, I never doubted the profession I would pursue in my adult life.

 

What troubles you as an architect?

I still feel insecure when starting a new project. I have the impression I won´t succeed in a result that will give me full satisfaction. I am my self’s most severe critic and the process of creative work combines moments of great satisfaction with others of great suffering. It turns out to be painful.

 

And what are you passionate about?

I love challenges, working new programs and measurements that can differ from drawing a household appliance to an urban design.

 

Is it possible to speak about good architecture and bad architecture?

Yes of course. There is author architecture, there is commercial architecture, there are great architects and terrible ones. It is very easy to detect, just walk through our cities and observe their buildings.
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Casa AL © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG


Casa AL © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG


Casa MS © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG


Casa MS © Ricardo Labougle

HStern, New York © Ricardo Labougle


Toro Gastrobar Mexico © Leonardo Finotti

 

Text: Cátia Fernandes

Arthur Casas

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