Catedra Jorge Montes 2018

Roberto Viola Ochoa was invited to participate in the 10th anniversary of the Catedra Jorge Montes at the UNIS in Guatemala.

As a subject, the muse of most architects, the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich was selected. Its ambiguous structure, spatial qualities and its playful, and at times mischievous, reflections construct an experience that even today is magical.

The Fundacion Mies has invited architects and artists over the years to temporarily intervene in such charged condition. In the spirit of these types of exercises, the students were asked to create an experience within the experience that had to have its genesis on some aspect of the pavilion they found deserved to be highlighted.

There were six teams composed of architecture and interiors students from UNIS and the Universidad Catolica de El Salvador. A fruitful 2 days of work resulted in a wide range of projects that included an homage to Lilly Reich, a ghost, flooded voids, playful fabrics and viewing platforms…………all sharp and specific about the questions asked.

At the end, the proposal ‘Material Inmaterial’, a powerful play on reflections and structure, won the mini competition.