This has been his career path so far:
Teresa Sapey + Partners has a fresh, multidisciplinary and international team with extensive experience working worldwide under the motto we design spaces with feelings. The team is made up of urban designers, engineers, architects, interior designers and product designers. Likewise, when necessary, the studio partners with carefully selected external consultants to guarantee unique and personal projects of the highest quality.
The identity of the studio is based on collaborative research and design to offer tailor-made projects and unique experiences designed to exceed all expectations and customer requirements. Each project has its own identity and its own context, it could be said that at Teresa Sapey + Partners each design is made to measure. The Sapey team, like a tailor, cuts colors, patterns, textures, materials and lighting to design urban and architectural clothing, infused with vibrancy and dynamic functionality.
The studio firmly believes that attention to detail is key and essential to the success of every project, from the design of a bank or pop-up installation to the design of a house or a hotel. The studio is famous for its versatility, the team has designs for residential, commercial and retail projects to measure; the reactivation of urban spaces in disuse such as car parks, bridges and tunnels; and the creation of attractive, temporary and permanent installations. Among his most notable hotel projects are Room Mate Bruno in Rotterdam, Room Mate Pau in Barcelona, the Nhow in Marseille and Amor De Dios in Madrid.
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What is architecture for you?
It is like an empty plate or a blank sheet of paper where each day the history can be written, through space and volumes, of contemporary life. There are those who do it with the word, there are those who do it with the brush, and there are those who do it with space. We are contemporary reporters. And if you want to be even more contemporary, use a Polaroid (lol).
Sustainability and architecture are increasingly linked…
How do you imagine the architecture of the future?
For me it is not that they are united, good architecture has always been and is sustainable! Historically, man has been concerned with the environment, with nature, to the point that we have always imitated it. Being km 0 is not something current. While in the south of Spain the houses were painted white on the outside to reduce their interior temperature, in the north of Europe they were painted on the inside to reflect the scarce natural light they receive. Modern man consumes and throws away, turning the world into his great dump.
When what we don't realize is that pulling is changing things to find them again. We should do as they have always done in countries like Brazil that, from what is discarded, what is used, they make new materials. In this the Africans and Brazilians have been great, genuine! From waste they have made truly useful and practical things. They have been pioneers in understanding that things are born with a name, but can die with another. In the end we must pay more attention to nature because it comes back to us, it is a matter of self-love. We take care of her, we take care of ourselves. I think that we have to finish understanding it. Luckily I must say that a historic change is taking place. We have gone from a trend in which mass production predominated, while now there is a return to craftsmanship, to careful, local, and manual products. The machine is perfect but boring. Man is imperfect, but authentic.
Any important project you are working on that you can tell us about?
Sorry, secrets can never be revealed. Because if not, they wouldn't be secrets, but I can say that I have very exciting projects, in Spain and abroad. In all fields: hotel, residential and ephemeral.
Any dream project come true?
Many, fortunately. But I still have something pending, like designing a winery, which has not yet become a reality. As they say: “veritas wine”.
What is the most curious place where you have been inspired?
I get inspiration from anywhere, my place of inspiration is my brain. Inspiration is in everything, in the environment, in the mood. Obviously I am sensitive to aesthetics, there are places like Pompeii that open my mind, they are magical places. The places that undoubtedly attract me the most in cities are markets and cemeteries. Spaces of the living and the dead.
What led you to dedicate yourself to architecture?
A family friend advised me that it was better to be a mediocre architect than a mediocre painter, because I was clear that I wanted to be an artist. So I dedicated myself to this profession; where creativity, professionalism, functionality and plasticity come together, for the service of society.
Each project is different, as is the environment where it will be physically reflected. How do both concepts come together?
I believe in the absolute unity of the project with where it is and for whom it is. The site, together with the person who commissions you, make each project unique. You have to study everything that the place offers us, the views, its lights and shadows, and without a doubt, listen to the person who has contacted you, listen to what he wants and decipher what he longs for, but does not know how to communicate. These are the magic ingredients that make a project a great project. I always say that behind a good project, there is a great client.
This has been his career path so far: