Since its beginnings, Takk’s work - studio formed by Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño in 2010 - has been characterized by focusing in a very personal way on the intersection between architecture, ecology and feminism, always paying great attention to the evolution of contemporary critical thinking.
Takk’s practice, developed from what we could call material assemblies, has achieved work full of colour, materialities, programmes and multiform temporalities inherent to the age of Anthropocene, where climate, productivity, time, nature, gender and culture are in a constant process of reconstruction and mutual impact.
Far from simplified (eco)approaches, Takk’s work opts for a coordinated review of material, constructive and aesthetic relationships inherent to architecture through projects that, most of the time, evade linear temporalities, escape from exclusively human functional programmes and boycott the conservative politic agendas, bringing its proposals to scenarios that sometimes are difficult to accept.
The exhibition “Material Assemblies” aims to bring us closer to Takk’s work methodology through one its most characteristic aspects: the material investigation in the studio. Halfway between a workshop and an architecture office, Takk’s workspace is characterized by being a laboratory where projects are not only designed, but also where material conglomerates are constantly tested at 1:1 scale. They will refer to the different political, ecological and social interests that later will articulate each project. If there is something that makes Takk’s work special, it is the material and constructive innovation in each project that was previously invented and experimented with in the studio.
Through a selection of pictures, working models, tools and prototypes coming directly from their studio, the exhibition organizes a journey through the different projects that have been an important part of Takk’s trajectory, with a special focus on their production methodologies, from their first twisted spaces, marked by a collective production, inherited from the handcraft co-production contexts of feminine resistance, to the most recent devices, where the addition of technology performs new relationships with “the natural”. Together with this material, the exhibition shows drawings and photographs of each project that allow a global analysis of the different stages of each work. This enables a bidirectional reading, from design to work and vice versa.