Emerging practice claims ‘the only thing we take care in achieving is architecture’ that located in Porto, Portugal, was designed by Nuno Valentim, Arquitectura e Reabilitacao. Some contemporary architects seem preoccupied with the production of iconic buildings, sustainable, original and innovative architecture. Nuno Valentim’s application to the WAN 21 for 21 Awards is not an expression of this paradigm.
For them, ‘celebrating architecture sustainably’ is to design with accuracy, based on the circumstantial reality which is presented to them. They refuse to work merely to produce icons, poems, or to correspond with the ecological discourse – these are part of the process. They state that ‘the only thing that we take care in achieving is Architecture’, and therefore, each work is viewed as a singular case; each project has its own identity, its own history, its own story. The response is always singular, shaped by a profound analysis of circumstance (client brief, budget, place, site, social, urban and historical context, etc.).