Introducing

LEDscape. Photo: FG+SG

PORTO – Young, provocative design studio LIKEarchitects was established just last year, but its co-founders, Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, and Teresa Otto have been working together since 2008, when they were still students at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. Their first project, Temporary Bar, set the tone and concept of the studio they would create four years later, and the many award-winning installations they have developed ever since.

LIKEarchitects use transience, spontaneity and urban art as their primary mediums to create architecture that instills critical dialogue, enhances experiences and is sensitive to the present socio-economic climate. The three young architects spoke to Frameweb from Porto.

What was your first project?
A temporary bar made out of illuminated IKEA storage boxes, that first became a successful meeting point in a big academic event involving all the city of Porto and later a viral project in architectural blogs. [It was] a simple and effective idea that helped us realize, while still students, that we could build out our own architecture concepts.

Where does your inspiration come from?
The re-interpretation of everyday objects encourages the exploration of new materialities and aesthetics while the pertinent re-programming of everyday spaces encourages the creation of unusual provocative uses of unexpected extraordinary social gathering success.

What’s your design process?
Subverting conventional building materials and uses, our DIY methodology necessarily involves prototyping parts at scale 1:1, for the testing of both structure, detailing, texture expression and effective communication of the programme.

What are you planning to work on next?
The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum which is a project about the democratization of art within a crowded shopping mall in Lisbon. A challenge in a not-so-inviting-place where we want to explore new spatialities for exhibiting art (for everyone) in an unconventional but attractive way.

City of Residence Porto, Portugal
Age 29
Education Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto
Motto Impertinent pertinence.
Favourite quote Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Best advice received To get into a creative hub for start-ups where the collaboration between different arts take real place.
Best tip for designers To trust your own ideas.
Three things every designer needs New ideas, good music and daily deadline pressure.
Newest addition to your studio Second-hand office chairs.
First design that inspired you Our faculty. An amazing building by Álvaro Siza Vieira to be learnt while the studies are moving forward.

Images courtesy of FG+SG, Dinis Sottomayor, CLAAN, João Marques, Sandra Neto, Marcos Garcia and Francisco Nogueira

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