International architecture with a Mediterranean soul
TEXT: SILKE HENKELE | PHOTO © JA ARQUITECTURA
The planning and design of new buildings involves a great deal of creative thinking. Rotterdam-based JA arquitectura gives some insights into this and more.
“I do not conceive building plans by JA arquitectura as mere architectural designs,” stresses Joan Alomar, the founder of JA arquitectura. “I rather see them as the product of a thorough, creative process.”
Alomar divides his time between his offices in Rotterdam and the Balearic Islands − a fact that strongly influences the overarching feel of his designs. “The relationship between these two places is perfectly reflected in my work,” Alomar says. “My designs contain a variety of distinctive features. I study, for example, the traditions of the respective location and its surroundings. To this, I add my personal knowledge and international experience – thus molding a variety of information into one comprehensive design.”
The characteristics of JA arquitectura’s architectural designs are widely recognised, and one of Alomar’s latest designs has recently won a prestigious competition. “I am really proud of the fact that JA arquitectura is going to create a multifunctional roof on the building of the Maassilo, an icon of the Dutch industrial past. I am really looking forward to seeing the public fully embrace the particularity of these premises and to enjoy their time on top of this spectacular building.”