Inner Forest

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Architype Dialogue presents Ivan Juarez What was the most difficult issue about working within this project type or the most unexpected challenge that may have influenced new thought in......
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The projects conceived by Mexican architect Ivan Juarez of x-studio explore the relationship between art and function; integrating the disciplines of architecture, landscape, design, sculpture and installation; projects which he have conceived them in reason and function of its physical context and could not be generated in other place than in the one of their conception and realization.

His work doesn’t start only from architecture but is nourished by different sources: cinema, music, dance, painting, or literature are, in many occasions, what give guidelines to his spaces.

Since its conception, his creative process is closely joint to the surroundings that lodged it, in which he develops a daily confrontation with the context and its local inhabitants. His process is closely joint to the community, in which he involves local people applying local materials and local techniques.


The landscape of the fjords on the west coast of Norway stands out as scenery that projects a constant dialog between mountains, ocean, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. A landscape with an uneven geography, acquiesced by valleys and archipelagos. An exuberant nature, where acres of pine forest shade the ground covered with moss, vanishing among the mist.

Working in collaboration with the Nordic Artists ‘Centre at Dalsåsen, on the west coast of Norway, Mexican architect Iván Juárez from x-studio has created a connection to the fjords landscape- by collecting up materials from the forest floor, mainly pine cones, a material that acquires a symbolic connotation and carefully stacking them to make an enclosure that wraps the viewer in the textures of the forest while directing the view upward, through the canopy to open sky.

The piece is reflective of the process of building, in which the architects walked through the mossy, mist-held pine groves selecting thousands of cones, ‘the seeds of the forest’ to make a ‘hand-made natural skin.’

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