chrsitiaan weiler architect (cab42) [cab42]
What is your specialization in architecture?
sustainable adaptive strategic investement for individual and collective housing, sports and educational facilities
Is there a web page or blog where one could see something of your work?
What is it for you a good architectural design?
related to the site, spatially dynamic, emotionally evocative, technically and economically mastered
What era of architecture most fascinates you?
List the name of a famous building which you don't care for.
guggenheim bilbao, cause it's all it has to be except a good museum..
What hardware and software do you use that you deem as indispensable?
mac, office, adobe, vectorworks, autocad, web
In which city do you live or work and why?
bordeaux - france, cause there's so potential to develop
What do you think of competitions? What types of competitions do you normally compete in?
as good a principle as democracy, the least worst system
Mantaining the signature of a building, how is the identity of the surroundings respected?
please clarify the question
Which architects, past or present, do you admire?
saarinen, aalto, snøhetta, un studio, oma, claus en kaan, n51e4, ameller dubois, herzog meuron, rcr, aires mateus, siza, smith miller hawkins, etc
In your professional philosophy, what comes first, function or form?
form, so function can evolve more easily
Do you view suburban sprawl as an ecological threat and a waste of resources? Do you advocate for more vertical and denser town planning?
What will the single-family home of 2050 be like?
a high end consumer electronic product, or a cardboard box, and nothing in between
For you, which new materials provoke the most interest?
Bioclimactic architecture, domotic systems...do you think we are approaching a profound revolution in architecture?
nah, just more of the same
In the development of a project, do you feel closer to the client or to the public as a whole who will use the final product?
The pharahons built pyramids, and bankers skyscrapers: will architecture always be a symbol of power?
Imagine your ideal house. Where would it be? What would it be like?
in bordeaux, a small 'cooperative' passive housing project, not far from the city center
Can one copy and still be original?
no copy is ever identical, and it's better to make a good copy, than a poor invention
Where is the balance between deeply-rooted architecture and that which responds to its particular era?
Spectacular architecture: do you believe that buildings are becoming more and more media phenomena?
some yes, others not, but media is everywhere so also in architecture
What motto would you like to see inscribed at the entrance of the university's department of architecture?
architecture, rooted in the present and destined for the future, steadfast, flexible and adaptive, conceived beyond the initial programme, a sustainable investment
What would be your dream project at this moment?
a concrete-wood prefab single family passive house, adapted the gironde region, to improve quality of the current offer in single family houses
Who is your favourite artist?
chrsitiaan weiler architect (cab42)
bordeaux - france