suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
George SMYRLIS: Casa Duende is the headquarters of a secret organisation that its manifestation is based on a combination of anarchism socialism along with bullfighting values. Organisation aim is to educate its member and prepare them for a political system governed by individuals. The building concept is aiming toward a design of provocation and attempts to capture the critical moment when the bull gore the matador’s skin and a state of human body’s aposynthesis has already started. Casa Duende’s final phase is a heroic explosion aiming towards a symbolic destroy of Alhambra castle, the last remnants of hierarchical system that promotes the higher classes of its structure.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
GS: Spanish cultural memories, the investigation and the architectural formation of what Lorca was reffering to as “Duende”, Political Hypocrisity, Neoplasmatic architecture, human body anatomy.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
GS: Reading Frederico Garcia Lorca, Nietzsche, George Orwell, Lebbeus Woods. Listening to flamenco music. Watching movies like Fightclub, V for vendetta, Pan’s Labyrinth.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
GS: Francois Roche, Kokkugia, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Tom Wiscombe, Ali Rahim.
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Also, special thanks to my design tutor Geraldine Dening (DMU).