Lecture Series 2014/2015 iefoundations: Louisa Hutton

Written on February 6, 2015 by Roberto Arribas in Architecture

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Louisa Hutton

Sauerbruch Hutton

“The Debt of Architecture”. 

IE University.

Campus de Santa Cruz de la Real

13:00/14:30 h.

(Sala Capitular)  


La Sala Capitular acogerá el próximo viernes 13 de febrero, a las 13,00 horas, la última conferencia del ciclo de arquitectura titulado “FOUNDATIONS”, correspondiente al curso 2014-2015. En esta ocasión, visita IE University la arquitecta Louisa Hutton, del estudio berlinés de arquitectura Sauerbruch Hutton, que ofrecerá una charla que lleva por título “The Debt of Architecture”. 

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects es un estudio de arquitectura con sedes en Berlín y Londres fundado por Matthias Sauerbruch y Louisa Hutton en 1989. Sus trabajos destacan ante todo por su síntesis de color durante el proceso de diseño, así como por el empleo de formas curvilíneas. Hacen uso de materiales y técnicas innovadoras, y buscan aplicar criterios de sostenibilidad en todos los casos.

Louisa Hutton will consider a series of projects located in various European cities, focusing on the genesis of their morphology. Whether conceived under the paradigm of the city as landscape or that of the continuity of the urban fabric, in all cases it is architecture’s debt to the public realm that informs the primary response of each building.

Various strategies have been developed to address wastelands of the post-industrial city as well as those sites located within heterogeneous parts of the city where fabric, fragmented firstly by WWII bombing, has been further disrupted by a sequence of interventions carried out under competing mind-sets. While solutions for the former may enjoy the freedom to exploit the scale of obsolete infrastructure in their creation of urban space, those for the latter generally need to carefully attend to the task of urban repair in order to achieve some sort of retrospective integration of the disparate fragments. The talk will also address the theme of dynamic perception and its effect on both the surfaces as well as the forms of Sauerbruch Hutton’s architecture.

Louisa Hutton (Norwich, 1957) is an architect, partner of Sauerbruch Hutton and visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Hutton studied at Bristol University and the Architectural Association in London and worked for Alison and Peter Smithson. Together with Matthias Sauerbruch she founded Sauerbruch Hutton in London in 1989 and relocated to Berlin in 1991. The enjoyment of the sensuality of space and material, as well as the mastery of up-to-date technology and the intelligent use of existing resources of every kind are the focus of their work. They have gained international renown for their early and comprehensive engagement with sustainability in architecture and urbanism. Further to her work as a practicing architect, Hutton gives lectures, participates in juries and attends symposia worldwide. In 2014, she has been elected as Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts.


Louisa Hutton






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