Interested in generating intensity nodes the office is currently involved in research and design in the fields of exhibition spaces, galleries, accommodations and cultural events.
Based in Barcelona the office establishes work collaborations with international professionals coming from different fields such as graphic design and art.
Over the years, External Reference Architects have developed a polycentric or multinuclear arrangement method, focusing on attention nodes within the projects. Any project process is, at least in our case, not linear and is driven by a number of generic direction vectors. We see architecture as a system of layers that interconnect with each other. These layers include various factors, for example, functional, aesthetical, structural, environmental etc. Our understanding is that these layers come together to make a cohesive whole. We subject the project to conscientious evolutionary processes in which the final result often becomes clearer after a diverse strategy is adopted.
Unquestionably, the final stage of a project is rarely understood as finite, but as an 'equilibrium state' in which the project may temporarily stabilize without depriving it of its potential for evolution.
Directed by Nacho Toribio and Carmelo Zappulla, External Reference offers a broad range of design strategies with the aim of pushing the boundaries towards new outcomes. Looking for the unexpected the office team works on external factors such as client needs, budget limits and sustainability as driving forces for the design. Developed and under construction projects have been developed in Spain, Korea, Italy, UK, Germany, France and Russia.
External Reference have won several prizes through participating in international competitions including first prize with the Spanish Pavilion's exhibition space, the ONU-Art Consensus exhibition, the project Le corti di Buenos Aires, Milano and through developing the winning proposal for the Toulouse Aerospace Campus in collaboration with Foreign Office Architects. External Reference’s projects have also been exhibited in Venice’s 12th International Architecture Exhibition Biennale and Eme3.
Interested in the materialization of projects, the office team is constantly researching through lecturing and teaching at IED, Instituto Europeo di Design, Barcelona, where Nacho and Carmelo are directing the Master of Interior design. External Reference Architects have also collaborated with Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Elisava, Universidad Internacional de Cataluña, Barcelona, Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña, NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano.
Most of the relevant projects are published in several magazines including Il Sole 24 ore, Pasajes de Arquitectura, Metalocus, Via Construcción, Future, Magazine-La Vanguardia, Frame, Blueprint and Materia.
Awarded by New Italian Blood as the best Young Italian Architects of 2011, External Reference is an architectural office involved in design and research, from urban master plans to interior design. Interested in generating intensity nodes the office is currently involved in research and design in the fields of exhibition spaces, galleries, accommodations and cultural events. Based in Barcelona the office establishes work collaborations with international professionals coming from...