Architecture Fragments

Building the void

by Marià Castelló Martínez
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Architecture Fragments is a project that was born tangent to the borders between different plastic arts, especially drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and architecture.

Concrete paintings, plaster projections or dreamlike architectures.

The works that make up this sample have been carried out between 2019 and 2020, paying tribute to the historical and contemporary architectural heritage of the island of Formentera. The result are pieces full of nuances and with great material uniformity, which enhances the duality necessary to conceive Architecture: hollow and full, inside and outside, light and shadow…

The daily tools for the practice of Architecture are put at the service of an artistic project that shows the entrails of wonderful buildings. Sections, plans and other projections intertwine to explain extraordinary relationships that are hidden from the naked eye.

Many of the pieces refer to buildings in which the Marià Castelló architecture studio has intervened and of which they have a deep knowledge.

Most of the works are executed with a single material to emphasize the harmony of the reference architectures. Mainly it is concrete and plaster. Mortars of different compositions made with​ locally extracted or recycled aggregates, rainwater and other elements with a low environmental footprint.

Many of the pieces are inscribed in the 20x5x20 cm format, a module that would allow the construction of larger-scale structures and landscapes thanks to their juxtaposition.

The laborious task involved in reaching the pieces for this exhibition has been possible thanks to the invaluable help, criteria and determination of the architect Lorena Ruzafa Tur, the conviction in the project of the cultural promoter Manolo Oya and the unconditional support of the artist Elena Vinyarskaya.


  • Marià Castelló Martínez

    Marià Castelló Martínez


    Formentera / Spain

    The study began its activity in February 2002 with the first projects of public and private initiative in Formentera. The connection, respect and commitment to culture, landscape and the territory of the smallest of the Pitiüsas islands was instrumental in the professional-personal orientation chosen. Formentera island is experiencing a rapid urban development characterized by large volumes of construction but with poor architectural quality, which contrasts with the exceptional value of the natural substrate and its characteristic architecture. Given this dynamic, raises a small office structure, self-sufficient, almost craft, capable of assuming a very low level of intervention and with the sole intention of offering a product that responds to the reality where it’s conceived. To tackle larger scale projects on time or extend the geographical boundaries of performance, has opted for decentralization through external collaborations with other studies. Formentera has historically opted for a model of occupation very sparsely scattered, and in this context the isolated family home has been the most common program to solve. Term interventions carried on revalued assets have been few, but very grateful to the research phase, which in one case has helped to improve understanding of how that was influenced by human Formentera. On the slopes of the disclosure-publications, the studio has worked with publishing projects and exhibitions in order to disseminate both the background property on the island as those contemporary interventions generated with reflection.)

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Architecture Fragments

Sant Francesc de Formentera / Spain / 2020