Patricio Pouchulu

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Patricio Pouchulu
Giza, Egypt / unbuilt
Born (1965-04-13) 13 April 1965 (age 53)
Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentine
Occupation Architect
Practice Pouchulu Architect
Buildings MNBA/Moderno, Royal Flats, Casa Atelier
Projects Bamiyan, Grand Egyptian Museum, London Bridge Project, Ciudad en el Desierto.

Patricio Pouchulu (born April 13, 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a contemporary organic architect.

Born in Buenos Aires, he graduated as an Architect at Universidad de Buenos Aires before moving to London to study with Peter Cook at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he got a M.Arch. He was awarded by the British Council and Fondo Nacional de las Artes.[1][better source needed] He taught at the University of Buenos Aires (1989–1996), Fachhochschule-Munich, Germany (1999–2004). He is invited as external critic at the Bartlett and other schools since 2000. He is investigating on Habitat.

Architecture and influence[edit]

Pouchulu is a faraway disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. His architecture has various exploratory lines, in the lineage of Hugo Häring, John Lautner and Paul Rudolph. His approach to Futurism, Expressionism, Japanese architecture and African art gives his projects atemporal, refreshing atmospheres, already present in his early architectural drawings and paintings. His work is devoted to the exploration of unknown architectural territories and contemporary Utopias.[2]

In Buenos Aires he experienced the Modern Movement through the early work of Clorindo Testa; after visiting his office in the late eighties they eventually became friends. He co-organized events with Jorge Glusberg (CAYC) for the BA/Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires,[3] where he exhibited experimental projects.[4] Hosted by Peter Cook, in 2000 Pouchulu lectured in London on his Architectural Fictions.[5] He attended the Venice Biennale, and Documenta in Kassel, where he met Yona Friedman.[6]


Pouchulu's predicate shows a subtle oscillation between historical principles and contemporary programmes, in pursuit of synthesis and symbolic unity. He is detached from conceptual fragmentation, parametric resources or digital imaginary as a source of inspiration. Furthermore, he has been an outsider of architectural movements like Deconstructivism. Though his spaces are often composed with methods from Structuralism, they show a high degree of freedom, probably inspired by Oscar Niemeyer. His work exudes spirituality,[7] like his Grand Egyptian Museum[8][better source needed] or House in a Cliff.[9]


Pouchulu is partnering with engineers Patrick Teuffel (Stuttgart), developing a sustainable project in the Netherlands, and since 2005 with Nick MacLean (working on conversions in protected areas in central London). Previously he worked with Susanne Biek on international competitions (Munich 1999-04). He has been applying working parameters produced from his researches, particularly ESP (Essential Spatial Project) and LEA (Light Easy Architecture), where structural and function configurations are co-determined by lightweight components and green energy.


He is researching on Earth's Sciences, particularly Climate Change and Habitat, warning about the imminent catastrophe[10] produced by Overpopulation, Overexploitation and Global Warming. His recent projects analyze modular design methods and passive cooling.


Below is a selection of projects:


  1. ^ "Fondo Nacional de las Artes". 
  2. ^ "Dreams and Visions, L'Arca, Milano, June 2004". l`arca. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires". La Nación newspaper. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Y van... Nueve Bienales, Summa+ page 79". Alfonso C. Martínez. 
  5. ^ "The Bartlett UCL,". Bartlett International Lecture Series. 
  6. ^ "Documenta XI,". Documenta XI artists index. 
  7. ^ "Patricio Pouchulu". Mario Antonio Arnaboldi. 
  8. ^ "Grand Egyptian Museum, aerial perspective". 
  9. ^ "House in a Cliff, coloured pencil perspective". 
  10. ^ "Zeit, Habitat and Climate Change,". Author's public research. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Inspiring Visionary". Architect Africa Online. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "London Bridge Proyecto 1998". Arqchile. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 


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