Anecdotal and “light approximation” to Andrew Geller | Fernando Freire Forga

Returning to the individualism and the personal appraisals, which I have learned in the practice is that it is “I please for everything” and the clients do not know of architecture and do not have why to know: they did not study the career. The responsibility is in the architect who is left to go for commercial topics and who finally they succumb in an architectural product of that it is unworthy to the profession. In my case, the experienced thing is an anecdotal example and they do not represent a universal reality, but they might serve as a simple analogy in “minuscule scale”.

Beach House projected by the American architect Andrew Michael Geller |

For example, at some time they asked me to project an one-family housing in one of the beaches of the north coast of Peru, where it is enjoyed a moderate climate all the year round, with temperatures between 16 and 32 centigrade degrees. The client indicated me, without option to another alternative, that it wanted a house with noble material (system aporticado of I make concrete armed) with sloping ceilings and with a “sweet” I am used similar to the housings that adorn the Swiss Alps. With earrings in the ceilings very pronounced (to the wait of an implacable snowfall, I supposed …). In addition it wanted a chimney, in order that from quality of home to his room, which was not needing of duct of smoke, since it was never going to light it (it is that here it is hot all the year round, it indicated me). And in order that a sloping ceiling wants if there will never be snow? I asked and it answered me to the instant: that is what always had dreamed and why simply he liked it, adding that also wanted a great pine in the garden of revenue, which be to be high than the ceilings of the housing (it had everything coldly calculated). Additional, it indicated me that it wanted that he contemplates in the design topics of wildness and generated hot spaces (clear, if there is a lot of cold in the Alps, at all as a hot space! He was thinking silently).

I understood that the client was not needing a product that satisfies his needs of housing, the client wanted an architectural product that it takes pleasure his psychological needs and it  “was out of my jurisdiction”. A dilemma being generated: If it was projecting that one that it was requesting the client, which would end in an intensive therapy with a psychologist would be I.

Lamentably I did not manage to convince the client to look for another architectural solution and chose not to continue with the order.

Interior sketch of the Beach house, Andrew Michael Geller |

With this example I try to demonstrate that in spite of wanting to achieve a coherent and logical projection, occasions exist that we meet obliged to take drastic decisions to avoid a bad practice. Lamentably there are professionals who for commercial topics lend to this type of requirements and it generates as consequence the existence of future clients who without a suitable knowledge, request irrational projects that are unworthy of the practice of our profession and ridicule our cities.

Finally and to conclude this article, I believe that there could exist other possibilities, in which it might have achieved a better managing in the negotiation with the client (though it was very difficult to change some idea before concebida). Probably if he had proposed the use of wood as an alternative, it had achieved a light approximation to the Beach houses projected by the American architect Andrew Michael Geller in the middle of last century. (I recommend to check his work).

Beach house, Andrew Michael Geller |

Fernando Freire Forga · Doctor Architect

Lima · juny 2013 · Author of the Blog La Forma Moderna en Latinoamérica

Fernando Freire Forga

Fernando Freire Forga nace en Lima el 21 de marzo de 1977. Entre los años 1994 y 2000 realiza estudios de arquitectura en la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas en la misma ciudad. En 1999 obtiene el primer premio en el Concurso a nivel nacional organizado por PROCOBRE-PERÚ con la tesis: Edificio Automatizado de Oficinas: “Usos del Cobre en la Arquitectura”.

Ha realizado estudios de Doctorado sobre Arquitectura Moderna en la ETSAB, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona en la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, España. Actualmente, se encuentra inmerso en el desarrollo de trabajos de recopilación e investigación de Arquitectura Moderna en el Perú. Es docente de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú y se desenvuelve como proyectista de manera independiente.

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