CLOUD 9 (Enric Ruiz-Geli)


Enric Ruiz-Geli’s approach aims to create new forms of spatiality with digital technologies. An advocate of ecological, biotechnical and non-standard architecture, his firm, Cloud9, turns information into a genuine construction material and each building is seen as a prototype that is digitally managed from the earliest phases of the study right up to its final fabrication. Making use of all the resources provided by computer-assisted calculation, the architect attempts to “bring out digital reality from computers,” to build a “natural” and living landscape by taking other disciplinary fields, such as Natural sciences, into account in the development of the  project. Thus, the firm’s professional path is closely linked to experimentation. The merging of the virtual and the real (Volière in Barcelona, 2001), the osmosis between built areas and the landscape (Villa Bio, 2003-05; Media-TIC, 2010), research with technological and energy innovations (Villa Nurbs; Pavillon SED, 2008) have led this architect to design receptive and performative skins which he imagines as a blend of ecology and technology by directly drawing inspiration from the way nature functions.

A winner of numerous prizes, Enric Ruiz-Geli (1968, Figueras) studied at the E.T.S.A. of Barcelona and then abroad. He followed up with training in set design. Assistant to the Master’s of Ephemeral Architecture (Escola Elisava and ETSAB), he worked with the firm of Yago Conde, Jordi Henrich & Bea Goller (1991-94) and also assisted Bob Wilson as set designer. In 1995 he founded his own fim, Cloud9, in Barcelona and began managing set design projects for artists such as Philip Glass, Yoko Ono (1996) and Laurie Anderson (1997). The versatile business of Ruiz-Geli also involves the role of curator of exhibitions and co-director of architecture festivals, in particular Metapolis in Barcelona. In his work as an architect he has notably built Volière in Barcelona, the Villa Bio in Figueras, the Villa Nurbs in Castello d’Empuries, the Media-TIC in Barcelona, the Hotel Habitat in the Hospitalet de Llobregat, the SED Pavilion of thirst designed for the international exhibition dedicated to water and sustainable development in 2008 in Saragossa.

Nadine Labedade

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