AD 100 BROCHE DE ORO ENERO/FEBRERO 2023
AD 100 I BROCHE DE ORO
JANUARY I FEBRUARY 2023
Celebrating the cover story of both AD Spain and AD Italy for the January and February edition of Architectural Digrest magazine 2023, Side Gallery was thrilled to also feature in AD Germany and AD France. Over the five years, Luis Sendino, collector and owner of Side Gallery undertook the project to create a gallery, which has become most important design gallery in Spain.
The gallery inhabits contempary design selected from outside the conventional circuits, along side great Brazilian and Latin American architects such as Barragan, Linda Bo Bardi and, Geraldo de Barros, combined with radical or postmodern designs by the likes of Gaetano Pesce and Roberto Matta.
A few years ago an opportunity arose to open a second gallery headquarters in Barcelona , on one of the floors of an industrial building in the beach district of Poble Nou, which at the beginning of the 20th century housed the Maggi pasta factory. “I bought it years ago and it was protected, totally abandoned. During the confinement I thought it was time to fix it and open a new Side Gallery space in Barcelona”. Together with Guillermo Santomà architect, designer and, friend of the gallery, the pair took to reforming the disused warehouse. “What interests me most about Santomà is his great spatial vision, and thanks to his training as a designer, he is capable of conceiving architecture as something sculptural and project the volumes as in industrial design”.
Together they shaped a 680 m 3rd floor that is accessed from an industrial freight elevator. To Luis, the project is as if it were the layers of a photoshop file , “Or those of an onion”. The first layer would be the existing architecture; the second layer would refer to the artistic and functional intervention of Santomà, integrating the house with the gallery ; and the third would be the layout of the designer furniture, distributed freely throughout the rooms of the house, creating an environment of experimentation, in which pieces go in an out. The objects and furniture are interrelated with each other in an almost visceral way.