The project by Barcelona-based studio Flores & Prats was chosen to participate in the International Architecture Exhibition, opening from 20 May to 26 November 26 and curated by Lesley Lokko, at Venice Biennale.
Emotional Heritage reflects on the concept expressed by its title through six main projects of the studio, grouped under four thematic areas: Drawing with time, The value of use, The open condition of the ruin and The right to inherit.
The exhibit, including blueprints and unfinished drawings, work-in-progress materials, and other documents, establishes a dialog between seven buildings - Casal Balaguer and the Mills Museum (Palma de Mallorca), Laboratory Cultural Variétés (Brussels), the Yute’s Warehouse (Sant Just Desvern), and the warehouse La Favorita, and the Sala Beckett theatre in Barcelona- to stimulate the interaction with the visitors.
The work of Flores & Prats explores fields such as rehabilitation, social housing, urban public spaces, and resident participation. They also developed mobile or portable projects and experimented using audio-visual materials to document their architectural procedures.
As in pasts editions of the Architecture Biennale, the project by Flores & Prats is presented with the support of The Institut Ramon Llull. In 2018, the studio participated with Liquid Light, which was among the finalists of the FAD 2019 Awards.
Founded in Barcelona in 1998 by Eva Prats & Ricardo Flores, the architecture studio dedicates to the confrontation of theory and academic practice with design and constructive activity. They have worked in rehabilitating old structures for new uses, designing public spaces with the participation of residents, and with social housing and its capacity to build communities. Furthermore, the studio has experimented with the use of film to document architecture or the menus of edible architecture developed for the exhibitions of their work in Barcelona and Copenhagen.
Among other awards, Flores & Prats won the Grand Prize of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2009, the City of Barcelona Prize in 2017, the City of Palma Prize in 2018, the AD Architects of the Year 2018, and the AR New into Old Award 2019. They have been finalists to the Mies van der Rohe Awards on several occasions, and they have exhibited at the last four editions of the Biennale di Venezia, and also this year with their proposal Emotional Heritage at the Corderie dell'Arsenale.
Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores combine their professional practice with intense academic activity. Since 2002 both are Associate Professors of Projects at ETSAB. Eva Prats began teaching in 2023 as a tenured professor at the Accademia di Mendrisio and previously as a guest professor at the ETH Zurich from the fall semester of 2019 to the spring of 2021, and professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Campus RMIT in Barcelona from 2014 to 2022.
In 2014, the Mexican Editorial Arquine published the first monograph book on their work, Thought by Hand: The Architecture of Flores & Prats. In 2017 the new magazine Archives dedicated its first issue to their work. In 2020, Arquine and Barcelona City Council published the monographic Sala Beckett / Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia, and in 2022 the magazine Universum dedicated its first issue to the practice of the studio. A new anthology of writings -Flores & Prats Drawing without erasing and other essays- was published by Puente Editores and Walther König in 2023.