This project is an office tower by Hoz Fontan Arquitectos located in Behobia, Irún just outside San Sebastian in Spain. There are many interesting conversations you could have about this structure. The juxtaposition of the formal components or the perceived transparency of the facade are worth talking about, but I couldn't help but wonder why such structures so often stand alone. If you look at the pictures below, the building really seems to stand above and apart from everything surrounding it. You might explain this away with the popular reasons (ego, artistic license, prominence, etc), but I wonder if there's a more subtle reason. I wonder if these buildings say something about the disposition of architects; do they feel that they stand alone in the world. Having been through all facets of the architectural process, I would say that the architect is the least liked individual. We are often blamed for problems and under appreciated for the creative work that we do. There is also a great deal of guilt by association from past relationships. In any case, I think that those sentiments will inevitably be displayed in the work of an architect. A part of yourself will always be left in your work, for better or worse.
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