Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wednesday interview: Studio Autori

Studio "Autori"is made up of 4 architects: Aleksandra Nikitin, Maja Trbović, Dijana Novaković, Dušan Nenadović. They are the brains behind the beautiful Houses A & B in Mokrin, for which they won numerous domestic awards, and a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe award 2013. Here's what they had to say:

Have you always wanted to become an architect?
Not really. If everything had gone as planned, studio AUTORI would have been formed by a policeman, a news presenter, a nurse and a dentist. 

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?
House B, definitely, because it is our very first project, but also a very special piece of furniture that we designed for House B. It is a bench made from wooden beams that were a part of the roof construction of the demolished house from 1878. They are all that remains of the earlier house, salvaged to continue living in a reinterpreted way.

What types of books are on your bedside table?
At the moment, Atlas of steel structures is a must :)

What is the best moment of the day?
When working - lunch time in our office.

What would be your dream project?
Well, honestly, house on the seaside.
In a way it is simple, but in a conceptual way we find it to be the most beautiful and challenging task for an architect.

Cat or dog?
„Everybody wants to be a cat,
because a cat's the only cat
who knows where it's at.”

Who is your hero at the moment?
Our hero, in this case, is not only one person. 
Japanese architectural practice, theory, design principles and methods are the architectural approach that we admire. So, our heros, at the moment, are japanese architects - Junya Ishigami, Sou Fujimoto, SANAA, Toyo Ito,..

If you were a character from Star Wars, which one would you be?
R2-D2! An astromech droid and undoubtedly the most famous unit of the R2 series.

If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
Actually we wouldn’t change our current job. Architectural practice gives you an opportunity to express yourself in various fields (urban planning, building and interior design, furniture design, theory,.. ) 
We have our own studio and we design things we like, so, you could say this is our dream job.

Where could we find you on Friday night?
There are four of us, so it’s a tricky one. Out and about.. but we do love KC Grad.

Pepsi or Coke?
We like Coke. 

How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)?
Trying to achieve 50/50, but somehow it always turns to be - 100/0 :)

What brings you joy? 
Work – life balance 50/50 ;)
No seriously, watching our little construction site all grown up! ;)

Thanks for the witty answers!
To check out more from studio AUTORI visit their facebook page and web site!

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