Inhabitat: What inspired you to enter the field of architecture, and what inspires you outside of architecture?
LIKEArchitects: The need to produce (artistic) things and also the challenge to manipulate space were definitely important when we had to choose what to do for a living. Furthermore, architecture has wide-ranging fields of action (in truly a global perspective), and a universal language that allows us to work anywhere in the world!
We are a product of the well-known Portuguese school of Architecture but we are also interested in recent Scandinavian design. And besides architecture, we are really interested in the spontaneity of urban culture, namely urban art and street fashion. We believe in the DIY philosophy: nowadays, more than ever, you can make a difference and affirm yourself through a competition or even through small interventions that can change the panorama of a city.
“Temporary Bar” was the first project that led us to believe that we had something to say as architectural professionals. It was a student project that was absolutely successful in its short lifetime (drinks were sold out night after night!) and later also when it was recognized by the specialized media.
Also, our ‘House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion’ competition entry that was awarded the second prize (out of a total of 599 entries) in the most concurred competition ever in Portugal, showed to us that we are able to work together with other teams in order to reach a better goal together. We do believe in the importance of collaborating with other structures as an opportunity to discuss and also to try new methodologies.