Pezo Von Ellrichshausen: Simple Forms, Complex Spaces

Architecture’s interpretations are as varied as the individuals who practice it.  The world’s second oldest profession is kept alive by a constant stream of new designers offering fresh insights into the realm of space.  Two such architects are the duo of Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen of Chile.  In their writings they speak of Architecture as “articulated air”, and this poetic inclination is evident in the rich materiality and spatial harmony of their projects.

In their Poli House, textured concrete frames and supports an enigmatic space without interrupting the dwelling’s flow.  The white paint of the concrete walls curtails their presence, allowing the light, flooring, and furniture to define each moment in the house as a unique spatial experience.

The architects’ playful attitude results in surprising moments.  The furniture and architecture accordingly create a unique character in the space.

Artful representation plays an important role in the architects’ practice, as space can be found in a painting or sculpture as well as in a building or daybed.

The architects will discuss their work and participation in the exhibition Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth at the Graham Foundation on April 20th at 6 p.m.

They have also been chosen to participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.  We look forward to seeing more spatial poetry from these talented young artists.  More information on the architects can be found at


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