Andrés Jaque (Madrid, 1971) is an architect. His work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects.
Andrés Jaque has been Tessenow Stipendiat and has taught and lectured in a number of universities around the world.
His work has been exposed at the Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) and the Biennale di Venezia.
In 2004, he completed the construction of Casa Sacerdotal Diocesana de Plasencia. An interactive building designed to promote the public emergence of controversies among their users, mainly elder Catholic priests. What Jaque called a Parliamentary Architecture. Considered one of the earliest examples of a low tech European architecture, the building has been widely published and object of a number of exhibitions all around the world.
In 2005, he developed, with the agreement of Peter Eisenman, the 12 Actions to Make the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia Transparent.A project to make visible, and easy to understand for general public, the political implications of the construction of a singular building site. A work described by Bruno Latour as a «beautiful mixture of art, politics and building-site».
Tupper Home, a system of tiny and colourful plastic dwellings, has been the smallest architectural project ever selected for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award.
He is also the author of other works like Teddy House (Vigo, 2003), 2005), Mousse City, (Stavanger, 2003), Peace Foam City (Ceuta, 2005), Skin Gardens (Barcelona, 2006), the Museo Postal de Bogotá (Bogotá, 2007), Rolling House for the Rolling Society (Barcelona, 2009) and the House in Never Never Land (Ibiza, 2009).
Image: Sweet Parliament Home, a research and prototype-making project by Andrés Jaque Architects, for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011