Holes are Things

Inspired by Carl Andre’s dictum “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not,” Holes of Matter explores the gaps existing in the relationships between social structures and spatial organizations.

The scene depicted in Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want exemplifies how social structures and cultural programs are embedded in architectural products. As it is customary in family reunions, the grandfather—the moral authority of the family, the food giver—sits at the head of the table. The exact matching between the social structure and the spatial organization of this domestic space demonstrates how architecture, a discipline arguably bound by its social contract, has sociocultural relationships and hierarchies mapped onto it. In fact, many would argue that this direct social mapping is a sine-qua-non condition for the existence of architecture.

Despite this generalized understanding, I work on the spaces, as gaps or holes, that appear when the connections between spatial organizations and social structures have been severed. This statement does not imply that my work dwells in these produced or newly found gaps. Rather, the work developed by Holes of Matter focuses on materializing these holes, defining a space that is able to provide people with new freedoms—from both social and architectural conventions. In opposition to the dinner table, the picnic blanket exemplifies a space with no social structure mapped onto it. As a hole of matter, this space allows for the unconventional and the unexpected to emerge.

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Spatial Fields

In order to open up the space and free it from preexisting social structures and cultural programs, Holes of Matter designs continuous, homogeneous, and non-hierarchical fields. Read more …

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Holes of Matter is a design practice that focuses on the gaps found in everyday spaces and appearing due to mismatched relationships between social structures and spatial organizations. Led by Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, Holes of Matter gives form to these gaps in buildings, landscapes, and cities.

Holes are Things

Inspired by Carl Andre’s dictum “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not,” Holes of Matter explores the gaps existing in the relationships between social structures and spatial organizations. Read more …

Declaration of Intentions

The work developed by Holes of Matter is positioned at the confluence of design and the public realm as a way of exploring the interdependence, or lack thereof, between social structures and spatial organizations. We are committed to exploring these relationships through both practice and research, but always keeping design as the central and agglutinating factor of these explorations. Read more …

People

Sergio Lopez-Pineiro is the founder of Holes of Matter. Read more …

Contact

Please send your message to sergio(at)holesofmatter(dot)com. Thank you.

Three References

The following three references illustrate our theoretical foundations and can help the reader locate our work within the architectural discipline. Read more …

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