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So-called “rational architecture” has no place at Barcelona firm TAKK. In fact, the architecture studio’s co-founders, Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño, are on a mission to challenge the sacred manifestos of modernists like Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier.

“They claimed that ornamentation was a crime — a ‘female’ thing — and that we have to create spaces that are white, pure and clean,” says Luzárraga. “We ask people to reconsider their intention, which we believe was not so innocent.”

Using soft surfaces, pastel colours and craft production techniques, Luzárraga and Muiño push back against accepted ideas of “tasteful” decoration. After meeting as co-workers at a Madrid firm and becoming life partners, the duo struck out on...

TAKK Embraces the Irrational in a Series of Architectural Pavilions

The Barcelona firm questions the canon of modernism with wild pavilions and a radical apartment redesign.

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