De La Luz Del Patio

Their proposal for the festival consists of an atmospheric transformation. A single material, tulle, causes this simple and elegant transformation. The intervention is aerial and absolute. It is the natural light of the sun that bathes the courtyard in its own colour.

The installation is interwoven with the sequence of supports praising the structure of the College, so it is the supports, the lodge and the courtyard that structure the experience of light.

Using textiles as the wrapping for this experience guarantees the prominence of colour and a delicate contact with the building. The tulle, an open mesh, evokes the Mediterranean atmosphere that is full of insects during the summer and identifies the installation with the wrapped courtyard: the historical archive of Terres de l’Ebre (territory located in the south-west of Catalonia).

Tao de la Torre Sola and Caterina de la Portilla

Courtyard of Sant Jaume and Sant Maties

2015

THE AUTHORS

Tao de la Torre Sola and Caterina de la Portilla, a couple originally from the island of Gran Canaria, are the authors of the proposal conceived for the courtyard of the College of Sant Jaume and Sant Maties, “De La Luz Del Patio” (From the Courtyard Light).

Tao de la Torre is a user experience consultant and designer. For the last eight years he has developed, among others, projects such as Redbull.com, Ableton Live 9, Discovershadow, Die Welt and Paradox in places as diverse as London, Berlin, Madrid, Las Palmas, San Francisco, Montreal and New York, where he currently resides. Less than a year ago, Tao decided to immerse himself in a type of research that aims to analyse the cognitive processes it is made up of, mixing business, design and psychotherapy.

Caterina de la Portilla has just graduated from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Las Palmas, developing her Final Degree Project in the city of New York under the supervision of the architect Manuel Feo Ojeda and obtaining for her work the qualification of Distinction in April 2015. She has been able to complement and enrich her training period thanks to the support of the architect Javier Mena Marqués, with whom she has gradually built a mentoring relationship. She is currently seeking to perpetuate this master-learner binomial with European studies while continuing to develop her own questions.