Mangado’s Surprise Box

I’ve always thought that architecture should have something of a magic box. A surprise contained in itself. That intensity which can only be discovered in its entirety, in its entire dimensional quality, after the object is seen and toured.

In the case of magic boxestheir opening is never the same and is never repeated. The surprise by its own condition is mutable in intensity. And if we accept that buildings are alive, those which make the inside the support of its intensity are even more so, moving away from the obvious, from the known.”

Francisco Mangado

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