—A selection of architecture projects.

“The traditional urban elements of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods must be reassessed within the emerging human and non-human urban constituencies.”

Hyungmin Pai, Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Living with Water

Slovenian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale
Collaboration for Bika Rebek

Raising questions through participation and interaction design, Living with Water presents the public with opposing views on water management systems around the world and celebrates Slovenian architect Plecnik’s iconic design for a symbolic democratic space.

Meraviglioso Urbano

Model, two books, exhibition, symposium

Beyond dimension, Meraviglioso Urbano explores ambiguity and disembodiment through a series of abstract stages. Connected and immaterial, an archipelago of cultural commons grows.

Born out of the need to react to the troubled atmosphere suffocating Rome during the 70s, the Estate Romana took cultural initiatives out into the public space. Architecture’s contribution took shape in ephemeral projects, creating proper scenarios for both the events and everyday urban life. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Estate Romana five practices were invited to design five ephemeral installations at MAXXI that would act as temporary museums devoted to five areas of culture: film, music, literature, theatre and media. 


The project has been realised in partnership with the Municipality of Rome, with the support of Future Architecture Platform and affiliation with the Seoul Biennale. In September the exhibition of the projects together with historical documentation regarding the Estate Romana and the Parco Centrale from the 1970s will be presented at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. 

More about the project  

More drawings  


BNGRT (Florian Bengert) – FAKT (Sebastian Ernst, Sebastian Kern, Martin Tessarz, Jonas Tratz) – Lucia Tahan – Microcities / Socks Studio (Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli) – Studio NO (Magda Szwajcowska, Michał Majewski)


Imminent Commons: Cities ExhibitionSeoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul, 2 Sep - 14 Nov 2017

The Theaters of Culture: Ephemeral Projects for the Eternal CityMAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, 14 Jul - 30 Jul 2017

Pool House


Defined by a careful and tactile use of materials, Pool House (completed in 2017) is an ongoing townhouse project in Herrera del Duque, Spain. It references vernacular architecture but proposes a radical approach to materiality and use.

The house is structured around an indoor patio and pool, linked by a bridge to a library room. The carefully designed structural elements are exposed, highlighting the material differences between the pre-existing traditional earth walls on site and the new construction. 


Project & Detailing: Lucia Tahan, Irene Iglesias, Andrea Lusquiños.
On-site management: Irene Iglesias, Andrea Lusquiños. 

Return to Zion Series

Sumo Book

Return to Zion is a series of three projects critically exploring a fictional urban transformation of Israeli housing in the event of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

Part III: Talmud. Incremental housing for returned settlers. (2017)
Part II: Gefilte Fish. Infrastructure creation based on settlers’ tactics. (2017)
Part I: Sukkot. Affordable community driven housing. (2016)
Introduction: The urban fabric of Jerusalem. Mid-century social housing today. (2015)

Return to Zion has been prototyped in Japan and exhibited and discussed at international venues. 

More information and venues

Becoming, Spanish Pavilion at La Biennale de Venezia, 25 May 2018 — Exhibition
Cuarto Magazine, Fall 2017 — Spin-off book 
Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa - Distancia Critica, 26 Oct 2017 — Lecture and debate
COCA Congress in Architectural Communication, 17 May - 4 Jun 2017 — Exhibition and article publication
MAO Ljubljana, Future Architecture Conference, 2017 — Lecture 
Future Architecture Platform, 2017 — Award
Simulated Experience, 2015 — Exhibition, Prototypes

Lucia Tahan  2017
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