Fer­nanda Mar­ques

Ar­chi­tect, São Paulo

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Mar­ques has based her ca­reer on im­bu­ing each project with what she de­scribes as a ‘unique, solid and ir­re­versible per­son­al­ity’. For her, ar­chi­tec­ture ex­tends be­yond ba­sic con­struc­tion. ‘It is a mat­ter of philo­soph­i­cal ex­is­tence, of phe­nomenol­ogy. That is the big­gest chal­lenge: to tres­pass the phys­i­cal bound­aries of con­struc­tion and el­e­vate our project to the sen­so­rial world.’ Cur­rently in the works is a gallery in São Paulo for the Span­ish bath­room spe­cial­ist Roca. ‘We’re de­sign­ing a col­lec­tion of ce­ramic sinks for the brand, too,’ says Mar­ques. ‘And we’re put­ting the fi­nal touches on a mo­tel, also in São Paulo.’ Travel fea­tures heav­ily in her sched­ule – es­pe­cially site vis­its to projects in Europe and Amer­ica, along­side de­sign and art fairs – though the best ex­pe­ri­ences, she says, in­volve new places and dif­fer­ent cul­tures. This year’s high­light was a trip to the Ata­cama Desert in Chile. ‘I stayed at the Ex­plora, which has a rus­tic so­phis­ti­ca­tion that is very peace­ful, es­pe­cially when com­bined with the nat­u­ral land­scape.’ DW

100,000 miles flown per year 8 trips taken per year 10-15 ho­tels vis­ited per year

above left, fer­nanda mar­ques in her stu­dio in são paulo’s vila olímpia dis­trict above right, aric chen, shot near the soon-to-open m+ mu­seum in hong kong’s west kowloon

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