Started by arch. Alexandre Vicente, AMALGAMA is a collaborative architecture, design and research practice which Epicenter is located in Osaka, Japan.
Embracing a collaborative stance from the start, the atelier does not have a physical space, it acts on the virtual spectrum with people from various places, cultures and backgrounds working together with a center goal. We embrace that diversity in the same way that we see architecture as a social discipline, with responsibility for the greater good.
born in 1985, Alexandre Vicente is a Portuguese licensed Architect.
Between 2010 and 2012 worked in Portugal with RC+JV Arquitectos studio and made collaborations with Barbini Arquitectos and CHP Arquitectos.
Through his career has been the winner of various awards such as Lisbon Architecture Triennal competition in 2010, the SECIL award in 2012.
since beginning of 2013 lives in Japan having worked with Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects & associates in Osaka and, Sou Fujimoto and Hideyuki Nakayama in Tokyo.
in 2017 is the founder of AMALGAMA, a inter-disciplinary architecture and design practice that works between Portugal and Japan.
Since 2018, works also as Architect at NIKKEN SEKKEI, one of the largest and most influential architecture companies in Asia.
Founded in 2017 by the architects Alexandre Vicente who lives in Osaka, Japan; AMALGAMA counts with the collaboration of people from around the world, from countries like Portugal, Spain, Chile, India, Australia and Japan.
The studio, despite the fact that at some point had a provisory physical space situated in Lisbon and Osaka, now it operates only at the virtual level through social networks and other web spaces with their proposals. This atelier mentality is different from your common office and should be faced as a office that represent todays times and struggles.
Our main project that we would like to present in this platform is not an architecture project per se, but our own studio process, which we see it as a constant ongoing project, exploring new possibilities and with a different modus operandi of other offices.
Through some proposals, we intend to show how we think and how we design and operate.
There is no hierarchy in the process of design and thought, for each of the proposals we develop, each element of our team involved proposes ideas which help progress the development.
In the project design, each person is at the same level when it comes to be involved, and understanding the problems in question. From that starting point we start the production of ideas and the defense of those same ideas to our colleagues. In short we have an open discussion on how to progress and everyone is involved and shares their opinion.
In the way that each person influences each other by the sharing of ideas and interventions, each project influences the next, some progressing at the same time, sharing learned lessons and knowledge between them.
Ideas are decided at its core through a 3 element structure, a "three-legged" structure:
These 3 elements create the starting point of the project, we create what we call "ground floor level". The project then, by itself will had layers, or floors, to its own complexity as it grows, but we believe that if we don't have these 3 foundations which support the project, the idea of the project is then defeated.
What do we promote with this system:
- understanding of the base idea by all team members
- a common objective is decided
- participation and influence of the different members cultures and backgrounds
- this foundation allows the search of new ideas resulting from multi discipline approach.
The digital process creates fixed decisions since it deals with complex problems, these problems are difficult to approach, so they need to come from data analysis.
The conventional analog process, or "traditional" as we call it allows the creation of new possibilities and new discoveries during the process of the design. The impression that is somehow used during the study process allows for new possibilities, new findings
In a way, we invert the role of each approach which are typically work in an opposite way.