A House Without A Hierarchy

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43qrm7odo42l3rmn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43qrm7odo42l3rmn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43qrm7odo42l3rmn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/43/43qrm7odo42l3rmn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />Born out of the 2008 financial crash, the Barcelona-based studio <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/63135925/maio" >MAIO</a> cares less about form (although their forms are striking) and more about the politics of practice. At the heart of their work is the idea that architecture must change over time to keep up with mutating social and behavioral patterns. Their practice involves extensive research in order to find loopholes in the existing system that can be utilized to make architecture that, simply, works better. For example, with their first ground-up built project <em>110 Rooms</em>, the studio developed a floor plan comprising uniform-sized rooms so that residents could use as them as they see fit rather than conforming to predetermined programs. After all, the typical father-mother-children family is not so typical anymore. MAIO is helping architecture catch up.
In this feature from the first issue of Archinect's new print publication Ed, we talk with the studio about  Rooms and their practice more broadly.

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