Del Boceto a la Vida 

Exhibition from the “Winter Palace” project

This exhibition shows part of the creative process of the architect and artist Gabriel Sánchez Viveros. It specifically focuses on the Winter Palace, residence for an Arab prince in the middle of the desert, which was completed in 2006. Gabriel developed as an architect for 15 years in Saudi Arabia building and advising projects for the royal family, among others. The aim is to approach the architectural project in a sensitive manner, to combine the artist and the architect. Four stations are proposed to understand and enter this process.

The first station shows THE INSPIRATION and THE MEMORY of the architect. It is composed of the elements that helped Gabriel create the architectural concept; those things that fostered his creativity and his own story. Throughout the process of the work, Gabriel always combined his Mexican roots with the Arab world. In this station a collection of objects and memories placed on a scaffolding is displayed, along with aspects of his daily life in that remote environment, the human part of the construction, as well as his place of work as an architect and designer.

The second station corresponds to the geographical location of the work: THE DESERT. In this artistic installation elements of the construction are shown as well as images of the roads traveled in the previous investigation, maps and photographs of the terrain and the Arab ruins that inspired the final forms of the Winter Palace.

The third station, THE INTERIOR. It consists of sketches and photographs of the details and the completed interior spaces.

The fourth station, THE EXTERIORISM. This station shows the gardens, the artificial lake, the sculptures and the design of the floors and walls.

Throughout the exhibition, preliminary sketches, drawings and photographs of both the manufacturing processes and the completed work are shown.

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For any creative process, it is vital to find inspiration and references. In this area we can see inside the cabinets and in the scaffold, objects and photographs that were relevant for the creation of the palace. Some of the most important references and that we can find in different areas of the exhibition are the photographs of ruins of the Hail region in Saudi Arabia, where we can see the repetition and geometry work that inspired many of the designs used in the interiors of the Palace.

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In this area, the architect shares the human part of the construction process, the memory.

In all architectural construction processes various people are involved: the client, the architect, engineers, workers, among others. In this project various nationalities such as Egyptians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Afghans, Indians, Lebanese, Sudanese, Moroccan, Bangladeshi and of course, Mexicans, were combined for a common goal.

The architect communicated through the language of architecture with each one of them and in this scaffolding we can see photographs of the workers with the intention of showing those links that are generated in teamwork, the importance of knowing how to delegate, and the cultural differences that were erased at the time of construction.

On the other hand, photographs of people who did not work directly on the project but that were part of the emotional, referential and experiential support of this work were mounted in this exhibit. We can see a photograph of his school graduation, a photograph of him conversing with Zaha Hadid and an image of Gabriel and his friend Ahmad Al Jedani wearing the national costume of Saudi Arabia.

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In this area we find sketches and photographs of the facades, the gardens and all the landscape architecture created for the Winter Palace.

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For the architect, it is vital to master the geography in which he is going to build, to know its climate, the landscape, the customs, the materials of the region, etc. He must become a great connoisseur of that land, walk it, feel it and think about it. In this case, Gabriel Sánchez Viveros shows us an installation inspired by the desert in which we can observe a pictorially intervened door with a satellite shot of the Hail region, and construction materials which allude to the process of the work, as well as various photographs of the desert, of the traveled paths and of the landscapes.

This station symbolizes the previous investigation of geography. For the architect, this research concluded in wanting to mimic the work with the landscape.

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In this area we observe a set of photographs and sketches of the work done in the interior of the Palace.

In the main office we see a mashrabiah (latticework) inspired by the ruins of Hail. In the interior of the work we will find details where the image of the date palm prevails, stone mats inspired by Persian rugs and made with colored stones, marbles and construction rods. Some headboards of the rooms are inspired by Arab jewelery.

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