Eduardo Meneses Marquina – Estudio 3 Galdakao – Galdakao (Vizcaya), España
“Bamboo” house in Gijón, Proposal for “Dunas de Liencres” Interpretation Center. “Gutiérrez Liébana Abogados”, House in Plencia, “Lighthouse House”, Apartment in Florence, House in Bahrain, “Tempo” Disco in Bahrain, Restiling Gambrinus 2.0, Apartment in Castro Urdiales, Apartment in New York…
1 – Who is Eduardo Meneses?
An idea man of Venezuelan origin who has recently joined the Spanish market. Trained as an architect, working as an interior designer, and with a designer vocation.
Project manager of Estudio 3 Galdakao, founded in 1980 by Juan Miguel Rioboo, Aitor Solozabal and Jesús Barrero. An architectural and design firm that has not stopped working since then.
2 – When did you discover that you wanted to be an architect?
I spent hours playing with “Legos,” I guess it comes from that…Already in my teenage years I had it clear.
3 – A reference in architecture.
Le Corbusier, Niemeyer, and Carlos Raúl Villanueva, they played with concrete as if it was plasticine.
4 – If you had not been architect, you would have been…
Anything that would allow me to design something and move others with the result.
5 – One defect and one virtue.
I barely read, I am also a bit dyslexic and I reverse everything, my head is a big mess.
One virtue, persevering until I achieve the objective.
6 – What is your house like?
Small, with wonderful views over the Bay of Biscay, nothing of what is inside can compete with the sea.
7 – Sunday is a day for…
Having breakfast calmly, lunch with friends, and be home before six in the evening. I like to do nothing before starting a new week.
8 – A place to look for inspiration.
In the shapes of flowers, their colors, the bird feathers, the moss on rocks, in the chaotically perfect nature.
9 – What is the last book that you have read?
I don’t read… I remember what I dreamed last night.
10 – 15 Years from now…
Personally I’d like to continue feeling the passion I feel today for my work. To be able to work for renowned firms, leaving small pleasant memories, and continue opening roads in the international market at Estudio 3 with projects of any kind.
11 – When you think of architecture you think of…
12 – Pencil or computer?
General ideas in pencil but definite ones on the computer, it lets me explore, discover and enrich the results.
13 – How would you describe your work?
Intuitive and with few references, I like for it to not look like anything I see on a daily basis.
At the firm we strive to always contribute something different, however small that is.
14 – One project you would like to do.
The next one we are commissioned where they let us unleash our ideas. We want to excite the client with the result, regardless of the scale of the project.
15 – Your opinion of Spanish architecture and design.
More than Spanish architecture I like Spanish design. Many potentially bright young people have things to say.
16 – How do you keep your own style while meeting your clients’ needs?
Empathizing at close quarters so that they fully trust me.
17 – In your work, what are you better at and what do you have more trouble with?
The best, designing, the worst, accepting that ideas generally become distorted because of less important issues.
18 – Your recipe for success.
For the time being “under construction” for being successful. Passion, work, and perseverance.
19 – What is the role of natural products in your projects?
It is a privilege when you can use them. They speak for themselves, little more is needed.
20 – Your flagship L’Antic Colonial product is…
The “Victorian Collection” mosaics.