JEA is an architectural and landscaping studio founded in Ibiza by Juan Echeverría that builds on the line of work carried out in Ibiza since 2005 by the deBM practice. 

Juan Echeverría directed the deBM practice in Ibiza, and has had ties to the international de Blacam and Meagher architects studio since 2005.

 

The practice covers extensive portfolio of residential projects constructed in Spain, Ireland and Portugal.

The projects in Spain comprise Ibiza, Madrid, Girona and the Costa del Sol, as well as architecture competitions won in different European countries.

‘Architecture is an art form born of necessity’ (Javier Carvajal).

 

Beauty, truth and ethics are intimately linked.

We believe that these concepts are at the heart of architectural practice.

Let us take a moment to contemplate Javier Carvajal’s statement:

Architecture is an art form born of necessity, sustained and buoyed by truth and beauty. 

What is good, just and beautiful is expressed by way of ethics and the dialectics of language.

Architecture tames unlimited space and allows us to inhabit it, but in the same way this should tame infinite space and allow us to inhabit the continuum of time.

Architecture is the main instrument of our relationship with time and space, and of our way of giving a human form to these dimensions: it tames eternal space and infinite time so that humanity can tolerate, live in and understand it.

The three basic principles of architecture according to Vitrubio: Firmitas (firmness), and Utilitas (usefulness) and Venustas (beauty).

 

Firmitas – solidity, strength.

Our architecture aspires to this concept in its most ontological sense. 

To design buildings that are sustainable both in terms of energy and their relationship with the environment, but also in terms of economics and their internal coherence.

An architecture with a reason for being.

Utilitas – functionality and utility. 

Our architecture tries not to disregard the more anthropological sense of the term.

We aim for transcendence, and want our buildings to serve as a frame, a structure and a meaning to our being-in-the-world.

We aim to design homes, not houses. 

The house has a psyche and its own soul, over and above its formal, quantifiable qualities.

Venustas – beauty for the senses.

We identify with the most holistic sense of the term.

To achieve beauty from a place of truth, fairness, and balance. 

We believe in an honest and direct architecture, without formal artifice or conceited devices.

A balanced and harmonious architecture that aspires to beauty.

JEA is an architectural and landscaping studio founded in Ibiza by Juan Echeverría that builds on the line of work carried out in Ibiza since 2005 by the deBM practice. 

Juan Echeverría directed the deBM practice in Ibiza, and has had ties to the international de Blacam and Meagher architects studio since 2005.

 

The practice covers extensive portfolio of residential projects constructed in Spain, Ireland and Portugal.

The projects in Spain comprise Ibiza, Madrid, Girona and the Costa del Sol, as well as architecture competitions won in different European countries.

 

 

‘Architecture is an art form born of necessity’ (Javier Carvajal).

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty, truth and ethics are intimately linked.

We believe that these concepts are at the heart of architectural practice.

Let us take a moment to contemplate Javier Carvajal’s statement:

Architecture is an art form born of necessity, sustained and buoyed by truth and beauty. 

What is good, just and beautiful is expressed by way of ethics and the dialectics of language.

Architecture tames unlimited space and allows us to inhabit it, but in the same way this should tame infinite space and allow us to inhabit the continuum of time.

Architecture is the main instrument of our relationship with time and space, and of our way of giving a human form to these dimensions: it tames eternal space and infinite time so that humanity can tolerate, live in and understand it.

The three basic principles of architecture according to Vitrubio: Firmitas (firmness), and Utilitas (usefulness) and Venustas (beauty).

 

 

 

 

Firmitas – solidity, strength.

Our architecture aspires to this concept in its most ontological sense. 

To design buildings that are sustainable both in terms of energy and their relationship with the environment, but also in terms of economics and their internal coherence.

An architecture with a reason for being.

Utilitas – functionality and utility. 

Our architecture tries not to disregard the more anthropological sense of the term.

We aim for transcendence, and want our buildings to serve as a frame, a structure and a meaning to our being-in-the-world.

We aim to design homes, not houses. 

The house has a psyche and its own soul, over and above its formal, quantifiable qualities.

Venustas – beauty for the senses.

We identify with the most holistic sense of the term.

To achieve beauty from a place of truth, fairness, and balance. 

We believe in an honest and direct architecture, without formal artifice or conceited devices.

A balanced and harmonious architecture that aspires to beauty.

‘Man exists in space upon ceding place to the space’  (Martin Heidegger)

 

Architecture is born out of and for the place where it unfolds.

We like to consider the place as a topological concept that encompasses physical, historical and cultural reality. 

The good architecture to which we aspire fosters a place’s qualities, and intensifies the way the place is perceived.

The tools to achieve this include an exhaustive analysis of physical, historical and cultural context of the places in which the buildings are planned.

Architecture that is understood as a constructed landscape that both belongs to and is in dialogue with nature and the place in which it takes form.

To touch the world via architecture’  (Maurice Merleau Ponty)

 

Architecture is essentially an extension of the natural world into the artificial kingdom that makes the terrain easier to perceive and amplifies the horizon of our experiences and understanding of the world.

It defines the cycle of the year, the arc of the sun and the passing of the hours in the day.

We believe in emotive architecture that generates multisensorial experiences.

An architecture perceived by all the senses and based on phenomenology and poetic reason.

We believe that architecture strengthens existential experiences, the meaning of every individual being-in-the-world.

A stroll in the woods is invigorating and healing because of the constant interaction of all the senses.

Bachelard speaks of the ‘polyphony of the senses’. The eye collaborates with the body and with the other senses.

 

Materiality and time (text extracted from the book ‘Architecture and the Senses’ by Juhani Pallasmaa)

 

Materials disclose their age and history.

All material exists in the continuum of time: the patina of wear and tear adds the enriching experience of time to building materials.

We have a psychological need to understand that, being rooted in the continuity of time and in the artificial world, it is the mission of architecture to facilitate this experience.

Architecture tames unlimited space and allows us to inhabit it, but in the same way this should tame infinite space and allow us to inhabit the continuum of time.

Architecture is the main instrument of our relationship with time and space, and of our way of giving a human form to these dimensions: it tames eternal space and infinite time so that humanity can tolerate, live in and understand it.

JEA Arquitectura y Paisajismo