Most architects are generally content to stay behind the scenes, allowing their works to accept the applause. But Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats are indeed the stars of Scale 1:5, a documentary series that follows the Flores & Prats Architects partners as they complete the Sala Beckett Theatre and International Drama Center in Barcelona.
Directed by Patrícia Tamayo and Albert Badia for 15-L Films, the five-part series of 10-minute films retraces the reclamation of the 1920's space, which the firm found in ruins after numerous renovations, into a cultural hub with newfound connection to the surrounding Sant Martí neighborhood.
But rather than erasing all vestiges of the past, the firm chose to renovate around many of them. “We wanted to take the ruin forward and make it participate, with its unfinished character of superimposed periods, in a new reality,” the partners explain. Each episode charts a specific aspect of the adaptive reuse of the existing building, from door frames and polychrome tiles to rose windows and stratified plasterwork, all leading up to the project’s November 2016 completion.