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Flocking Tejas

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Bárbara Barreda (Chilean, b.1982) and Felipe Sepúlveda (Chilean, b.1985) of BASE studio (Chile, est.2016), in collaboration with Arup engineering (UK, est.1946)


Flocking Tejas is an emergent and adaptable architectural system that arises from questioning the architectural and construction qualities of clay tiles. It examines how, over time and across various cultures, their use has often been limited to construction systems with seemingly static, predictable, and flat organizational principles. Utilizing contemporary design techniques, this project instead seeks to explore new spatial and formal repertoires that reimagine and enhance the usage and possibilities of traditional materials.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
Global effects emerge from local interactions producing a collective intelligence and coherent behavior. Three simple flock local rules: alignment, cohesion, separation.


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
Flocking Tejas_Emergent, adaptable clay tiles architectural system.


Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage
Carl-Stahl ARC GmbH

Production credits

Architecture: BASE studio; Bárbara Barreda + Felipe Sepúlveda
Collaborators: Miguel Reyna, Matías Ramírez, Pamela Cortez, Catalina Ellena, Ignacio Salinas, Rodrigo del Campo, Francisca Feliú, Macarena Alvarado
Engineering: Arup; Ed Clark, Chris Clarke
Digital Consultant: PO_LLC; Kensuke Hotta, Jiang Lai, Aqil Cheddadi, Akito

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