Kauno Architektūros Festivalis
GABRIELĖ ŠARKAUSKIENĖ AND ANTANAS ŠARKAUSKAS
Gabrielė Šarkauskienė (1990) and Antanas Šarkauskas (1989) started working in Lithuanian architectural offices during their undergraduate bachelor years at the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Faculty of Architecture. After completing their master’s studies at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, they accomplished work practice in Lisbon. After returning to Lithuania in 2016 they began to carry out joint creative activities under the name ŠA Atelier, which gradually expanded and became recognizable in the context of Lithuanian architecture creators.
The activity of ŠA Atelier is largely directed towards the practical implementation of architecture, but the design is often accompanied by the search of architecture as a cultural movement. Realizing that architecture very easily accepts utilitarian and progressive disciplines, the atelier duo is attracted to the artistic side of the profession, which would allow maintaining balance and creating a full-fledged humane environment.
While working in a small team on different types of projects, the change in design scales rises the question, if one person can work in the creation of a large structure and at the same time handle a small detail design. Is this one of the fundamental features of an architect or maybe there are common value principles when changing the scale? Should it be the main driving force behind the design?
ŠA Atelier creative attention is focused on spatiality, theoretical ideas, practical craft and attention to details.