An evolutionary city.
Cities evolve over time. Cities grow, they transform, contract and mutate continuously over the years and centuries. Our proposal for the Klekovaca Tourist Centre is a flexible structure that’s able to adapt in a positive way and evolve with the changes. It would be possible to draw multiple cities within the city’s own structure and all of them would remain being the same city. This allows a structure that gives order as well as freedom to the city. This structure is formed by a large forest ring where the architecture is a clearing within the forest. Its shape is fixed but the possibilities are endless.
Architecture, Landscape Design
Women’s Institute-Municipal Archive and Shadow Square_ Memory
The center of Móstoles City, although it seems to have a caothic condition, it is formed by a structure of differents public squares. From the Town Hall Square, there is urban pathway that conects the Cultura Square, the Ernesto Peces Square and the Pradillo Square.
The IMAM project, located between party walls, it is conceived like one more square that belongs to this general structure of public spaces. It not only proposes a new passageway between Colón and Ricardo Medem Streets but also a new half-covered public space with vegetation, childs playground, benchs….
Although they are two buildings with different functions, the Women’s Institute and the Municipal Archive, the construction is configured as one piece, pierced by longitudinal courtyards. From the public square, these courtyards penetrate the building becominng huge flower beds with different types of scented climbing plants, sage, lavander and bamboo.
According to the competition requirements, the old Casino facade has been rebuilt, but with a new system of perforated galvanized steel plates, which arrange the access to the Municipal Archive, and also a new glasshouse between this facade and the new building.
Each courtyard generates two facade systems: the north facades, formed by large concrete walls washed with surface deactivant agent, and colored methacrylate bubbles; and the south facades, formed by large panes of different types of glass according to the sun’s position. Both structural facades are also supported by V-shaped pillars, which free the ground floor space.
We are proposing a building without refinement. A raw building.
The structure is the finish of the building, the installations are visible, without false ceilings, etc… Only the colored methacrylate bubbles and the graffiti done by the Boamistura group of artists, will contrast with the rest of the building.
The configuration of the building’s structural system is based on mixed porticoes made of steel and concrete.
The porticoes on the north side are formed by reinforced concrete screens, which work as deep beams, supported on HEM metallic pillars in a V shape.
The porticoes on the south side are formed by HEM metallic pillars which make triangular geometries to reduce the openings of the concrete beams.
The ends of each piece are freed up by large cantilevers of between 5 and 6 m., supported by the concrete screens and by the strenght of the HEM pillars which hang from their ends. There are two types of framework according to free light: if they have less than 5 m., they are flat 20 cms thick concrete slabs; if they have more than 5 m., they are ligth frameworks surfaces 50 cms. thick.
Architecture, Graffiti, Street Art
Nowadays we live in a permanent unsettled environment. The flexibility and indeterminacy of the future has become part of our way of living. The solid modernity is being replaced by the liquid modernity. Within this context and in reference to the traditional planning that orders the future, which should be today the tools to design a city?
Opposite to the academic tools based on the lining up of the streets, the height of the cornices, the relation between the typologies and the urban morphology, we propose a city not based solely on formal or morphological parameters, but on temporal parameters: a city that anticipates the future.
Our proposal for the area of Fort Garry Campus evolves with time. It is not solid but liquid. Time has always been the construction material of the remarkable cities. In fact, the bases of this competition show a great concern with the future and with a system that allows a flexible construction program based on phases.
The amazing setting of Fort Garry Camus is a great opportunity itself to develop this approach. A flexible city means an adaptable city, but not only with the city users but mostly with the built environment and the landscape. An environmentally friendly city that coexists and lives closed to nature; a city that searches the most efficient direction to reduce energy consumption and optimize the pedestrian’s zones, encouraging public transportation against the use of private vehicles.
Architecture, Landscape Design
The dome is a solar tower that generates electrical energy, social energy and entrepreneurial energy in order to become the main attraction of the Ribera del Duero. An interior landscape covered by a greenhouse with a rich potential of use. Es_parks is a partnership between nodo17+mtm arquitectos + cso arquitectos. (www.es-parks.com).
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design
Perhaps a Bullring is the most hybrid building in existence in relation to the variety of programs.
Apart from the specific place for the bullfight itself, like the bullring and the stands for the public, a series of annexed premises are necessary to complement the main use. Thus, exclusive places for the cattle are required, such as bullpens, with enclosures and stalls for bulls, and the stables with its courtyard for the horses and the slaughterhouse for quartering the dead cattle; spaces for the bullfighter, such as the chapel and the clinic; spaces for managing the bullring and spaces for the public such as the bullfighting museum, the cafeteria-restaurant and the rest rooms.
Our proposal aims to recover the public condition of the first bullrings when the bullfights took place in the public squares of villages. It was only with the Industrial Revolution that bullrings became permanent buildings, because the cattle and the bullfighters were able to move thanks to the new railway transport.
The bullring is hence surrounded by smaller squares that house the different programs annexed to the main one. A single roof or marquee organizes the different activities and generates a public space sheltered from sun and rain. A new city square for Blanca.
The main elements that form this project are the following:
-The main square formed by the bullring and the stands, with the corresponding spaces for transit movement and entrances.
-The bubbles corresponding to the secondary squares that house the annex programs.
-The marquee which generates a new public space and classifies the different programs.
-The bullfighter’s costume. The main square is ‘dressed’ with a skin of ceramic lattice that reproduces the intricate embroidery of bullfighters’ costumes, and which at the same time is brightened by the different colors of the costumes.
Architecture, Graffiti, Pattern Design
Sports Center in Madrid.
Any Site is a Potential place. A padel center into the landscape.
Architecture, Landscape Design
The “NORTH FACE” is a house protected by a climbing wall: wrapped and always wet, where the moss growth on the basatls stones. You will need a “good hand” for climbing it.
The house is devoloped along the “north face” wall, and it works like a thermal protector that receives air from a geothermal pipe and from a solar chimney.
The model shows only a part of the house: the North Face wall.
The main intention is to construct the most natural wall as posible. Almost like we cut a natural cliff and we carry it to the land. It is made of basalt stones and projected concrete.
We propose an ambiguous project, with an urban vocation. In contrast to the great works of the urban planning programs in the suburbs, we go back to the scale and density of the historical center.
How many doorways do you see in a ten minute walk in the urban planning program in the Vallecas Extension compared to the number you see in the same period of time in the historical center of Madrid?
Perhaps 5 compared to 50.
A double block, half way between the closed block in the suburbs and the closed block in the historical city.
We are interested in fragmentation and compactness, two terms which are primarily opposed but compatible.
A compact project formed by different parts
An unitary closed block which is divided into small towers
A project that is seeking its position as it changes in height, from the fragmentation of the ground floor to the compactness of the first and second floors, dissolving into independent pieces on the upper floors.
A dialogue between two systems, the collective and the individual. Between the massive, collective system of the lower floors and the ‘single-family unit’ towers, resting on them.
They asked for a ‘rustic house’, a house in the mountain.
And we had no idea what a ‘rustic house’ was. We had fragments of different images enter our heads, but none was complete. I remembered Erskine, an installment of a collection in the news kiosk: The Rustic House, the wooden porch, the slate roof, stone walls, and I do not what else…
Our proposal was to create a mountainous outline from parallel stripes that zigzag on a single line. A kind of ‘mountain house’.
A line that organizes the front and the back.
The back towards the north: outlined by a series of vegetable courtyards seeking privacy and light in relation to the different level of the street. The skin of stone changes in texture according to its location and completely covers the back of the house. The opaque skin is intertwined.
The front towards the south: some corbels generating large areas with glass walls on the ground floor creating porches and offering superb views of the reservoir glistening in the southern light.
These two different facades are covered by an almost flat covering of black slate, with gradients less than 8%, on which one could walk. Recognition of the traditional slate roofs in the surroundings, which have gradients higher than 20%. A place where snow accumulates and which can increase thermal inertia of the roof.
In short, a ‘mountainous house’.
We were commissioned to do a wedding gift. Not an object, but a place.
A place just for the two of them: a love house.
Hidden in a wooded area miraculously preserved in the heart of La Moraleja, in Madrid.
In the middle of a clearing we created the place simply with a curtain.
A translucent curtain that merges with the background, which receives a world of reflections and shadows. The Love House dissolves into its surroundings, multiplying with it.
It proposes an image in constant interaction with holm oaks, fir trees and rockroses.
The curtain in turn envelops the couple’s intimate space, almost like making out the continuous movements in the interior through a low mist: coming home, water, a reflection, undressing, the jacuzzi, the bedroom and the tree tops…
But not everything is continuous.
Hairy boxes enclose his or her most intimate part. They come out onto the façade, dripping with vegetation and bringing the wood into the house.
Everything in constant mutation. Transparencies, the sun, the reflections, the curtain
The proposal is aligned parallel to Nueve de Octubre Street. We are attempting to liberate as much PUBLIC SPACE as possible.
For this we will start with a relatively narrow bay, only 14 m.
To avoid the building having an impact on the existing constructions, which range from three-storey single-family houses to apartment blocks with four or five storeys. The proposal is not located on the plot’s limits but is set back 8 m towards Nueve de Octubre Street.
This way we create an access space from the center of Alfafar towards the new proposal.
The height of the proposed building is controlled by the adjacent constructions, and is indicated at a maximum and constant height of 14 m for the whole building.
URBAN EMPTINESS / PUBLIC SPACE
One of the main premises of the proposal is to preserve the urban emptiness presently occupying the plot.
An emptiness that is capable of becoming a new public space for the town of Alfafar.
We believe that the uses proposed by the competition are good motors for generating a quality public space.
THE ORIENTATION OF THE PROPOSAL
The proposal is positioned protecting the public space on the west side.
We therefore want to generate small SHADY and SUNNY microclimates, which provide the guidelines to organize free space.
The building deforms the original bay to generate different spaces which are shady or sunny.
It is formed as a shell capable of creating interior spaces in the open air.
An existing house with a fabulous garden.
There is no space to grow.
It is a question of how we support it on the ground.
With only one leg, creating balance.
Rising over a Canary palm tree, looking out at a guava, watering a dracanea, smelling azaleas,...
One single section, with two large heads.
One leg-staircase-storage-shelf-toilet, with four spaces around it.
Two interiors: the studio and the classrooms and two exteriors: the access threshold and the reading porch.
A neutral space, gray, which is open to the light in the morning and the afternoon.
The rest is achieved with the paintings: the hanging paintings, the smell of turpentine, the colors of the oil paints,....
A studio with one leg.
Architecture, Furniture Design, Painting
Construction of two semidetached houses.
But, how many homes have two houses?
Maybe not just 2.
We like its in definition.
Are they are 6 houses, 4 or 2…?
We propose an ambiguous project in relation to size and number of homes. The houses are divided in compact volumes, with different sizes and heights.
Instead of the options of clearly delimiting the building into two volumes that correspond to two houses or making them into a single volume, we propose a combination of volumes, fragments of small houses, which create an architecture without scale. Each volume is built with one material only, on the exterior as well as the interior of the houses.
The “ASTEROIDEA” house is a construction without limits. It is a double movement between the extension of nature and the compresion of the architecture.
The house acquiare an asteroidea shape, because of its dimension and because of the vegetation of the land. We optimise the circulations in a radial scheme, and at the same time, we can respect all the existing vegetation.
We use the solar energy but at the same time we protect from it. Between the interior covered spaces and the exterior open spaces there is a long catalogue of diferent kind of intermediates places: the patios, the semicovered patios, the mountains patios, the porchs, the open air porchs, the arbors….
from flower to flower
Architecture, Graffiti, Landscape Design
The potential success of our proposal lies in the project management. And to achieve that we have to develop the necessary tools to produce the project we have proposed.
In fact, we think that the project management is most important than the final result.
Therefore, we set out some rules that integrate de technique conditions and the typological flexibility that haves to follow the construction in the Eco-neighborhood of Toledo.
The goal is to achieve formal coherence in the building as well as an infinite typological diversity.
The formal coherence is obtained by the structural volumes and the potential cross section.
The typological diversity is achieved through the ability of the structural volumes, leading to dwelling with variable uses and infinite typologies. For this, we would like the urban environment to suit to inhabitants lifestyle through participation in typological election.
The result pretends to be a diverse and coherent community, where social integration it´s promoted.