The Wall and the Sky. Old Prison. Murcia (2017)
Isometric view of the set
The penitentiary centers are the spaces created by man to isolate other men. That is the fundamental reason for its existence. And so, the architecture of walls is the instrument that makes this isolation of some men with others effective. The wall is, in this project that occupies us, symbol and reality of the isolation of man by his actions or ideas. The wall is the impermeable physical barrier that builds freedom on one side and captivity on the other.
Mapping of Murcia
How then can we reverse this effect? Mies Van der Rohe was the architect who broke the character of enclosure and used the wall to “articulate the organism of the house”. In its brick house of 1924, the wall ceased to be a limit and was transformed into space leaks; the wall space extended beyond itself and thus created a new space with a structural model as old as the first urban settlements several thousand years ago. From Mies, we understood that the space can be still fluid building with walls.
And so we have projected.
Image of the west facade
The limit that oppresses the space disappears, the project leaks vertically into the sky and fugues horizontally when it opens onto the city.
The space leaks vertically and opens to the infinite sky, day and night. The inhabitant of this place will no longer be watched, but will become an observer of the slow future of the day. Light and air will pass through each of the new spaces created and this new inhabitant will breathe the warm taste of freedom.
And the space escapes in horizontal flowing from inside to outside and from outside to inside like the rocking of the waves rocking on the sand. The horizontal plane extends until connecting beyond the limit of the wall, beyond the scope of the view, to the cathedral.
Aerial night view
Light will bounce off the old walls of an imaginary prison sketched by Piranesi, as the wall with its thickness and texture will persist as in the ruinous drawings of the Italian architect and engraver. Ruin is the trail left by memory. Therefore, the ruin must remain as a witness of the past and as a participant in the future building.
But we must heal the wounds of the past, and we must seal them with gold like the Kintsugi, the marvelous technique of Japanese origin that repairs the fractures of the pottery with gold, silver or platinum dust. A restorative philosophy that states that breaks and repairs are part of the history of an object and should be shown instead of hiding, incorporated and also beautify the object, writing its transformation and history.
With this technique we restore the building. Ceramic is a wall, gold is the new and light architecture. We repair the memory and its fractures filling the holes of the building with gold and life. A new life for the building and its inhabitants. A building will never be so alive having been so dead. A new mestizo and insomniac equipment that groups different functions and that never sleeps …
And we created a garden, where there were cells, open to the sky and the sun. Where once there was a panoptic structure, a symbol of the oppressor’s oppression and vigilance, there is now a space for freedom. Now, the dark and decrepit heart of the prison has been transformed into a bright and living place.
The Wall and the Sky
2nd PRICE kindergarten competition in Llubí, Mallorca. (2017)
Project awarded with the 2nd prize, out of 150 architectural studies, of the competition for a kindergarten called by the City of Llubí (Mallorca) (April 2017)
The jury highlights “The originality of the architectural proposal, the way of resolving the spaces providing a daring structure”.
Surf Hostel in Lebu. Chile (2017)
The program of needs, consists in the construction of a “Surf Hostel”, as well as the development of the surf school “Lebu Surf” in Lebu, capital of the province of Arauco, inserted in the Biobío Region and located 145 km south of the city of Concepción, Chile. The plot is situated, according to the Community Regulatory Plan of Lebu, in zone A3, corresponding to Lot 19A, in Playa Larga. A terrain of rectangular form of dimensions approximately 25 x 36 meters and direction predominant northwest – southeast, which presents a slight slope in its longitudinal direction.
Lebu Beach. The plot in green.
The project speaks very well in section. The continuous deck greets you at the entrance and accompanies you on the way up. Upstairs the common area and a bit above the rooms. Due to the inclination of the deck and through a rip, as a running window, it is possible to observe the ocean from any point. A patio house with sea views.
The building is resolved with a single inclined roof. Under it appears, in lower dimensions, the access zone. A surface where to store elements of the activity and rest and recreation under the shade of the deck. Covered by the deck, a ramp two meters wide goes up to the area dedicated to “Hostel”. Once above the longitudinal space acts as common area, where there is a living area with fireplace, kitchen and dining room. Annex to this space a series of 8 rooms of equal dimensions, perpendicular to the common area close the plot in the southeast end, where there are 6 rooms flanked by a space for reception and office at the end in front of the ramp, and a Zone of common toilets at the opposite end. The rooms, with capacity of up to 28 beds, are elevated from the common space, being independent of this when moving away from him both horizontally and vertically.
Plan for 28 beds
Interior view from the common space.
The structural system consists of a mixed structure, pillars and partitions, made of pine wood, which support a light cover of zinc plates on OSB and pine beams, on a foundation made of pine wood piles.
Plan for 46 beds
Downtopía. Equipment and residence for people with down syndrome. Murcia. Spain. (2016)
In Mediterranean climate one lives most of the day outside the buildings. The street, the square, the terrace or the patio, are open spaces, and they are the clear protagonists of the warm Mediterranean habitat.
Our building takes advantage of this climate, looks at the outside and feeds from it.There are outdoor spaces under the trees. There are outdoor spaces such as terraces, covered and uncovered. There is an amphitheater square where all the outer spaces converge. There are spaces for outdoor sports with views of the city. And there are interior spaces that can be exterior.
A pedestrian itinerary ends at the western edge of our plot. The road comes from the north, from the orchard that surrounds the city of Murcia, 500 meters away. Our building is a green square at the end of this road. Or at its begining. Square and path are two elements that are oriented to the mobility of the pedestrian. Connecting the space of the building and its access point to the pedestrian itinerary is our urban response.
The ground plane is ductile. We mold it gently, downward, as if we were sinking slightly, to protect ourselves from external traffic. And on this molded and depressed plane we spread a green mantle. The building rests on it.The ground floor of the building is nature. Nature enters our building flooding, like a raft of water in motion. On the wavy and liquid vegetal orography, the building floats.
Nativity Secondary School. Tabora. Tanzania. (2016)
The landscape where we will build the school is a horizontal landscape of the savannah. There are no tall treetops or large geographic features. The territory is horizontal. And the architecture of the new school also it is. They are buildings glued to the ground, which extend horizontally, hidden in the low savannah thicket. Thus, the new construction and the landscape will melt into one. Mimesis with the environment is one of the important skills when you come to a place. Our school will be a group of buildings that will touch the ground, of low height, and will extend by the savannah camouflaged with its ocher color.
Photograph on the site plot
The plot and the Savanna landscape
Itaga mission is 12 kilometres north of Tabora town, in Tanzania. The mission serves 32 villages. The population of the area is 20,000. The main economic activity of the people in this area is small scale farming and animal keeping. In every village we serve there is at least a primary school. Most of the inhabitants of this area engage in small scale farming. The area also has Public Secondary Schools. Most of them are day based schools; that is students stay at their homes and go to school at daily routine. This makes them have poor performance in academics. Due to this and other reasons stated in number three, the Archdiocese of Tabora came up with an idea of founding a boarding school.The school will be located in Makenenya estate in Itaga village.
The school will be a boarding school which at the beginning is expected to accommodate 100 students. The school is expected to serve 60 villages from Itaga Parish and Kashishi quasi Parish. Yet, this does not rule out the possibility of getting some students from other nearby areas. As stated above at the beginning the school will have 100 students after four years it is expected to have 400 students.
Plan of uses.
The buildings are organized as a fan, following the sun’s course from sunrise to sunset, like a bird that opens its wings to take advantage of the force of the wind. The fan shape takes advantage of the forces of nature and adapts itself to the slight orography of the savanna landscape.
If the buildings flow towards the landscape in all directions towards the west, in the opposite direction they are directed toward a single point to the east. The Agora. The agora will be the heart of the school, center of culture and social life, for everything flows into the agora as a river directs its course towards the ocean.
The buildings are a large shade that will protect from the strong radiation of the savannah. A horizontal and wide shadow, like African acacias. In this shadow lie the rooms, the classrooms, the dining room, the offices and the auditorium.
The rooms have a double space. A night space and a day space. The night space is in contact with the ground, sheltered and quiet. The day space is in contact with the horizon.
Plot and block skeche. Linear growing structure. Sun, water and nature.
Community building and garden and parking. Lorquí. Murcia (2007)
In a semi-arid climate we discover an oasis with date palms, bushes and flowers. Recovering back all the natural assets of the site we settle an endless flat roof around an old massive house creating a sinuous-shaped courtyard.
The ancient massive house and the new light ring
Early structural study and anallysis
Dance hall detailSouth Hall
Technical details and plan
The massive construction
Building and geometrical plan.
Dawn Garden`s virtual view
THE SUNSET GARDEN
Swimming pool`s conceptual idea
The outside garden extends as a green natural blanket dissolving and spreading out the limits of the interior rooms. At night the ring illuminates the surrounding area as a flying saucer would have just landed.
The Parking`s site, before
Technical details and plan
The pedestrian island in the Parking
Eating in a garden.
The experience of eating in a restaurant is not only to taste the pleasure of food, core issue in the success of this company, but also to feel the light and see the landscape that suit the evening. Therefore, the main idea of our project is that the evening occurs within a garden.
Site plan. San Juan Playa. Alicante.
The restaurant is on the first floor.
Model general view.
The solar protection could change during the day.
When we walked through the restaurant terrace, we enter into a warm space surrounded by a lush garden. The garden filters the intense sunlight of Alicante, creating an atmosphere in shadow, dense and green, on a background of warm wood. In the tables, located next to the garden, you enjoy the food and the scenery around the restaurant entirely. The heart of the garden is the kitchen.
The final design tastes like this:
FAD AWARDS FINALIST 2004
Office building. Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain. (2002)
The customer has a large pool of honey-colored limestone. He thinks that should impress his clients with a building that speaks of his ston. The building is a large rock in the highest point of the place.
Quarry. Sand stone.
His customers do not believe that is a building, they believe it is a great quarry stone that stays a long time there.
TRAM STOPS COMPETITION FINALIST
Light rail station and garden. San Juan, Alicante. Spain. (2010)
In summer’s days, a lot of people go and come from the San Juan’s beach. We look for a shelter to protect traveller in (from) the sunny hot days in Alicante, since sun in these parts is ungrateful at some hours of the day.
We designed a huge white arch, palm leaf shaped, which is born from the ground and raises until 4 meters high, casting 60 meters of shadow. This is the most important objective.
At sundown, the tram shelter is a light white arch with bright edges. In the distance, from the Holanda Street and San Juan beach, a thin curved lit line is seen, where Tram stops. (In pink, the proyect site)
Green round with white arch
Arch 60 meters long