Very grateful to Tectónica blog for publishing some of our last projects… Loft in Avenida de América, Duplicated Renovation and Low Cost Renovation… Please take a look at the link!
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Brick wall, darkness and a light bulb. We are glad for beginning the construction works for our latest singular housing renovation…
We will let you know the advances… Be alert!
After vacations, nothing better than new projects… This renovation consists on a apartment of aroung 80 m² where our work will be a complete demolition and new construction of all areas. With the goal of getting all light and adaptability, we only build an interior box for the bathrooms and kitchen. The rest will be open and versatil. Wooden movable doors will give the possibility of closing the spaces depending on possible needs.
Our special work will be the transformation of a obsolete terrace and its convertion into a Winter Garden, an area with many possibilities and capable of being constantly transformed. Ceramic floors and the use of wallpaper, as the design of a long wooden sit and table, try to give an in-between caracter to a conditioned space, but with the possibility of being opened completely to the great urban landscape surrounding the house.
Waiting for your comments!
“We always work on spaces with special opportunities, that can have an interesting potential either over academic and social field.”
Joaquín is interviewed today at La Opinión newspaper, talking about his work as professor at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria with the project placed in the interesting city of A Coruña and its port. Due to the movement of the main instalations outside the city, new opportunities emerge and architecture must be there!
Here is the link!
With this project for a musician at the center of Madrid, we are presenting the fourth part of our Multiplying Architectures. In this case, we worked over a too fragmented and dark previous situation, typical of ground floors at historical centers. After a detailed study of the existent wooden structure, our first intention was making stronger the most characteristic visual elements, that are the structure and the brick walls. Openness was the main tool for introducing light and multiply internal uses at the most public part of the housing; the most important spaces, so, fulfill the most important needs (living, dinning, kitchen) depending of furniture, but also supply infinite multiplication of posible functions. Contrasting to it, the room, bath and closets are placed on the contrary part of the house.
Here you will find the full report!
This is one of the few occasions where architects have the opportunity for designing a house for themselves. The position of being client and designer at a time puts oneself in a complicated position of having to define and decide everything, knowing all possibilities and complexities (what is even worse, with the unbearable need of having to decide at every time), but also with all freedom for deciding anything, what is absolutely great.
What is clear is that we now understand better than ever the marvelous and at the same time complex relation between architect and client… And another thing we are sure about is that we are really happy with the results!
For seeing the full report, please click here!
Here are some images of our latest singular housing project! It is Located on a privileged spot with amazing views at a beautiful reservoir. The dialogue between landscape and architecture has been present throughout the project’s creative process giving rise to a house that merges with nature and, at the same time, gets away from it in order to look at amazing wiews. We hope you like it!
Last photographies! This time, a complex building for the Yamaguchi University, by Murashige Architects
Here are the second report of our last trip to Japan… We traveled to Yamaguchi to make the architectural photographies of the last project by Murashige Architects, a building for the University!
The full report at the link!
Publication of our photographies for the Café Sacai by Murashige Architects at Artbox International Vol. 28… You can buy it now at Amazon!
Today we are showing our last renovation project, still in initial phases. It is a galician singular housing, with garden and guest house that require a whole work, from their facilities to their facades and roof. In the interior, ground floor is destined to allocate common areas, with the two levels living room as the main space, in direct communication with the garden thanks to a large window that breaks the corner of the existent house and introduces garden life to the interior, one of the first goals from the beginning. Fireplace is used as a dividing element, allowing openness and spaceness, but at the same time separating functions like the living and dinning or kitchen.
Wood is chosen as the material that gives warmth to new spaces, contrasting interior life and natural textures to the sober abstract and white box that is the traditional building. Its three floors will be connected by means of the sculptural stair, a great wooden block that breaks vertically the slabs and establish diagonal visual relations among the floors, breaking so the closeness of the previous configuration.
We expect to have the project in a few weeks, and we will tell you the evolution of the construction works!
More images in the next link!
Here you can see the result of our last trip to Japan. Because of the finalization of the last two projects by Murashige Architects, we moved to make the photographic reports. In the case of this project that we are showing first, it is a renovation of a singular house of more than 30 years placed in a classical residential area of the outskirts of Tokyo.
One of the special things of this house is its wooden construction, made by the same only carpenter, which made easier obtaining plans and details. At the beginning, clients’ intentions were making the renovation of only one part: the dinning, the bath and other little things. But after analizing the present situation of the structure, interior and general systems, architects planned a full renovation, but under the same low-cost criteria.
“We have eliminated the walls that were not needed and besides that those that divided too much interior spaces with the goal of introduting light inside the house. The work with the rest has been mainly a change of the paper. General systems are decided to be made by commercial solutions in order to make it cheaper.
The most important element would be the central void. It was before a japanese room that could not be used by this family just because they wanted to sleep in a regular bed. The form of the void as the back of a whale was born because of the request of the client to keep the closet and at the same time getting the introduction of light. The curved line is decided by the research of the maximun reflection of light, in a deep study of the sun. The same importance has the intention of a usefull space, open to the whole family.”
Here is the link with the full report!
We have the final images for our Duplicated Renovation… A recreation of the rooftops of Madrid in a warm wooden interior in an attic renovation in Madrid. The bad existent situation required a complete work in its interior. Contrary to the idea of increasing horizontaly, our project uses existent height to create an elevated space, multiplying uses vertically. Contrasting with the neutral white floor and furniture, the ceiling, stairs and upper space are made by wood, giving a warm character to the interior. The wooden ceiling is the main role of the project, being designed by means of triangular geometries that reminds us to the rooftops of the traditional Madrid that can be seen from the house, breaking the visual frontier between interior and exterior. Main window is made with a double frame made by steel to be used from interior and exterior, being able to go out to a terrace with amazing views over Madrid, this time under a wooden sky.
You can have all the information in the link:
Let´s do it! The renovation has already begun, we have taken the hammer and started with the demolition, we will keep you informed of the progress…
Here is the link of the project, we hope you like it!!
PRIVILEGED LOCATION, this new singular housing project is situated by a lake on a large plain surrounded by olive trees and poplars. Here we show you some visualizations and planes at the link… Hope you like them!
A small sample of how the Attic Remodel is going on, What do you think about the new deck?. Soon we will share the photos of the whole project!
Continue evolving our latest housing project: from the first models to visualizations. Here is the link to some of our exterior views… We hope you like it!
This is the final report of our Loft Renovation, the second Case Study of MULTIPLYING ARCHITECTURES!!! To see all information, with drawings and photographs, please click on the link:
We hope you like it!!!
MULTIPLYING ARCHITECTURES is a design project by idearch-studio that works on present housing, searching for elements of a minimum materiality, but maximum transformation of internal life of the house, with the goal of thinking a new way of using contemporary housing in relation with its new models of users.
We work with very simple elements, those that belong to everybody’s memory in their houses, giving them new alternative functions, and so multiplying the internal uses of the house.
So far, MULTIPLYING ARCHITECTURES has worked on next specific projects:
II. REFORMA LOFT
III. REFORMA DUPLICADA
Spring is coming to La Berzosa! Today, we considered as finished the structure… and the beginning of the envelope!
Yesterday we had a presentation of a printer 3d in our office! We made a key-ring with the project of the housing of Luna street…
“I want a studio where to live… not a house where to work”
Here you can see the project for a singular housing in Madrid for the painter César Galicia, a project presently being built. It is a proposal that works on a clear division between the massiveness of the landscape and the elevated living volume. We are contrasting then a heavy materiality of concrete walls, natural stone and vegetal ground with an abstract and rational volume elevated with mettalic structure that searchs a minimum interference with the place. We are proposing a main level, a platform where to develop all main areas of housing and painting space. The wall and the courtyard separates these two main uses, and a third element, a Winter Garden, allows a new climatology to south, and external space but protected that looks to the holm oaks that surrounds the house.
The structure is thought to be made by concrete and soldered steel in the platform, and the rest by screwed beams. The rest of the constructive elements are made completely with prefabricated and screwed elements, showing everyghing to the interior, in a sincere aesthetic character that comes from the same interests of the client.
The housing then is understood as an abstract chest, a technological box that houses in its interior a rich world of light, details and imagination, as in the paintings of the same César Galicia…
PhD ARCHITECT – Outstanding Cum Laude!!!
Many thanks to the members of the Jury for the assistance and great commentaries: José María Ezquiaga, Rodrigo Pemjean, Mª Antonia Fernández Nieto, Andrés Walliser, Miguel Luengo and of course to the director of the thesis Carmen Espegel.
This is the project for an attic renovation at Luna Street, in Madrid. The present situation will require a complete work in its interior. We will use existent high to create an elevated space. Contrasting with the white floor and furniture, the ceiling, stairs and upper space will be made in wood. Main window will be made with a double frame made of the same wood to be used from interior and exterior, being able to go out to a terrace with amazing views over Madrid.
This is our project for a loft remodeling in Avenida de América, in Madrid… The works will consist on a complete openness of the space, only working with two main architectural elements, a continuous wooden element of stair and shelves, and two panels of plastic and steel that help the user to have multiple options in the internal use of the house.
Please, take a look to the different options… Which one do you like the most?
We are pleased to announce our coming PhD lecture next February 9th at 11.30 am at ETSAM!
Joaquín will talk about his thesis titled “Urban Connectivity in Rem Koolhaas: Megastructure, Elevated Street and Communication Infrastructure, 1968-1989”
The Jury will be formed by: José María Ezquiaga, Andrés Walliser, Rodrigo Pemjean, Antonia Fernández Nieto and Miguel Luengo… If you are free that morning, please come to enjoy it!
These are the visualizations we have made for the EAD Houses, by BOJAUS. The project consists on two houses, based mainly on flexibility and freedom in organization of its internal spaces.
Openness is then important for the architects, who propose an open ground floor with kitchen, dining and living only separated with furniture and level changes.
On first floor, we find a courtyard that separates main bedroom and another space that can be divided with mobile partitions, changing from a only open space to three separated bedrooms.
Construction has been thought separating the image from outside to the internal perception. The structural wooden internal walls are seen from the inside providing a warm interior, and the concrete and the stucco provide protection to the wood, providing a suggestive contrast.
We hope you like the images!
An article about our last remodeling is published in homify! “A Low Cost Remodeling in Madrid”, by María Bautista.
It’s always so interesting to see what others think about your work…
Here you will find our photography report of the Cafe Sacai, by Murashige Architects… from our last visit to the always surprising Tokyo!
As the architect tell us:
“Sacai is the word for earth and means border in japanese. Our goal is experimenting with the charm of the ambiguity of sacai and also visualizating the broad time of this cafe.”
The main points that the architect emphasizes:
-The volume was directed by the JR (Japan Railway), with openness in the north face, where public area was decided to be placed. The area is 80 m² with a height of 2.7 m.
-The structure is made in steel. It tries to be as light as possible, working with interior materials and furniture so that all can be understood as layers from outside. Everything was organized by fraction and multiplicity of structural dimension.
-Everything is designed so that the internal space can be perceived with the maximum openness. The frames and the joints are designed as low as possible, and the furniture is selected depending on the height. The windows design is thought to be large and with the same criteria as structure.
We hope you like it!
Our photographies for the Sport Pavilion in Alcázar de San Juan, by Rojo/Fernández-Shaw are published at the Spain Yearbook, where the best spanish projects are featured yearly!
Here is our last project! It consists on a remodeling of an old house in Madrid. The owners wanted an open space and light as the main tool. Our strategy was cleaning almost all previous traces of walls and open the space in a continuous area. Entrance, kitchen, office and living room is now joined in a unique space. As their budget was really tight, the main work was then the ceiling, where we propose a two-level wooden area where to have all storage, or hanging shelves.
We hope you like it!
Yesterday we were invited to make a presentation about our project for a housing and painting space in La Berzosa, in Madrid… We will show more information soon! Here is the banner!
Here you will find some pictures of our participation at the International Workshop organized between the UFV (Universidad Francisco de Vitoria,Madrid) and the HEPIA (Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genéve)
We presented a lecture about infrastructures and contemporary cities, and we were part of the Final Jury, together with Gemma Peribáñez (Ezquiaga Arquitectos) and Felipe Samarán (Director of the UFV)
Thanks to the organization for the opportunity!
idearch/impresiones [de arquitectura] wishes you… a Happy New Year 2015
Today, we are participating at the IV Session of Urban Management! It will be held at the Fundación Fernando de Castro, beginning at 5 pm… Here you will find all the information!
Organized by the Urban Habitat Research Group at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, inside the Architecture Week 2014.
The entry is free… We hope you can come!
The SCA Architectural Association at Buenos Aires, through the Subcomisión de Concursos and the Centro de Estudios del Hábitat y la Vivienda (CEHyV-FADU-UBA) invite you all to participate in the Lecture that we will give tomorow 17th September at 6 pm in the Auditorium of the SCA, placed at Montevideo 938, CABA.
The title will be “EMPTINESS AS CENTRAL CONCEPT OF THE PROJECT ” and we will talk about some of our last competitions and projects, with special atention to some of the common lines that we have developed. Although working into different questions concerning program, place or scale, certain constant elements appear in their design. The talk will take into consideration the character of project research, fundamental for us, presenting some of these elements, and developing especifically the “emptiness as oportunity” as the core idea of the project.
ACTIVITY IS OPEN AND FREE.
Organized by the Subcomisión de Concursos – SCA together with the Centro de Estudios del Hábitat y la Vivienda – CEHyV-FADU/UBA
This is our proposal for the project of a youth hostel in Madrid. In this 1st phase, the goal was reinforcing the importance of common spaces, where social relations could prevail over private character of other hostels, being a building dedicated to youth travelers. Color and low-cost materials have been our tools for creating and stablishing differences between spaces, being most of them simple and common, with the goal of the reinforcement of a dynamic and manual character that could relate with the original program of a youth hostel. In a second phase, we will work over dormitory spaces, lunch spaces and kitchens, and play and reading rooms.
Today we are writing to present our awarded project, finalist in the competition for the construction of a housing tower in Lima, Perú, called to become one of the great icons in the city, and done in collaboration with the architecs Elisa Sequeros and Ignacio Senra. The competition, as a negligent organization, has been declared not awarded at the final stage, something included at basis… Regrettably, it seems that still the profession does not have the tools to avoid this acts of vandalism that leave us undefended to people that come sometimes even from our field.
Talking about the project, our proposal consists on a building with a great diversity of uses, understanding that so important is the housing and the common space. This concept is incorporated to the internal private space, exploring the intense relation that an element like this tower can have with urban surroundings. This relation is manifested through great terraces in constant relation with the internal program, becoming the core of the project. From the point of view of the materials, we understood the project as a vertical compilation of horizontal concrete slabs, having perimeter glass surfaces that allow the complete relation with the urban views from every internal space.
Even with the terrible organization, we are proud of it and we hope you like it!
We are happy to announce that we have won the 1st Prize in the competition for the new Odontology Headquarters in Madrid COAM! The project has been made in collaboration with the architects Daniel Merro and Laia Lafuente, and Ercer.
Here you have some pictures of our project…
This is our new project, Son Martorell, a housing remodeling in Menorca, Spain.
The project works on an existing old house with different preexistences including very interesting elements. Our intention was keeping the bearing walls of the old house, wich are made of Marés, the typical kind of stone in this island. From them, we perform a series of sustraction operations to add the light steel stair that compose the house´s central space, creating a vertical communication with a clear visually intention and in what refers to connectivity. On the other hand, on the second floor we create a singular communication system both in horizontal plan and vertical section. The studio area is at the same time a nexus space between two principal rooms and the terrace. Further in the other rooms, as we can see in the cross section, we create a mezzanine to be used as a studio into the room and at the same time for having an exit to the play room.
Finally, we include the concept of a flexible house referring to distribution, as you can see in the diagrams. The rooms area can be separeted in two parts, thanks to the position of the wet areas, with the goal of having the possibility of turning it into a country house for renting.