Broadway Loft

This is a project for a small family in a venerable SoHo building.   The need for a series of small private rooms combined with the constraints imposed by the existing building led us to propose a double-loaded corridor as the basic plan diagram.  This solution makes the most of available daylight, and proves effective in allowing for the most spacious of public and family gathering areas to the east.

 

The introduction of curves in the plan arrangement of the walls seems at first willful, but it must also be admitted that the programmatic needs of the spaces either side of the corridor pushed and pulled at their respective lines of enclosure, vying for their share of the space available.  In this way a straightforward plan diagram is not just enlivened with curves and colors, but also worked into something elegant and efficient for the accommodation of the needs of the family, and an attenuated approach to the main open areas of the loft is infused with mystery and meaning.

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Client

Private

Location

New York, USA

Architects

Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock

Model

Moneo Brock

Ecowinery

The bio winery is located only a few kilometers from La Horra, a village in the Spanish province of Burgos. The local topography consists of a series of hills that become increasingly higher as the road is left behind. Further north, smooth and fertile lands particularly suited for organic wine production are framed by pine and scrub oak forests.

The architecture incorporates a winery and a small hotel, to be built in two phases. One of the project’s basic requirements was a sustainable design in order to minimize the winery operation’s energy needs and CO2 production as much as possible, as well as the energy required for construction. For this reason, the tanks are semi sunken and surrounded by earth. This green-design project therefore incorporates, from its earliest stage, the use of locally sourced and low-impact materials such as adobe or local brick or terra cotta walls, passive solar building design, and clean systems of energy production (cogeneration and photovoltaic).

The building adapts to the vineyard and to the forest, embracing and facing the vineyard from a position on the forest’s edge, allowing for different views of the two landscapes. The winery area, lower to the north and east, faces the southwest, and being interred, it benefits from the land’s thermal inertia for temperature control purposes. Between the façade and the various rooms there is a space for a ramp that can be used for transporting barrels without any need of elevators. The same ramp system serves for visits, allowing guests to tour the facilities from the perspective of the productive cycle of the wine.

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Client

Bodegas Chivite

Location

La Horra, Burgos, España

Commission date

2009

Architects

Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock

Architects team

Andrés Barrón, Albert Rubio

Model

Cristina Sanclas

3d model

Andrés Barrón

Plaza de la Villa, Sencelles

The project proposes the recovery of an essential public space for Sencelles, Plaza de la Villa , which is currently a place colonized by cars and where the protected architectural elements do not get the attention they deserve because they conflict with the priority vehicular use of the square. Consequently, it is an action on an area that offers a great opportunity to recover a space of universal accessibility. In short, it is a square for everyone that keeps alive what was the history of the town and allows the coexistence of all social groups.

The new design of the square unifies the pavement with the sidewalks, widening the square, erasing the existing boundaries and architectural barriers, which together with the proposed traffic detour will allow the creation of a more fluid public space with greater flexibility for its different uses: from rest and the weekly Saturday market to traditional festivities.

It will therefore become an enclosure in which, guided by the new pavement and a series of pergolas with benches protected by shade and vegetation, will act as outdoor living rooms, allowing the gathering of different groups and ages in each of the spaces generated by the pergolas.

A fundamental aspect of the proposal lies in the universal accessibility to the square. The slight slope, along with a series of strategically placed ramps and a parking lot for the disabled in an ideal place in the square, promote total accessibility for anyone seeking to enjoy this new public space returned to the municipality.

Although the final consolidation of the square as a continuous space is pursued through its pavements, the vegetation and the pergolas act as a filter, not only providing shade but also generating the possibility of carrying out different activities at the same time. The green spaces are reinforced to create, through the vegetation, color, textures and also freshness and microclimates.

The vegetation of the parterres next to the pergolas becomes one of the main elements in the proposal. Through a set of species, which include a small tree grove along with upholstery and climbing plants, a new visual and sensory space is generated in the center of the square. The main idea is that the vegetation can provide color as well as texture in the diversity of greenery, as well as in the flowering of the different species proposed. As it is a public space that aims to host events of different kinds, it has been considered at all times that the species are resistant and easy to maintain.

The existing trees will cover this new vegetation. The project proposes to maintain and protect the existing vegetation, which is considered part of the square's character. An item is allocated in the cost estimate provided for the protection of these large and important trees during the construction process.

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Client

Ayuntamiento de Sencelles

Location

Sencelles, Mallorca, Spain

Building size

5009,8 ft ²

Commission date

September 2017

Architects

Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock

Architects team

Federico Pérez, Francisco Blázquez

Park on the River Tajo

This sustainable proposal seeks to preserve and revitalize the ecosystem of the River Tajo, recuperating this natural area for the enjoyment of all citizens of Talavera pointing out the possibility this Tajo Natural Park, beginning in Talavera, can grow, adding territories and cities in such a way that, in a few years, we could follow the river from the Guadarrama mountain to its mouth in Lisbon.


The project is understood as a series of interventions, all consisting with this promising idea. The River’s protagonism in the Talavera de la Reina cityscape will be reasserted. It will be made accessible for the enjoyment of all citizens through a series of interventions and activities that bring the natural landscape of the river closer to the city. Finally, this park could become a tourist attraction for Talavera at a national level, as a supra-municipal infrastructure, with economic and social opportunities for the whole city.


The proposed solutions and objectives include sustainable measures to improve water quality, recover the habitats and species of this section of the Tajo River, improve the landscape and enable an increase in the use of the river and its banks in forms commensurate with the conservation of its biodiversity and its landscape. Opening the project to citizen participation should furthermore serve to achieve greater knowledge of the river’s history and evolution.


It is intended that the river be for "all" in the broadest sense; allowing the growth of the vegetation and the complex of habitats specific to the place, sheltering numerous autochthonous species of flora and fauna, improving and recovering the enormously attractive scenic landscapes of the river and its fertile plain, and allowing access by the citizens of and visitors to Talavera to the shores and islands for their use and enjoyment. In short, it is about achieving a Natural and Human River Landscape Park.

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Client

Confederación hidrográfica del Tajo y Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina

Location

Talavera de la Reina

Architects

MONEO BROCK, BLASCO ESPARZA, EIN

Architects team

Irene Alberdi, Mathilde Noirot