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.
In this proposal for the Al Saadiyat Service Station, traditional Islamic motifs, well known to us from examples of Islamic architecture in Spain, are reinterpreted. A small selection of these geometric patterns are drawn on as templates for structural forms and façade compositions. The memory of these motifs is rekindled while they are at the same time wholly modernized, and the expansive potential of the tiling of these designs have been deployed to solve the planning, structural, and decorative problems presented by the program brief.
The patterns that appear in the plan and elevations are interpretations based on a variety of glazed mosaic tiles, units that, when grouped, form a continuous field. The units of the canopy structure, as well as the units of façade composition and those of the interior screens are similarly repeated according to a consistent pattern to form fields. These fields are put to service covering space, screening light, and defining program areas. In each case the patterns permit multiple readings; when studied they will alternately reveal arrays of stars, flowers, squares, and hexagons.
The versatility of this modular tiling approach is its hidden strength. What is shown here is just one of many possible layouts of canopy, store, food court and shopping areas. The recombinant possibilities of the modular unit-based design allow it to adapt to the contingencies of any suitable site for a service station and allow for growth over time in the case that construction is phased.
Al Saadiyat Island, Abu Dabi, U.A.E
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock
Elena Barroso, Raquel Prendes, Fabrice Leray, Irene Alberdi, Andrés Barrón
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.
Ayuntamiento de Sencelles
Sencelles, Mallorca, Spain
5009,8 ft ²
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock
Federico Pérez, Francisco Blázquez
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.
Confederación hidrográfica del Tajo y Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina
Talavera de la Reina
MONEO BROCK, BLASCO ESPARZA, EIN
Irene Alberdi, Mathilde Noirot