_2B CLOSING: “RESACA” DE JOSEP VILA CAPDEVILA
We would like to invite you to the closing cocktail on July 20th at 7pm in _2B spacetobe, C/ Benigno Soto, 14, Madrid.Read more
We would like to invite you to the closing cocktail on July 20th at 7pm in _2B spacetobe, C/ Benigno Soto, 14, Madrid.Read more
_2B space to be, the exhibition space of the architecture and design studio Moneo Brock, is pleased to present “Resaca”, an installation by Josep Vila Capdevila, in collaboration with the design gallery il‧lacions. This exhibition is part of the second edition of biennial architecture and design platform MAYRIT.Read more
Last weekend the studio visited the Plaza de la Villa in the majorcan city of Sencelles, where we have projected the recovery of an essential public space for the town, incorporating a unified pavement and a series of pergolas and benches protected by shade and vegetation.Read more
The team formed by Moneo Brock, Fernanda Canales, Eduardo Pesquera, Mercedes Díez, Ignacio Mendaro, Ana Román and Silverio Sierra has been selected finalist with its project La Nuit Americaine for the Curation of the XII Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BIAU).Read more
Last days to visit "Identity and Territory", the exhibition organized by From Spain with Design (FSWD) at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain).Read more
_2B space to be takes part in the OFF program of Madrid Design Festival with the exhibition: “Entrelacé / Intertwined”, by Luz MorenoRead more
_2B space to be is pleased to present “Gowanus” an exhibition by Michael MoranRead more
Located in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, this mixed-use development includes four towers and totals of 66.000 square meters.Read more
Throughout our career we have been fortunate to have been able to collaborate with prestigious publishers who have taken notice of our architectural work.Read more
Moneo Brock is in charge of the guided tours to the Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Our architecture studio and art space _2B spacetobe can be visited on September 25th.Read more
_2B space to be, the exhibition space of the architecture and design studio Moneo Brock, is pleased to present “Circuitos Veloces”, an exhibition by Alfonso Sicilia.Read more
Our bench for the Sencelles City Hall Plaza plaza was part of the Huguet Mallorca exhibition held last August on the Balearic Islands.Read more
We are working in a new project: an apartments building in Madrid city center. In the comprehensive reform of this iconic building, we will have the opportunity to work both in architecture and interior design. Soon we will share more details.Read more
From the 10th June to the 20th July _2B presents “The Table Project”, a collective project initiated by Isidro Blasco.Read more
This month our designs Emerita, Soulbox, Sonia D, Lost Boys, Parquet and Lucky Loop traveled to Romania to be part of the Romanian Design Week.Read more
Moneo Brock took part in “From Bauhaus to the New House”, a series of conferences that form part of the European Conference for Architectural Policies, which took place in the Portuguese capital.Read more
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Producto Fresco of DIMAD, and we have been selected to participate with three of our pieces.Read more
Moneo Brock is pleased to introduce the new Chromodular, design with two new materials: steel and Fibracolour panels by Finsa.Read more
Moneo Brock participate in MDF Studio, a series of interviews moderated by Pilar Marcos, where we explored the creative process behind our designs.Read more
Moneo Brock participate in “Design and Sustainability”, the third conversation that stresses the importance of social balance and eco-fundamentals of design.Read more
Moneo Brock is participating in “Madrid Design Portrait”, Madrid Design Festival exhibition at Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa, along with other designers.Read more
The path of desire is the route that pedestrians naturally choose. At the 1st Conference on Sustainable Mobility, Moneo Brock discusses how important it is to design cities for pedestrians and how we should aspire to decarbonize the city.Read more
Free-cooling is a system that uses outside air to cool a building's thermal mass, thereby reducing cooling loads during the day.Read more
Belén Moneo was part of the V PECA Debate Day "The quality of Architecture and the built environment".Read more
Our project "Pilot Plan for the Guatiguará Valley" has been selected to be part of the XXVII Colombian Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in the category of Urban and Regional Planning.Read more
We are delighted to inform you that the construction of our Hotel Las Mercedes project in Ciudad Colonial has begun. A 131-room corporate and vacation-type hotel project, which will become the Iberostar Group's first Heritage establishment in Santo Domingo.Read more
Moneo Brock has participated in the latest Adorno Design exhibition with its new piece of furniture: the “Emerita” shelf design by Belén Moneo. Virtual Design Destination is Adorno's latest exhibition, framed at the London Design Festival (12-20 September).Read more
We present our comprehensive plan to recover the Guatiguará Valley and steer the burgeoning urban development in a way that respects the natural values of the territory and enhances the value of the existing settlements.Read more
Belén Moneo has been invited to join the International Design Collection of Adorno, which launches its selection of Spanish designs: "Collective Memory / Self-Expression"; curated by Ana Domínguez Siemens.Read more
Work continues on a private house project in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Our focus on the context of the project and our collaboration with local artisans has allowed us to propose a traditional brick vault construction system. Pictured is an on-site test of a 1:1 scale mock-up.Read more
Belén Moneo, architect, designer and teacher at ETSAM, moderated and coordinated this activity that brought together experiences from different parts of the world in the creation and promotion of efforts to safeguard health and preserve air quality in cities. The panel discussed the relationship between design and tactical urbanism and how these can offer ways of evolving and adapting cities to a new post-Covid era.
Volver a los bulevares que nos han robado los coches y dar protagonismo al peatón y las bicicletas no es una utopía: otras ciudades ya lo están haciendo estos días. No nos quedemos atrás.
Artículo originalmente publicado en el diario El Pais, el día 23 de abril de 2020.Read more
Apostar por la bici es devolver la escala humana a una ciudad que nunca debió perderla. Junto al ejercicio de caminar, conforma los dos primeros escalones de una movilidad activa y sostenible.
La red ofrece al usuario de la bici un espacio protegido de los coches y un itinerario directo, cómodo y seguro. Madrid tiene diseñada su red desde el 2008, año en que se aprobó por unanimidad el Plan Director de Movilidad Ciclista, pero está pendiente de ejecutar. Ciudades con mayor cultura ciclista que la nuestra lo tienen claro y lo han demostrado especialmente en esta crisis. Dentro de las medidas que están llevando a cabo muchas de ellas para el proceso de desconfinamiento, está la creación de vías ciclistas tácticas. Carriles bici protegidos, en principio provisionales, de rápida implantación y por ejes principales. Madrid no lo ha hecho todavía, pero estamos a tiempo.
Artículo originalmente publicado en eldiario.es
ELLE Decor magazine presents on February 24th and 25th the exhibition HotELLE Decoration. An original show about the new ways of the sophisticated hospitality sector and a meeting point for the best professionals. Belén Moneo will take part in one of the activities programmed for the 24th.Read more
_2B space to be and Moneo Brock studio are pleased to introduce a new edition of the REmix project (Vol.5) by Belén Moneo, created by BD Barcelona Design with the aim of REcovering, REcycling and REusing the obsolete material that accumulates in wharehouses to give it a second chance. Belén Moneo has faced the challenge of converting and old stock legs into a limited edition of bookshelves and a colorful collection of bookends that will become part of BD Art Editions' catalogue. The legs are from the Romana table that his father, architect Rafael Moneo, has designed for the Catalan furniture company in 2001. The exhibition will also show the REmix projects designed in previous years.Read more
In this edition, 350 projects from contestants and schools from around the world were submitted. Belén Moneo served as jury at the awards.
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock and Esther Higueras will give the conference "Discovering the genetics of the landscape", as part of the programming within the framework of COP25. The event will take place at La Casa de América on Wednesday 11 December at 19:00h. Admission will be free until full capacity.Read more
Moneo Brock will participate next December 4th in the most important regional forum of urban and territorial transformation in Latin America, which brings together different experts in an exhibition and congress space, to debate, collaborate and identify the main challenges of the region for the future.Read more
A few weeks ago Jeffrey Brock participated in TEDx Via Complutense. As the organizers have expressed their goal is to become "a small grain of sand to push our fellow citizens to become aware of where we are and where we are going".Read more
Belén Moneo has been included in the compilation of the Phaidon book: Breaking Ground: Women in Architecture.Read more
On Saturday 28th September we will be open from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. We wait for all of you in our study to present you some of the projects we are currently working on.Read more
The City Council of Pontevedra in Sanxenxo sponsored a competition for the renovation of the Port Juan Carlos I. The brief tasked the selected design teams with developing a concept that would strengthen the port’s function as a fishing and seafarer’s hub while connecting it more directly to the city.Read more
The house is located in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in the residential area of Arroyo Viejo Hondo, in the north central part of the city.Read more
_2B space to be, an exhibition space affiliated with the architecture and design studio Moneo Brock, is pleased to present the cinema season '3 female directors, 3 operas debut films, wich will start with the screening of A girl walks home alone at night (2014) on Thursday, June 27th at 21:15.Read more
Belén Moneo has been invited to the Tokyo University of Science. She will give a lecture the 19th of June, entrance is free.Read more
We would like to remind you that we will be this ween in Milan Design Week 2019Read more
Our Neon collection of plexyglass furniture can be visited at the Salone del Mobile, it will be show in the Rossana Orlandi Spazzio.Read more
During Madrid Design Festival, Rossana Orlandi held a pop-up store in the studio of Álvaro Catalán de Ocón. There, We had the opportunity to present some pieces of our plexyglass furniture Neon collection.Read more
Our latest design, the Doressā piece, has been selected to be part of the exhibition 'Producto Fresco 2019'.Read more
_2B space to be presents the exhibition Paramétricas from February 8, 2019 to March 15, 2019.Read more
In addition to having been selected for the bid_18 awards for our design piece Lucky Loop, Moneo Brock also designed this year's award. Combining geometric pieces of methacrylate, we wanted to play with the interaction of color and light in design, paying special attention to overlapping transparencies and projected shadows.Read more
The Arquitectura y Sociedad Foundation organized a series of conferences at which renowned architects would present specific details of their projects. At the event, Jeff Brock presented the Northwest Corner Building at Columbia University.Read more
The competition for the Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design is organized and promoted bu ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer's Association. Belén Moneo took part as a member of the jury, with other profession collegues.Read more
The seventh edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge was held on October 20 in both Madrid and Barcelona (Spain). Jeff Brock took part as member of the jury, with other industry professionals.
Spanish design is exhibited in Tokyo at the Spanish Chromatic Still Lifes exhibition, curated by Belén Moneo.Read more
Our project 'Lucky Loop' has been selected to be part of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño in its sixth edition (BID18).Read more
_2B space to be presents an exhibition by the Slovenian photographer Primož Bizjak curated by María Millán, as part of the Hybrid Festival 2018 and the XV Madrid Architecture Week. The exhibition includes a selection of large format photographs.Read more
Last Monday May 28th was the opening of the exhibition "Arcadio Blasco: My father and his luminous drawings" in _2B space to be, our art space in Madrid. The exhibition will be open until July 15th.Read more
The mayor of Bucaramanga is building a metropolitan strategic plan, under the supervision of Moneo Brock.Read more
Belén Moneo gave the conference 'Towards a sustainable urban model' at the International Conference on Architecture and Climate Change at the Catholic University of Pereira, Colombia.Read more
Jeff Brock will be the fourth and last speaker at the conference series of the 8th edition of Alcalá Alchitecture Week.Read more
Daniel Canogar presents ‘Ráfagas’ at _2B space to be, our exhibition space, in collaboration with Galería Max Estrella. Visit the exhibition from monday to friday, 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00, until May 15th.Read more
On Wednesday, April 11, the V edition of the Conference on architecture, technology and design for water and society SMART WATER SMART CITIES took place at the Roca Madrid Gallery organized by the We Are Water Foundation. Belén Moneo participated in the round table 'shared visions / shared initiatives'.Read more
Last days to visit our exhibition "Methacrylate" in B.D Madrid! Open until march 31st in C/ Villanueva 5 in Serrano. Monday to Friday 9:30-13:30 and 16:30-20:00 and saturday 10:00-14:00Read more
Belén Moneo curates the series of conferences on sustainability "Objetivo2020: ciudad, arquitectura y energia positiva" in the ETSAM. This program of meetings and conferences will take place at the School of Architecture of Madrid during the months of February, March, April and May 2018.Read more
Next wednesday, March 7th at 12.30, will be the opening of the exhibition Women #madeinETSAM in the main hall of ETSAM School of Architecture. The exhibition features the work of some of the female professors who have studied at ETSAM. The exhibition will include some works by Moneo Brock directed by Belén Moneo.Read more
Todomuta Studio presents Re-Collectors in _2B SPACE TO BE, a collection of unexpected objects that explore fragmentation, imperfection and the uncertainty principle. These exquisite pieces evoke the movement in the stone. This exhibition is part the "Off" program of Madrid Design Festival and the VIP program of ARCO Art Fair.Read more
On March 1st in MINI Hub, we will present the urban bank that we are going to design during the "Bench a Day" workshop which we will be leading on the 20th and 21st of February within the Madrid Design Festival program. The workshops of the different designers will be developed in the "Mountain on the Moon", an installation by Enorme Studio with MINI Hub in the Plaza de la Luna.Read more
Within the "Off" program of Madrid Design Festival, we inaugurate the exhibition 'Methacrylate' at B.D Madrid (C / Villanueva 5), opening on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition gathers several of our designs in this material, that take advantage of its structural and chromatic properties.Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena has been featured on Phaidon's new guide of contemporary architecture: DESTINATION ARCHITECTURE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO 1000 CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS
"Featuring 1,000 of today's most compelling buildings by the world's finest architects, Destination: Architecture is an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their travels."Read more
Marta Jarabo and Luis Amália present Furnishing temporalities / Sequencing spaces, an exhibition generating a dialogue between these two different but complementary concepts.Read more
This week we have been in Mexico visiting the construction site of the Casa TEC we are building in Monterrey. Incredible views of Monterrey's Sierra Madre from the terrace of the house. Soon it will be finished!Read more
We are working in Santo Domingo with IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts on a 11,500 m2 hospitality project located in the historic city center, on a lot with several existing buildings and lush vegetation.Read more
Yesterday was the opening of "White noise containers", a sound installation by the artist Alfredo Morte for _2B space to be, exhibition space associated with Moneo Brock.
Open from October 26 to November 30, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 14:30 and 16:00 to 19:00. C/ Benigno Soto 14, Prosperidad, Madrid.Read more
We have just finished the video of the Parish Church in Pueblo Serena. We hope you like it!Read more
We have already began the interior design for the "TEC House 205", using collage techniques in the drawings, combining bright colors in the furniture and materials, using mexican hidraulic tiles, some of our furniture designs and painted wall papers. The house will be raffled to raise money for scholarships by the Technological University of Monterrey.Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena (Monterrey, Mexico) has been awarded with the American Architecture Prize 2017 within the category "Institutional Architecture".Read more
Our Parish Church in Monterrey has been awarded with the 2017 COAM Luis Moreno Mansilla Prize!Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena is shortlisted in the #BlueprintAwards2017, organized by Blueprint Magazine, within the category "Best Public-Use Project with Private Funding". The results will come out in October!Read more
The Espacio Fundación Telefónica will be part of Open House Madrid 2017. Do not miss the guided tours on Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st at 12:00 and 17:00. The building is also included in the itinerary #MADEINETSAM, along with other projects by teachers at Madrid’s School of Architecture.Read more
Extract from the presentation of Belén Moneo as president of the jury of the 2017 FAD awards.Read more
Next weekend, 14-15-16 July, we will be in Jaén participating in INTERVENTIONS 4. An independent project organized by Isidro Blasco, who invited 12 artists to take part in the different spaces of the "casa de la Grisa" that is in Calle Higueras Sabater # 6, en Sabiote, Jaén, Spain.Read more
Our Thermal Baths “Termas de Tiberio”, awarded Best of Year 2009, is in the cover of Decade of Design; a 10-year collection of architecture and design projects by Interior Design magazine. It also features our Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, awarded Best of Year “Culture” 2012.Read more
Jaime Lorente OPENING 25 May, 20h (c/ Benigno Soto 14, Madrid)
The work at Space to Be (_2B) is the result of a sum of different operations with which Jaime Lorente has been working over the past five years.Read more
Our 'Parquet' carpet goes to Lisbon!
It will be part of the exhibition "Novo Mundo" at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. Open from April 22nd to July 2nd.
This weekend is Open House Monterrey, an architecture festival offering tours of buildings in this Mexican city. Our parish church in Pueblo Serena is included in the event and Claudia Harari (responsible of the landscape design with Harari Landscape) will guide the tour of our project.
Ya estamos de vuelta de Milán, muy agradecidos por el 1er Premio en la categoría de edificios Religiosos con la Parroquia en Pueblo Serena en los Archmarathon Awards SELECTIONS@MADE!Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena won Interior Design magazine's Best of Year (BoY) award in the Projects: Institutional category. Thanks to the Magazine and to all who collaborated, professionals and artists with whom we worked on this project: Artemio Garza, Gabriela Pulido, Irene Alberdi, Harari Landscape Architecture, Valerie Sauthier, Francisco Leiro, Carmen Pinart, Pedro Cuní, Axioma, RGT Ingeniería, Grupo Termo Control, Artemide, Arau Acoustic and the teams at Moneo Brock, Pueblo Serena and Plaza Huajuco.
On December the 3rd we traveled to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to present our project for this emblematic place, developed together with Rafael Moneo and Harari Landscape Architecture. Our principal objectives are to recuperate the space surrounding the Puerta de Don Diego, a worthy historical landmark, to eliminate architectural barriers and to create areas of shade, providing new areas for rest.Read more
We are optimistic that our house for the TEC of Monterrey will be certified LEED Gold. Energy efficiency has been a priority in our design from the very beginning. The house is half-buried to benefit from the earth's thermal inertia and a series of shady courtyards generate microclimates that help maintain a comfortable temperature. Besides providing for generous cross ventilation, the house is oriented so that solar incidence is optimized. Canopies and vertical screens protect façade openings from excessive insolation, while on the roof photovoltaic panels capture solar radiation and shade the building mass below.Read more
Invited for her work on the rooftop playground at the Hospital "12 de Octubre" in Madrid, Belén Moneo participated on October 21st Belén Moneo in a discussion on "Neuro-Architecture" during the XXXIV Spanish National Congress of Health Care Engineering. She spoke of spatial qualities, their impact on perception and the benefits they offer patients. The image is of a project by Olafur Eliasson which Belén used as an example in her talk. You can read the whole conference talk after the jump.Read more
Enorme Estudio + Moneo Brock: Local curators of the exhibition
The exhibition "Letters to the Mayor", promoted and curated by Eva Franch (Storefront for Art and Architecture), will present letters from Madrid-based architects addressed to the city's mayor, with innovative ideas and visions for the city. This idea was born in NYC in 2014 and since then it has been carried out in several cities. In Madrid's edition we participate as local curators alongside Enorme Estudio. The exhibition opens on September 29th at 12PM at COAM during the Architecture Week. See you there!
Visit to Mexico
Finally, the West façade and the bell tower of the parish church in Monterrey are finished. In the picture you can see the location of the church surrounded by the landscape designed by our collaborators Harari Landscape, whose outstanding work will be completed in 2017.
Our architecture and interior design project for the Hotel Mercer in Barcelona's Gothic neighborhood has been awarded with the Honorable Mention in the category of "Hospitality".
Dialogue between Spain and Mexico
Jeffrey Brock participated on September 1st in the third edition of Arquideas at Mexico City in a dialogue about public space, architectural heritage and sustainability in cities, where architects from Mexico and Spain shared ideas and perspectives.
House in Mexico
Last July in Monterrey we presented our schematic design for the House 205, designed alongside Daniel Roselló.This house will be raffled by the Technological University of Monterrey (TEC) in order to "sponsor educational growth through the program ´Leaders of Tomorrow`, which gives full scholarchips to students with scarce economic resources and high acdemic performance".
Jeff Brock Lectures
Jeff brock gave a lecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Cuernavaca on working methods and the transformative capacity of architectural projects at MEXTROPOLI, the International Festival on Architecture and the City and the Latin American forum that gathered thousands of people for 4 days. The city of Mexico was, from March 5th – 8th, the most important place for thinking, designing and enjoying critical activities through a series of conferences, talks and workshops. Click here
We would like to emphasize our enthusiasm for the presentations of Josep Bohigas, who put forth myriad ways of resolving various housing problems, and that of Raúl Cardenas from Tijuana, whose projects with Torolab are always inspiring for their extraordinary degree of humanity.
Josep Bohigas Talk
Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock participated in a round-table discussion on prefabricated buildings on April 7 th in Madrid, organized by Sergio Baragaño (barchitects) and moderated by Marisa Santamaría. Architecture is possibly the discipline most committed to industry and technology; searching for efficiency and savings in the constructive process, we support standardized production systems. Taking advantadge of our experience designing a house of minimum dimensions, we sought to break free of the language of the container-box, seeking a versatile solution while still observing the constraints imposed by the need to transport the house from factory to site.
New product design
Our Sofa SONIA D, with neat clear lines and intense color, has been selected for the Exhibition Producto Fresco 2016, opening Wed. June 15th in Madrid.
ICON is the new collection from ECUS Sleep S.L.U of armchairs, sofas and sofa-beds featuring striking fabrics, elegant shapes and fabulous designs.
Refurbishment of a courtyard in the historical City of Santo Domingo
The developer and architecture connaisseur, Claudio Suarez Tarrado, has given us the opportunity to work on his project “Casa Velázquez”. Our participation is focused on the refurbishment of pre-existing elements, built in different periods and with different methods, harmonizing the building group by applying a unique architectural language. MONEO BROCK will be responsible for selecting finishes. Refurbishment is a fascinating exercise that, together with urban consolidation, constitutes architecture’s principal mode of action within the historical city’s fabric.
Nominated with the chimney Articulare
The Articulare chimney designed by Moneo Brock for DAE Chimeneas has been nominated for the Delta Awards 2016. The Delta Prizes celebrate superior quality design, highlighting its importance as a driver of an industrial economy and its fundamental role as an expression of our social and cultural values. Behind every design object is the work of several professionals who have dutifully considered the final user and the manufacturing process.
MONEO BROCK and the architect Daniel Roselló have been selected to design together House 205 for the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, which will be raffled to support the scholarships "Lideres del Mañana".These scholarships are specifically directed to promising youths, who are seen as "Tomorrow´s Leaders".
The exhibition "Letters to the Mayor" at COAM, the Madrid iteration of the project promoted by Eva Franch of New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture, ended on October the 28th. It was a great experience to curate this project alongside Enorme Studio. The 75 letters written by local architects and addressed to the mayor of Madrid have interested many visitors. You can now read them online using this link. (Photo by Javier de Paz García.)Read more
Connected to the foyer of an elegant luxury hotel, the Café de la Reina or “BUR-BU-JA-JA” adds a colorful and casual note to the complex. A cafeteria during the day, the space transforms into a sophisticated cocktail bar at night, the patrons immersed in iridescent aquatic colors.
A long curved green bar runs through the space, while “seaweed” camouflages the curtain wall and the mundane view of the city beyond, dissolving it into small fragments of an organic, aquatic world. Smoothly curved walls with reflecting belts, circular benches and round tables create a sensual atmosphere where space and movement interact.
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
Andrea Caputo, María Pierres, Sandra Formigo, Andrés Barrón, Spencer Leaf and Silvia Fernández
The church “El Señor de la Misericordia” is located in the center of a new town-like urban development in Monterrey, Mexico, surrounded by an impressive mountain landscape. The most important factor in the siting and orientation of the church is its relationship to the largest open space of the development, a verdant plaza. Its main entry opens right onto the plaza, and with an unobstructed width of 11.5 meters (38 feet), this opening allows for the visual connection between the church’s interior space and the plaza. This entry is at once delineated and protected by a large trapezoidal canopy cantilevered off the main façade.
Above the entry canopy, the façade is a large flat wall without fenestration or ornament, an emphatic and nearly square plane, declarative of the otherness of the space behind and within: the sacred space of the church interior. Its blatant frontality toward the square is entirely intentional.
It is thought that the plaza can function as an annex to the church, with religious celebrations and rites spilling out of doors when attending crowds exceed the church’s capacity of 350 worshippers. On the other hand, when the bustle of the square comes into conflict with the solemnity of the church’s activities, large sliding screens attenuate the connection to the square and restore the peaceful atmosphere to the temple interior.
The project aims to go beyond the accommodation of religious rituals and liturgical events as currently practiced in Monterrey, to where the spaces of the temple represent the development of an architectural language with a very long history, where the architecture speaks of both continuity and renewal, finding references to a great heritage of ecclesiastical architecture while simultaneously remaining unquestioningly contemporary. The temple is seen not just as a place of meditation but as a social and educational center as well.
While the character of the church is undoubtedly contemporary, its volumetric concept was derived from traditional church plans; the design presents recognizable architectural features taken from early Christian temple prototypes such as the bell tower, the stained-glass windows, the frontal altar, the baptistery, the choir, the three chapels and the lateral courtyard. The architectural proposal is therefore thought to be both recognizable and new.
Being free-standing and in the center of the new town development, the configuration of the exterior volume presents a design that, while modern, communicates solidity and aplomb. The rotund forms are thought to be reminiscent of the first missions built by Friar Junipero throughout the American Southwest, constructed of wood and adobe.
The 43 meter- (141 foot-) -tall bell tower can be seen from a great distance, and serves as a landmark and reference for drivers on the highway to Santiago, on which Pueblo Serena is located.
The plan is that of a basilica, with a rectangular central nave some 15 meters wide, 18 meters long and 15 meters high (W:49 feet, L:59 feet, H:49 feet), its long axis running north-south and oriented towards the altar. There are multiple sources of natural light in the interior. Behind the baptistery a long glass wall runs the length of the nave giving views of an enclosed patio. The glass is protected from direct sun by a lightweight horizontal sunscreen projecting into the patio space, and the visual connection to the surrounding urban areas blocked by a massive stone screen at the patio perimeter. Within the patio, a water fountain spills a cascade of streams into a lower patio at the basement level.
Above the baptistery is a version of a rose window, a nine-square grid opening to the west with colored glass. To the southeast, three small chapels each enjoy daylight from high skylights, each one oriented towards a different cardinal direction so that the color and level of light in each chapel changes throughout the day. Finally, above the altar is a fourth high skylight, whose light washes down behind an inclined panel cut into four sections to reveal a large Latin cross, the cross glowing with the light from above.
As with all churches, the acoustics of the central nave were of paramount importance. The renowned acoustic engineers of Arau Asociados made a thorough study of the conditions inside the church and helped us develop a detailed approach to the configuration of its interior surfaces, including the application of diffusing wood battens on selected walls, notable behind the altar, at the back of the three chapels and the choir, and over the entry door.
Sustainable solutions were sought at every opportunity. After ensuring the project’s incorporation of thermal insulation of far and away greater performance characteristics than is typically used in local construction, we devised a system of natural ventilation that takes advantage of the bell tower’s great height to create a strong chimney effect drawing air through large-scale grills incorporated in the entry façade. Daylighting was also carefully studied to be sufficient without the need for electrical lighting in all spaces for use and work, while at the same time we took great pains to avoid insolation during the hotter months, to keep the thermal gains as low as possible. Finally, much of the building program is located underground, where temperatures are constantly comfortable, with daylight being provided by generous sunken patios.
The interior design is fully integrated with the architecture, and the furnishings are by Moneo Brock, from the wood benches to the altar, the choir and the multiple screens, the sliding doors at the entry, the doors to the main sanctuary and the screen that separates the baptistery from the central nave. We also designed elements of a more artistic nature, such as the stained glass windows of the “rose window” (a reinterpretation of the gothic feature, here oriented to the west for maximum effect during the evening Mass), the stained glass at the entry to the ossuaries, and the two sanctuaries, sunbursts made of gold or silver triangles canted to catch light from all angles.
Various artworks were commissioned for the church under Moneo Brock’s curatorial guidance: a large sculpture of Christ on the cross carved in wood by the Galician artist Francisco Leiro, a mural in encaustic of John Paul II in the third chapel painted by Pedro Cuní of New York, and a tall painting of the Christ the Merciful by Carmen Pinart of Madrid, now hanging in the second chapel. These pieces by contemporary artists, respectful of the traditional content called for by church’s benefactors and clergy, complete the space.
Thanks to the opening up of two large sunken patios, the various spaces on the basement level are flooded with natural light. Around the north patio are the parish’s administrative offices. The patio to the west with the cascading waterfall has to one side classrooms and multifunctional spaces for the community and to the other the ossuaries and a small chapel for funeral rites, spaces that are made more private in their location behind the waterfall. One of the challenges facing us in the design of the basement was the need to connect to the commercial atrium at the lower level; to create a space of transition between atrium and church, we designed a vestibule lit by an open-air, prismatic skylight and, immediately below it, a reflecting pool.
The landscape design of Harari LA successfully integrates the architectural concept with that of the larger urban project, using Holm oaks and a spectacular control and selection of the planted material to mediate between the different built structures that compose the larger development.
Plaza Serena (Real Estate in Huajuco Canon)
Carretera Federal 500, Monterrey México
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
Irene Alberdi, Andrés Barrón, Fabrice Leray
Fabrice leray, Andrés Barrón
RGT Engineering (Gerardo Hernández)
Arau Acustic (Higiniarau)
The project is located in the Plaza de la Vila in the Majorcan municipality of Sencelles, a highly representative space for the town as it concentrates the parish, the Town Hall, the post office and other important premises for day-to-day life in one place of the sencelleres and sencellers.
During the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st this space has been partially used as a parking area. The competition proposed by the City Hall contemplated the need to recover this space for the citizens and to be able to host events such as markets, dances, processions, etc. The important citizen participation has been essential to better understand the needs of the people and offer a more complete and consistent response.
The new public space, surrounded by narrow streets and in the historic center of Sencelles, is a large meeting area for the enjoyment of all citizens. In summer, the new vegetation and pergola areas offer shelter from the high temperatures with large cool shaded areas. In winter, the deciduous vegetation allows the direct entry of the sun, which illuminates and heats the large space.
One of the most important parts of the transformation of the square into a space for the 21st century is to achieve universal accessibility. A new pedestrian ramp connects the different levels of the square, and also allows everyone to access the parish of San Pere, whose origins date back to the year 1236.
The ramp is integrated into a stepped stone grandstand, which looks towards the pergolas and offers seating for the different events that are held in the square.
The design is based on several concepts that allow us to talk about a sustainable project: Reuse, use of local materials and techniques, and passive measures to control temperature and improve comfort.
The reuse and protection of those elements with sentimental value for sencellers. The existing vegetation has been maintained, and part of the old stone paving has been reused. In addition, traditional sculptures and reliefs feature prominently and are framed by the new landscape.
All the materials and plant species that have been introduced are of a local nature, and give their best in the Mediterranean climate. In addition, the island's richness in terms of crafts and construction techniques has been decisive in the construction process, and allows us to speak of a totally local production and a Majorcan character.
A good example of this are the new benches that have been designed for the Plaça and that add notes of color to the whole.
Ayuntamiento de Sencelles
Sencelles, Mallorca, Spain
5009,8 ft ²
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock
Francisco Blázquez, Federico Pérez
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