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
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
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".
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HARARI LANDSCAPE & ARCHITECTURE
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Gazcue, Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo
Moneo Brock is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions, with great faith in the promise of good design. We are an ISO9001:2008 certified business with Lloyds Register.
We begin our work with a rigorous analysis of the functional requirements of the project in question, setting high standards for the optimization of resources. Convinced that a fundamental concept must be elaborated for each project, we design specifically architectural solutions wherein linguistic and spatial structures harmonize in a coherent whole.
When working in cities, we count as the projects’ first task the repair or enhancement of the existing urban context and the enlivening of bordering streets. We give great importance to urban design and to the creation of public space as a social good.
When working outside the city, we design our interventions to protect and preserve the natural beauty that we find; the new, constructed landscape is designed to flow from our projects and connect holistically to the surrounding terrain.
Each project’s local climate is analyzed in detail so that energy efficiency can be assured, and the social and economic context is thoughtfully reviewed so that all conditions for true sustainability can be met. Finally, the construction details and the selection of materials are always rigorously controlled in order to be in concordance with the project’s fundamental concept.
We are sensitive to the synergies that emerge in collaborative processes, viewing teamwork as fundamental to the creation of great work. We have extensive experience collaborating with large teams of engineers, consultants and specialists in the production and coordination of architectural projects, from conceptualization through construction completion. We have completed projects of varying scales, both public and private, and our work has been widely published in international media.
We view each job as an opportunity to create a unique structure that can transform a part of the world, no matter the scale.
Moneo Brock has broad experience working on a variety project types, including:
• Educational Buildings and Campuses
• Urban Infrastructure
• Religious Architecture
• Hospitality and Wellness Architecture and Design
• Rehabilitation of Historic Structures
• Interior Design
Belén Moneo is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts and obtained a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Jeff Brock is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. He graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a BA in Architecture and obtained his Masters in Architecture in 1991 from Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Belén and Jeff formed MONEO BROCK in 1993 in New York, when they first collaborated professionally on a project for a loft in Tribeca. Maintaining connections with New York, the firm founded its Madrid office in 2002. Today project sites are located in the USA, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Belén Moneo teaches at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Madrid and Jeff Brock at the Pratt Institute. They have lectured extensively on their work in Europe, the USA, China, Turkey, Panama, Guatemala and Peru, and their work has been published in several international media.
This row house is located in El Viso, one of the few rationalist garden neighborhoods in Madrid, which makes this house highly interesting for architects and urban planners.
The aim of this rehabilitation project was to preserve the original elements of the rationalist architecture while giving a contemporary style to the house through our furniture designs and novel interior design proposal. On the interior, the rounded jambs on the windows, the wooden floor and the stairs were maintained; and on the exterior the simple volume, its voids and its fenestration. Very few streets in Madrid maintain, as does this one, the unified design of the fences, with their thick granite copings and tubular bars. The use of glass block in the entry façade, characteristic of this area even though it was added in the 40’s, was also maintained.
In order to make the house more energy efficient, the steel sash windows, identical to those used by the Bauhaus, were restored and adjusted to admit thermal glass where they were designed with simple panes. Other characteristic elements that were preserved are the rounded window jambs on the interior. This detail, subtly diffusing incoming daylight, softens the space.
The intervention, regarding both its architecture and interior design, adapts the house to the needs of a contemporary family. Changes in life habits suggested that we move the kitchen from the semi-basement to the ground floor, alongside the dining room and living room. In the semi-basement a bedroom and bathroom remain, while the garage was enlarged and additional bedrooms converted to a library. On the first floor the three bedrooms and two bathrooms remain, and on the second floor we proposed a playroom and a little studio, as they appear in the drawings for Mercadal’s own house, which was adjacent to this one. The main uses of the house are concentrated in two floors.
Our proposal for the ground floor was to open up the space as much as possible taking out the partitions that divided the dining room from the living room, leaving a riveted steel column exposed next to the stairs. The kitchen is enclosed by large translucent doors. The stair wall was given a rounded shape, inspired by the existing windows jambs, while the living room’s dropped ceiling is cut by big arcs, covering a ceiling beam and creating cove lights. This room opens up to the garden through a 3m-wide sliding glass door that provides luminosity to the interior space and access to a large terrace riddled with circular glass blocks. The use of glass blocks provides light to the basement courtyard beneath.
The stairs that gives access to the first and second floors, as well as the Art Deco rail and a porthole skylight, were preserved and restored.
Our product designs in acrylic glass introduce color and contemporaneity to the intervention, where the modernist and the design of today contrast and blend in an unexpected way. The “Plexijazz” screen separates the entry hall from the dining area, where the central element is the fluorescent “Pleximesa” table. The natural light penetrates the space, heightening the transparency and lively color of these objects, as well as that of other designs of ours that complement the group, such as the “Chromodular” shelf and the “Ribbin Rocker”. The “Articulare” chimney, now produced by DAE Chimeneas, was designed specifically for this location in the house, the center of the living room, and its compact and curved form responds to the aforementioned circular and rounded elements.
The bedrooms, on the second floor, have been colorfully decorated with Peruvian bedspreads and the acrylic glass “Cube-rick” tables in bright colors. Separated by a dressing room there is a principal bathroom associated with the bedroom, where in the sanitary fixtures and accessories are all from the Frontalis series designed by Rafael Moneo and Belén Moneo for Roca.
As this house was to be our own, we were able to use it as a laboratory to test de functionality of our designs. We use new materials, testing their characteristics in real conditions. In the kitchen, for example, we are testing the mirrored glass of the cabinet doors and the backlit reflecting glass of the backsplash. In the third floor’s diaphanous playroom with access to a roof terrace we have covered the ceiling and walls with OSB panels, leaving exposed the main steel beam. We have also designed a storage system with plastic containers used in fruit packing.
Finally, we have transformed the basement, which had been exclusively for service making the spacious library with excellent natural light thanks to the 3m-wide double sliding doors that open up to a large sunken courtyard connected by stairs to the garden. Other designs of ours, such as the “Woodular” shelf system, the “Shooz Long” chair and the lamp “jamonera”, turn this space into a comfortable place to work and read.
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
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, Jaime Salvador, Sara Pericacho, Irene Hernádez, Juan Galloso
Fabrice leray, Andrés Barrón
RGT Engineering (Gerardo Hernández)
Arau Acustic (Higiniarau)
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
Soulbox is a unique piece with a chameleonic format, both in appearance and functionality. It is an altar, a vitrine, a display case, a source of light, an object with its own personality, its appearance transforming with the light that is reflected on its surface.
Soulbox is the treasure chest where we save relics, objects for a collection or with a specific emotional value; a place to display intimate pieces. It can also be the vitrine where objects of daily use can be organized: the wine glasses and bottles in the dining room, a selection of books in the office, or cosmetic products in a bathroom.
Soulbox does not need a material content to justify its raison d'etre. It can be empty and still fill the room with the color of its materials, the reflections and the light it shines.
Soulbox has a simple and functional design. The visual effect of the acrylic glass plates of different colors is highlighted by the installation of LED strips in its back, and by the use of iridescent vinyl.
Fiberglass, LED,, dichroic film