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Vivienda en el Pirineo

La casa del Pirineo representa un nuevo reto en varios aspectos.

En primer lugar, se trata de una rehabilitación de una Borda a media ladera, lejos del mundo, y que debido a las complicadas condiciones climáticas de la zona requiere mantener la cubierta existente durante la obra.

Por ello el proceso de construcción se ha invertido: en vez de derribar toda la estructura y la cubierta para trabajar sin obstáculos, realizamos una estructura interior de madera en dos plantas, manteniendo durante al ejecución la cubierta y sus apoyos, en especial el pilar central, que de otra manera se habría derribado, y una vez realizada la estructura interior se substituye la cubierta. Ésto nos ha permitido trabajar en el interior salvando las lluvias estivales y de otoño

En segundo lugar, se ha organizado un programa complejo, con una vivienda en dos plantas, un apartamento para invitados en planta baja y un dojo para la práctica del Seitai , que por cierto, junto al Aikido, representa una de las actividades clave para mi bienestar y evolución. Me dan la vida.

El programa nos ha llevado a diseñar una sección que aprovecha el desnivel del terreno, de manera que a vivienda y apartamento se acceden desde planta baja, mientras que el dojo y su dormitorio tienen acceso por la parte superior de planta primera.

En tercer lugar, debido a la remota ubicación de la borda y también debido a una filosofía de autosufciencia y aprovechamiento de la energía natural, se plantea una instalación fotovoltaica off-grid para el consumo eléctrico de la vivienda.

Con el objeto de no tener que dimensionar una instalación enorme para abastecer a la vivienda y afrontar los “picos” de consumo, se combina la fotovoltaica con un grupo electrógeno a base de gas natural, que nutre a una caldera mixta biomasa-gas para calefacción y agua caliente sanitaria, así como a los fogones de la cocina.

La intervención restaura la fachada de piedra, introduciendo nuevas aberturas para gozar de la espléndida vista del paisaje de ésta parte del pirineo. La construcción de la cubierta recupera las soluciones locales de montaña, sin pretender ninguna modernidad. Está bien ser discretos.

Offices in Barcelona

For the last few weeks we have been intesively working with interior designer and sculptor Inka Devi Diaz Alonso in the proposal for the refurbishing and furniture project of the new headquarters of a mobile & web agency.

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The company defines itself as curious, young minded, passionate, with 5 years of continued growth. Success is one of the reasons why they are refurbishing a magnificient office space in an historical building, in one of the best locations of Barcelona. Continue reading

4 flats in Madrid

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Today we received the comission to convert an open office plan of 316 sqm in Madrid into four flats. We are happy, it comes as a good start of the year, after some weeks of working with A+M architects on the furniture and equipement for Vil.la Joana. Our proposal is rather straightforward, and we have tried to simplify the distribution in order to make possible a building schedule of two months, the client is very strict with that deadline.

All the service spaces are gathered in a central longitudinal strip, so the sewage and MEP networks have a clear laying to the main drain pipes, clearing the façades for the living spaces.

Ahead of us lays the task of defining the materiality of the interiors, which shall be very minimalistic, with a parquet flooring as a base for the rest of the elements.

Our main challenge here are the deadlines, which are a must. We have three weeks to have the project ready for municipal license and those two months for the actual refurbishing.

Now the Barcelona, Mallorca and Madrid works are at full speed.

3, 2, 1…Ignition!!!

The mistery of the flying stair

Incredibly enough, we are still discussing the details of the railing for the stair at the houses in Mallorca. Since the works have been long delayed due to problems with the electric supply we have had  time for philosophy…

Our initial detailing was a simple railing with two horizontal metal tubes, emphasizing the lightness of the stair. Altough regulations for private stairs allow for that in Spain, further consideratations relating safety of users where introduced by the blacksmith, who said, “hey, this ain’t japan”, referring to those floating japanese stairs with almost no railing at all. And it ain’t. Continue reading

Restoration of Vil.la Joana

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Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer

Final touches at Vil.la Joana!!  The house-museum Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer is to be delivered to BIMSA and, finally to MUHBA, by mid December. Renovation works have been thorough and extensive, restoring the beautifil building to its original condition of Vallvidrera’s pearl. Continue reading

Headquarters for the National Institute of Technology

The video we produced after winning the architectural competition for the INTECO headquarters.

2 months of hard work for the detailed design and 10 months of site supervision would follow. A crazy working rythm awaited us, but we had all to meet it.

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Restaurant Leka in Barcelona

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Open Source, Honest food is the motto of Ivan Enriquez, the bright leader of Leka in Barcelona.

Social housing in Ribadeo (Lugo)

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Low cost social housing in Ribadeo, Spain

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Restoration of the Barcelona Municipality archives in Sants-Montjuïch

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Our goal was to make comprehensive and readable the original space. We wanted to show the continuity of the arches and vaults throughout the whole plan. The functional divisions required by the program are glass screens with a steel structure designed for the occasion, framing the load-bearing walls. A technical floor houses the facilities, streching as a red cloak that gives strength to the succession of arches and vaults that characterize this space. Continue reading

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Two attached houses in Mallorca

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Works in the houses in Mallorca are reaching a final stage. Low-cost with a good design that will make a reduced investment very profitable.