ACADEMIE MWD DILBEEK
ACADEMY OF MUSIC, WORD AND DANCE
DILBEEK, BELGIUM
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The Academie MWD sits at a uniquely varied crossroads; South: the main square; North: Wolfsputten, a protected forest; West: CC Westrand, a Brutalist community centre; and East a series of quaint suburban villas.
Image and texture dematerialise the volume: the façade seems to blend into the forest.

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Our challenge was erecting a building with a quality of its own, which makes sense from all four directions.

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We carefully modulate scale and form: the jagged edge of the roof mimics those of the homes across the street, growing gradually to the cantilevered auditorium at the other end, and rising up to look face to face towards the monumental volumes of CC Westrand.

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The building changes dramatically as we move along the sidewalk; walking towards the forest, we see forest; walking towards the grey Westrand we see greys, whites and blue skies.

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Looking straight into the façade, we see the colours of a painting by A. Hoppenbrouwers, the architect of neighbouring Westrand.

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OOSTCAMPUS SITE
TOWN HALL AND CIVIC CENTRE
OOSTKAMP, BELGIUM
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The starting point for the project is an uncompromising in-situ reciclage of the existing industrial building, including foundations, bearing structure, outer skin, waterproofing, services installations and equipment, electric power station, heating plant, water ducts, fire hoses, drainage and even parking space, fencing and accesses. This approach may be defined as upcycling.

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We chose basic materials, either recycled from waste, or very light and simple materials, or plain raw materials with only basic production procedures. We then give them a twist, applying our “joyful recycling” principle.

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The floor is the existing concrete surface, lightly polished. The marks and lines that were used for the placement of coca-cola pallets remain in their place, adding depth and life to the large surface.
On the outside, it is a non-building. We cover the red panelling of the former coca-cola offices with a printed vegetation screen, to optimise solar exposure in winter and summer, but also signifying the change towards a friendly attitude and a caring management of the environment

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Reusing the existing building was the way to cover the whole programme with the limited budget available. Our proposal is cheaper to implement and cheaper to maintain than the competition alternatives.

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GRG bubbles. With only 7mm of thickness, the whole space is dramatically transformed with the glass-mat reinforced gypsum.

Paper flocking. The bubbles were insulated on the outer side, and the spots with intense centripetal sound concentration were treated with a flocking of recycled paper celluloses to absorb excess noise and reduce sound effects.

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CNC panels. Each cluster is recognisable by the funky texture of its cladding. The texture is a CNC carving on a basic agglomerated wood board, turning a cheap and simple raw material into a chic finishing.
PET felt. A felt made with recycled PET bottles is used for furniture, wall coerings and soft partitions, adding warmth to the design, while contributing to the softening of the acoustic soundscape.
Paint. The outside of the industrial building, with the round portholes, only needs a coat of paint.

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APARTMENT
MADRID, SPAIN
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¿Cómo conseguir que un piso tradicional de infinitos pasillos y minúsculos dormitorios se convierta en un ambiente espacioso… pero sin renunciar a la intimidad de los dormitorios?

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La respuesta es: jugando con los techos. Todo el techo del piso es visible desde la entrada y el salón, lo que da una perspectiva amplia y convierte toda la superficie en un generoso loft. Dentro de este espacio aparecen unos muebles de madera cálida que protegen los dormitorios, estos con su propio techo a una altura más acorde con sus dimensiones. Dentro de los dormitorios, las proporciones son cómodas, y su blancura refuerza la luminosidad de las ventanas que protagonizan el espacio.

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Duplicando los techos hemos duplicado la superficie. Antes había un salón minúsculo y dormitorios estrechos, ahora hay un enorme salón, y los mismos dormitorios, pero más proporcionados.

La cocina se sitúa en un lugar estratégico, suficientemente integrada con el comedor para permitir la vida doméstica compartida, pero a la vez recogida y bien equipada para que humos y ruidos no invadan el espacio.

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INSTITUTO CERVANTES BXL
headquarters refurbishment
Brussels, Belgium
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Everything is pre-existing, recycled or, if new, mobile.

Preexisting, apart from the structure and the enclosure, we found interesting elements to preserve; the temptation would be to empty everything and start over, but many installations and even finishes could be preserved and integrated into a new concept.

Recycled, in the mature market of Brussels it is possible to find recycled materials of high quality and benefits at very competitive prices. In addition, the Institute had materials from the previous headquarters (and other centres) that can be easily incorporated.

Mobile, so that the investments in new materials of equipment can be reused in the future regardless of functional or strategic changes.

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The activities allocated in this floor are visible from the street as a way to highlight its public essence. A domestic library, a coffee hall, a multifunctional space with stands or the information displayed on the monitors.

A pixelated sky ceiling that encloses all the installations machines, stablishes a direct dialogue with the language use to solve the stair that connects the hall in the second floor that gives access to the classrooms.

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The ground floor is a single and continous space. There are lines of vision that cross the space from one side to the other. The light comming through the windows of a façade can be seen from the other one.

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However, there are clearly separate enclosures and routes; the library has a defined and controlled access point, but when we go inside it, we find places to rest, windows, points of visual contact with the rest of the program. Inside of the library route, the most sheltered angle hosts the children’s library area. Then, at halfway a ramp rise above the grount finishing the tour on a reading room furnished as a domestic space surrounded by books, but at the same time serving as a storefront and a stage.

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The central space accommodates complementary and temporary functions, framed by curtains or light furniture, which also allows to use it as a classroom for teaching activities. It is a space between classrooms, used for waiting to start a class, informal talks, to manage enrollment periods, and also for extracurricular activities.

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The velvet curtains work acoustically, while giving this space a theatrical character that facilitates the role play, much needed for language learning.

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The circle is coated with recycled PETT felt, which is acoustically absorbent, and allows the communication of teachers and students to be sharp and effective. The coloured felt works also as a contrasting background that allows us to gladly reuse the existing chairs in the previous headquarters

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One of the major challenges of the project was to combine at the ground floor level the required flexibility for a multifunctional and public space, and allowing at the same time the possibility to locate 30.000 books of the library. The system proposed to solve this issue was a three-dimensional version of the Cervantes Institute Logo. Orthogal geometries created by thick red lines which limit undefined spaces.

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We have observed that the teaching system used by the Instituto Cervantes requires a circle arrangement of students. We also take account that this circle arrangement conflicts with the square perimeter of the usual spaces for this use. Therefore, we plan to mark the circle in the classrooms with an element of simple construction. In the interstices suitably chosen plants are placed to help clean the atmosphere of the room.

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LE JARDIN DES AMPOULES
COMPETITION
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OOSTCAMPUS PARK
PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE
OOSTKAMP, BELGIUM
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An energy producing park, built with recycled materials. Park activities, cycle and pedestrian lanes coexist in harmony with yards for storage and the management of construction material.

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The park around the building is also built with a very controlled budget, and its features are productive systems, rather than an expense.

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The city's road work department material storage integrates with pedestrian and cycling routes. It is part of a European Interreg MP4 project: Making Places Profitable.

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Water harvesting in two steps: the roof provides clean water for all the toilets, the workshops, and the vehicle cleaning point.

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This adds to the water collected in the plot, which may contain some sand to filter, but is perfect to fill the street-cleaning truck tanks.

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TSM3
UNSTABLE HOUSE
MADRID, SPAIN
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TSM3 combines the restoration of the ground floor of a 59,80 sqm terraced property in the centre of Madrid, and the construction of 2,5 new floors on top, with 154 sqm.

The design dematerializes the original construction into a flexible home-cum-office that can change anytime.

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All the elements that define the living space are in a state of flux. The architecture does not seek to define and limit through fixed elements such as structures, walls or gaps, but rather through a series of devices producing actions or situations.

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The building is constructed on top of an existing solid brick structure, with original 18th-century supporting walls, its ground floor being only half-accessible due to a right of use held by the neighbouring convent. Half the new building is cantilevered over the convent part, and supported by strikingly visible blue-painted steel beams. In the new floors there is not a single brick. The 10cm-thin metal floor slabs blend in with the joinery, providing greater lightness.

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Each floor is divided in two large adaptable spaces either side of the stairs. The main installations are concentrated within a practicable central passage which allows wet areas to be added or removed depending on programme needs with no grey energy waste. The walls are finished with screw-on OSB panels to facilitate the transformation of the building and its technical services. All building materials are reusable.

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TSM3 is designed for change and transformation. It is an unstable house. It will never be finished.

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The facade starts out as a reproduction of traditional 19th-century architecture to which the building must legally conform following municipal regulations for the historic centre. And yet, due to its light construction and contemporary manufacture, it can be modified by transforming the relationship between exterior and interior, privacy, and views. This provides an interface between the versatile interior, allowing us to modify the experience, adapting it, in a typically 21st century attitude.

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Nobelia
High performance Low energy Building
Kigali, Rwanda
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Nobelia, 40,000 m2 mixed use, a pedestrian hub and the main entrance to the business district of Kigali, Rwanda, is the first 6-star GBC certified design in intertropical Africa.

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Its construction methods, low impact and low cost, minimize imports and create local industry with simple, lightweight and compact materials, mostly locally produced.

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It is flexible, to adapt to changing uses over time without investing more resources.

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It will use 17% of the electricity and 1% of the water compared to a standard building. It is equipped to harvest rain water, clean water on site, and purify a proportion of used water back to human-contact quality, with only a marginal loss.

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It will achieve maximum comfort with passive and active strategies: night cooling, free cooling, thermal storage, thermal inertia, careful orientation and a microclimate of climbing plants on the shaded walkways that cover the façade.

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MAISON DU PROJET
CRADLE TO CRADLE BUILDING
ROUBAIX, FRANCE
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RMdP is the first C2C (Cradle to Cradle) building in France. A regenerator of a former factory, it is an economic, cultural and environmental activator.

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The MdP (House of the Project) hosts meetings, exhibitions, calls for tender, as needed to reactivate the 1.000 Ha area into the circular economy.

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It is also improving soil and air conditions, eating up the chemicals left over from former industrial activity.

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There were no earthworks, using driven piles that may be recovered; the structure and façades are designed for disassembly and reuse.

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Materials are biodegradable or recyclable, with zero harmful chemicals

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Sanitation generates nutrients, with the chimneys of three dry toilets as a main feature of the façade.

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Landscaping cleans the soil; the building feeds on clean energies, with controlled solar exposure and the principle of the thermal onion.

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Technology reuse is easy, the designers call it “superfurniture”: mobile equipment units to provide a specific function to any space.

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DEARTE
Diseño de la XIV Feria Dearte Contemporáneo
Madrid, Spain
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La superficie expositiva de la propuesta es un sencillo panel pintado de color negro mate para que la luz natural destaque al máximo las obras de la feria.

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La planta alta de LaSede del COAM es una galería acristalada, bañada en luz y con magníficas vistas de los tejados de Madrid.
La feria se recorre por el perímetro del edificio, junto a la luz y las vistas, desde donde se va accediendo a cada bahía expositiva que queda marcada por uno de los elementos singulares. De esta manera las zonas de exposición se abren a la luz natural, aunque siempre evitando la luz directa.

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Photos Drawings
Almirante 11, 1º F, 28004 Madrid Spain
T +34 91 521 3569
info@carlosarroyo.net

Carlos Arroyo Architects, Madrid based office for Architecture and Urbanism, has an international scope, building in Spain, France, Belgium, Rwanda, Colombia and Argentina.

The work ranges from institutional projects like Oostkamp Civic Center (Belgium) and the Academy of Performing Arts Dilbeek (Belgium), through to large developments like the eco-neighbourhood Ecobarrio de Toledo (Spain) or Camaleón Living in Rivas Ecopolis (Spain). The total construction budget of the works in which he has played a major role exceeds 200 million€.

We have developed protocols for innovation on all scales, from building technology to landscape management, developing new types of public building, or researching into new forms of housing. Our work, described by critics as “sustainable exuberance”, claims to set the frame for a new architectural culture, language and aesthetics, through the ethics, technology and parameters of sustainability.

Project leaders:
Carlos Arroyo, Vanessa Cerezo, Cristina Revilla, Julio de la Fuente.

Collaborators (Past & present):
Carlos Revilla, Havi Navarro, Nikita FV Keysselitz, Miguel Ruiz-Rivas, Hendrik Verlinden, Kasper Denayer, Alexander Krol, Rafael Otero, David Jiménez Iniesta, Paula Currás, Iciar Arboledas, Marina Gil, Irene Castrillo, Sara Miguelez, Pieter Van Den Berge, David Berkvens, Benjamin Claeys, Paula Cortés, Carmina Casajuana, Sophie Devaux, Ana Belén Franco, Martin Hochrein, Érika Goyarrola, Jan Lacina, Natalia Matesanz, Irene Alvarez de Miranda, Miguel Paredes, Luis Salinas, María Gabriela Sanz, Sarah Schouppe, Beatriz Sendín, Riikka Stockstrom, Benjamin Verhees.

Benchmarks:

  • 2015 Academie MWD, the Academie of Music, Word and Dance in Dilbeek (Belgium) was included in the eight “Future Listed Buildings” (Patrimonium voor de toekomst) built in the last three years in Flanders-Brabant.
  • 2015 Nobelia Office Tower in Kigali (Rwanda) has received the maximum rating by the Green Building Council: World Leadership 6 Stars (Green Star SA Office v1 Design Shell & Core). It is the first 6 star building in inter-tropical Africa, and indeed the first on the continent outside South Africa.
  • 2015 MdP Maison du Projet de La Lainière de Roubaix is the first registered C2C (Cradle to Cradle Inspired) building in France. It is the seed building for a regeneration of the whole La Lainière area towards a circular economy.
  • 2013 OostCampus, is now a reference for the design of City Halls in Belgium, having received the Prijs Bowmeester National Award for Public Buildings. OostCampus is also a reference for Universal Design. In 2011 the project was awarded the Holcim Silver Award for Sustainable Architecture in Europe. In 2012 it was selected in Archdaily’s list of 65 Best New Buildings in the World 2012.

Main projects:
Breeze House Kacyiru, Mixed-used building, Kigali (RW), Under Development, 2014- • Maison du Projet de la Lanière, First Building Cradle to Cradle Inspired built in Francia, Roubaix, Lille (FR), Completed, 2014-16 • Nobelia, High Performance Low Energy Business Centre, Kigali (RW), Under Construction, 2013- • Mundi, Wetlands Interpretation Centre, Kigali (RW), Under Development, 2013 • CREA Foundation, Artists in residence hotel in Avila (ES), Under Development, 2013- • SOL, Refuge for the Climate Change, Mataha Foundation, Under Development, 2009 • OOSTCAMPUS, City hall and civic centre, Oostkamp (BE), First prize competition, Completed, 2008-12 • ACADEMIE MDW, Academy of Performing Arts, Dibleek (BE), First prize competition, Completed, 2007-12 • TSM3, House and Office Building, Madrid (ES), Completed 2005-18 • AAN, University building. Agrarias-Ambientales-Neurociencias Universidad de Salamanca (ES), Completed, 2004-08 • Gominolas, Infant school, Madrid, Competition, 2003 • Centro de día, Day Center for the elderly, Second prize competition, 2000 • CIDEMAT Island’s Center for Marine Sports, Sta Cruz de Tenerife (ES), Competition, 2000 • Trees and pillars, Sports center, Torrejón de la Calzada, Competition, 1999 • Ecomuseum of Water Mining, Tenerife (ES), First prize competition, 1998-99 • Underground parking in Vinyols i Els Arcs, Tarragona (ES), Constructed, 1998-99 • Casa en Ribarroja, Family house in Ribarroja, Valencia (ES), Under Development, 2009- • Casa en Las Lomas, Family house in Las Lomas, Madrid, (ES), Under Construction, 2006- • Casa de los Azulejos, Family home in Cáceres (ES), Completed, 2005-07 • Casa Encuentro, House in Desierto de Tabernas, Almería (ES), Completed 2005-07 • Casa del Amor, House in La Moraleja, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2001-03 • Casa Uali, Family house in Aranda de Duero, Burgos (ES), Project, 2002 • Casa Betula, Family house in Ubeda, Jaen (ES), Completed, 2002-03 • Casa El Jaral, Family home in La Poblachuela, Ciudad Real (ES), Completed, 1996-98 • 119 Houses in Rivas Ecópolis (ES), First prize competition, Under Development, 2008- • Dulce Hogar, 103 housing units in La Garena, Alcalá de Henares (ES), Competition, 2006 • Cultivos Urbanos, 2114 housing units in Aguas Vivas, Guadalajara, Competition, 2006 • Flexible y Democrático, 711 housing units in Mieres, Asturias (ES), Competition, 2006 • CLV, 2500 sqm Cohousing for CLV, Válor, Granada (ES), Under Development, 2005- • Cruz, 12 senior flats with shared space in Madrid (ES), Under Development, 2004- • La Casa de las Flores 2, 142 housing units for youths and seniors, Competition, 2003 • MH, 30 Lofts in  Polígono Julián Camarillo, Madrid (ES), Under Development, 2003- • Ecobarrio de Toledo, 627 housing units in Stª Mª de Benquerencia, Toledo (ES), Under Development, 2003- • Nave de Viviendas, Industrial shed with several flexible habitats, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2002- • 3×1, Three housing units in La Piovera, Madrid (ES), Preliminary P., 2001 • Esponja de Luz, 22 semi-detached houses V.P.T. in Torrelodones (ES), Project, 2000 • Montecastillo Senior Club, 138 housing units and Senior Club. Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz (ES), Project, 2000-01 • Edifici Sant Joan, 28 flexible flats in Vinyols i Els Arcs, Tarragona, Constructed, 1998-99 • Erretres, Caminando por el jardín , Offices at Cadarso, Madrid, Completed, 2015-16 • Cervantes Institute Bruselas, Office building refurbishment, library and classrooms,  Brussels (BE), Completed, 2015-16 • Westrand, Refubishment of Dilbeek Cultural Center, Belgium (BE), 2013- • Erretres, La Oficina Inestable, Refurbishment at Plaza de España, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2013 • Flexi-Flats, Transformer housing in Ciudad Real (ES), Completed, 2007-08 • La Pelu de Peluka, children hairdresser´s Santa Feliciana, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2005-06 • Fluid House, conversion in Marqués de Santa Ana, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2003-05 • Housing block originally built in 1949, 14 large apartments and two shops, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2003-05 • Nuñez de Arce housing block originally built  in 1871, 24 flats, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2003-05 • Conde de Peñalver housing block originally built in 1912, 108 flats, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2002-04 • Casa Hodges attic, conversion, Madrid (ES), First prize invited competition, Completed, 2001-02 • The Huge Flat, conversion, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2001-02 • Nuñez de Arce 9, Office and Flat conversion, Madrid (ES), Completed, 1999 • La Casa sobre el Tejado, attic conversion, Madrid (ES), Completed, 1996-97 • Conversion of various industrial sheds into offices, Completed, 1999-2000 • XIV Edition Contemporary Art Fair DEARTE, Madrid (ES), Completed, 2015 • Alejandro Sanz, 2001 Tour, Produced, 2001 • Launching Event. New Logo for British Petroleum and New design for BP garage, Madrid and Lisbon, Produced, 2000 • Franchipolis pavilion, SIF Valencia (ES), First prize competition, Produced, 2000 • Stand Vía Digital, SIMO 2000, Project 2000 •Martin Price Exhibition, Museo de Antropología, Sala Millares, Madrid; Galería H2O, Barcelona; COACanarias, Tenerife (ES), associated with Federico Soriano, José Ballesteros and Dolores Palacios, Produced, 1996 • Arquitecturas Madrid – Berlín, Ideas for the fallen wall,  Exhibition E.T.H., Berlin (DE); Kolomna Dom Kulturi, Moscow (RU), associated with Juan Antonio Gorráiz and Helena Casanova, Produced, 1991 • Concept Plan Cultural Site Dilbeek, Design of the future plan of the area around the arts academy and the cultural centre at Dilbeek (BE) ,  Delivered, 2015 • Westrand Masterplan, Design of a mobility plan, covered parking spaces, and square at Dilbeek (BE), Delivered, 2013 • Kigali Farms, productive landscape V, buffer area of the Virunga Volcanoes National Park in Musanze (RW), Delivered, 2013-14 • Gran Via Futura, a study of Urban Landscape in Madrid’s Gran Via for Laboratorio Gran Vía (ES), Completed, 2010 • Energy producing park, Productive Landscapes IV,  Oostkamp (BE), European MP4 Interre, in association with ELD and VLM Flemish Govt. Landscape Agency, Completed, 2009 • Demand for quality in commercial street-level floors, Productive Landscapes III, Madrid City Council (ES), Completed, 2009 • Intervention in the industrial estate along the high-speed train line, Productive Landscapes II, Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, JCCLM (ES), Under Development, 2009 • Strategies to recover  the interrupted landscapes of golf resort developments, Productive Landscapes I, Murcia Cultural, TISSPAS, Murcia’s Observatory of Sustainability (ES), Completed, 2009 • Enviroloo, public dry toilets, Kazuba Sarl (FR), Completed, 2008-09 • Madrid Public Space, Stategic Document, Center Office with Emilio Luque (ES), Completed, 2008 • Proyecto de Actuación, 65 Ha Land Management Plan, Completed, 2005 • Programa de Acción Urbanizadora, 7 Ha Land Management Plan, Toledo (ES), Completed, 2005 • Proyecto de Urbanización, Unidad 4 Fase 5, Toledo (ES), Completed, 2003-05 • Moving frontiers, Recreation Area, Madrid (ES), Second Prize Competition, 2004 • Plan Especial, Unidad 4 Fase 5, Toledo (ES), 2002-04 • Ecobarrio de Toledo, Unidad 4 Fase 5, Toledo, First Prize Europan Competition, 2001 • Estudio de Detalle, Residencial Montecastillo, Cádiz (ES), Completed, 2001 • Proyecto de Actuación, Accessibility project for a hardboard factory, Jaén (ES), Completed, 2001

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Good Article about Nobelia in ZA magazine “Earthworks”

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Good article about Nobelia in South African magazine Earthworks, in the context of the 6-Star GBC certification of our project. See above the first two pages of the printed version. You can read the full text (without the graphics) on the on-line version here.

Buen artículo sobre Nobelia en la revista Sudafricana Earthworks, a propósito de la reciente certificación 6-Star GBC de nuestro proyecto. Arriba vemos las dos primeras páginas de la versión impresa, pero se puede leer el texto completo (sin imágenes) en la versión web con este enlace (en inglés).