Imagine the world has become a huge building that no one can escape. Your only way of expression is restricted to one window. Your identity is limited to an opening in the facade. So if this is the only thing that defines you: What would your window be like?
We want to defend the window as an expression tool. This architectural element has been adapted to each period throughout history. In recent times, architects around the world have understood the window in a personal and expressive way turning it into their own identity hallmark.
The goal of the initiative #ConnectingWindows is to create an “endless elevation”. Build an encyclopedia of the current global architecture. Share a platform that represents the collaborative spirit of our profession
h3o we have submited the window of “Black kitchen” in Barcelona
We live in spaces conceived for the human scale. But what about so many other realities that belong to the world and on which we are all dependent for a mutual understanding?
These days we live in seclusion to observe from the window how everything else grows again. Plants look wilder, birds sing in unusual frequencies, nature “gets out of control” all around in our cities. Roles are now reversed because us, responsible for a global pain that comes from far, are confined.
And now we realize our spaces are tight. The contact with the green -the “other” world- is minimum due to the loss of the habitat biological scale. What if we see the primitive cabin as the fusion with nature and not so much as a refuge from it?
For a healthier condition of living we should imagine places searching for a real equilibrium. Architecture should not become an insurmountable barrier for so many other realities that belong to our lives but a support for the multi-species in an inter-generational-cultural scale.
Enough of architectural seclusion and let’s think more about fusion!
Last week we were in Rotterdam with Europan 15 team! We discussed our proposal HYBRID PARLIAMENT in a fruitful workshop with stakeholders, elaborating on next steps in the development of Kop-Dakpark Rotterdam. Looking forward to next steps!
“Escogido el proyecto de rehabilitación entre 22 propuestas arquitectónicas”
link to la Vanguardia
Last Tuesday we were invited with Abellovier to the Apéro and Exhibition of the competition “Alterssiedlung Espenhof Nord” in Zurich . We had the pleasure to meet the other winners!
We are very happy to have won a Fourth Prize in the open competition “Alterssiedlung Espenhof Nord” in Zürcih – Albisrieden
Together with #abellovier – Anna & Reinhard Vier
Images by Jorge S. Kilzi
We are mega-thrilled to announce that our proposal #SESSIRALCSEL has won the First Prize to refurbish the old convent of “Les Clarisses” d’Arenys de Mar into the new Public Library!
We are cheking samples for the new kitchen we are doing in Berlin!
Very happy to work together with Trujillo Moya, our local partner in Berlin!
The horchatería Sirvent at Parlament Street in Barcelona has no competence. Everyone knows that they have the best horchata. It is indisputable. Some people mix inside the pale drink a scoop of chocolate ice cream. This is the so-called Cubanito. Brown & white. The perfect fusion that first blends and then melts.
Considering the spatial relation between the horchatería and the project (both in Parlament street), this short video seeks to compare through a split screen images of the production process of the well-known Cubanito with images of the apartment.
Those white floors, that Stracciatella texture of the kitchen, those brown shelves. The interior of the apartment experiments with textures and colours to achieve a combination that reminds us of this Spanish sweet and invokes a collective imaginary of pale drink made out of roots, glazed cakes and toasted feelings.
This short video is an abstract proposal.
Our proposal with Sara Vima for Europan 14 in Alcoy has been published in Europan España Blog, together with our proposal for an Ephemeral Theatre in Madrid. Both projects got Honourable Mentions!
(Im)movables on canvas
The refurbishment of a “Loft not Loft” in Parlament Street in Barcelona, or how to fill a white canvas with “movables” (furniture) of sinuous shapes that define living spaces.
Very happy to share with you that our Flat renovation close to Sant Antoni market in Barcelona Eixample has been published in Subtilitas.site
En la segunda sesión, a cada grupo le dimos un concepto para que transmutaran su castillo a través del juego y del cuento. Era el momento de explorar cómo era el espacio interior y representarlo a través de las palabras o la maqueta.
Transmutamos, de un poblado de iglús a una Cosmo City / de un pulpo a un puente agregado salvador de una princesa de lego / Lady Sansa en un conflicto naturoartificial de un sofá que no me gusta / Sphere palace se nos oscureció / Del pueblo de pirámides positivas y negativas a la caja transformable de Koolhaas / La fortaleza pesada pasó a ser una experiencia discotequera / El castillo basado en el número tres nos sirvió para tomar conciencia de la destrucción del mundo a manos del hombre / Y supimos de la creación del Mediterráneo por acumulación de lágrimas de una triste princesa.
In the second session we gave each group a different concept to transmute their castle through the game and the story. It was time to explore how was the interior space and to represent it through words and models.
From and igloo village to a Cosmo City / from an octopus to a bridge that could save a princess made out of lego / Lady Gaga in a nature-artificial conflict on a sofa that she doesn’t like / The Sphere palace darkened / From the village of positive and negative pyramids to the transformable Koolhaas’ box / The heavy castle became a discoteque experience / The caslte based on number three helped us to became aware of the destruction of the world by humanity
Mañana, viernes 17 de mayo, tendremos la oportunidad de conocer y escuchar al equipo de h3o, amigos y arquitectos fantásticos de Barcelona. Su conferencia tratará de ilustrar sus últimos trabajos y perspectivas en el campo de la arquitectura. Durante estas dos semanas han estado realizando un taller que, bajo el nombre de Castillos de Arena, ha explorado la dimensión infantil, lúdica y emergente de un contexto como el de la playa de Torrevieja.
Tomorrow, Friday, May 17, we will have the opportunity to meet and listen to the h3o team, friends and fantastic architects of Barcelona. His lecture will try to illustrate his latest works and perspectives in the field of architecture. During these two weeks they have been conducting a workshop that, under the name of Castillos de Arena, has explored the infantile, playful and emergent dimension of a context such as that of the Torrevieja beach.
¡Qué es Torrevieja sino la representación perfecta del turismo de Sol y Playa! Cada año miles de europeos vienen a hacer el recargo anual de vitamina D deseando estirar sus toallas en las extensísimas playas. Aprovechando que casi es verano (en Torrevieja de hecho siempre lo es) ¡vayamos a la playa nosotros también!
Seguro que la mayoría de vosotros habéis pasado días enteros jugando en la playa mientras vuestros padres se tostaban al Sol. Palas, rastreles, cubos y moldes de plástico eran las herramientas con las que disteis forma a las primeras construcciones que hicisteis de manera espontánea y por diversión.
La arena fina de Torrevieja es ideal para rememorar ese juego infantil que lleva en sí un concepto básico de la arquitectura: la forma. Castillos hechos sin tapujos, libremente, con un material maleable y fácil de usar.
What is Torrevieja but the perfect image of Sun and Beach tourism! Every year thousands of Europeans come to get the annual dose of vitamin D wishing to roll out their towels on the extensive beaches. As it’s almost summer (in Torrevieja it’s always summer) so let’s go to the beach, too!
All of you have spent entire days playing on the beach while your parents sunbathed. Shovels, strips, buckets and plastic molds where the tools to build your first spontaneous constructions. They were part of the game.
The fine sand of Torrevieje is perfect to bring this architectural game back to you. Relive your memories and feel free to build again with enthusiasm!
We have been invited by Alcoi City Council to present our awarded honourable-mention proposal for Al-Azarq Square.
Thanks for this opportunity!
Together with DomingoFerre Arquitectes, h3o has been shortlisted to participate at the competition 2nd round held by BIMSA for the renovation of the Cooperativa Segle XX building in Barceloneta.
H3O ARCHITECTURE STUDIO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE SPAIN
The purpose of the Competition is to design a strategy and a model for Mataró city centre that includes economic, urban, architectural, mobility, as well as economic, cultural and social dynamism that allow the Center to be promoted as a motor of cultural activity, commerce and tourism integrated into a single speech that highlights its historical and heritage legacy.
See our project in page 103:
becoming shows Spanish architecture through the works of a superb set of home-grown architects, where women are currently more in number than men. They demand rethinking the conditions of learning environments, abandoning predefined order schemes. The exhibition focuses on the actions, discourses and productions of the students, showing the complexity of our operational logics and trying to transform them into systems as simple as the choreographies of everyday life to make them accessible to all citizens. becoming is an experience which opens the door to an unknown atmosphere where the students build up the conflicts, the needs and other ways of living the world.
Today begins the transformation of an existing restaurant into 130 Restaurant. Starts the countdown!
Cuadernos CSCAE, magazine from the Consejo Superior de Colegios de Arquitectos de España.
Found our project in page 108 here
Today we’re really happy to announce that our proposal with Sara Vima for europan 14 in Alcoy has won the Special Mention!!
The jury awarded HEADSINTHECLOUDS “for its explicit refusal to build conventional architecture”.
S’han inaugurat a l’edifici Media-Tic 22@ les noves dependències del Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
h3o hem fet la direcció d’obra d’aquest projecte d’Enric Ruiz Geli
Joan Gener – Adrià Orriols – Miquel Ruiz
New logo designed by our friend Helena Fradera!
We are in Carrer Verdi 150, Barcelona. Visit us!