Second Prize! public competition to design new streets in the center of Platja d’Aro

We are happy to announce that our proposal for the public competition to design new streets in the center of Platja d’Aro “concurs de projectes amb intervenció de jurat per a la selecció de la proposta arquitectònica que serveixi de base per als serveis de redacció del projecte bàsci de la urbanització de l’Avinguda Doctor Fleming, Carrer Miramar i Avinguda de la Pau” has been awarded with the Second Prize!


webinar on “ecological, social and affordable housing”

Today we have been talking together with Josep Ricart from H Arquitectes, with Marcel Barzilay from barzilay ferwerda and with Kim Förster about ecological, social and affordable housing in the context of the Stadmakerscongres in Rotterdam

Thanks Air Rotterdam for this opportunity!


Stadmakerscongres Rotterdam – tomorrow we’ll be talking about ecological, social and affordable housing

How could our live-and-work environments look like in the future in Rotterdam? In this online session, we’ll study the potential of sustainable environments, both ecologically and socially. Sign up to join this webinar by Europan 15 x Productive Rotterdam

 link to Stadmakerscongres webinar on ecological, social & affordable housing  




Stadmakerscongres – Rotterdam West, In search of a metropolitan mixed-use district for the 21st century

How could our live-and-work environments look like in the future in Rotterdam? In this online session, Europan 15 winners Visserijplein (Guillem Colomer Fontanet), Kop Dakpark (h3o), and Vierhavensblok (Izabela Slodka) will explore potential connections and cross overs between the Merwevierhavens area (M4H), the “Dakpark”, and Bospolder Tussendijk (BoTu). Sign up here to join this webinar by Europan 15 x Productive Rotterdam (in English).

Three winners of Europan 15 Rotterdam – Vierhavensblok, Kop Dakpark and Visserijplein – have joined forces and propose an integral view on the development of these neighbouring areas. They kick off the discussion with their analysis of the larger area. Together with a panel of experts and Rotterdam city makers they explore different types of interventions and necessary conditions to bring the developments to a next level. Aiming for a metropolitan mixed-use district of the 21st century, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

About h3o
h3o is an architecture studio based in Barcelona. Founded by Joan Gener, Adrià Orriols and Miquel Ruiz, the studio aims to foster excellence in architecture and urban design. Its creations confront today’s challenges through a deep understanding of the current complex globalized society. Climate change, social responsibility and hybridization of new human and non-human realities lay at the core of every project.

About Guillem
COFO architects was founded by Guillem Colomer in 2015. Operating from Rotterdam and Barcelona, the practice has since been involved in a wide variety of architecture and urban projects. Operating within the logics of each specific context and local community, the ambitious designs are always realised by mobilising a Collective Force.

About Izabela
Izabela Slodka is a Rotterdam based architect. Her winning Europan 15 proposal “Makers’ Maze” for Vierhavensblok in Rotterdam, illustrates Iza’s fascination with post-industrial sites. It is part of ongoing research focusing on unique spatial and material qualities of these, often forgotten, parts of the cities. She is looking for existing conditions that attract makers, designers, creating vibrant and creative atmosphere.

You can sign up for this online webinar via the ‘Meld je aan’ button below. This session is part of a series focussing on work-and-live typologies of the future. Click here to join other Europan 15 x Productive Rotterdam sessions. Stadmakerscongres 


AxA Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura “maneres de fer” has published the project for Arenys de Mar new library

Thanks AxA – Arquitectes per l’Arquitectura – for this amazing publication!

Link to AxA arquitectes per l’arquitectura website


h3o being part of Architects World Building

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

> Link to h3o window  

> Link to the world building endless elevation



Covid reflection by Miquel Ruiz published in Wunderkammer

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!

> Link to website


Europan 15 Netherlands workshop in Rotterdam

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!

Europan Netherlands winner teams



Structural reinforcements for a new Restaurant in Barcelona well underway


Construction of ROMA2000 apartment refurbishment has started!


New public library in Arenys published in La Vanguardia

“Escogido el proyecto de rehabilitación entre 22 propuestas arquitectónicas”

link to la Vanguardia



Our proposal for Europan 15 Rotterdam Dakpark on Sant Just Desvern Tweeter

@santjustcat Europan 15


Visiting Zurich – Apéro & exhibition “Alterssiedlung Espenhof Nord”

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!


Fourth Prize in the open competition “Alterssiedlung Espenhof Nord” Zurich

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

Landscape by #borquemarine Beatriz Borque & Miquel Mariné

Images by Jorge S. Kilzi


First prize in the competition for the new Library in Arenys de Mar!

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!

Link to Arenys de Mar City Council website

Link to Arenys de Mar magazine – January 2020 edition

Link to Arenys de Mar Library website


First Pirze for HYBRID PARLIAMENT – EUROPAN 15 in Rotterdam Dakpark

We are thrilled to announce that our proposal #HYBRIDPARLIAMENT has won the First Prize in @europan15  #rotterdam  #dakpark  in Holland!




today @theslowkind visited our last refurbishment in carrer Parlament!

The Slowkind visited our last refurbishment in Carrer Parlament to do a photo shoot of the berker190 model for Hager Spain


Happy to share Parlament short video by Nina & Maria Amat!

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.


Published in Europan España blog!

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!

Link to publication


Parlament refurbishment published in Archdaily!

(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.

(Im)movables on canvas


Second class in Alicante ¡Let’s transmutate the castles!

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 


h3o conference in Universidad de Alicante 17.05.2019

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.

Link to University Website



First class in Alicante ¡Let’s go to the 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!


Very happy to announce that h3o will be teaching at Proyectos-Zero at Alicante University


Today Adrià Goula has been taking photos of our last project: a flat reburbishment in Sant Antoni, Barcelona


We didn’t win this time! Yesterday we were in Mataró attending the final meeting of Pla d’implus al Centre de Mataró

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.

Link to Competition web

Link to project presentation



Video of LAUT Barcelona new techno Club

LAUT – new Techno club in Barcelona – h3o



We have been selected for the 2nd and final round in the competition to rethink Mataró city center!


We were in Madrid to get an honourable mention for our proposal “¿Yo soy guapa?”


We got an honourable mention for our proposal “¿Yo soy guapa?” for “Corral de Comedias” competition!

Competition panels


130 Restaurant in La Vanguardia! We did an express change of look (just 2 weeks work)

la vanguardia 130 restaurant


h2o black kitchen in Divisare



130 Restaurant opens its doors after a 2 week countdown


130 Restaurant transformation begins

Today begins the transformation of an existing restaurant into 130 Restaurant. Starts the countdown!


Honourable Mention in Europan 14 Alcoy!

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”.




RMIT-Europe opening

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


 > Link to Fundación Consejo España-Australia


Self portrait

Joan Gener – Adrià Orriols – Miquel Ruiz



New logo designed by our friend Helena Fradera!


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