Intermediae | Strategies of Conciliation Option Studio

About the Building Collages: In the first exercise, through the “collage” method, fragments of existing buildings in Madrid and other repurpose projects were used to explore potential concepts of structure and façade. Ideas of opening in response to public and private space were proposed by lifting up the façade at the ground level and exposing existing structural systems and interjecting new structural elements.

About the Artist Residence: Ideas of enclosure in relation to public and private space continued at the scale of the artist residence. Inspired by the sculptures of Eduardo Chillida, the artist residence unit has levers that are able to open and close depending on the program required. These levers are positioned at ergonomic positions for sitting down or standing up. They can be utilized as a bench for afternoon tea, a counter bar for a quick drink, table for the working artist or exhibition spaces. As an individual unit they operate for the single artist, but can be grouped together with other units to allow for communal gathering and working spaces.

About the Market: At the scale of the city, the medieval tissue was divided into blocks of spaces with arrangements of semi-public inner courtyard spaces, private residences and public sidewalks and streets. What was formed as an organic process and became leftover public space within the blocks of Madrid, now become the physical structures that direct the public and private space around it, inverting the original process of block making. With that idea in mind, I speculated on the possible “voids” that would break down the scale of the original La Cebada to the scale of the medieval tissue of Madrid.

At the street level, these “voids” are able to direct the public space around it and invite people into the site, bringing the street into the building. The voids create order and impose a new grid that allows public movement around the semi-public spaces within the “voids”.