The Blue House (La Casita Azul) is a permanent space dedicated to increase the presence of architecture in Madrid´s cultural offer. A small space for large works. An urban pocket that will host some of the most important architects that will bring their work to the public in an accessible way, thanks to the display´s scale.
In this new exhibition at La Casita Azul, developed by CentroCentro and curated by Jacobo García-Germán, José María Sánchez García Architects presents one of their most important work to date, carried out by one of the Spanish architects with greater projection and international recognition.
“The Ring” José María Sánchez García
June 10th – September 13th 2015
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 -20:00h
“La casita azul” The Blue House
at CentroCentro Cibeles, 4th floor
Plaza de Cibeles, 128014
The integration of the project in the environment takes place primarily through two strategies: scale and materialization.
The program, about 6,000 m2, stretches becoming a circular structure of 630 meters. This achieves that the building is always perceived in a partial way. A fragment explains the building, but the only way to see the whole of it, is from above. The excessive scale dilutes the project in the environment. In addition, the building becomes an artefact. It is materialized by a system of dry construction with assembled parts. It is integrated into the landscape by contrast.
Moreover, the building rises from the ground without changing the topography. Thus, the impact on the place is almost null. Contact points are reduced to a minimum, establishing a single high level over the ground. Its alien character to environment is underlined while establishing a varied and complex spatial relationship with the topography. The elevation of the pillars varies from 1 to 4.50 meters.
The strategy followed is to collect the program in a single structure. Using a circular geometry, we place the program as close as possible to the water border. The project is located in a seven meters span. The program is distributed as separate modules that are hosted together between the two ring planes.
The continuous facade is altered by opening holes at irregular intervals. These empties divide the program areas and allow the communication by elements, both vertically and horizontally. The modules, called work-places, face the water and appropriate the adjacent land. Having its own access to water allows developing sport activities independently. The independent program generates diagonal relationships between them, making unnecessary an internal circulation in the ring. The ring is which organizes the complex.
We use local both techniques and building systems. All the construction is based on standardized and prefabricated steel profiles similar to traditional constructions from farms and small local industry.
Like giant pieces of meccano, the steel components were brought into the site and simply and rapidly put together. The execution time of the work was six months. The work is best understood as an assembly of pieces than like an ordinary construction. This was achieved through a systematization and standardization of building systems throughout the project. Because of its size, the circular structure could be solved by standardized straight elements; there is no curve in the project.
Stainless steel cladding panels of the facade have a certain angle. These gills give a chameleon-like feature that allows the change of the image of the building throughout the day reflecting different sheens and hues.
José María Sánchez García
José María Sánchez García is Associate Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture of Madrid and a visiting professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland.
In 2006 it sets its offices in Madrid. Today is one of the largest architectural firms with international presence. It has been awarded the first BSI Swiss Architectural Award in 2014; first prize AR + D Architectural Review Emerging Architecture (RIBA, London); the Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award in New York; awarded in the VII Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Colombia; Philippe selected for Rotthier, Belgium Award; selected for the Mies van der Rohe in 2013; finalist in the X Contractworld Award 2010 in Hannover; selected for the Global Observatory, ETH Zurich, 2011; finalist in the Zumtobel Group Award 2012 in Berlin.
Nationwide it has been awarded the 2014 Grand Prix Enor; first prize in the Young Architecture Biennale XI Spanish Architecture and Urbanism 2011; special mention at the 2010 FAD Architecture; Special mention in the X Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism 2009; First prize A + (Architecture Plus) 2012; first prize of young architecture ENOR 2009; Nan V Awards first prize of Architecture and Construction; Napisa first prize; Veteco first prize for the best light facade; Galvanizing Ateg second prize in Construction; and special mention award and opinion – Arquia / Next.
In addition, his work has been published in national and international magazines such as Casabella, Architectural Review, Detail, Azure, Architekture Aktueal, Future, A + U, Phaidon, Arquitectura Viva, AV, 2G.
Information and images courtesy of José María Sánchez García Architecture Office