Madrid adds a new street: CALLE MAHOU (Google it!).
A street that is added to the existing urban fabric of the city to become a new landmark for Madrid. The city expands inside the building gaining ground for its citizens, spaces to colonize, active and reactive spaces. A street that reflects the idiosyncrasies of Madrid, its culture, its elements, its activities, its roots with spaces recognizable by the user full of locals elements. New spaces full of tradition.
The palace is introduced into the skyline of tiled pitched roofs, pots on the terraces, balconies of wrought iron, calamari sandwiches, chotis, carnations, market odor, conversations in squares, red sunsets and beers in the company. Mahou Street is Madrid and its locals. A space created by and for the people. Madrid is not only its streets, is in its people and their lives. The street is full of its inhabitants’ lifes and its inhabitants fill it with their things. People complete the space, program and use. A space that encourages the active engagement of its neighbours and the integration into their lifes.
The street is surrounded by rooms, the rooms have size and context but the program that houses the street is not seen as static, closed and compartmentalized. Instead, is a fluid and diluted program where anything can happen here or there. The program is everywhere and everywhere you can create the program.
A new concept. Traveling to the Golden Age by the hand of Calderon de la Barca and a very cold Botijo. See a Soccer World Cup with your friends or accompany your grandparents to their domino activities. There is no limit for spatial proposals thanks to the spatial fluidity and ease of accommodating new scenarios.
A street that makes its way into the building braking it into five interconnected pieces to stand as new buildings with new facades raised on all sides, encouraging interaction between the inhabitants of this new extension of the urban fabric.
By fragmenting the building, a new accessible, complex and dynamic communication within it is created. Allowing navigation through all the levels, platforms and floors connected together, thus ensuring universal accessibility of the “street”. A new opening that enhances the security and fire protection, evacuation, accessibility and removal of architectural barriers. Improves the bioclimatic performance adopting Mediterranean streetown configuration.
One of the main venues will be the Patio, core of activities and focus of looks from anywhere in the building: walkways, balconies and windows of the new interior walls. A playground for informality. A playground for the new, for the unexpected, for fun, to relax, to be under the sun, to be in the shade, to smell the flowers, drink beer, to sit, to lie, to hear a song, or a play, to laugh, to mourn. . .
The store or stores are mobile, flexible and adaptable. Starting from this idea, a collapsible cart is designed to tour the building. The shop is not anywhere and is everywhere, is where the buyers are. At Mahou street. Above. And down. And it moves with its cart, and opens and closes and “clink” cash, and thank you very much, and come back soon. And you’re going out to the street, but you were already there.
Small domestic meeting spaces, household, thoroughbred … your living room is brought into: we have sofas, we have tables, we have TVs, and a Flemish above the TVs, we have your grandmother’s chair, we have books, magazines for when you go to the bathroom, we have prawns, we have it all! … and we have BEER, everywhere, thanks to a distribution system that will cover the place with beer taps in multiple spots.
For the Mahou workers, we start from the concept a meeting room is people gathered.No specific spaces are required, they can work in the garden, work on the terrace, work alone, work with other people, work sitting, work standing, work still, moving work, work quietly, work with noise around, work here, work there… and when stop working … time for a beer! New adaptable, flexible and mobile furniture is designed to take to the courtyard, the terrace or the multipurpose hall. It unfolds and folds when work is completed, leaving the rooms free for different activities.
All decisions foster an interactive and dynamic space, full of physical and visual communications, creating interactive spaces for Madrid: look out the window, gossip, go to the street, live and sing.
Experience the street from all its angles, from above and from below, from the right and the left. Walk, travel it. Discover its corners. Just around the corner there is a concert, on the terrace below there is a party and over there there is an exhibition. Day and night. Say hello to your neighbor, how are you Paco?, walk the dog. Just around the corner there’s a party on the terrace there is an exhibition and a concert down there.
Carpo is a gastronomic meeting place with a deep focus on the natural and the healthy. It stands as a space of worship to well-being and contact with our environment through restoration, where the human is made present in nature.
Gastronomy and space are united under the same premise: to be in contact with our environment. The nature, the environment and the combination of its elements are fundamental parts of the creation of the Carpo identity.
In order to reflect the balanced plurality of our surroundings, Carpo is satisfied by the harmonious accumulation of elements, ingredients and pieces, which, when united, mixed and combined, present a coherent whole without losing the individual identity of each one.
As in the gastronomic section, where these ingredients are combined and varied to result in elaborations that put us in contact with our nature, the space project follows the same premise generating 4 spaces that refer directly to natural environments: the jungle, the desert, the sea and the sky; And that combined generate a cohesive and harmonious set within the plurality.
Fragments Of India_Learning from the traditional pols of Ahmedabad
A workshop led by Fragments Of and Footprints E.A.R.T.H. 
Country of contrasts, difficult to judge from a European look, hard to avoid romanticism. India will reveal part of its identity and then will contradict itself.
With more than 6 million people, Ahmedabad is the sixth most populous city in India. Historically, it is positioned as one of the economic and industrial centers with special importance in the XXth Century when hosted Mahatma Gandhi, leading the activism for India’s independence from Britain. During the second half of the century saw a period of cultural splendor, attracting big names from the world of architecture and modern art that will leave a mark in this enclave of living traditions.
Ahmedabad is the result of constant hybridization between tradition and modernity. Getting to know this city is approaching a fragment of India, a portion of such a plural country that it would be wrong to claim understanding. The urban fabric of the city is a direct result of this mixing and conflicts involved, patents and making visible the contrasts in the country is immersed, from slums to consolidated historic fabric, through new financial areas built in the form of skyscrapers glass, or even old peripheral rural areas today engulfed by the fast growth of the city. Ahmedabad offers countless case studies where test our understanding of the context.
The relation of the context with space and time in which it sets, is a key element in order to get close to this environment, changeable, dynamic, fluid and mutable, threatened by the current urban policies that, regardless of temporality as a factor, is jeopardizing some traditional idiosyncrasies of the region.
A fragment of the city is studied, the Pols, trying to face the challenges that these specific areas arise, from a global perspective and without forgetting the value of establishing debate in these processes, restating what we “know”.
We reflect on the lessons that we can draw from contexts like this and the potential contributions to the site as external agents; a laboratory of social, cultural and technical learning for Spanish students that working with Indian students and local actors seek to pose the right questions to extract from them the tools with which to tackle urban projects in such contexts.
Once there was an Earth
The ice is the world.
The world is nothing more than a state matter, a volatile state that requires certain conditions to maintain its equilibrium. Nature regulates these conditions in cycles perfectly, but there is an element that interferes in this unstable balance, the Salt of the Earth, human beings.
Pleasure and death are combined in every living being without altering the natural order. Except in our species, in which the balance favours the pleasure without realizing what it entails.
This imbalance is embodied in a facility that is a wakeup call, a place to enjoy and have fun but with a high price, the disappearance. The intention is to create, in the end, a feeling of regret in the user, who perceives the negative effects associated with their personal enjoyment.
The ice becomes a perfect construction material, an ephemeral and transformable object that is at the same time poetic, symbolic and engaging making the user think about the volatility of our world while creating a temporary human playground that will eventually disappear.
“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”