SAN JOSE INSURGENTES, MEXICO CITY, 2013
In the last decades there has been a degeneration of the “Action Office”, a model generated in the 60‘s by Robert Propst, resulting on a series of homogeneous, universal, anonymous and repetitive spaces, which form a deficient spatial response for today’s working space needs.
Today, working shapes and formats shift rapidly, the constant redefinition of collaborations, privacy, and the increasing interest for the well being of the workers, are directly related to the environments where we work in. Places where today, change and adaptation are always a constant.
The project for Element Studios manages the program through the “flexible band”, which is capable of hosting the totality of activities thanks to its capacity to adaptation and permeability without losing the capacity to tension, or become impermeable and fragment in smaller spaces if needed. The total project’s surface is 964 m2, due to a restricted budget only 316 m2 were “activated” by the proposal, but as Manada was able to stack a second layer in it, they generated a total of 1,281 m2 of usable surface.
The tight execution calendar (16 weeks from commission of the project, to project development, construction, and completion), functionality, economy and construction speed were an essential part of the itinerary and the way we tackled the execution. Paradoxically the spaces get “free” by the definition of different work “stages” that lack obvious formal hierarchies. The “flexible band” that integrates the intervention is shaped by 174 prefab, lightweight and structural wood panels. This panels create the space when they get installed on site and resolve the program needs by its shape and its great capacity for adaptation to the original space, which is one of the priorities we efficiently wanted to solve.
The concept and the design of Element Studios brought Manada architecture an award PRISMA by Habitat Expo in Mexico City in the category of 300 m2+.
Also first place for the national Award in Interiorism AMDI 2013 and second place for the XIII Bienal Nacional de Arquitectura Mexicana 2014
Area 1,281 m2
Manufacture of Wood Work: www.lainvencible.org
Fotografia: Jaime Navarro