As a part of our Fall 2016 Seminar visits series to a local architecture offices, our students had opportunity to visit Walden 7 housing complex from 1975, one of the earliest ambitious projects by Ricardo Bofill and later visited architects office located in reconverted abandoned cement factory from the late 19th century.
Many thanks to Alex from Storytelling from Walden7 for walking us around the Walden’s “streets” and Maria and Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura for opening us the door of their beautiful office and showing us more about their architecture!
..see some photos from the visit
Fall 2015 students from Texas A&M, Clemson and Roger Williams University attended their second field studies trip to the Netherlands this past October. The visits where guided by Ivan Blasi and Anna Sala, both part of our BAC faculty team. The intense trip went through Rotterdam, The Hague, Hilversum, Delft, Zaandam, Utrecht and Amsterdam in a short 8 days. Students came back both impressed and energetic to continue the rest of this course!
Thanks again to everyone who made part of this trip.
This past Tuesday November 3rd, Fall 2015 students visited iGuzzini Iluminazzione HQ, project by Mias architects, as part of their Seminar Lecture Series visits lead by Mercé Berengué.
Guided by one of the building’s users, students had a first hand insight into the building’s process through its conception to its completion in 2011 and their operations ever since.
The visit was done through a promenade through the main office’s spaces. Walking from the lower exhibition area where the architecture models from the competition project and documental videos from its building process can be examined, the warehouse and showroom, finishing in an upper level of the floating sphere-like structure that contains the company offices.
At the end of the visit, a critical discussion was encouraged by Mercé Berengué analyzing the structural working of this innovative project and comparing it to previous visits done throughout the course.
On October 27th BAC Fall 2015 students visited OAB Ofice of Architecture in Barcelona where principal architect Carlos Ferrater, with the assistance of Miguel Roldán, lectured on the studio’s trajectory and some of its important projects.
Carlos Ferrater, together with Borja Ferrater, Lucia Ferrater and Xavier Martí founded OAB under a theoretical platform that would guide each project under a common ideology. Their work is done collaborate with a shared authorship of the whole office and a clear a symbiosis between engineering and architecture.
Projects like the Botanical garden of Barcelona, Benidorm West Beach Promenade, Mediapro office building and the AA House synthesize their capacity as an office to apply theoretical principles and engineering thought and innovation into architecture at every scale and program.
Students from Texas A&M, Clemson and Roger Williams University in this Fall 2015 course, experienced Madrid and Toledo in a dense field trip guided by our BAC faculty team. The 5 day long trip included an equilibrated mix of walking tours, visiting landmarks and significant built projects, as well as architecture studios and offices.
Thanks everyone who made part of this trip and see some pictures below.
This past Tuesday October 13th, our Fall 2015 students had the opportunity to visit the newest offices of b720 Fermín Váquez architects as part of the Seminar Lecture Series visits lead by Mercé Berengué.
Fermín Váquez , principal architect, presented two projects that represent the office’s analysis and design process but also translate into the main characteristics that define the architect’s role through the different stages of a project. Client’s relationships, programmatic needs, first design concepts and ideas, budgeting decisions, structural design and construction process, where some of the stages described for both the Les Encants Market project in Barcelona, and the Spanish National Pavilion in the current Expo Milan 2015.
Friday October 9th, our Fall 2015 students experienced a short visit to Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura office lead by RBTA staff and Mercé Berengué. The offices are located on a former concrete factory at the outskirts of Barcelona. Students visited some of the studio’s offices as well as their main meeting room and common areas. The visit provided a brief insight into this Barcelona based architecture firm that has made its name with a significant catalog of projects through its years of experience.