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.
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.
This Tuesday September 22, as part of our Fall 2015 Visiting Seminar Lecture Series lead by Mercè Berengué, students visited the Enric Miralles Foundation and the EMBT offices.
The foundation is currently exhibiting “Urban Regeneration” showing eight EMBT projects; four of them done with Enric Miralles and four of them developed after his passing. These projects are also divided in four land projects, like the Santa Catarina Market in Barcelona and the Paris – Naples upcoming metro stations, and four water projects, like the port areas of Frankfurt and Bremerhaven.
The visit was lead by the foundation’s staff and Mercè Berengué explaining and commenting with the students the exhibited projects, later on students had the opportunity to visit the EMBT offices located directly above the foundation, and as closure to the enriching visit, principal Benedetta Tagliabue joined in a direct conversation with students where they had a chance to discuss EMBT’s design process and current projects.