by Manuel Ocaña Fast&Furious Production Office
The project is about dividing a large old flat into three luxury apartments as an investment real state operation in Madrid. This would usually mean that creativity is out of the game. “The more originality, the less chance of success in the market”, they say.
The clichés that are succeeding in real state business are modified applying some short of Technique intelligence procedures on them. We want to prove that this so-called Aesthetics of Capitalism is not a problem itself for the committed architect. It is all about working the finishing, assembling and, last but not least, the design.
There are two main concepts in all three apartments. The first one is the systematic diagonal distribution, consisting on two rooms with four millimeters thick glass walls, both bathroom and bedroom. The second one is the definition of the main space by convex corners, even those of the kitchen and cabinets attached to the perimeter walls.
We want to prove that architecture can be academically worthy while working with tendentious repertoire. It is only about including some original thinking in it, which allows a common project of vintage figurativism to be a special and committed architecture work.
DISEÑO Y PRODUCCIÓN. FAST&FURIOUS PRODUTION OFFICE
Manuel Ocaña, Miguel Molins, Yolanda Herránz y Vicente Monroy
Superficie construida/Surface 3×50 m2
Presupuesto/budget: 120M €
Pictures by: Rocío Romero. Imagen Subliminal
Based in Madrid, Manuel Ocaña Architecture and Thought Production Office has developed a wide range of important and paradygmatic projects reviewed worldwide, from landscape design to heritage restoration. The office operates as a médium between technology, art and the cultural demands craved by sociocultural demands, through a creative interpretation of their intersection. Furthermore, it asumes the role of a Productive Agent which materializes contemporary thoughts and realities. Manuel Ocaña currently lectures at ETSAM, Madrid Technical School of Architecture, and directs an on-line Design Studio at the IE School of Architecture. He has participated in diverse international exhibitions and lectured worldwide. His ideas and built work have been awarded several prizes. His work has been widely published in highlighted media such as El Croquis, Bauwelt, Arquitectura Viva, Metalocus or A10 among others. Moreover, his projects have been compiled in a monograph (eXcepto 18) which features the office’s motto: Architectural practice as contemporary thought production.