BOX IN THE BOX
By Arenas Basabe Palacios Architects
The project entails the refurbishment of a 940 m2 warehouse located in Móstoles (Madrid) and its conversion into a building that provides spaces for a cultural association and sporting activities for young students.
The scheme aims to preserve the existing structure and the industrial character of the building, whilst introducing two new components which serve as a element of reference for the user, both internally and externally. On the outside a new layer is added to the facade, a corrugated aluminum skin which draws attention and intensifies the presence of the building within its industrial context.This ventilated shell is fitted with a system of adjustable perforated window shutters that can be folded to display either an open or closed character.
On the inside THE BOX, a massive core made of OSB boards, accommodates the servant spaces: circulation, foyer, toilets, storage and MEP services. This structure spans four storeys and becomes a unifying element that gives access and weaves the varied uses of the program together: indoor playing court, assembly hall, chapel, classrooms, meeting room, offices, etc.
The use of clean lines and neutral-toned materials give these spaces a homogeneous appearance. The mostly white palette of translucent, transparent and opaque walls and grey continuous polished-concrete floors contrast with the forcefulness of the engineered lumber boards which clads the internal core.
A double height space acts as both meeting place between users and playground for spontaneous games. The presence of THE BOX is specially prominent here, granting the building a recognizable identity, deeply associated to its new cultural use.
BOX IN THE BOX
Architects: Arenas Basabe Palacios Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Yolanda García
Construction Company: Ecay
Location: Móstoles, Madrid.
Photography: ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero) www.imagensubliminal.com
Enrique Arenas Laorga (1974), architect (ETSAM, Madrid) and Doctor Cum Laude (UPM Madrid, 2006) . He has developed projects in very different areas: rehabilitations, housing, institutional and events. He has held lectures at several academic institutions, and taught as professor at the European Institute of Design in Madrid (IED).
Luis Basabe Montalvo (1975), architect graduated at the TU Graz. He was visiting professor at Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani (DAStU) at Politecnico di Milano, since 2003 he teaches design studio at ETSAM as associate professor. He was guest researcher and guest lecturer at various Universities: RWTH Aachen (Germany), Cambridge (UK) and CEPT Ahmedabad (India).
Luis Palacios Labrador (1983), architect graduated at ETSAM (Madrid, 2009), Master in Advanced Innovation and Technology (ETSAM, 2011) and Doctor Cum Laude (UPM, 2017). He currently teaches design studio as an associated professor. He worked in the Netherlands, investigated in Berlin and held lectures and workshops in India and UK.
arenas basabe palacios is a young architecture and urbanism studio based in Madrid. Its partners Enrique Arenas Laorga, Luis Basabe Montalvo and Luis Palacios Labrador are working together since 2006 and won about thirty prizes in architecture and urbanism competitions since 2006. They gave lectures in diverse institutions and presented their work and investigation in international exhibitions. Their work was publicated in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, US, Austria, Germany, Cyprus, India and Corea.