Project Architects: Miguel de Guzmán Andrés Jaque Enrique Krahe
Team: Raquel Limeres Henar Molinero
Structures: Alfonso Gómez Gaite Belén Orta
Contractor: UTE Casa Sacerdotal
Location: Calle de las Peñas Plasencia Caceres Spain
Date: 09/2004
Client: Obispado de Plasencia
Surface: 5,500.00m²
Budget: 360,600.00 EUR

Catholic Church has defined historically territory superposing two occupation structures:
1. – Ideological structure, tree vertexed at the Vatican.
2. – Points of direct action, bishopric-nodes in an interconnected network.
This implantation pattern has ruled both social relationships and territory insertion of the individual members of the Church.
Clerical population in Europe has experienced a fast process of aging making it difficult the maintenance of an individualized attention model. Concentration of welfare services demand from the priests seglares a reconstruction of their relationship with territory [ 1 ] and their insertion in a community. [ 2 ] the project is the device that articulates this transformation by means of the activation of a set of:translaciones a4
[ 1 ] TRANSFERENCES: synthesis and approach of binding elements between the expanded landscape and the users [cuts of ecosystems: cork oaks meadow and pool, cherry trees valley, orchards of lemon trees; memory-object: benches, books, shades, clouds, lamps, chimneys; sensible contacts: lime stucco, stone pavement, shade, aromas] by the mediation of low technology devices.
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[ 2 ] INVITATIONS To PARTICIPATION: elements that stimulate the answer on the part of the inhabitants and foment associations and shared uses. Opportunities construction.
Location / Height 349.50m, latitude 40º 1.45′ 4″, longitude 2º 24.18′ 72″ [in the walled enclosure, between the cathedral and the convent-palace-inn].
ANTECEDENTS/Old Seminario Menor: 15th and 19th century buildings, garden and well, occupying a complete block.
WORKS / rehabilitation 15th century building [ 1628m2 ], rehabilitation 19th century building [ 896m2 ], 21st century building [ 1169m2 ], parking [ 362m2 ], garden [ 794m2 ], roof garden [ 413m2 ]. Total 5262m2.
POPULATION/priests [ a part of them students at the old Seminario Menor ] until this moment at different parishes from the diocese of Plasencia [maximum distance displacement 210 km. ]. Relatives, companions, assistants, visitors.
COMPOSITION/21 individual flats, 6 double flats, 4 handicapped adapted common baths, 3 technical premises, 2 visit rooms, 2 medical attention rooms, 2 special attention rooms, 1 residence for nuns, 1 chapel, 1 oratory, 1 morgue, 1 parking, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen, 1 vestibule, 1 games room, 1 gymnasium, 1 library, 1 gurugú, laundry.
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Architects: Enrique Krahe, Miguel de Guzmán Arquitecto, Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

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Enrique Krahe graduated from ETSA Madrid in 1999. Previously, he had studied in Venice and Paris. Since 2000 he runs his own practice in Madrid and since 2009 in Delft [Netherlands]. Working on his own, his office’s proposals have been awarded in several architectural competitions [Lamp, Hernández Gil, IALD, Europan 8 Cáceres, Europan 9 Trondheim, Europan 10 Emmen, Nominee EU Mies Awards 2009-2011, FAD, AR+d, Enor, Saloni…].
At the same time, he’s developed a continuous editorial activity, started in 2002 co-editor of Oeste Magazine. His critical essays have been published in books and magazines.
He has been granted as researcher by the COAM Cultural Foundation, has conducted workshops in the UIC [Barcelona], NTNU Trondheim [Norway], Iberoamerican University of Puebla [Mexico], TU Delft and has been teaching in the UCJC until he moved to Delft, where he currently collaborates with several universities. His projects have been published in numerous media and have taken part in exhibitions such us VIII BIA, Freshmadrid, XI Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venecia or VII BIAU.
Architect and Architectural Photographer. His work is commisioned by most important spanish Architecture Offices. He has been a proffesor in the Graphic Ideation Department at CEU Architecture School and the Photography Department of Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. Since 2008  Imagen Subliminal is the broadcast platform for the work of Miguel de Guzmán as architectural photographer and videographer. AWARDS As an Architect, he has been awarded with the Dionisio Hernadez Gil Prize for the Diocesan Priest House in Plasencia (work done together with Andres Jaque and Enrique Krahe), and was selected for the 2005 Spanish Architecture Bienal As a Photographer he has been finalist in ABC Journal Art Awards 2000, El Mundo Photography awards 2001. PRESS AND  EXHIBITIONS He has participated in solo and group exhibitions (Circuitos de Arte Joven, Galeria Vírgenes, Photo España…) His photographic work is published in books and magazines from Spain (among others, Arquitectura Viva,el Croquis, A+T, Arquitectos COAM, Pasajes, Diarios el Pais, ABC, el Mundo…) and abroad ( among others, Domus Italiy, A+U Japan, Bauwelt Germany, C3 Corea, Geo, a+ Netherlands…) Published “Miguel de Guzmán Architectural Photography“ the book that contains a selection of photographs taken between the years 2003 and 2013, and which give example of a new way in the making of architectural photography. Trama editorial (2013) Text by Andrés Jaque and Iván López Munuera Bilingual edition: spanish and english.
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Office for Political Innovation (OFFPOLINN) is an international architectural practice, based in New York and Madrid, working at the intersection of design, research, and critical environmental practices. The office develops projects in different scales and media, intended to bring inclusivity into the built environment.

Currently, the office works on projects for Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Art Institute of Chicago, Lafayette Anticipations, CA2M, Real Madrid, Colegio Reggio, and Grupo La Musa.

In 2016, OFFPOLINN received the Frederick Kiesler Prize from the City of Vienna; the office has also been awarded the SILVER LION for Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale and with the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award.

OFFPOLINN’s projects have been the object of solo exhibitions at MoMA, MoMA PS1, MAK Vienna, Princeton University, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris, and Tabacalera in Madrid. Its work has been included in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, London Design Museum, Whitechapel Gallery (London), Z33 (Hasselt), the Schweizerisches Architektur Museum (Basel), Lisbon and Oslo architecture triennales, and the Venice, Chicago, Gwanju, and Seoul architecture biennales.

OFFPOLINN’s work has been published in the most important architectural design outlets including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review, Abittare, Arquitectura Viva, and in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and El País.

Andrés Jaque
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Andrés Jaque founded the Office for Political Innovation in 2003. He has brought a transectional approach to architectural design; practicing architecture as the intervention on complex composites of relationships, where its agency is negotiated with the agency unfold by other entities.
Andrés Jaque is director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also been visiting professor at Princeton University and The Cooper Union.
Andrés received his PhD in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where he also received his M. Arch. He has been an Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat and Graham Foundation grantee. In 2018 he co-curated Manifesta 12 in Palermo.
His books include Transmaterial Politics (2017), Calculable (2016) PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society (2013), Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool (2013), Dulces Arenas Cotidianas (2013), Everyday Politics (2011), and Melnikov. 1000 Autos Garage in Paris 1929 (2004). His research work has been included in publications like Perspecta, Log, Thresholds and Volume.