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
Client: Obispado de Plasencia
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:
[ 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.
[ 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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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 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.