Architect: Andrés Jaque Architects & the Office for Political Innovation
Team: Paloma Villarmea, Santiago Benenati, Roberto González, William Mondejar, Diego Penche, Daia Stéeová
Children Interaction: María Jaque
Marionettes: Carmen Ovejero, Silvia Talacková
Discussion Board: Elena Casado, Andrés Fernández, Rubio Miguel Mesa, Ruth Toledano
Music: Oskar Schuster,
Ronda Valencia, 2 28012 Madrid Madrid Spain
Client: Casa Encendida

Un proyecto de Andrés Jaque / Oficina de Innovación Política

‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ is the Andrés Jaque’s contribution to the dialogue, ‘La Terraza de Hänsel y Gretel’, between Jaque and artist Federico Herrero, curated, as part of the program ‘En Casa’, by Luisa Fuentes at La Casa Encendida.

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Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation have worked in the last years re-enunciating the way home, family and house get architecturally articulated as a social and material reality. Works like TUPPER HOME (Madrid), Sweet Parliament Home (Gwangju), IKEA Disobedients (MoMA, New York), Fray Foam Home (Vennice Biennale) or House in Never Never land (Ibiza) have provide opportunities to address from different perspectives the same conjunction.
‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ is a temporary pavilion to hold a number of discussions in which children and adults, with the assistance of marionettes, will debate the ethics contained in the tale ‘Hänsel & Gretel’. It is constructed in the roof of La Casa Encendida, the most active cultural center in Madrid.
The structured is composed by more than 6.000 hanging decorative objects and toys. A cloud of colorful light plastic elements, all of them designed originally to awake desires in people of different ages, and massively produced by delocated industrial networks. The construction offers a post-marketing version of the witch’s children trap of ginger cookies.


Arquitectos: Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

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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
Founder Principal

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.