Kitchen showroom in calle Castelló, Madrid
by PYO Arquitectos

The project for Estudio Vonna is built with distances.

Distances with the existing.
Distances between materials.
Distances between spaces.
Distances between objects.
Distances between times.

The new separates from the existing. Thus, the shop window carpentry is attached to the facade anchoring from the outside, “presenting” the existing structure, appropriating its qualities, detaching itself from it and putting it in value. Its execution, its assembly and its detail are a presentation of the interior intervention.

The carpentry is folded to distance itself from the street and welcome the client in a “domestic” space. Its delicate materiality steps away from the bare space that surrounds it and from the movement of the street. The marble that defines the interior showcase plinth leans out of the street and invites to enter.

The intervention on existing materials is focused on recovering their “gross” qualities. The terrazzo tiles are diamond polished. The suspended ceilings are dismantled and the building concrete skeleton appears. The surfaces are undressed revealing their folds, their superimposed accidents, allowing a glimpse of excavated time.

In the main space, the new materials near the existing ones through joining elements like brass profiles in the marble cuttings, wood strips in the partitions supports, or metal anchors in the pine wood uprights of the samples exhibition wall.

There is a writing of time, in which each line can be thought of as a boundary between two incessantly forking and crossing times. The project juxtaposes in the same space two successive cuts, revealing the space between them: a temporary space, in which the trace acquires thickness, an architecture built from the experience accumulated in the traces.

Location: Madrid, Spain
Year: 2015-16
Type: Commission
Status: Built
Surface : 240 m2
Client: VONNA
Author: PYO arquitectos / Paul Galindo Pastre, Ophélie Herranz Lespagnol
Team: PYO arquitectos / Héctor Rivera Bajo, David Freijeiro González, Lorenzo Grieco, Jungmin Lee, Eleonora Lo Buono
Construction: Aetas Servicios Generales SL / Ioan Bezdedan
Photography: ImagenSubliminal / Miguel de Guzman+Rocio Romero

Architects: PYO arquitectos


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PYO ARQUITECTOS is an architecture office based in Madrid (Spain) directed by Ophélie Herranz Lespagnol (Angers, France, 1981) and Paul Galindo Pastre (Paris, France, 1980). After studying at the Lycée Français de Madrid, they graduated as architects at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and complemented their education with an academic year at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. Since 2009 they are developing their research work as Phd candidates at the ETSAM as part of the Advanced Architectural Projects Program.

They have been invited as guest critics at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva (Switzerland), the ESAYT at Camilo José Cela University, and the ETSAM, both of them in Madrid. Paul has teached as assistant professor at ETSAM Architectural Projects Department during 2010 spring semester.

Before founding PYO arquitectos, they worked as project architects for Rafael Beneytez and Solid Arquitectura (Soto & Maroto Arquitectos) in Madrid, and for SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) in New York. They are currently working in close collaboration with the architecture office NOMOS Groupement d’architectes based in Switzerland.

Ophélie and Paul have been working as a team since 2002, carrying out academic projects, taking part in local and international competitions in which they have obtained 5 first prizes, 3 second prizes, 1 accessit and 5 honourable mentions. Thay have won the following architecture competitions: Apartment building in Geneva (2012), Idensitat 07 (2006), Ofitec 2006 (2005), 400000 dwellings (2004), Zoom Neologisms for Chicago (2002).

Their built projects include the Casa Tmolo in Asturias (under construction) and an apartment renovation in Madrid (2011).

In 2013 they launch OPYO, as a section of PYO arquitectos focused on furniture design and edition.

Their work has been widely published in periodicals and books, among which we can briefly point out “Future”, “AV Proyectos”, “L’Arca”, “2G” and “Self-Sufficient Housing”. Their projects have also been subject of collective exhibitions in Spain, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, U.S.A. and Argentina. In 2007, PYO was selected to take part inFRESHFORWARD

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