Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos
|Enrique Arenas Laorga (ES), architect
Luis Basabe Montalvo (ES), architect
Luis Palacios Labrador (ES), architect
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E. Arenas Laorga, L. Basabe Montalvo & L. Palacios Labrador
When did you win Europan? On which sites and in which countries? How was the team formed by then? Please describe the main ideas of your projects?
In 2007 we won two first prizes for E9 in Badajoz (ES) and Kapfenberg (AT). In 2009 we won a first prize for E10 in Wien (AT), and in 2013 we won a first prize for E12 in Höganäs (SE). Additionally, we were runners-up for E8 in 2005 in Alcazar de San Juan (ES) and for E12 in 2013 in Wien (AT).
At the beginning, we were a group of friends doing a competition with the help of some students in architecture. In the last editions, we had already some amount of structure in the office, and we could organize it in teams.
Our whole Europan odyssey was accompanied by a row of recurrent research lines, which were precisely developed through the projects. The common issue to all the projects is the process-oriented approach to architecture, as well as the obsession to make urban structures more democratic.
We have subsequently introduced topics which have become our architecture’s essential pillars: the importance of management structures, the understanding of the city as a multiplayer entity, the subversion of property-based structures, and the recovery of the commons as a main urban element, among many others.
Did your project have any follow-up? If yes, which one and how? Did this step have a learning effect for you as far as the process is concerned? If yes, which one? If not, why did the project not go further?
Some projects did have a follow-up and some did not.
E9 follow-up in Badajoz (ES)
We were able to do the urban planning for the area, but the process is currently on stand-by. We have learnt a lot from the Citizenship of the Santa Engracia neighbourhood, about transversal work structures and the relation of urban projects with politics.
E10 follow-up in Wien (AT)
The project goes very well. The masterplan for the 10.7 ha was approved in September 2015, and we will soon be starting the implementation of some parts. This process was especially important for our office. We have learnt a lot about the development of new neighbourhoods and its huge complexity.
At the present time [May 2017], we are involved in the design of 80 housing units arranged in 11 building blocks of different sizes, from one to eight stories following the idea of diversity and flexibility of the competition entry.
E12 follow-up in Wien-Siemensäcker (AT)
In Wien-Siemensäcker we have been involved in a collaborative planning process, together with the winning team and some other local planners, in order to define the masterplan. The process was very enriching, and came to a really interesting result. We have learnt a lot about the importance of the process itself.
The result was the approval of the masterplan by the Municipality at the end of 2016. Currently, associated with local partner Soyka-Silber-Soyka, we are defining the project of 60 housing units arranged in 3 buildings, plot included as a part of the entire neighbourhood.
For Höganäs (SE) - E12, we presented a preliminary work plan to the municipality, who is very receptive to the process. Nevertheless, the project is currently on stand-by, waiting for a proper political moment to be developed.
The process in Kapfenberg (DE) - E9, did not even start.
Contributors for the Europan projects (since 2005): Franca Sonntag, Lucía Leva, Enrica di Toppa, Miriam Alonso, Marta Guedán, Lidia Fernández, María Ángeles Peñalver, Almudena Cano Piñeiro, Andreas Benéitez, Ana Conesa, Carolina Eslon, Marta Fontecha, Paula Fernández San Marcos, Kerstin Pluch, Alfonso Rengifo Cavestany, Guillermo Ramírez Camarero, Salas Montes Mañas, Juan Pablo Arenas Laorga, Isabel Gutiérrez Sánchez, Helena de Sebastián Ochotorena, Marta Juliana Abril, Enrique de Alba, Alejandra Climent, Carlos Ruiz Jiménez, Guadalupe Hernández Lorenzo – architects; Alicia Gómez Nieto, architect and urban planner; Rosa Pérez, Carlota Le Quinio, Silvia Muñoz, Nieves Andrea Calvo, Alba Sospedra, Elena Iglesias, Laura Salvador González, Inés García García, Catherine Folawiyo, Ana Isabel Prieto López, Eva de Miguel Gómez, Alba Caballero – students in architecture; Clara Ruiz, student in computer programming