Team Representative: Ana Sabugo Sierra (ES) – architect; Associates: Ana Carreño Fernández De Travanco (ES), Alicia Peña Gómez (ES), Ester Moreno Palacios (ES), José Manuel De Andrés Moncayo (ES) – architects
A. Gómez, A. Travanco, E. Palacios, A. Sierra & J, Moncayo
1. How did you form the team for the competition?
Our common ground is the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM), where we have been studying and working. We have different backgrounds and concerns about architecture but, at the same time, share common interests and willingness to reach deeper discussions, so we take every opportunity to collaborate in projects and competitions. Some of us also worked together for Europan13 and Europan14.
2. How do you define the main issue of your project, and how did you answer on this session main topic: the place of productive activities within the city?
Our proposal is based on rethinking the industrial and educational model of Lasarte-Oria, characterized by its postindustrial disposition, and turning it back into a productive city. In this sense, we promoted the existing duality between industry and housing, by combining the existing vocational training and innovation businesses with social housing needs in the area. This mixed-use community would allow a circular economy, appealing social and economic interests, and consolidating a respectful transition from an old industrial enclave to a productive urban and rural environment.
3. How did this issue and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?
We worked conscientiously with the link between rural and urban, by working on three scales at the same time. Firstly, we developed a territorial strategy as mentioned in the previous question. Secondly, we designed an architectural intervention focused on building productive communities, which took into account the advantage of the topography by generating a succession of interconnected public spaces. Lastly, we integrated new housing typologies with production spaces, like offices and business incubators, and shared facilities.
4. Have you treated this issue previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?
All of us have been working on similar ideas during the recent years: we widely reflected on this issue while working on our proposal for Europan14 but also in our academic and professional environments. As source of inspiration, we searched for rural masterplans that took a stance on self-sufficiency and sustainable living models, as we thought the new community we were trying to develop needed to lay on similar basis. For the buildings, we got some influence from the works of Vaillo-Irigaray, Flores&Prats and Enric Miralles.
5. Urban-architectural projects like the ones in Europan can only be implemented together with the actors through a negotiated process and in time. How did you consider this issue in your project?
The project site in Lasarte-Oria is public property and small compared to other locations proposed. The combination of these two factors eases the stages after the competition as fewer actors are involved. For us, it was important to develop an idea that could consolidate the existing strategies of the municipality but also give a glimpse of new horizons and ambitions. In this sense, vocational training and social rental housing were both issues of interest for local or regional governments.
6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?
Some of us were awarded a Special Mention at Europan14-La Bazana and Europan13-Espoo. For the moment, we look forward to further stages in Europan15, as we think the process is not finished and closed. Anyhow, we all agree that the work done will enrich our professional development and that this prize is a motivation to continue collaborating.
Average age of the associates: 28 years old
Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? If yes, which ones?
As we said before, some of us were awarded a Special Mention at Europan14-La Bazana and Europan13-Espoo. We have extensive experience in architectural competitions, such as a Third Prize in the international Competition for the renovation of Puerta del Sol in Madrid. In 2017, we were appointed by the pan-European Future Architecture Platform as one of the twenty-five emerging architects.