Team Representative: Pablo Menéndez Paunero (ES) – architect
Associates: Ignacio Pérez Anzola (ES), Héctor Termenón López (ES) – architects
Hermannstrasse 7, 12049 Berlin (DE)
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P. Menéndez Paunero, I. Pérez Anzola & H. Termenón López
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1. How did you form the team for the competition?
We met in Berlin as we were working at the same office. During these years we have shared different thoughts and we wanted to do something together, on our own.
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 project is defined by the idea of Re-meaning, taking into account the past and understanding the current urbanism features of the city. The main issue was to create a system that could be adapted to any mixed and open use, giving place to new activities.
3. How did this issue and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?
Complexity emerged in the first place. After several discussions, we decided to solve the problems working in different layers. Finally, the results is based on free and fluid movements, from the urban connections to the space in between, transferring this idea to the inside buildings.
4. Have you treated this issue previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?
During these years we have worked together in several competitions and projects, we are used to work in different topics and scales. The fact that we live in Berlin may help us understand the importance of an open approach to the city. We did not have any real inspired project but the ideas of Andrea Branzi in "Non Stop City" or O.M. Ungers "The City in the City" have had a big impact in our way of understanding the city.
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?
We focused on creating a system that could be strong enough independently. Therefore the project can be built in different phases divided in groups without a fixed order. In terms of adaptability, the system can change according to the needs.
6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?
It is the first time that we have been rewarded by an Europan prize. We are just glad to contribute somehow to develop ideas and to have the opportunity to share them with anyone that is interested in understanding them.