Sewn Heart

Raufoss (NO) - Winner


Team Representative: Luis Navarro Jover (ES) – architect; Associates: Carlos Sánchez García (ES) – architect; Andoni Arrasate García (ES), Juan Manuel López Carreño (ES), Ignacio Burgos Alvarado (ES), Nuria Martínez Martínez (ES) – architects

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N. Martínez Martínez, L. Navarro Jover, J. M. López Carreño, A. Arrasate García, I. Burgos Alvarado & C. Sánchez García

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1. How did you form the team for the competition?

Carlos & Luis founded La Errería * architecture office in 2012. Some of us had previously worked in some national and international competitions. We formed the team according to affinities and skills. After Europan, we are now all friends and we are planning to go skiing to Raufoss!

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 proposes to accommodate a mix of homes that adapt and integrate families, couples, attached industry workers, students, etc. in apartments that are regulated from 25 to 110 sqm. These new typologies not only allow this desired social cohesion but also integrates other architectural elements such as leisure, sports, cultural and technological programs.


3. How did this issue and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?

The city centre is made up of different urban layers or island that appear to be differentiated and disconnected. These dichotomies are shown not only through their typologies but also through the landscape itself.

  • CITY STRUCTURE. Reading from the landscape structure of Raufoss, thus respecting its territorial integrity.
  • BREAKING BORDERS. The actual industry-city disconnection must disappear. We propose to turn the borders into opportunities and incorporate industrial culture into the SEWN HEART.
  • CULTURAL HERITAGE. A complementary and reciprocal action between SEWN HEART and the structure of institutions of Raufoss.

The new heart of Raufoss should enhance the coexistence of the different identities that conform the city today. We believe that it would be crucial in order to conclude with a vibrant centre that all those layers find themselves represented in the incoming transformation processes.


4. Have you treated this issue previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?

We had previously worked on other editions of Europan on Productive Cities. Our work on the city had been concretized in some projects such as those mentioned in question #4. Some references that have helped us in the process are explained in the attached images.


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 believe that the architecture resulting from this participatory process should not be closed on the delimited environment of the project, but should always be understood from a relational situation with an outside that has enabled its transformation. Europan 15 is a crucial opportunity for the materialization of a vibrant urban heart in Raufoss, whose arteries help to connect clearly differentiated urban environments.
Far from being a closed and conclusive urban planning, Sewn Heart advocates the search for opportunities for the inclusion of all these agents in the transformation of the city.

6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?

Yes. We are working on the wide diffusion of our project in specialized media and catalogs. Also, in this context, we are currently developing in our office.
We are very pleased to know the great feedback the project has received from the Europan board and the synergies produced with the political representatives and the Raufoss' city planning team, specifying a calendar of new meetings that will take place in the city from next January.



Office: La Errería * Architecture Office
Functions: Architects
Average age of the associates: 28.6 years old

Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? If yes, which ones?

Yes, we have previously won other competitions such as the International Biennale of Architecture Kraków 2017 and the runner-up in the Health Sciences Faculty for the University of Alicante. Many built works by La Errería * architecture office (mainly residential ones) has been rewarded in several national and international competitions.