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MOTTO (MOT Testing Station) - TALLERde2 - Spain
  • MOTTO (MOT Testing Station) - TALLERde2 - Spain
  • MOTTO (MOT Testing Station) - TALLERde2 - Spain
MOTTO (MOT Testing Station) - TALLERde2 - Spain

TAKKERde2 Architects

Arantza Ozaeta Cortázar and Álvaro Martín Fidalgo head TallerDE2 Architects since 2008, a Madrid based office for architecture, urban planning and landscape design. The office TallerDE2 Architects makes an on-going commitment to research and knowledge, both in training and innovative practice. Their work has international scope, being recognized, published and awarded on several occasions. They are educators in the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK) and the Architectural Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain). Regularly they participate in debates, workshops and lectures at a number of Universities in Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and Taiwan.

Arantza Ozaeta Cortázar and Alvaro Martín Fidalgo are 2016/7 Laureate of Europe 40 Under 40, and they have been recognized with the international award Bauwelt Prize ‘First Work’, the prize COAM Luis M. Mansilla and as Finalists at the XII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2013, for the project ‘Haus der Tagesmütter’. Recently, the Spanish magazine ‘Arquitectura Viva’ selected them as "one of the most representative young Spanish studios", and director Arantza Ozaeta was shortlisted ‘Emerging woman of the year 2014’ from the British magazine AJ.

TallerDE2 Architects has been prize winner in several competitions, among which the following can be highlighted: the European competition Europan-09 in Selb (Germany), where they are developing an entire urban strategy for a “shrinking city” through the Urban Acupuncture principle -as the implementation of this competition they have completed the projects ‘Childminders Center’ and ‘Youth Club and Hostel’; the ‘IQ Experimental Collective Housing-Wohnquartiere’ in Germany; and the international competition for ephemeral urban gardens in Bilbao for their project ‘Green Cave’.

Project Description

A MOT Testing Station is where vehicles pass regularly a test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions. The net of centres in Spain has extended suddenly due to the recent liberalization of this service.

MOTTO is a private building with a well defined scale since the very first moment. It will receive 15.000 users per year, and it is placed in a strategic settlement among roads that will ensure a proper drivers flow.

This proposal redefines the traditional architectural typology of MOT Testing Station, as a garage or an auto repair shop, from/by the revaluation of its public dimension. It proposes a systematic design of hybridization between an industrial building/warehouse and a service space of offices.

On one side, a big container as a super-efficient prism with high testing technology, minimum distances for employees and good lighting and acoustic conditions. A metallic structure which big spans keeps working space free; metallic and plastic materials; and a industrial appearance.

On the other, an assemblage of small volumes is inserted for offices and training rooms. Here, interior hygrothermal conditions are controlled to offer a maximum comfort; structure shrinks and materials turns into warm woods.

This building is approached in motion, by vehicle. Its settlement in the plot is determined by accesses and turning radius. This kinetic perception defines the facades that show a changing appearance. Vehicle lamps light up facades and their reflective materials are activated, reacting to visitors’ approach. Main logo appears and disappears, getting hidden into the folding facade.

Technology reveals a new facade with aerial perception. New cartographies based on satellite photographs turns the roof into a new main facade with huge projection. So the building reacts to this fact as well, and the assemblage of volumes for offices becomes another logo by spelling the letters of its main service: MOT (ITV in Spanish).

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