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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’.
THE POP-UP HOUSE is a full refurbished flat for a recently emancipated thirty something person, located in a mid-20th century residential building in Madrid.
THE POP-UP HOUSE is an experiment which deals with two crossed interests: on one hand, it tests the infiltration of a thin and gathering domestic infrastructure; on the other hand, it explores the sociological reality linked to the increased number of one-person homes in metropolis -known as "single phenomenon".
Building a Thin Domestic Infrastructure
First of all, by erasing the dispensable partitions related to an obsolete domesticity, we get rid of those traces foreign to the new inhabitant. Only structure and supply connections remain.
Infrastructural units that form a one-person dwelling are defined in the way of traveling trunks, specialized elements with a unique function that occupy their surrounding space when they are opened. Here, traditional components that form a room become independent and dispersed, providing new domestic opportunities. We do not take a bathroom as a whole, but as an addition of a shower, a washbasin, a toilet, a mirror, a linen closet, etc. These individual components build up a catalogue with which the client interacts by choosing, discarding and redefining. Fifty-four of these units are assembled into a gathering element, infrastructural more than aesthetical, dense and operative. This interactive entity is infiltrated into the dwelling and folds it up small in the way of a labyrinth, disorienting to whom gets into it, sometimes it encloses you, others It throws you out.
This space is activated when the dweller turns the infrastructural devices on. By opening and closing, extending and contracting, sliding and folding it up, the home is restructured, expanded, fragmented, connected or isolated. Here, the room does not contain a wardrobe, but the wardrobe contains a room.
This domestic infrastructure is thin. Slimming strategy is focused on usable elements (such as interior partitions, supply pipes and ducts, shafts, etc.) and it pursues the optimization of acoustic, insulating, organizational and connective features of the architectural elements. Few more than a 50% of usable area in the previous traditional dwelling was available space -enclosed into tight rooms; now, 77% of usable area is open and available for a free appropriation in the new configuration.
This infrastructure of daily life is built up with a unique material -economical and versatile-, oriented strand boards. While exterior image is uniform, only specialized handles reveal the opening system of every device, interiors are distinguished. Tiles and wallpaper provide this inner space with colour and design typical of the elegant linings of classic suitcases.