Ensamble Studio is giving the Marcus Prize lecture at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The lecture is part of the academic engagement of the firm with the university following the award of the 2021 Marcus Prize. The prize was established in 2005 as a biennial, international architecture award that recognizes emerging architects for their outstanding work. Previous recipients are Tatiana Bilbao, Studio Gang, REX, Sou Fujimoto, Francis Kéré, Elemental, Barkow Leibinger and MVRDV.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 5:30pm (Central), at the Engelmann 105 Auditorium of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
For more information and details follow the link:
Collective Design for New EU Parliament Building
We are proud to announce that JDSA / Julien De Smedt Architects (DK), Coldefy (FR), CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), NL Architects (NL) and Ensamble Studio (SP) have formed a collective of united European architects and won the First Prize of the international competition to design a new European Parliament building in Brussels. Stay tuned for more details!
With the support of engineering firms UTIL (BE) and Ramboll (DK)
Débora and Antón are joining Melbourne School of Design to present the work of Ensamble Studio as part of this year Dean's Lecture Series.
The lecture will discuss the firm’s research agenda through built projects like the Hemeroscopium House (Madrid, Spain), Cyclopean House (Brookline, USA), Structures of Landscape (Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana, USA)or Ca'n Terra (Menorca, Spain).
The event will be broadcasted online on Monday, May 16th at 7pm EST (Tuesday, May 17th at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time).
To register online, please visit: https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lecture-series-ensamble-studio
The Biennale of Architecture and Landscape (BAP!) of the Île-de-France is opening this week featuring a large-scale installation by Ensamble Studio.
This second edition of the biennale explores the link between Land and Cities through nine exhibitions. "Visible–Invisible", curated by Nicolas Dorval-Bory and Guillaume Ramillien, presents three outdoor installations by renowned international architecture firms that are developing new materials, construction techniques, and languages to deal with the visible and the invisible matter of architecture.
The venue is located at the National School of Architecture of Versailles ÉNSA Versailles and is open to the public from May 14th to July 13th, 2022.
For more information, visit the official website at: https://bap-idf.com/en/
"Women in Architecture" exhibition is opening this week at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, with an installation by Ensamble Studio.
"Women in Architecture" discovers untold stories of women in architecture, presenting viewers with "A Room of One's Own", a topic that is developed with the help of three installations by three international women-led architecture studios–Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Helen & Hard Architects and Ensamble Studio–, which present their thoughts on what the essay by Virginia Wolf inspires them.
Along the three installations the exhibition comprises a series of spaces in which visitors can learn about Danish architecture and the women who played a fundamental role in the construction of Denmark.
The exhibition continues with DAC's 2022 season and will open to the public from May 13th to October 23rd, 2022.
For more information, visit the official exhibition website at: https://dac.dk/en/exhibitions/women-in-architecture/
RIBA Books has published volume 4 of its "Design Studio" collection, titled “Working at the Intersection: Architecture After the Anthropocene".
The book –edited by Harriet Harris and Naomi House– is a collection of articles and case studies that explore the intersectionality of environmental and social justice, paving the way toward inclusive architectural engagement. It includes an essay by Ensamble Studio on the re-imagination of Ca'n Terra, an abandoned quarry on the island of Menorca that the studio recently transformed into architecture.
The book is available on RIBA Books website at: http://ow.ly/BqzG50IlzIU
We are thrilled to announce that Ensamble Studio is a recipient of the 2022 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture.
The Academy’s award was established in 1955 with the inauguration of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize and has expanded to include four Arts and Letters Awards. The Arts and Letters Award in Architecture is given to architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, and this year's recipients include Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu, Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee, and Anthony Titus along with Ensamble Studio. Winners were chosen by the jurors Toshiko Mori, Marlon Blackwell, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Annabelle Selldorf, Nader Tehrani, and Meejin Yoon.
Check the official announcement and more information on the following link: https://artsandletters.org/pressrelease/2022-architecture-award-winners/
Débora is joining the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, to give an online lecture in their Architecture Engaged Spring Term 2022.
ARCHITECTURE ENGAGED is a collective of conversations, symposiums, creative talks, exhibitions, and events in which USC Architecture engages the Los Angeles community and the global public in innovative thought, practice, and social impact - by connecting architecture thinking to systemic challenges for individuals, cities, and regions.
The lecture will present some of the built works of the office to discuss their diverse contexts and interconnected research agendas.
The lecture will take place today, March 21st at 6pm PST. To register, please visit: https://arch.usc.edu/events/debora-mesa-molina
Arquitectura Viva has recently published number 9 of its “Maestros” series, the third book dedicated to "Maestros Españoles", written by Luis Fernández Galiano, and including an essay about Ensamble Studio.
"From the plethora of architects who gave wings to the Modern Movement to the young creators who are transforming today's world, passing through those who with their words put together the theoretical discourses of the century, each of these nine books offers twenty biographical reviews and commentaries on outstanding projects, small brushstrokes of a great family portrait in which national and international figures, from yesterday and today, concur."
In "Ensayos de Ensamble", Luis highlights the creative trajectory of Antón and Débora, and how their practice has managed to bring together the constructive and the imaginative, engineering and the arts.
You can learn more about “Maestros” series at: https://arquitecturaviva.com/articulos/coleccion-maestros
Débora and Antón are joining an online conversation tomorrow Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 PM Mountain Time with Tippet Rise co-founders Cathy and Peter Halstead, artistic advisor Pedja Muzijevic, and other members of the Tippet Rise team.
"Back to Tippet Rise: Summer 2022" will present the upcoming concert season, this year's concerts calendar, and the four new artworks that are being installed amidst the rolling foothills of Tippet Rise by Ensamble Studio, Patrick Dougherty, Ai Weiwei, and Mark di Suvero.
To register (free admission), please visit: https://linkin.bio/tippet-rise
Débora is presenting the Bethune Lecture today at the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Buffalo. Titled "ENSAMBLE STUDIO: RE-" the lecture will discuss projects that reuse, recycle, and reimagine materials and places.
The event is part of the “Looking Askance” Spring'22 Lecture Series, and will be live-streamed on Wednesday, March 3, at 6PM EST. To register, please visit:
Archivo de Ideas Recibidas has released their edition #101 in which they interview Antón García-Abril.
Archivo the Ideas is an interdisciplinary research project, lead by the Peruvian filmmaker Asiel Nuñez, that seeks to promote the people who "contribute to the contemporary creative ecosystem from art, design and architecture."
The interview follows Antón presenting Ensamble Studio and giving some insights on the office, from his mentors as a young architect to our latest research.
The complete interview can be found at the following link (in Spanish):
TOTO has just made public the video of the Gallery Talk between Antón, Débora and Sou Fujimoto.
Organized online and in conjunction with our monographic exhibition at TOTO Gallery-MA, the talk was moderated by architectural historian Sen Kuan and followed the theme of “How Heavy? How Light?”.
The talk explores “the source of ideas of each architect who creates innovative architecture, looking ahead to the future of architecture” and developed the relationship and intersections between the works of Ensamble Studio and Sou Fujimoto.
The complete talk can be found at the following link:
Our project Ca’n Terra is the winner of the 2022 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards.
After over 110,000 votes, the original selection of 4,500 projects was narrowed to only 75 finalists –5 per each of the 15 categories– and filtered down even more to the 15 best works, with Ca’n Terra as the final winner in the Houses category.
With finalists from five continents, the 2022 Building of the Year Award represents the best architecture published on ArchDaily and includes establishment firms such as MVRDV and Kengo Kuma alongside previously unsung heroes, such as PALMA and HANGHAR.
Check out project and the rest of the winners at the following link:
Ensamble Studio is part of Architectural Digest's 2022 AD100 list of top firms in architecture and design.
The selection includes 100 leading visionaries, icons and innovators from different corners of the world, featuring firms like OMA, Norman Foster, BIG, Frank Gehry, Kengo Kuma or Tadao Ando. We are honored to be surrounded by admired colleagues!
Find the complete list of offices and categories at the following link:
Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa are giving a master lecture on "Architecture of the Earth, an evolution of the methods for building spaces" this Wednesday, December 1st, at AOA Chile (Association of Architecture Offices of Chile).
The lecture, organized by Ruta País Foundation, the AOA Chile, MK Chile and IDDEA Foundation will follow a journey through a series of projects that explore intimate connections between landscape and architecture.
The event will be live-streamed on Wednesday, December 1st at 5pm EST from the AOA youtube channel:
Débora Mesa is joining Clemson University School of Architecture for their Fall 2021 Lecture Series, to present the next Richard O’Cain Lecture.
The lecture series, titled "Change! Architectural Experiments in a Changing Society" focuses on the current uncertainty about the future of society, and the invited speakers are asked to present "ideas and projects from their different perspectives, imagining the built environment as an open and changeable territory".
Join the ZOOM event on Wednesday, November 3, at 3PM EST in the fo the following link: https://clemson.zoom.us/j/95440357933
Débora Mesa is joining Pratt Sessions 22, titled "Contextual Mediums - Water/Earth", alongside Kunlé Adeyemi from NLÉ, where they will discuss how their practices use earth and water respectively as major elements in their projects.
The event, convened by Pratt GAUD and Professor Jing Liu, will associate the two primary areas of research on which the GAUD curriculum concentrates (Contexts/Mediums) linking them to the School of Architecture theme for Fall 2021: "Land".
The event takes place this Thursday, October 14th at 6.30 pm EDT. Complete info and registration for the event can be found at the following link: https://pratt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqfuGopzssH9M-CZALYiHnvXwjw2OmEww-
Debora Mesa is inaugurating the fall lecture series at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati.
The topic of the lecture, Architecture of the Earth, explores the relation between architecture and land through works like The Truffle, Structures of Landscape and Ca’n Terra.
The online lecture will take place today at 4:30pm EST via this link: https://linktr.ee/daapsaid
Ensamble Studio is awarded the 2021 Marcus Prize, a renowned achievement in international architecture.
The Marcus Prize was established in 2005 as a biennial, international architecture award that recognizes emerging architects for their outstanding work to date, as well as the promise of their future contributions to the field of architecture.
Through the vision and support of the Marcus Corporation Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning accepts biennial nominations for the Marcus Prize. Ensamble Studio was selected from a pool of accomplished nominees from 19 countries and five continents.
“Ensamble’s name, processes, and practice reflect the extraordinary times we’re living in,” said Lesley Lokko, 2021 Marcus Prize juror. “The combination of an outstanding firm and an outstanding prize bodes well for the future of all our built environment professions, not just architecture.”
We are honored to follow Tatiana Bilbao Estudio (2019), Studio Gang (2017), REX (2015), Sou Fujimoto Architects (2013), Kéré Architecture (2011), Elemental (2009), Barkow Leibinger (2007), and MVRDV (2005), as the new recipients of this important prize.
You can find more info about the award at: https://uwm.edu/sarup/make/partners/marcus-prize/
Tippet Rise on Tour: August Festival will premiere seven new short performance films between August 19 and August 22. The films capture gorgeous classical music performances in wonderful and unusual locations across the country, from a tractor barn in Colorado and Ensamble Studio’s Cyclopean House in Massachusetts to the Noguchi Museum in New York City.
Backstage Gathering: The first night of the August Festival will kick off with a live “backstage” gathering via Zoom. Tippet Rise artistic advisor, Pedja Mužijević, and the art center’s co-founders, Cathy and Peter Halstead, will host a conversation with Ensamble Studio’s Débora Mesa and Antón García Abril. Mesa and Abril are not only the extraordinary visionaries behind the Cyclopean House in Brookline, Massachusetts, here at Tippet Rise they created three much-loved sculptural landmarks: the Domo, the Beartooth Portal, and the Inverted Portal.
You can find more info on the events and how to join at:
Débora Mesa is joining Log'rithms In Reorigination roundtable, alongside architects David Erdman, Kunlé Adeyemi, Jing Liu, and Philip Yuan, to speculate about new, sustainable origins for architecture.
This panel, convened by Cyhthia Davidson and hosted by City x Venice Italian Virtual Pavilion, will be discussing how innovation is not always what’s new and what is next, but can involve the reuse of buildings, building systems, materials, infrastructures, trades, craftsmanship, and landscapes.
The event takes place this Thursday August 19th at 4:30pm +2 GMT. Complete info and list of roundtables at the following link: https://www.anycorp.com/logrithms
GA Document has recently published its number 157 International 2021. It includes one of Ensamble Studio's latest projects, Art Rock, Desert Rocks for AlUla, showing in two full-size pages part of the work we developed for Alaula.
GA Document defines itself as “A global architecture magazine that selects works from a unique perspective. Including the world's dynamic architectural designs ”.
You can discover the contents of the complete issue at:
"Ensamble Studio: Architecture of the Earth" is now open at TOTO Gallery · MA in Tokyo, Japan.
TOTO has just released a new video with footage from the exhibition assembly and a message from Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa combined with a tour of the gallery.
The exhibition can be visited until September 12, 2021. The gallery is open to the public with free admission, but advance reservation is required. More info at the Gallery's website: https://bit.ly/2SmDR48
The exhibition "Ensamble Studio: Architecture of the Earth" is now open at TOTO Gallery・MA in Tokyo, Japan.
The exhibition offers three distinct spaces through which the theme unfolds: Laboratory of Ideas, Garden of Towers and Audiovisual Landscapes. Research and design materials -mainly models, 3D scans and videos- from different built and unbuilt projects create an itinerary that goes from the world of ideas to their materialization and experience.
The exhibition can be visited until September 12, 2021. The gallery is open to the public with free admission, but advance reservation is required. More info at the Gallery's website: https://bit.ly/2SmDR48
We are thrilled to announce the launch of "Ensamble Studio: Architecture of the Earth" a project that we have been developing during the last year for TOTO, and that has resulted in a monographic exhibition and book.
Architecture of the Earth presents a series of research and professional projects conducted by Ensamble Studio for two decades. Though developed at different times, in different geographies, and under disparate conditions, together they contribute to reflect upon the relation between Architecture and The Earth, or the print that as humans we leave in our environment. Reading landscapes, recycling them, reinforcing their crust or using it as mold, projects like The Truffle in Costa da Morte, Structures of Landscape in Montana or Ca’n Terra in Menorca are built leveraging the natural potential of places and creating synergies that transcend the usage of land and landscapes as mere sources for endless exploitation.
The exhibition opens in Tokyo, Japan, at TOTO Gallery・MA, on June 24th, and can be visited through September 12th, 2021. It orchestrates numerous concept models and audiovisuals, as the two most successful means to develop our ideas and communicate them.
The book, published by TOTO publishing and designed by Spread, with photographs from Iwan Baan, will be available from June 8th, 2021.
Find more information from TOTO at: https://bit.ly/3g3sg3a
We want to thank everyone at TOTO for this amazing opportunity, Iwan Baan for traveling the world and capturing our work through his, and Tomoko Sakamoto for the extraordinary design of the book that so beautifully presents the ideas and realizations building this topic.
Tippet Rise Art Center has collaborated with filmmaker Hamid Shams to produce the movie Land & Sky: The Inspiration of Tippet Rise.
Created remotely during this past fall and winter –Hamid Shams had never visited the site– the film features astonishing new footage of the Tippet Rise landscape and works, interviews with Tippet Rise artists –including Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa as authors of the Structures of Landscape– and performances by the Calidore String Quartet and Anne-Marie McDermott.
The premiere of Land & Sky will take place on May 20. The celebration event starts at 5:30pm MDT, with a live pre-film ZOOM conversation between Tippet Rise co-founders Peter and Cathy Halstead, Tippet Rise Artistic Advisor Pedja Muzijevic, filmmaker Hamid Shams, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Following this discussion the film premiers on Tippet Rise website at 6:00 PM MDT. To attend, watch and get additional information, please click here.
MAS Context has just released "Radical Logic: On the Work of Ensamble Studio", their first book, and a monograph on our firm's work that celebrates 20 years of practice.
The book is edited by Iker Gil, includes an extensive interview to Antón and Débora, and features texts by Antonio Basanta, Domenica Bona, Cathy and Peter Halstead, K. Michael Hays, Sharon Johnston, Christian Kerez, Mark Lee, Rafael Moneo, and Nader Tehrani, illustrating the built projects and models with photographs by James Florio.
Coinciding with the launch of the book, an online talk is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, at 6pm CST, where Antón and Débora will share an overview of the work of Ensamble Studio across time.
Follow this link for more information on the book:
and on Thursday's talk (RSVP): https://mascontext.com/events/mas-context-spring-talks-2021/radical-logic/
Our very special thanks to Iker Gil, James Florio and the talented team that has made this book possible! And for the generous support of this project by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Chuck Thurow.
Antón García-Abril is joining the School of Architecture of the University of Granada (Spain) to give a lectio magistralis which will be the closure lecture of this 2020/2021 academic year.
The lecture “ON:OFF” will propose an immersion into the processes of conception and materialization of the works of Ensamble Studio, presenting examples from both the on-site Architecture of the Earth series –The Truffle or Ca'n Terra– and the off-site projects –such as Hemeroscopium House or Ensamble Fabrica.
The lecture will be in Spanish and takes place on Wednesday, April 28th at 19:00 CET, broadcasted live through the School's YouTube Channel:
Antón García-Abril is participating in MITdesignX event "Design >> Fast-Forward" to discuss "Modular Construction / Modular Real Estate".
The two-day online symposium will host conversations with innovators, visionaries and academics, from global firms to startups, who are "accelerating new systems and products for design, cities, and the human environment" in this second year of a pandemic that is challenging our rules and norms and does not have a clear end date.
On the first day of the event (April 26th at 1:30pm EST) Panel 2 focuses on new radical solutions for building spaces and how the industry is adapting to them to respond to topics such as fairness and equality in housing and labor. In this session, Antón will be presenting how WoHo Systems, the start-up he recently co-founded, is redefining the way buildings are designed, fabricated and assembled.
Check more information and the full agenda here:
2G has launched its issue number 82, a monograph dedicated to Ensamble Studio. Edited by Moisés Puente, the monograph includes introductory texts by Philip Ursprung –Earthwards– and Bjarke Ingels –Practicing Preachers–, a closure text by Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa –Modus Operandi– and photographs by Iwan Baan.
The monograph presents a comprehensive selection of built, unbuilt, competition and research projects. Starting with the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid and concluding with The Tent, our most recent investigation in Galicia, presented here for the first time.
We cannot thank enough 2G team and the contributors for their participation and invaluable insight.
Débora Mesa is joining CAADRIA's 2021 roundtable "Innovation Re-Origination", convened by David Erdman and hosted by the School of Architecture of
The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The panel will be discussing how the displacement of the origins of existing contexts can constitute new, future origins; and how innovation can happen within hybrid and mixed systems. As an alternative to the clean singularity of 20th century and its wholistic ground-up construction, panelists Elora Hardy, Philip Yuan and Jing Liu, alongside Débora, will focus the conversation on small-scale designs that draw concisely from their context, minimizing displacement and use of resources, and having thus the capacity to innovate and re-originate.
The event takes place this coming Tuesday, March 30th at 8am EST / 8pm Hong Kong. Complete info and list of roundtables at the following link:
Architectural Digest has published a story on Ensamble Studio in their last issue, including an interview with Débora Mesa & Antón García-Abril accompanied with images by Tony Luong and Iwan Baan.
The story follows the "innovative designs" of Ensamble Studio in "a voyage of discovery". From the early projects in Spain to the latest multifamily housing projects in the US; from the massive landscape projects that manipulate the earth and pioneer new ways to build to the light, high-tech prefabricated houses.
You can read the complete article at:
Ensamble Studio is giving an online lecture for the American University of Sharjah as part of the Spring Semester lecture series of the College of Architecture, Art and Design.
The online lecture will present the work of the office in diverse contexts, revealing the research and theories that underlie all built work. It will take place on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6pm GST (10am EST) and will be held via Zoom. For more information please follow the link to the American University of Sharjah website: https://www.aus.edu/media/events/ensamble-studio-on-site-off-site
Beatrice Galilee and Phaidon have recently published Radical Architecture of the Future, "an important and fascinating collection of original projects by unique thinkers in the world of architecture and spatial design". The book brings together community-focused designs, site-specific and virtual installations, landscapes, photography essays and architectural projects, under the categories of visionaries, insiders, radicals, breakthroughs and masterminds. Our work Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana is thrilled to be part of this inspirational assemblage.
Beatrice Galilee is a curator, writer, critic and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. Formerly the associate curator of Architecture and Design at The Met in New York, she is currently director of "The World Around: Architecture's Now, Near & Next", an architecture summit and cultural platform that has recently showcased another of our projects: Ca'n Terra.
Get more information on the book at:
Arquitectura Viva has launched AV Monographs 230 "Ensamble Studio – Structures and Experiences".
With introductory texts by Luis Fernandez-Galiano ("Assemblage Essays") and Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa ("A Round Trip"), the monograph celebrates twenty works and twenty years of practice.
From the early projects in Santiago de Compostela –Musical Studies Center and SGAE Headquarters– to the most recent ones -Ca'n Terra in Menorca and Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid-, Arquitectura Viva creates a comprehensive monograph that presents the interplay between structure and experience through a series of built and unbuilt projects.
Thank you Arquitectura Viva for this beautiful gift! And congratulations on your great team.
Discover the full monograph at:
Débora is joining The University of Texas at Austin with an online lecture for the Spring 2021 series of the School of Architecture.
The lecture will propose a journey through the work of Ensamble Studio. It starts in a quarry, to build SGAE Headquarters in Santiago de Compostela, and arrives to another quarry, transforming the abandoned into inhabitable space, Ca’n Terra, the house of the Earth.
The lecture will take place digitally on Monday, February 8th at 1:30pm EST and will be live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJS9a_AUbsZfhRYBXojeu-Q
Ca'n Terra has been selected to take part in The World Around Summit 2021, where it will be live-streamed along with 19 groundbreaking architecture and design projects from the past year that represent "the now, near and next for architecture and design".
The 2021 Summit is happening on Saturday, January 30, and will take place online in residence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. It will bring together some of the world’s the most innovative international practitioners offering a virtual and live tour of cities and cultural institutions around the world.
The event will feature both streamed and local in-person discussions and registration is free: https://bit.ly/3rh1Kqy
Domus has launched its issue 1053, with architect Tadao Ando as guest editor 2021, and "Light" as the main topic. Ca'n Terra, in Menorca, is part of the project selection featured.
In his first editorial, Tadao Ando explores how "natural light has conquered the zenith of architecture in all eras and places, from the ascetic light of northern Europe to Japanese houses’ intimate shadows" and illustrates how humanity is losing its sensitivity to natural light as we get surrounded by increasingly more sources of artificial lighting.
Ca'n Terra is presented as an opportunity to rethink a dwelling using only light and stone carvings and is included in the architecture section as an example of "primitive light", as opposed to the "filtered light" examples by Anna Heringer and Frida Escobedo, and the "light without shadows" projects by Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Atelier Alter Architects.
Discover the contents of the complete issue at:
Casabella has published its issue 915 this month featuring Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana (USA) and Ca'n Terra in Minorca (Spain).
The projects are presented by Francesco Dal Co, who explains the origin of Tippet Rise Art Center; and Francesca Chiorino, who compares Ca'n Terra to "the myth of the cave" by Plato –inverted in this case– where an inhospitable and abandoned cave is reclaimed, bringing the leftover place back to live and giving it new meanings.
Both projects are accompanied by images from Iwan Baan and Ca'n Terra also includes 3D scans to provide a glimpse of what we found during our first visits to the site.
More info and the complete issue at:
Débora Mesa is giving an online lecture this Thursday for the Technical University of Berlin, as part of the "Positionen" series organized by Jacob Van Rijs (MVRDV).
This will be the inaugural conference of the winter semester 2020, which focuses on the theme "Uninhabited" and aims to reformulate the architectural imaginary of the the uninhabited areas on the outskirts of Berlin.
We hope you are able to join the lecture, from your home, office or home-office, this Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm CET.
The lecture will be in English and via Zoom from the following link: https://bit.ly/35hrudl
Ensamble Studio is giving an online lecture for the School of Architecture and Design of the University of Los Andes, as part of the #SeñalesDelFuturoArqDis series.
Señales del Futuro (signals of the future) is a series of online meetings with international guests to discuss about Architecture, linking knowledge from different disciplines and areas of the world with the aim to raise possible scenarios for the near future.
The online lecture will connect Débora –from Boston, MA– and Antón –from Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid, Spain– with a live tour of Ca'n Terra in Menorca and a global audience.
It takes place this Wednesday, October 28 at 10am Colombia / 11am EST / 4pm CET. More info and link to the Google Meet: https://arqdis.uniandes.edu.co/senales-del-futuro-ensamble-estudio/
We are thrilled to announce the launch of WoHo, a startup founded by Ensamble Studio principals Antón Garcia-Abril and Débora Mesa, together with Israel Ruiz, former EVP and Treasurer of MIT. WoHo brings together the invaluable experience of its partners, investors and team members, after years of research, development and innovation in design, engineering and construction.
The mission of WoHo is to transform the way spaces are conceived and created, enabling a new way to build. Find WoHo online at: http://woho.us/
‘T’ Space Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY is opening its 2020 season with the launch of an online virtual-reality exhibition of Ensamble Studio’s work in progress: Ca’n Terra in Menorca, where viewers can immerse themselves in the space of a former sandstone quarry from their own homes.
With the overarching topic "Architecture of The Earth", the online exhibition frames a way of practicing and experiencing architecture that seeks balance between human actions and the environment. Here the idea of "comfort" is revisited, reconnecting architectural space with the natural elements.
The creative process, from observation to materialization, is described in three steps: Discovering (the Scan), Carving (the Action), and Living (the Atmosphere); and a virtual tour expands the digital content of the project, including 360º images and hyperlinks to drawings, 3D scans, photographies and videos.
The opening event will take place this Saturday, July 18 at 3pm EDT with a livestream featuring Antón and Débora making a live presentation of the project and accompanied by a poetry reading by Marie Howe and a percussive performance by Fast Forward, which will bring together architecture, poetry and music.
More info on the event and (free) tickets to the livestream can be found here:
The exhibition will be available through ’T’ Space’s website from July 18 to October 31, 2020: https://tspacerhinebeck.org/
Débora Mesa will give an online lecture as one of the three leading figures invited by the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) of ETH Zurich this semester, "to contribute to interdisciplinary discussions on the construction of the future and on societal issues such as digitalization, resource efficiency, and energy transition". Débora will be presenting how Ensamble Studio uses, appropriates and innovates technologies to better serve the architectural ideas supporting their projects. The online lecture, available on ZOOM, will take place on April 28th at 18:00 CEST.
You can get access by registering here: ethz.ch - Details
As cultural institutions close their doors as a response to the global coronavirus pandemic and while we stay home to help "flatten the curve", Architectural Record reminds us that thanks to Google Arts & Culture we can virtually visit our favorite museums around the world.
Take a digital tour of the Guggenheim in NYC or the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, tune into the Youtube channel of the Menil Collection in Houston to attend artists' talks or, if you feel like taking some fresh air, explore Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana where our Structures of Landscape and other impressive works will give you shelter!
RIBA announced on Wednesday 18 September that Ensamble Studio, led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa, would be granted the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award.
Here, Lily Jencks and David Gloster, Director of Education at RIBA, introduce the 2019 winners, Ensamble Studio, as they deliver their winning lecture.
Find out more about the RIBA Charles Jencks Award here: https://www.architecture.com/awards-and-competitions-landing-page/awards/riba-charles-jencks-award
Débora Mesa is joining @UCLA for the symposium "LA-ND: The Future of Land Value in LA", part of the IDEAS Event Series and hosted by Jeffrey Inaba and the IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio.
The symposium analyzes LA's connection to land and how the land and its mountains, valleys and water channels define the street grids of the city, where the terrain has also been moved and shaped, transforming the original topography of fields, hills and canyons into neighborhoods.
With the last effects of climate change, this idea of designing and transforming the land has increased the risk of climate disasters. However, at the same time it is probably also the best way to confront these new extreme climates.
LAND will explore the history and future making of land and urban strategies to improve the quality of life in LA. It takes place this February 29 at 4pm, at the IDEAS campus near Culver City. More info at: https://aud.ucla.edu/news-events/events/symposium-land-the-future-of-land-value-in-la
Antón García-Abril is presenting “Architecture of the Earth” today, February 06, at Nebrija University.
The lecture will offer an itinerary through works that explore the boundaries between architecture and landscape, architecture and geology, architecture and art; works that open intriguing conversations about the nature of architectural space, design and construction methodologies, materials and context; works that discover how structures can be extracted from the guts of the earth and what spaces and experiences such actions enable.
The lecture will be held at the Fab Lab of the School at 9:00am.
Antón García-Abril joins as guest speaker the 38th edition of Cevisama’s Architecture and Design Forum. His lecture will take place next Tuesday, February 4, at 4 pm in the Events Centre of Feria Valencia (Auditorium 1-A). With the title “Ca'n Terra”, the lecture will present in detail the transformation of an abandoned quarry in Menorca into architecture.
The Architecture and Design Forum, curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, will bring together the work of Ensamble Studio, Morphosis, RCR, BIG, Barozzi Veiga, Ecosistema Urbano and Benedetta Tagliabue.
Entrance is free of charge but attendees must register in order to reserve a place.
More information about the program at: cevisama.feriavalencia.com - Home - Cevisama
Ensamble Studio's work in progress is featured in the latest issue of “AV Proyectos”. This bilingual publication, by the Spanish publisher Arquitectura Viva, focuses on architectural competitions, projects and works under construction, providing a fresh insight into the topics that keep us excited. Ca’n Terra, one of our ongoing adventures takes the cover.
Take a look at the publication in the following link: arquitecturaviva.com - AV Proyectos 95 - ENSAMBLE STUDIO
The Financial Times Magazine features Ensamble Studio in an article that highlights how climate change is prompting architects to build innovative underground structures.
Ensamble Studio’s works, from The Truffle (Costa da Morte, 2010) to Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center (Montana, 2016) and Ca’n Terra (Menorca, 2019), are defined as “some kind of ancients monolith, somewhere between land art and Stonehenge, [...] dramatic, theatrical space that is as much about the nature of architecture and dwelling as it is possible to be [...] underground and excavated space is somehow the essence of the material, an intense exploration of the inside of the rock.”
Read the article here: propertylistings.ft.com - Could you live in a subterranean home? | FT Property Listings
Ensamble Studio travels to London to attend the ceremony of the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. On Monday, November 4, Principals Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa will receive the award, present a conference and converse with Paul Finch, the editorial director of The Architectural Review, during a special event at the Royal Institute of British Architects. In this special occasion Architecture will be celebrated, thanks to the generosity of the polymathic architect Charles Jencks, who created the Award in the first place and who will be very especially missed.
More details on the event are available here:
eventbrite.co.uk - RIBA Charles Jencks Award 2019 - Ensamble Studio
Antón García-Abril participates in the annual AIA Colorado 2019 Practice + Design Conference as Keynote speaker with the lecture “ON:OFF”.
The lecture proposes an immersion into the processes of conception and materialization of Ensamble Studio's works: from the intensive use of on-site resources to the use and development of off-site technologies that dislocate manufacturing from on-site assembly.
The event will take place on Thursday, October 31st, at 3:45 PM at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge.
For more info : cvent.com - AIA Colorado 20189Practice + Design Conference
Antón García-Abril is lecturing todayWednesday, October 30, at the University of Colorado in Denver, as part of the College of Architecture & Planning Fall Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at the Gallery Space of the School at 5:30pm, preceded by a reception at 5pm.
The full lecture series schedule can be found here: architectureandplanning.ucdenver.edu - College of Architecture and Planning
Antón García-Abril joins the School of Architecture of the Cooper Union as guest speaker on the occasion of the inauguration of the XIV edition of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU), from October 30 to December 1, 2019.
Under the motto “Más habitar, más humanizar” (“More living, more human”), the exhibition will be complemented by a program of conferences both at the Cooper Union and the Cervantes Institute in NYC, which will include presentations by MAIO Architects, Leven Betts Studio and WOJR, along with Ensamble Studio.
The event will take place on Tuesday, October 29, in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, at 7 pm.
Click here for more information: cooper.edu - XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism VII Diploma Project Exhibition | The Cooper Union
Débora Mesa is keynote speaker today at Denver Design Week. Her talk, organized by Women in Design (WID) will present how her firm Ensamble Studio pushes the boundaries of Architecture from different fronts, discovering untapped opportunities in the contexts they interact with. The event will start at 5:30pm in Space ANNEX.
For more information, please visit the WiD website www.widdenver.org
Débora Mesa is lecturing today at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) of Kent State University in Cleveland, OH, USA. She will be presenting the work of Ensamble Studio reflecting on how ideas become built architecture. The lecture is part of CAED Fall Lecture Series and will take place in Cene Lecture Hall at 6:15pm.
For more information, follow the link: http://aiaakron.org/event/kent-state-university-fall-lecture-series-debora-mesa/
Anton Garcia Abril and Débora Mesa are guest speakers at Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture this fall. The lecture, moderated by Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, will take place this coming Monday October 21, 2019, at 16:30 pm in Y-GSA Power Plant Hall.
The lecture will dive into the ideas and methodologies behind Ensamble Studio's work.
For more information, follow the link: y-gsa.jp - 横浜国立大学大学院／建築都市スクール “Y-GSA”
Débora Mesa is presenting "Structures of Landscape" this coming Monday, October 14 at Princeton University, as part of the School of Architecture’s Fall 2019 Lecture Series on the theme "Atmosphere". The lecture will offer an itinerary through works that explore the boundaries between architecture and landscape, architecture and geology, architecture and art; works that open intriguing conversations about the nature of architectural space, design and construction methodologies, materials and context; works that discover how structures can be extracted from the guts of the earth and what spaces and experiences such actions enable.
The lecture will start at 6 pm, in the Betts Auditorium of the School of Architecture. For more information, follow the link: soa.princeton.edu - Lecture: Débora Mesa | Princeton University School of Architecture
Today we open the doors of Hemeroscopium House to celebrate Open House Madrid 2019, organizing a public tour inside.
Open House is a worldwide movement that takes place one weekend every year in 40 cities, opening up cities and their public buildings, offices, private houses and studios that are usually not easily accessible. The event aims to make the architecture of our cities accessible for free to the citizens, allowing them to experience the buildings for themselves.
More info (in Spanish) at: openhousemadrid.org - Casa Hemeroscopium Ensamble Studio | Open House Madrid
NESS magazine features in its second issue a dedicated section on ENSAMBLE STUDIO, following an interview with principals Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. The document highlights some of the ideas and methodologies behind Ensamble Studio's work and examines the dualism between prefabricated systems and dramatic landscape structures.
The magazine is been presented at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, today from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
More info at: https://nessmagazine.com/you-are-invited-to-the-ness-nyc-launch/
Ensamble Studio is the recipient of the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has made the announcement public today.
The RIBA Charles Jencks Award is given to an individual or practice that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture. It was established in 2003 and past recipients include Alejandro Aravena (2018), Niall McLaughlin (2016), Herzog & de Meuron (2015), Benedetta Tagliabue (2013), Rem Koolhaas (2012), Eric Owen Moss (2011), Steven Holl (2010), Charles Correa (2009), Wolf Prix (2008), Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos (2007), Zaha Hadid (2006), Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi (2005), Peter Eisenman (2004) and Cecil Balmond (2003).
The award will be presented on Monday, November 4 at a special event in RIBA London, chaired by Charles Jencks and including a lecture by principals Débora Mesa and Antón Garcia-Abril.
Tickets to attend the Ensamble Studio 2019 Charles Jencks Lecture are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riba-charles-jencks-award-2019-ensamble-studio-tickets-73085742423
Ca'n Terra, our most recent project, has been nominated for the "Beazley Designs of the Year 2019" and is on display at the Design Museum in London.
Beazley Designs of the Year is an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers across the globe, showcasing designs that inspire, represent change in their field and capture the moment in time. Amongst them, Ca'n Terra is the House of the Earth, a project that recovers an abandoned quarry and brings it back to life.
The exhibition opens tomorrow, September 11 and will run until February 9, 2020. For more information, visit the museum's website: designmuseum.org - Beazley Designs of the Year
Débora Mesa is lecturing this coming Wednesday, September 11th, at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), an event organized in partnership with the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. The lecture will dive into the work of the office reflecting how a scientific understanding of architecture allows for the creative freedom to build on past innovations, mix imagination with reality, and improve our quality of life.
The lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in the Rich Theater of the Woodruff Arts Center, located directly across the street from MODA.
For more information, follow the link: https://www.museumofdesign.org/calendar/2019/9/11/architecture-lecture-dbora-mesa-of-ensamble-studio
Under the motto "Architect the Future", MMA CEO & CMO Summit 2019 brings together an inspiring line-up of speakers and global thought leaders who are helping to lead the transformation their industries with new and creative ideas.
Amongst them, Debora Mesa will present works and methods through which our practice pushes the boundaries of Architecture, untapping opportunities in the contexts we interact with.
The event will take place in Sonoma, California, USA from July 21 to July 23, 2019.
For more information on the agenda or to join the waiting list: mmaglobal.com - MMA CEO & CMO Summit 2019
Ensamble Studio is part of “Mutazioni”, an international exhibition curated by Antilia Gallery in the medieval tower of the Melodia Castle, Ruvo di Puglia, Italy; open to the public from July 12 to July 27, 2019. The exhibition aims to open a window into a possible future and "to search for tools and strategies for a mutation - of thought even before action - environmental, economic and social." With our featured work "The Truffle" we explore how to blend the boundaries between architecture and nature, looking for more visceral conversations between the two.
For more information : http://www.novenovenove.org/
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Our project of a Start-Up Center in Seoul (South Korea) is featured in the latest issue, n°151, of GA DOCUMENTS "INTERNATIONAL 2019", along with other 38 ongoing projects all over the world. This project, located in the Changdong-Sanggye area, north of Seoul City, is part of an urban regeneration plan that aims to transform this region into a new economic and cultural center. The project departs from an understanding of the infrastructural nature of the site and the diversity of uses to be accommodated under the same roof, to build a platform for living, working and learning.
Learn more about this publication here: https://www.ga-ada.co.jp/english/ga_document/gad151.html
Architecture, Landscape and Music come together in Domo at Tippet Rose Art Center, where every summer an extraordinary series of concerts is programmed. This musical interpretation of Johannes Brahms's Intermezzo Op.177, No.2, performed by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, is testimony of a unique encounter in nature. Do not miss the video, filmed by Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTygrj8ByS8
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC, USA) opens "Nature", its 2019 Design Triennial, on Thursday, May 9. The exhibition, co-organized with Cube Design Museum (Kerkrade, Netherlands), presents the work of sixty-two international design teams who are "forging meaningful connections with nature."
The exhibition features Ensamble Studio's Petrified River –an installation composed of a hill, a river and a pond, made of concrete– that serves as metaphor of the rich landscape that Manhattan once was, when it was still known as Mannahatta or “island of many hills”.
For more information on the exhibition follow the link: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/nature/
Débora Mesa joins ETH Zürich as guest speaker in its 2019 Spring Lecture Series. On May 6, at 6 pm, in building HIL E4. This lecture series brings together different perspectives about architecture as a cultural and social act, with participants like Saskia Sassen, Lara Almacergui or Thomas Hirschhorn, along with Débora.
Click here for more information: https://bit.ly/2Fi2oNf
Financial Times presents "the houses that architects build for themselves", featuring Hemeroscopium House (Madrid, Spain) and Cyclopean House (Brookline MA, USA) that Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa designed, built and inhabit, amongst the works of other architects like Frank Gehry, Lina Bo Bardi, Albert Frey or Le Corbusier.
The article –by Edwin Heathcote– explores the meaning and roles that a house plays in architect's private lives and how they manage to balance personal desires and practical needs, making it possible to live in one's own project.
Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2Lg7hNd
Calderona House, a recent project by Ensamble Studio, is featured in the annual exhibition and special issue n°163 of "GA HOUSES PROJECT 2019", along with over 50 other ongoing residential projects all over the world.
This project, located in Extremadura (Spain) revives the memory of the preexisting settlement found on the site, exposing the new domestic spaces to the landscape. Over the vestiges of old masonry walls, other stones are built, free from any architectural predetermination so that they can accommodate to the orography and result in new spaces, shaded areas, sheltered rooms, and framed views.
Visit GA gallery in Tokyo from March 23 to June 2, 2019, or learn more detailed information about the project in ga-ada.co.jp - GA gallery
Hemeroscopium House is part of “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes” on Netflix (episode 1, season 2, part B)
Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin visit it on their trip to Spain, speculate on the spatial and constructive qualities of its prefabricated parts, swim in the flying pool and interview Antón Garcia-Abril seeking some answers to the multiple questions that the house brings to their minds.
Watch the full documentary on Netflix:
netflix.com - Netflix France - Watch TV Shows Online, Watch Movies Online - The World's Most Extraordinary Homes | Netflix