We think with our hands, we experience. We seek to control the processes more accurately than the results. Because finding the logic in the development makes it harder to be wrong.
We go to the origin of the processes, to the raw materials, we try to arrive to the essence of the elements and construction systems. And this scientific understanding enables a extreme freedom to operate outside the preconceived processes. We use industry at the service of architecture but not vice versa.
We dream spaces and design their construction using an explosive mixture of imagination and reality, aiming to excite places and people, to create strong bonds that will improve the quality of life in and around them.
Our work has no pigeonholes, no barriers. We design the shadow to obtain spaces of light and we can build with heavy elements to obtain weightless and transparent spaces. We go from stressed structures to dense structures, from the small scale of the house to the bigger scale of the city, from reordered nature to prefabricated systems.
We do not ignore history, we have studied it and we reread it with every project. But we use actual technology and we face the problems of our present times.
Structure is the architecture, which is not only entrusted with the important task of dealing with gravity, but also traces the space, frames the landscape, orders the program, expresses; and so, defines architecture. Without dressings or disguise, with constructive economy and honesty.
And above all, we do. And if we make mistakes, we learn. But the perseverance in doing keeps us alive. If we do not have work, we invent it.
Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing education, research and practice, the office explores innovative approaches to architectural and urban spaces, and the technologies that build them. Among the studio’s most relevant completed works are Hemeroscopium House and Reader’s House in Madrid (Spain), Music Studies Center and SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain), Telcel Theater in Mexico City and, more recently, Cyclopean House in Brookline (USA) and Structures of Landscape for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana (USA). Their work is extensively published in both printed and digital media, exhibited world-wide -Orleans Frac Centre Biennial 2017, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and 2010, GA International Exhibitions 2016-2010 in Tokyo, MOMA NY 2015, MAK Vienna 2015, M.I.T. 2015, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen, etc.- and awarded with international prizes –2017 Architizer A+Award, 2016 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, Iakov Chernikhov Prize 2012, Rice Design Alliance Prize 2009 to emerging architects, Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize 2005, among others. Beside their professional career, both principals keep a very active research and academic agenda: have been invited professors and lecturers at numerous universities and architecture forums, were curators of Spainlab -Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012- and founded that same year the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Research Laboratory) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), that they continue to direct.
ANTÓN GARCÍA-ABRIL, Architect
DÉBORA MESA, Architect
JAVIER CUESTA, Master Builder
BORJA SORIANO, Associate Architect & Hiring Manager
MASSIMO LOIA, Associate Architect & Audiovisual & Communication Director
ALVARO CATALAN, Senior Architect & Office Manager
MENGYUAN CAO, Architect
MONICA ACOSTA, Architect
MIGUEL ÁNGEL ÁLVAREZ ESTEPA, Madrid Management Assistant
ALEJANDRA AHREND, Architect
ANDREA PAU, Architect
CLAUDIA ARMAS, Architect
NIJKUMAR BALAR, Architect
Antón García-Abril, (Madrid, 1969) is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and European PhD Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M-U.P.M.). He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996, established Ensamble Studio architecture office in 2000 and is full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) since 2012, after acquiring extensive academic experience as associate professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.U.P.M.) for a decade, and invited professor at numerous universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2010, Cornell University in 2008 and University of Texas in 2006, among others.
Débora Mesa Molina, (Madrid, 1981) is European Licensed Architect by the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.-U.P.M.). She joined Ensamble Studio in 2003 and became partner of the architecture office in 2010, after playing a major role in the realization of numerous projects and works. She is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech College of Architecture and has previously served as visiting professor at different universities, like Pratt Institute in 2018 and Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2017 amongst others- and as research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2013 and 2018, after co-founding with Anton Garcia-Abril the POPlab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory) in 2012.
Javier Cuesta Rodriguez-Torices, (Madrid, 1973) graduates from the School of Building Engineering in Madrid in 1997 and joins Ensamble Studio in 2000 from the beginning of its foundation. He is an essential part of the team participating actively in the design of the construction of every project the office produces. He leads Ensamble Fabrica, the in-house manufacturing workshop that takes care of building prototypes for Ensamble Studio designs, manufacturing prefabricated works and controlling thoroughly the construction on-site of other projects of the firm. His experience as Technical Director, Quantity Surveyor, Construction and Development Manager and Health and Safety Coordinator, contributes with a very pragmatic while creative vision to the work of the office.
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