About

At Septiembre Arquitectura we merge design, context, culture, art and technology to define the best strategy to materialize architecture. We are built by a multidisciplinary group focused on solutions within planning, design and construction. We materialize adaptive solutions to empower the value of the site and its surroundings. Founded on an international network but with a sensitive local application, we offer assessment, design consultancy, the conceptualization of projects, and construction supervision. Our decision-making is based on feasibility studies, analysis and projections of the surroundings.

Focused on a deep investigation of the ever-changing ecosystem, its economical context and social environment we shape specific solutions. Self-sufficient interventions that optimise natural resources ensure in a short, medium and long term the viability and well being of the users with their surroundings.

We take a special interest in the unique processes that will guide each project where we bring into play unique specialists that coexist with the views of the clients. Just as a collection of days in the month.

The Septiembre Arquitectura. Team

Team

Daniel de Reparaz
BArch, MArch

Daniel de Reparaz

Daniel is a Project Manager from the University of Navarra, Senior Architect, from La Salle Barcelona ETSALS (Ramón Llull University) and has a Master’s Degree in Restoration of Architectural Monuments from ETSAB in Barcelona. He currently carries out Artistic projects in the urban environment.

He has worked as a Project Manager in vertical and horizontal composition projects at various scales. He received a scholarship from the ETSALSB University, in the BarCode Housing (www.barcodehousing.net) social housing project endowed with European Union Funds.

He was associated in the OPR Architecture Studio, which later evolved into the OPERA Architecture Studio (www.opera-projects.com) with offices in Barcelona, ​​Lisbon, Luanda and China, Daniel being responsible for the Barcelona office. During this time he directed projects and competitions ranging from Urban planning to design of furniture pieces. He has been awarded several prizes in National and International Architecture Competitions. With great sensitivity, he defines urban relations. He is currently co-founder and director of the September studio.

Damian Figueras
AADip, BArch, Riba

Damian Figueras

Damián is an architect, urban planner and designer born in Barcelona and established in Mexico City. He studied Superior Architecture in Barcelona and later graduated from the Architectural Association (AA) in London where he carried out projects related to housing, urban planning, infrastructure and natural resources.

He has worked and collaborated with several studios including Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in London, Tatiana Bilbao in Mexico and Habitat in Barcelona.

He has participated in several juries and “workshops” at Universities in Europe and Mexico. His projects include those of social housing, schools, equipment and infrastructure projects. Make projects with local materials like compacted earth, wood and coral. He directs the design, detail, execution and construction processes. His project on housing was published by Harvard Press in Cambridge Mass., Domus Italia and Tomo México, among others. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Barcelona College of Architects (COAC). He is currently co-founder and director of the September studio.

Sara Baldasano 
BArch, March

Sara Baldasano

Sara is an architect, interior designer and furniture designer, born in Barcelona. Graduated as a Senior Architect from the ETSAB School of Higher Technical Architecture of Barcelona, ​​she has two Postgraduate degrees, one in Furniture Design from the Elisava University School and the other in Retail from the School Sert of the Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya , COAC.

She has worked and collaborated in various architecture studios, including ACXT (www.idom.com) based in Spain, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Until creating his own firm. She has directed architecture, rehabilitation, interior design and furniture editing projects. She is detailed and careful, she elaborates the projects from constructive honesty, human scale and aesthetic sensitivity. She has won several National Architecture Competitions and her work has the First Prize Espacios BJC-Delta 2012 and Europan 12 selected work. He is a member of the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) where he has given talks on Retail.
After a long period managing his own firm, in 2016 he associated with Estudio Septiembre, where he currently directs the Barcelona office.

Collaborators

José Tovar, Axelle Santos, Gisela Sánchez de Taller de Gisela, Min Son, CUPA, Fernanda Canales, Christian Strassnig, IMAND, Lukingud··, Labor, Kris Scheerlinck.

Clients

Radisson Collection
Silk Road Group
Inmet
First Quantum Minerals
Meduca Ministerio de Educación de Panamá
Cocolia Hotel
Passage Concept Store
Inlora
Habitat Inmobiliaria
Fundacion Senior Living
Solid State Foundation
Univer
Hyatt
Hyatt Park
Nana+na
Municipio de Pluma Hidalgo
Agencia de Mazunte

Awards

1st Price
International Competition for the new Water Museum in Oeiras,
Portugal – 2010.

Accesit (3rd Price)
International Competition for the new Alcalá de los Gazules Park in Cádiz,
España – 2010.

Accesit (4º price)
International Competition for the new de la Hoya en Almería Park,
España – 2010.

1st Price
Ideas Competition promoted by the “Junta de Compensación de Madrid” for the “Parque Urbano de Valdebebas”, (Associated with PROAP y BET FIGUERAS)
Madrid with 800000m2 – 2009.

SIL Price
SIL price 2009 and Excellence Price given by the UE-Santarem XXI, Rehabilitation of the Santarem riverbank. Associated with PROAP.

1st Price
Invitational Competition for Quinta da Malta, Leiria. 81.000 m2 construction complex for housing and hotel services  – 2007

Honorific Mention
International Convention and Congress Center of Madrid. (selected project from 135 proposals)

Accesit
Social housing Ideas Competition for 982 households in Ahijones neighbourhood, Madrid – 2007.

2º Price
Two phases Competition for the Catalunya Oficial College of Architects in Sabadell. Co-authorship with ARCO.
Barcelona – 2006.

1st Price
Two phases Invitational Competition for a Visitor And Expositions Center in the Hydroelectric central of Bieudrón, Suiza. Associated with Nuno Guerreiro – 2006

Press

PRINTED, ONLINE AND VIDEO PRESS

Tale a Guest

INSIDE: Celebration of Space and Details.
Describing Luxury.
Diciembre 2015

 

Tale a Guest

 

In Haus

INSIDE: El arte de transformar un entorno
El diálogo entre el entorno y el proyecto.
Abril 2019

In Haus - Septiembre Arquitectura

Maa Museo Arqueológico Equipment, Installation, Masterplan, Public

The Cometa project is an integral concept that aims to place a high value on the archaeological remains existing in the area, enhance cultural and historical values, and provide communal spaces that enhance these concepts. Mazunte is a land of contrasts with a recent tourist infrastructure in a society that boasts a culture and customs confronted in the dynamics of the accelerated development process.

A cultural and / or multifunctional space is required in El Mazunte that identifies and bears witness to its cultural structure, that makes the locals feel proud of their heritage, their tasks and their roots, that also presents an interesting proposal, that offers to tourists visiting this continuously expanding town, an overview of the culture of this part of the Oaxaca coast.

OPERATION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE INTEGRAL PROJECT PUNTA COMETA
Currently, the visits to Punta Cometa are anarchic and uncontrolled, the functionality strategy aims that visits to this site are mostly guided to ensure cleanliness, care for nature and safety of the walker, starting the tour of the townhouse, visiting the community museum its surroundings and later accessing Punta Cometa.

DESIGN BASES
1. Bioclimatic architecture.
2. Place of health and integration with nature.
3. Reading library.
4. The traditional arts and crafts center, and herbalist.
5. Interpretive space of local culture.
6. Sound of the sea.
7. Welcome and service area for trails.
8. Local meeting place.
9. Learning traditional healing techniques.
10. Prevailing winds and views.

BACKGROUND
Punta Cometa is a mountain located to the east of the Mazunte community, between the main beach and Mermejita beach, its territory is approximately 10 hectares, it has two beaches, Comet and Comet beach, its geographical location makes this place is and has It has been a very important place in the past, it is known that in pre-Hispanic times it was occupied by the Aztec empire and it established a military stronghold in this place since colonial times it was taken by the Spanish and later fought by pirates, it exists in this place an overlapping stone wall, what the locals currently call the “stone corral”.

The hill of Punta Cometa is currently considered as the strip of land with the most exit to the sea in the southern Pacific of the republic, this means that from this place you can see the sunrise and sunset, and you can also see the passage of many migratory aquatic species, such as the whale and in the air the pelican, among others.

At the beginning of the ’90s the locals decreed the Punta Cometa hill at the community level as an ecological reserve space, today Punta Cometa is highly visited by tourists and people who go to this place to recharge energy because it is said that this hill is magical.

At Punta Cometa, it is not allowed to build anything that alters its ecosystem, only the improvement of the trails, security at the viewpoints and infrastructure that prevents visitors from putting their lives at risk.

Only 100 meters. Before accessing the Punta Cometa hill, there is a land that the community calls “Casa del Pueblo” which is linked to Punta Cometa and in it if it is allowed to build certain things according to the construction regulations of Mazunte.
Punta Cometa, together with the Mexican Turtle Center, are the most important points of tourist interest and visited in the tourist corridor “Puerto Angel- Ventanilla Beach”. The turtle is of utmost importance to Mazunte. Since the second half of the 20th century, a market for turtle meat and eggs developed, having its own slaughterhouse. Starting in the 1980s, concern about the decrease in the number of turtles led to an absolute ban on turtle meat and eggs in Mexico. To replace the income of families affected by this ban, ecotourism was based on turtle conservation and development of natural cosmetics.

Currently, the main attractions of Mazunte are the Mexican Center of the Tortoise and the natural cosmetics of Mazunte. Given the importance of this animal to the people, the formalization of turtle shells is taken as the main concept of the spatial organization of the museum’s proposal.

This formalization is characteristic for following cell growth patterns through diagrams called a Voronoi diagram. This system provides organic geometric formations that will help us to establish the circulation on the ground. There are some generating shapes for the Tortoise shell geometry. By simplifying the shell lines we find that the formation is based on Voronoi geometry.
The natural terrain resembles a turtle shell in shape. Taking the shape of the turtle’s shell geometry, it is modified according to the uses, views and routes that interest the project. This plot is printed on the ground, leaving an imprint that will formalize the routes. The main volume of the museum is placed in the highest part of the hill, showing itself as a clean, clear and forceful cubic volume of brick as opposed to the more organic forms of the access route. This location of the museum’s volume allows it to have a privileged position where it has views from all sides, especially towards Mermejita beach and the town of Mazunte. The lines of the Voronoi diagram printed on the ground are used to build walls, squares, viewpoints, route, etc. Finally, the project is glimpsed in its entirety, adapted to the environment. The geometries closest to the access road are used to formalize retaining walls and flat areas to convert them into a parking area.

Using the lines of the Voronoi diagram, the access routes that run through the vegetation through various squares are configured. One of the geometries is used to elevate the route above the tops of the trees and make a viewpoint towards Playa Mermejita, Mazunte and Punta Cometa. In the highest part of the hill, the museum is placed together with a small souvenir shop and a cafeteria. In a part of the land and with “hidden” access is the Temascal area, to keep privacy and the environment — necessary. At the end of the tour, the existing palapa is placed where visits to Punta Cometa leave.

Client: Agencia de Mazunte y Municipio de Tonemeca

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano, Damian Figueras, Luis Eduardo Garcia, Claudia Marti.

Location: Mexico

Year: 2015

Parque Alcalá de los Gazules Equipment, Masterplan, Public

“Alcalá de Los Gazules” park unfolds around an elevated bastion, on an extreme topography, peering vertiginously at the horizon from the edges of its historic core to where the narrow and sloping streets reach. This proposal is built on a clear idea: that of offering the citizens of Alcalá a completely flat, horizontal space, located halfway up the slope of the new city park. A place that solves existing problems while creating new opportunities for the community. A foundation, a strategy for the future, a trigger for balanced dynamics.

PARK
Alcalá́ de Los Gazules is located in the heart of the Alcornocales Natural Park. Sufficient condition to seek a balance in the way of intervening and respect for the environment. The North slope apparently corresponds to an Alcornocal understory-forest system in which various types of combinations can be found. The existing topography is a great feature of the place with its own identity, so the transformation of its current state was minimized. It was hardly punctually shaped in order to find a logic of transformation with structures built in the intermediation of urbanized space.

The implementation strategy is to maintain the existing ecosystem and install a new vegetation layer of the same type of vegetation system and combinations such as Pistacia lentiscus, Cistus ladanifer, Cistus salvifolius, Crataegus monogyna, Rhamnus alaternus or Teucrium fruticans, Teline linifolia. The improvement of the soil with new plant contributions, especially indigenous ones, comes to contribute to the enrichment of a degraded area. We believe it is important to try to repopulate with seeds from the nearby populations to avoid that the project involves a genetic intrusion in the local populations of these species. The park translates into a dynamic that corresponds to the articulation of two different areas, on the one hand, a high area between the town and the intermediate promenade, densely vegetated from efficient irrigation management; and on the other hand the low area, with very low maintenance requirements where the use of water resources is made in a limited way, seeking its own autonomy through surface runoff provided by the existing topography. Within these, we would easily locate a water line where the vegetation is lusher and from that line, this mass will be diluted until it becomes point trees. The selection of undemanding shrub and herbaceous species will be taken into account. In this area under the horizontal walk where the pedestrian paths flow, the duality of its sinuous expression among the trees is explored. Small tree masses accompany these paths, reinforcing their movement.

Any added element has as a condition to adapt as much as possible to the terrain, to the physical characteristics of the place, land that is removed island that is replaced elsewhere. The accompanying winding path system

The topography aims to bring the human being closer to the landscape, its richness and diversity, generating leisure spaces, quiet walks, bike tours, horseback riding. A new green space created for local people, a park with the potential to provide an improvement in its quality of life, a space implanted to enjoy all year round, to accompany the dynamics of vegetation, the dynamics of space.

VERSATILITY
Facing autonomous solutions to existing concrete problems, we propose generic support for future requirements. The key, however, is managing this versatility. A space like the one we propose, which may one day be a large tourist car park and another day an antique book fair, requires management of its use, which also implies teaching its value. Doing this, it seems to us, is a good investment because it means a better use by citizens and therefore a greater enjoyment of resources as well as their better conservation. We, therefore, propose a work that begins in the urban proposal but that must continue in the field of civic management, looking for programs that make sense of the new infrastructure, that fill it with life, that allows new forms of use to take place. This is the great opportunity that we see, and that we understand can be agreed upon by the people.

SUSTAINABILITY
A Park is a living structure, and it is also a complex functional and economic structure. These two images are closely related, not only because an ecologically decontextualized system is economically difficult, but also because an ecologically compatible structure needs continuous support, through maintenance, cleaning and security actions. We propose a structure based on the balance between maintenance costs and returns from the attribution of the concessions (the solar orchard on the parking lots, among others) and based on very low maintenance costs.

ECONOMY.
We act in the sense of reversing in favour of the Park everything that we find on the land, all the pre-stocks: the topography whose manipulation, although very light, almost imperceptible, is the fundamental engine to unleash it from all the transformation processes positive of the place, the water regime, because of the powerful way it introduces a sense of seasonality, of the passage of time, of the essential rhythms of nature, an earlier artificial transformation fold that reveals a certain and particular intensity of light.

The operation seeks to approach a fundamental objective: working with very little to achieve great results, knowing the essential nature of a position that works with the understanding of natural mechanisms, finding new dynamics that fit into those mechanisms.

MOBILITY
The proposal allows us to perceive a solution for the concretion of the exchange strategy between the regional mobility system (automobile) and the new urban mobility systems adapted to the road capacity and identity of the historic centre of Alcalá́ de Los Gazules: minibuses, taxis and electric rental cars, bicycles, … Building a new mobility model for the city is also creating a new way of managing the use of public space, and of perceiving it from a new perspective.

Client: Junta de Andalucía.

Team: Opera, Septiembre Arquitectura, Daniel de Reparaz.

Collaborators: Santi Fuentemilla, Samuel Martin, Joao Filipe Silva, Nuno Glvao.

Location: Alcalá de los Gazules

Caf, Museo del Cafe Equipment

Pluma Hidalgo is a town of about 3,000 inhabitants, located about 1,300 m above sea level in Plena Sierra Madre del Sur, in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a coffee area by nature since it has a favourable climate for one of the best coffees in the world to be cultivated. This high-quality industry is its main economic focus and tourist attraction. Given the importance of coffee in the municipality, the authorities intend to design a Coffee Museum to promote tourism in the area.

The program we are asked to include in the building is as follows:

Cafe tasting area
Exhibition area
Showroom area of ​​the entire coffee-making process
Bathrooms
Parking

The connection between the main street of the town and the upper neighbourhood through a walk through the mountains

With these programmatic premises and the impressive location where the project is located, we took two main ideas in the project:

Given the importance of the mountains for the town and its coffee development, for the formalization of the building we take as reference the formations of the geological faults, which help us to organize the programs and tours as well as help the final shape of the building to be similar to a mountain range.

The inclusion of an existing promenade in the town in the project through the roof of the building and including views towards the interior, which provides another interesting vision of the Museum and makes it a more deeply rooted piece of the town.

Structurally, the most efficient grid is sought to locate the parking in the basement to house the largest number of cars, an idea that perfectly matches the “geological faults” that order the project.

As for proposed materials, it is a project that is nourished by local construction systems and materials (gabled roofs made of clay tiles, indigenous natural stone floors, block walls, bamboo on the facade), but treated in a way somewhat different.

In this way, a spatial and formally interesting building is achieved at a low cost (no need for external labour or large logistics of transporting materials).

Client: Municipio de Pluma Hidalgo.

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Daniel de Reparaz, Damián Figueras, Sara Baldasano, Luis Eduardo Garcia, Claudia Marti.

Location: Mexico

Year: 2020

Laa Equipment

The project is located on a paradisiacal beach in the Panamanian Caribbean, about two hours from Panama City, and about half an hour west of Colón, on land currently well known for going to spend the day at the beach. It has a somewhat precarious infrastructure of services for tourism (restaurants) where you can taste typical dishes of the area at very affordable prices. For this reason, it is a place very frequented by popular classes of the environment.

We are commissioned to do a complete design of a complex that includes:
Two low landscape impact hotels
A tower (7 levels)
Foodcourt
Housing Area
Pool Area
Chillout
Beach bar
Marine
Cabana and Marina Warehouse.
Common Areas and
Parking lots

The first decision is to keep cars and parking lots as far away from the beach area, through two entrances. It is played with the change of level between the access road and the beach to generate underground circulation and parking.

It begins with a lattice Grid where the different programs previously described are organized according to their public or private use, proximity to the beach or the road, passage and communication areas, terraced areas, etc.

Later some of these programs are grouped, the circulation network is simplified and the different programs within the field are scaled.
You are also asked to take advantage of any of the existing buildings. After visiting the terrain and analyzing the current buildings, it is seen that it is practically not worth reusing almost anything since they are very precarious constructions with basic metal structures and zinc roofs without any interest, except for construction that has stone walls, which if we use it for one of the restaurant buildings.

For the organization of the MasterPlan, a packaging parameterization technique is used. Some square surfaces of the m2 of each program are placed and some are randomly rotated depending on the sun, existing vegetation, views, etc., always allowing both squares to overlap in one of the corners, providing the connection between them.
The approximate position of these programmatic surfaces is defined by the initial Public-Private grid and circulations. From there, the paved parts are selected and then the occupation of the program on the grid.

The formalization and volume of the architectural pieces are defined by criteria of tropical architecture: large covered spaces that protect from water and sun, but open to allow maximum ventilation.

The large roofs that are proposed are defined by a continuous web of gabled roofs (classic water protection scheme) but which is unevenly cut by the web of surfaces, which gives great variability to the classic concept. covering.

The structure of the roofs is defined by a gridded grid on which the sheet is placed, in which certain holes can be opened to allow the passage of light in the central parts.
As for ventilation, walls are proposed with lattices of concrete building blocks, placed in a way that allows the passage of light and air.
With these criteria, very clean and simple architecture with very fine lines is achieved, which allows responding to all the necessary design criteria

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Daniel de Reparaz, Damián Figueras, Juan Ramon Mena, Hector Ayarza.

Collaborators: Nodo Studio, Carlos Naranjo.

Location: Panama City

Year: 2013

Centro Comunitario Equipment, Public

Projecting in the rainforest and under such specific and different conditions was a great challenge that we had to face, always trying to find culturally acceptable responses for the community, climate-efficient and functional within the use it has.

We work under several fundamental premises: 1. Classroom spaces must provide visual privacy, but must allow ventilation. 2. The design should provide covered spaces for children to play since both sun and tropical rain and high temperatures do not allow much freedom of movement. 3. Flexibility and adaptability in the proposal, since it is necessary to think that the growth of the communities is very fast and it is necessary to think of a way of self-managed growth of the school. 4. Logistics of material transport and the construction itself. 5. Materials to use simple, known and easy to find.

The privacy and ventilation of the classrooms are achieved by separating the ceiling from the walls, always allowing air circulation, and making some solid and other wooden closings with staggered paneling that allows air to pass through but does not allow visualization, favouring the crossed ventilation.

Covered spaces and flexibility are achieved through a modular design. Each classroom with its roof is a modular unit. Each unit is made up of the 7x7m classroom (49m2 of classroom according to MEDUCA regulations) and a roof structure that covers an area of ​​3m around so that each one provides a covered space around it for play. This cover is rotated 30º which produces a distinction of spaces, some narrower, which do not allow play and are passing through, and others wider that do allow games. These modules are designed so that they overlap next to each other using the same pillars at the ends but with the covers at different levels. This allows an infinite growth of the school, also always achieving very wide covered play spaces around the classrooms.
Materials and transport logistics are linked hand in hand since the projects are located in places of very difficult access, all the material used must be possible to transport and build with a maximum of two or three people per each piece. Therefore, the structure is thought of treated wood with a 25-year durability guarantee, the ceilings will be of Zinc Sheet and the walls will be of compacted earth from the place. Finally, it could not be done in this way due to the composition of the land and it was made with cement blocks. The floor was built with rustic ceramic pieces.
The end result is a community centre with very fluid spaces, versatile and very functional, with the ability to adapt to the topography naturally and with the possibility of growth over time easily.

Client: Private and Ministerio de Sanidad de Panamá MINSA

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura

Collaborators: José Tovar, Kelly Doran, RePlan, Carlos Orfila

Photo: Elena Calvache

Location: Panama

Year: 2012

Escuela Indigena Equipment, Public

Projecting in the rainforest and under such specific and different conditions was a great challenge that we had to face, always trying to find culturally acceptable responses for the community, climatically effective and functional within its use.

We work under several fundamental premises: 1. Classroom spaces must provide visual privacy, but must allow ventilation. 2. The design should provide covered spaces for children to play since both sun and tropical rain and high temperatures do not allow much freedom of movement. 3. Flexibility and adaptability in the proposal, since it is necessary to think that the growth of the communities is very fast and it is necessary to think of a way of self-managed growth of the school. 4. Logistics of material transport and the construction itself. 5. Materials to use simple, known and easy to find.

The privacy and ventilation of the classrooms are achieved by separating the ceiling from the walls, always allowing air circulation, and making some solid and other wooden closings with staggered panelling that allows air to pass through but does not allow visualization, favouring the crossed ventilation.

Covered spaces and flexibility are achieved through a modular design. Each classroom with its roof is a modular unit. Each unit is made up of the 7x7m classroom (49m2 of the classroom according to MEDUCA regulations) and a roof structure that covers an area of ​​3m around so that each one provides a covered space around it for play. This cover is rotated 30º which produces a distinction of spaces, some narrower, which do not allow play and are passing through, and others wider that do allow games. These modules are designed so that they overlap next to each other using the same pillars at the ends but with the covers at different levels. This allows an infinite growth of the school, also always achieving very wide covered play spaces around the classrooms.

Materials and transport logistics are linked hand in hand, since the projects are located in places of very difficult access, all the material used must be possible to transport and build with a maximum of two or three people per each piece. Therefore, the structure is thought of treated wood with a 25-year durability guarantee, the ceilings will be of Zinc Sheet and the walls will be of compacted earth from the place. Finally, it could not be done in this way due to the composition of the land and it was made with cement blocks. The floor was built with rustic ceramic pieces.

The end result is a school with very fluid spaces, versatile and highly functional, with the ability to adapt to the topography naturally and with the possibility of growth over time easily.

Client: Private and Ministerio de Educación de Panamá MEDUCA.

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura.

Collaborators: José Tovar, Kelly Doran, RePlan, Carlos Orfila.

Photo: Elena Calvache

Location: Panamá

Year: 2012