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

Miq Housing, Interior Design

We are located in the old town of Sarria, Barcelona, ​​in a house between party walls, full of history, Miquel, an 80-year-old man lives alone after years of living with his wife’s entire family. The family home was acquired in the late 1960s and grew through expansion at the same rate as the family. Already lacking life, Miquel decides to sell it. The new buyers are a family from the area, who value the qualities of a quiet and familiar neighbourhood and the original construction characteristics of the property.

MIQ, short for Miquel, is a comprehensive rehabilitation of a single-family house between party walls. The original wealth of the house is more than remarkable, the reddish, tile and green tones predominate, with hydraulic floors, brick and stone walls with Catalan volta ceilings, upon reaching the back patio, a wild nature surrounds you and reveals the small post-study. This constructive wealth is the source of inspiration for the project.

September Architecture feeds on this original wealth and adapts it to new needs and uses. Enhancing the superposition of styles, which allows the history, the spirit of the home and some of its construction details to be preserved and transformed into a new reality. The proposal is a balance between the new needs of housing and the recovery of existing inheritance. Something like elevating the wear and tear of the old home to become a historical asset.

The result proposes a house with three bedrooms, a living-dining room with kitchen and a study at the rear of the backyard. The original staircase is respected, but the exit to the roof is remade, executing a roof formed by a large isolated Catalan double turn and an opening facing south-west. In this way, the project turns the staircase into a light well in winter and a ventilation chimney in summer, where the adjustable slats control the solar incidence. The main room is endowed with a defragmented bathroom with walls that do not reach the ceiling, thus allowing cross ventilation through the staircase and the entrance of light at both ends of the room. Finally, a large sliding door closes the suite and gives access to a balcony that faces the backyard.

On the ground floor is the living-dining room and open kitchen, to enhance the spaciousness of the spaces and the relationship between interior and exterior, this room is the only one next to the staircase that is dressed in white, the interior flooring and exteriors merge into one and the balcony doors to the patio and study fold out, allowing the interior and exterior to be unified in a single space.

The image of the house from the street is a picturesque two-storey facade, covered in pastel shades and wood, which coexists peacefully with its adjacent buildings. On the contrary, the rear façade is made up of large openings, a white corrugated sheet skin that contrasts with the woodwork and exposed elements of the installations. Therefore, a contrast is created that reveals the transforming will of design.

The main entrance to the house is through an oak-lined hall, the original hydraulic floors are recovered and, if necessary, are reissued with the Huguet factory in Mallorca, which manages to imitate the original designs. The walls take on the colour tones of the hydraulic parts, green in the distributor, deep reddish in the courtesy toilet and terracotta salmon for the bathroom of the suite. The tailored design of the sinks with the same materials and colours is studied in-depth, as well as the large hydraulic parts that line the walls of the shower. The light invades all the rooms, including the general bathroom on the first floor, which is located in an interior area and that through a Spectralight tube, captures natural light up to the skylight above the bathtub.
The rest of the spaces recover the original ceilings with wooden and metal beams, showing the construction phases of the building. Thus, the rooms are covered with parquet floors, while the original stone and brick walls dress the living room, the head of the suite, the patio and the study. The exterior metal staircase, designed in such a way that it acquires great lightness, ascends to the walkable roof of the studio, thus taking advantage of all the exterior spaces.

The design of the house aims to return the wild character of the vegetation, for this a planter and a metal structure are created that arise from the railing of the external staircase and that will allow the recovery of the existing vegetation.

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano, Damian Figueras, Maddi Urdampilleta.

Collaborators: Raúl Heras, Ester Martínez Estructuras, Constructora Varela.

Photo: José Hevia

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2019

Radisson hotel Tsinandali Hotel, Interior Design

Tsinandali Estate Georgia, set in a historical 18th century home and wine cellar, opens its doors as the latest addition to the Radisson Collection. The restorations and many new developments – led by architecture studio, Septiembre Arquitectura – reveal a luxurious new hotel that revitalises the charm of the property’s history alongside newfound contemporary splendour.

Overlooking the dramatic Caucasus Mountains, the Tsinandali Estate is located in the very heart of the Kakheti wine region; argued to be one of the oldest wine-making regions in the world. Once home to Georgian Poet and Aristocrat, Alexander Chavchavadze (1786-1846), the estate now houses the area’s most anticipated luxury hotel, Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia.

In line with Georgia’s cultural identity, the unique property is fittingly set amidst the Estate’s own remarkable vineyards: amongst the finest in a region renowned for a diverse selection of wines. A full immersion into this aspect of Georgian culture is complemented by the property’s unique “vinotheque”, wine-tasting bar, and Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s personal wine cellar collection.

Led by Spanish/Mexican architecture studio, Septiembre Arquitectura, the focus of the design has been to bridge the 19th-century architecture of the historic building with the present. In an effort to preserve the cultural past of the location, Septiembre Arquitectura worked closely with and around the surroundings of the Estate: drawing inspiration from nature and its heritage. The studio was responsible for designing the New Building – a completely bare structure initially. This meant arranging and designing all the rooms, the Lobby area, the Spa, and the layout of the Old Library.
Co-founder of the studio, Damian Figueras, described the project as a “dialogue between the 19th and the 21st century. Visitors can notice the coexistence of the two periods in the modern furniture and works of art from the time Tsinandali was first designed.” The studios’ approach to this emphasises the pre-existing histories and cultural past of the location; all the while creating an environment that harmoniously co-exists with the nature around it.

Guests may notice and appreciate the broad thematic inspirations that the hotel is built on. Internally, this extends to each of the 4 levels of the hotel—each designed as an abstraction of a season of the year. Septiembre Arquitectura’s commitment to this concept extends from the prominent design decisions down to the subtle nuances, found in the reflective choice of fabrics, colours, metals, and textures within each guestroom. In the communal areas, the lobby area serves as a tribute to the acclaimed Georgian wine industry: blending industrial elements with the hotel itself, through materials such as cork and metal flooring.

Beyond the interiors of the hotel, the external composition also reflects careful consideration of its surroundings. Plants cover the exterior walls of the property: the green façade was chosen to create an almost illusory effect of the building ‘disappearing’ and melting into the natural environment around it.

GUEST ROOMSEach floor of the hotel reflects a completely distinctive mood inspired by each of the Four Seasons using appropriate colours, textures, materials and images. Velvet rich fabrics, tapestries, rugs and furnishings are an exciting, eclectic mix of traditional Georgian, European and contemporary minimalist design elements. Even the metal fixtures reflect the season chosen for a particular floor; Winter chrome, Spring brushed steel, Summer brass, Autumn copper. Floor to ceiling windows are strategically placed to provide maximum natural light. Interiors are illuminated by indirect lighting, discretely hidden by elegant mouldings and augmented by standing lamps and pendants for individual suites, corridors, lobbies and restaurants.

The hotel features 141 elegant rooms with seasonally inspired décor and a vast selection of features to create the perfect stay: full HD Smart TV, coffee machine, iron and ironing board, safe and mini bar, high-speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobe and slippers. Guests can choose among 124 rooms: 23 Collection Rooms, 52 Collection Superior Rooms, 44 Collection Premium Rooms, 2 Collection Junior Suites and 3 Collection Suites. Additionally, 8 private suites and 9 Collection Rooms are situated on the grounds of the estate in traditional buildings steeped in historic heritage with a modern twist, ideal for couples, families or those who want to be surrounded by nature and enjoy absolute privacy.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS By sourcing the finest local produce combined with an excellent selection of wines the Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate offers an outstanding dining experience within its three restaurants, three bars and the Blue room – space that can be used for private dining.

Prince Alexander offers all-day dining and features a courtyard terrace: serving breakfast, lunch and dinner based on the best international cuisine traditions. A private dining area, Blue Room, is also located next to the all-day dining restaurant.

The instantly welcoming French Le Bistro with its cosy summer terrace offers a relaxing sanctuary servicing a selection of the best French pastry in the area, genuine coffee and light healthy dishes for a quick snack. French Le Bistro restaurant will serve the finest local and seasonal produce.

For those guests who want to experience authentic Georgian cuisine, the Kakheti Restaurant provides a warm and hearty introduction to the unique Georgian culinary traditions of the Kakheti region.

The wine tasting bar, Gaumarjos, offers a diverse selection of wines produced by the estate. The hotel also features The Library Bar – a spacious book gallery with a stylish lounge zone housing the hotel’s main bar. The Golden Room also forms a part of the bar, exclusively designed by German Industrial Designer Ingo Maurer, the cosy space features a distinctive fireplace which creates an inviting atmosphere to enjoy in the winter months. Talking about the project Mourer stated that “It was clear to me that we had to stay away from any kind of trend. My team and I tried to avoid any kind of banality as respect for the historical building was our first priority. The place has a very strong aura and any wrong decision, which would harm the pre-existing harmony, would have been a criminal act.”

SERVICES High up on the 5th floor, the luxurious Spa offers guests a variety of contemporary and traditional holistic treatments. In keeping with the idea of “coexistence in nature”, the spa uses creams, oils, soaps and shampoo made from natural and restorative ingredients. Total recreation would not be complete without a visit to the wellness floor which includes a fitness room, sauna, Jacuzzi, a full Spa service area and a 19m infinity outdoor pool with a breathtaking view over the park and the Caucasus Mountains.

The Tsinandali Estate is a perfect location for relaxing tours, memorable meetings, fascinating weddings and recharging breaks amongst nature. Discover the fascinating history of the founder of the Georgian romanticism – Prince Alexander Chavchavadze and his family, have a peaceful walk in a landscape garden with 40 unique species, enjoy a tour of the winery while tasting the wines from the estate’s own wine cellars.

Client: Radisson Collection, Silk Road Group

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Cristina Gabás, Damian Figueras, Daniel de Reparaz, Sara Baldasano, Maddi Urdampilleta, Regina Anchustegui, Alheli Marquez, Luis Eduardo Garcia, Raúl Jacobo, Karla Herrera

Collaborators: Ingo Maurer, Tamara Kvesitadze, John Fortradis, Art Studio, Silk Road Group

Photo: Goga Mosiashvili

Location: Georgia

Year: 2019

Cocolia Hotel Hotel, Interior Design

On the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca overlooking the pristine sands of the Pacific and the ancient rock formations of Punta Cometa, Cocolia Hotel Mazunte offers guests a completely unique restorative experience. The Mizteca People believe this sacred land is a vortex of transformative energy.

Surrounded by native cactus, trees and tangled vines and medicinal plants, our team of architects was inspired to contrast “symmetry” with this wild jungle “anarchy”. The clean lines and angles provide smooth geometric shapes in pale earth tones to reflect ever-changing patterns of light and shadow. Natural art forms everywhere!

Cocolia Hotel Mazunte overlooks an ancient sacred site of the Mizteca People. Punta Cometa, the southern-most landmass in Mexico, is a long finger of rock formations, worn smooth by wind, rain and sea. They called it The Window to Heaven and at various times a year, the sun sets on one side as the full moon rises on the other. A hike to the tip of this beautiful site is an unforgettable experience. Each year the Stone Formations of Ventanilla attract shamans, ceremonial dancers, and many national and international visitors for a traditional celebration of Winter Solstice. On the longest night of the year, the full moon arcs across the dark sky to welcome the sun rising in the exact centre of a circular opening in a giant rock, surrounded by water.

From December to April Whales journey south to warmer waters and can frequently be seen from one of the hotel´s many locations. Why not take a whale-watching excursion to see a school of dolphins, sea turtles and many varieties of sea birds as you wait for whales to appear. Nothing in the world compares to the sight of a giant whale breaching just meters away from your boat!!

The west coast of Mexico is known internationally as one of the best surfing spots in the world, and Cocolia Hotel is situated above Playa Mermejita, Mazunte – a must surf beach to those that know. If you´re a thrill-seeker, we´ll be happy to rent you aboard and recommend the very best places to practice the sport. But there are beaches for all levels of expertise and even if you´re a beginner, we know you’ll enjoy your time in the ocean

BUNGALOW Nine private Bungalows, A Saltwater Pool, Restaurante Cacao serving locally grown organic food, and A Wellness Palapa with Yoga, Meditation and Massage, offer guests the time and the space to disconnect, unwind and live harmoniously in nature. Surrounded by native cactus, trees and tangled vines and medicinal plants, our team of architects was inspired to contrast “symmetry ” with this wild jungle “anarchy”. The clean lines and angles provide smooth geometric shapes in pale earth tones to reflect ever-changing patterns of light and shadow. Natural art forms everywhere!

CACAO RESTAURANT To sit at a table in Restaurante Cacao and watch the sunset, sipping a smooth locally produced Mescal is Pura Vida. Serving locally grown organic fruits, vegetables as well as the fresh catch of the day, Restaurante Cacao offers a simple menu for breakfast lunch and dinner. Each morning a variety of fresh juices, detox smoothies, homemade whole grain bread, sweet rolls and fresh fruit are available. For lunch and dinner, our chef seamlessly combines traditional Mexican recipes with healing restorative ingredients to tempt every palette. Vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options are always available. In addition to our fixed menu, we offer 3 daily market specials. Try our delicious hot chocolate made with world-famous, Organic Oaxacan Chocolate. It’s to die for!

Located on the land’s highest elevation, with a panorama view of Punta Cometa, the rolling hills and the ever-changing Playa Mermejita, our saltwater pool and terraces feature the most spectacular vistas of all.  The long Rectangular Pool is the perfect place to relax, take a swim, read, or enjoy an afternoon siesta. The surrounding terraces, on various levels, are both public but also private places. Cooled by sea breezes with tables and lounge chairs they are shaded by the filtered light of “otate” and Sun umbrellas.

WELLNESS PALAPA Take a walk down a shady path, away from the Bungalós, Pool and Restaurant, to our Wellness Palapa. Relax and enjoy a private massage (by appointment) listening to sea birds cry and the sound of ocean waves on the beach below. The Palapa’s west-facing veranda is the perfect place to find yourself at day’s end, watching the sun sink into the sea

SUSTAINABILITY Cocolia Hotel Mazunte was designed to co-exist in harmony with the natural environment. Every effort has been made to preserve and protect the topography of the land and the native plants and trees. Rainwater is collected to prevent erosion and recycled for irrigation. Greywater is used to maintain our fruit trees, papayas, bananas, lemons, oranges and herb garden, for the restaurant. All power requirements provided by Solar Energy. Special care has been taken to regularly prune our native trees including “Cojon de Toro”, Palo de Indio, among many others and to clean the understory which promotes growth, allows sea breezes to flow and keeps the land shaded and the buildings cool. All the locations of Cocolia Hotel Mazunte are connected by carefully planned walkways, constructed with a combination of stone, wood and earth, to provide shady access to all areas including a special path that winds all the way down to Playa Mermejita.

Cocolia Hotel Mazunte

Client: Cocolia Hotel

Architects: Septiembre Arquitectura

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Damián Figueras, Daniel de Reparaz, Humberto Castro, Alex Herrero, Ricardo Palma, Eric de Haan.

Collaborators: Felipe Velasco, Conrado instalaciones, Manuel Clavel Eléctrico, Andrea Dodoni, Pacific Energy, Susan Martin.

Photo: Dalí Nelio

Location: Mazunte

Year: 2018