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

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

Ajijic Built, Housing

An adaptable, integrated, vernacular and low maintenance was requested by the client for her summer house in the Chapala Lake in Jalisco. Combined with a simple housing program the geometry responds to the way it is constructed.

The cubes of the house represent the single parts of the family, which exist as individuals but also as a complete.
The configurations of the cubes give possibility for individual space, by partly touching each other, partly overlapping and diving into each other. They create private, semi-public and public spaces in a complex way through a simple act. A house that can serve for all possible constellations that can come up in a family life.
The materials of the cubes are considered as a contrast of transparent and opaque, reflective (the inner space and the surrounding) and shining through. The openings orchestrate with the surroundings exposing permeability towards the views and protecting against cold northern winds.
All of that shall give the complex of the building an appearance of simplicity and in the same way a very high complexity inside and in its relation to the ambient.

Constructing with the surrounding material rediscovers an ancient system which we often forget trough technological advance. Colors and textures in the walls and the landscape merge to bring house and environment together.

A close relation with the client and a set of artists to design some interiors and furniture gave a further step to the outcome.

Published in Harvard Press, HDM 34: Architectures of Latin America

Client: Private

Team: Tatiana Bilbao, Damián Figueras, Thorsten Englert, Adriana Carvalho, Alejandro Cabrales, Marco Robles.

Collaborators: Enrique Cabrera

Photo: Damián Figueras, Rory Gardiner

Location: Chapala Lake

Year: 2010

Tep Teploztlan Built, Housing

Sobre una huella Longitudinal de lo que iba a ser un estudio de grabación, debemos construir una casa para invitados aledaña a la vivienda principal del terreno.

La propuesta se basa en conseguir una secuencia de espacios habitables y confortables, conectados de la manera mas fluida posible.

Las diferentes estancias de la casa están separadas por los dos elementos principales de la casa, la Chimenea y la Escalera. Ambos elementos flotan en medio del espacio sin tocar las paredes de manera que permiten la circulación por ambos lados.

Mediante este recurso se consigue tener una perspectiva completa de la casa en el interior.

Client: Private

Architects: Daniel de Reparaz, Damian Figueras

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Daniel de Reparaz, Damian Figueras

Collaborators: Viena Nuñez Interiores

Curator: Loco

Photo: Mauricio Salas

Location: Tepoztlan México

Year: 2015

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

Nou Housing

Habitat Poblenou is a magnificent development of only 18 homes with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, a garage and a storage room. Where you will enjoy a very comfortable home, full of light and top quality finishes just minutes from the beach and the Rambla del Poblenou.

It is located within one of the most attractive neighbourhoods in Barcelona, ​​Poblenou and within the 22 @ district, which is known for hosting some of the best-known Technology Startups and International Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, General Electric, WeWork, American Express,… who are transforming the area into a business district.

It is a consolidated neighbourhood where we will have access to all services (health centres, university and educational centres, sports facilities, large shopping centres, magnificent parks, etc.) and in turn close to the beach, which we reached in a 15-minute walk. The area has excellent communications by metro, tram, buses, and quick access to the main roads of the city, such as the Ronda Litoral and Avenida Diagonal and Gran Vía, fully promoting mobility within and outside the city.

All the houses are open to the outside with large windows and terraces, to allow light to dominate the spaces. It highlights the distribution, fully functional and its design that guarantees maximum use of all rooms. The floors are delivered equipped with the latest technology to guarantee savings and energy efficiency.

Client: Habitat Inmobiliaria

Architects: Septiembre Arquitectura

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Damian Figueras, Sara Baldasano, Daniel de Reparaz, Maddi Urdampilleta

Collaborators: BAC, Rafael Menendez Renders

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2018

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

Cas Housing

This is a performance in a multi-family housing building built in the 70s, located in Prat de Llobregat, within the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. The commission consists of making a global analysis of the state of the building and carrying out a rehabilitation and adaptation plan in stages, gradually adapting the building to new needs and current comforts.

The first time we visited the place, it breathed an atmosphere between retro decadent seventies, recalling its initial charm, but reflecting the little maintenance that had been carried out over the last 50 years. We fell in love with the idea of ​​respecting and preserving that essence, which fit perfectly with the premises of the commission, updating the building, solving construction pathologies, adapting it to new accessibility needs and reforming the floors that had been left empty. All this under an honest but tight budget.

The building consists of PB + 4, with a core of stairs, with a central patio and four floors per floor, except for the fourth floor, where 3 penthouses are located, which enjoy private terraces. On the ground floor are two large commercial premises with high ceilings, since it was originally a garage for machinery for civil works.

The project takes advantage of the space in the central courtyard to locate the future elevator, expanding the initial goal space. The original style of the property is respected, with terrazzo floors in black and yellow tones, but one more color is introduced, green, this tone is the common thread that leaves the mark of new performances. The new terrazzo pieces in the communal areas play with the black and green tones, while inside the houses the green color becomes 100% the protagonist.

With a structure of load-bearing walls, the original houses are very compartmentalized, this gives rise to unhealthy spaces. The new distribution expands the spaces, adapting the homes to two or three rooms according to their square meters, two bathrooms and kitchens open to the dining-living room. The materials used are honest, the terrazzo continues for the flooring, a piece of terrazzo mainly green with gray tones is chosen for the entire floor surface except for the bathrooms, where an opposite piece is placed, gray with green tones. The light and ventilation of all spaces are enhanced, respecting and expanding the original openings and providing them with a new PVC carpentry with good transmittance. Light green tones invade the walls of the corridors and hallways, while off-white is the star of the rooms, thus enhancing tranquility in the night areas and seeking harmony with green in the day areas. Wood is the other main material, it is used to line the hall creating a warmer environment while serving to hide the facilities and create a small piece of furniture to access the home, kitchen furniture also respect this aesthetic and combine the wood with the white tones, giving a hygienic aspect and without giving up a current design.

It was important to achieve an atmosphere of seclusion, flee from the prototype floors that are on the market devoid of personality and at the same time seek a solution that is attractive and to the taste of any consumer, all while maintaining an optimal quality / cost ratio.

Client: Private

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

Collaborators: Ester Martínez Estructuras, Enric Iglesias Estructuras, Construcciones Varela, 3Eid Constructora.

Photo: José Hevia.

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2015-2019

Pas Housing

Architecture must frame the history of buildings, respect original techniques and materials as if it were a work of art. At the same time, it needs to adapt it to the exigencies of modernity. Applying this concept to a building helps to value the pre-existing and to see things from another perspective.

The project starts from a small PB + 1 building between party walls, located in the old town of Sarria, Barcelona. Originally it was a family home, later it housed a lamp factory on the ground floor, finally in a multidisciplinary space open to the public on the ground floor and a home on the first floor. With such a varied and demanding functional program, added to a reduced surface. The romantic vision of the work of art has to adapt and fulfil the required functions. To respond to this demand, the architecture evolves incorporating new, more flexible and sustainable solutions.

The focus of the project, therefore, is based on rehabilitating the house in detail, including an extension of it and thus obtaining a greater useful area. To do this, the building is widened at the back and an underground plant is built, also destined for commercial space and a multidisciplinary space. Integrating the two spaces while respecting the privacy of the house is one of the challenges of the intervention, this is solved by creating a large latticework on the rear façade, made up of large horizontal planters, you create a skin that prevents visual interaction between the patio of the premises and the balcony of the house, but which, in turn, allows the passage of natural light, enhancing the growth of vegetation and protecting the house from excess sun exposure in the months of excessive heat.

Inside, the laminated wood panels are used as a structural and division solution between spaces. The horizontal structure doubles, this resource allows the original ceilings with Catalan backing and wooden beams to be rescued from the premises and to comply with the requirements of public space regulations. At the same time, the same solution is adopted to separate the space of the premises from that of the house, thus solving structure and finish in a single element and material.

The overall project is intended to recover the original textures. Stone, brick and wood, therefore, are very present. The stone and brick walls have been preserved, as well as the wooden beams. This material is also applied and stands out on doors, on the ceiling panels of the business, on the structural wall of the same and on the staircase of the house. The other main material is concrete, it is present in the latticework of the rear façade, in the wall that takes you to the basement where the concrete is formwork with wooden boards, creating a game of ambiguity between both materials and especially on the ground floor. underground.

Anaesthetic unification is manifested between existing and new materials. In the house, wood is combined with white, applied to the walls, kitchen furniture, living room and metal stair railing. This integrity, in turn, is in harmony with the original stone walls and work of the building. To achieve the maximum luminosity in the house, a longitudinal opening is created in the roof, which accompanies the entire route of the staircase, starts at the lowest part of the building and ends on the roof, converted into a walkable terrace.

The house, as we said, is diaphanous. The only compartmentalized spaces are the sinks and a room that could be converted into two small bedrooms through a sliding panel. The circulation spaces are used as a dressing area for the rooms. The staircase that connects the first floor with the roof is another of the main elements since it serves at the same time as a kitchen, storage area and living room.

The project pushes us to intervene in an architectural past while avoiding complicated construction solutions. The result is two open spaces that differ from each other, at the same time that respect and are complicit in the pre-existing materials. In the premises, a more eclectic style prevails while the house seeks cleanliness and minimalism.

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano

Collaborators: Sandra Torres, Arquitecta. Oriol Ruiz ingeniería, Raúl Heras Arquitectura técnica, Ester Martínez Estructuras, Constructora Contrast 

Photo: José Hevia

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2013

Pis Housing

It is an architectural reform of a house on Pi Sunyer street in the Pedralbes neighbourhood in Barcelona. The combination of a post-rationalist housing block located in one of the most exceptional areas of Barcelona marks the characteristic context of the project. September Architecture uses this context as the common thread of the integral reform of the house. The result provides a contrast in the spaces through a special choice of colours. In the reception and distribution spaces, slightly darker and more intense colours are projected to contrast the living and kitchen areas with the lighter tones. The rooms have subtle but cheerful tones that differentiate the spaces according to their uses. When the doors are opened, the colours mix creating surprising combinations. The designers strike a good balance between a highly structured and practical home with elements of an enhanced, elegant character and a game point. Thanks to good planning and execution, an affordable transformation was achieved with a very high-quality result.

The reform of the kitchen and the reform of the bathrooms immerses the users in deep colours, with a lot of personality and easy to combine. The kitchen is expanded and reorganized in a logical and structured way for the daily life of a family. Appliances are integrated and all nooks and crannies are used creatively. High-quality natural materials such as Carrara marble were selected for the finishes in the surfaces that give light to the space. The other materials are chosen very carefully and are new materials that are revolutionizing the world of interior design. They are not only aesthetically beautiful but are high-tech, sustainable and unique in their characteristics. The working materials are water repellent, hygienic, easy to clean and perfectly suitable for food contact. The chosen characteristics are low light reflectivity, with an opaque surface and soft to the touch.

The distribution and forecast of all the facilities in the reform of the floor make it easy for each user to make their own interior design, their own distribution and offers various decoration possibilities. The finishes of the bathrooms create a space with materials typical of a luxury home without sacrificing functionality. A priori, it may seem like a minimalist house, but when the user discovers the number of details that are in the integral reform, a comprehensive design house is perceived, with a lot of character and with the possibility that the user integrates his personal point of interior design and decor.

Client: Private

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

Collaborators: Construcciones Varela.

Photo: Nacho Alegre y Mauricio Fuertes.

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2017

Parque de la Hoya Masterplan, Public

The methodological approach to the subject of the transformation of this place necessarily reflects a cultural attitude relative to the way of constructing the landscape and of appropriating a landscape with its own dynamics. Awareness that our interventions correspond to a period of time that incorporates a dynamic process in progress and a portion of space whose relational logic encompasses a much broader territorial scope than the simple scope of intervention of the project is basic.

Here is the notable principle that our interventions are inscribed, hardly, in an exact historical moment, which defines the condition of the moment in which it operates, but that this time is incorporated in natural time, of character and performance infinitely broader.

At the same time, also the absolute awareness of the historical width of the place, in all its expressions of solid monumental structures, of omnipresent archaeological burden or of deep symbolic and concrete roots of an ancient culture, allow us to locate, with great clairvoyance, the transformation that is now perspective.

Faced with an appreciation of a reality made of manifestations of extraordinary greatness, we present, as a fundamental principle for the development of the proposal, the awareness that the intervention should not try to be measured even with the magnificent expressions of the original geological forces (disturbingly present) nor with the weight of history, (that is the complex plot of times and rewrites that flood the whole place).

Client: Junta de Andalucía

Team: Opera, Septiembre Arquitectura, Daniel de Reparaz

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

Year: 2009

Abat Built, Housing

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano Pulsen Architecture Studio, Carla Noman

Collaborators: Oriol Ruiz ingeniería, Raúl Heras, Ester Martínez Estructuras, Constructora Contrast 

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2010

Pau Housing

The nobility of spaces depends on who inhabits it, a mere corner can be a lifeless space or a family’s favourite place, everything depends on the use you give it and its design. This family was very clear that a home is not created by chance, every detail has to be studied, reasoned and projected in coexistence with the user and the architect. The whole house, a triplex in the Sant Gervasi neighbourhood, Barcelona. It had been renovated years ago with a cosy and perishable style, all except for the kitchen area, laundry room and service room.

The commission consists of renovating this area, maintaining that cosy air typical of the home, but prioritizing the practicality, hygiene and functionality of a kitchen and the other functional spaces that accompany it. The design starts from the mixture of noble materials such as wood, with functional materials such as large-format porcelain and neolith for large countertop surfaces. The light tones are chosen, white for the most work areas, salmon beige for the office area and access corridor, this tone creates a transition between the most functional and therefore white area and the distributor and living room of the house, in tones orange yellows. The existing boiserie of the house is replicated, panelling all the walls of the corridor and office area, this allows to create a texture, at the same time, that conceals the doors that lead to the pantry and the service room. This boiserie extends in the office area creating a wall where the bench for the kitchen table is located; until you get to the breakfast area furniture.

The design stands out for maintaining an overall aesthetic but giving personality to each space according to its functionality. Obsessively warm lighting is the final key that envelops and shapes chosen materials

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano.

Collaborators: Carpinteria Soldevila, Cocinas Santos.

Photo: José Hevia

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2016

Ave Housing

The AVE project is a comprehensive reform of a house located on Avenir street in Barcelona in the Galvany neighbourhood. It is a lively area of ​​bars and shops in the heart of the city. The apartment is located on the second floor of a singular estate with its own personality, built with brick walls, hydraulic floors and ‘Volta Catalana’ ceilings.

Of 70m2, it will be the future home of a young couple. Originally it had an excessive dividend distribution. The objective of the project is to turn the apartment into a design house without giving up a cosy home, where you can enjoy open and functional spaces that enhance natural light, starting from an economic budget.

The applied interior architecture completely restructures the original distribution, creating a functional program with two rooms, one of them a suite, a living room with kitchen and a guest bathroom. Thus avoiding excessive compartmentalization of the original distribution and enhancing the vision of the floor throughout its length and breadth. To achieve this feeling of “open space” we resort to a large sliding door that, when opened, connects the living room and the main bedroom. This interpretation of modern architecture uses the patio as the central axis of the house, enhancing the entry of natural light into all the rooms on the floor, and in turn creating a continuity that allows the segregation of spaces. Thus, the walls become a functional tool that, when stretched, allows the rooms to be separated from the day spaces and which, by housing a hollow structure inside, allows it to be transformed into a storage space that serves the kitchen and the dining room.

Septiembre Arquitectura proposes an interior design and a decoration that combine the original constructive elements of exposed work with the textures and materials painted in white, prevailing the contrasts between the warm tones of the work, the Catalan turn of the ceilings and the natural parquet flooring, with white walls, doors and custom furniture for the living room, kitchen and bedroom cabinets. In the bathrooms, the original hydraulic floor is recovered, forcing a visual and disruptive contrast with the lighting and the built-in toilets.

The result is a house with a design thought down to the last detail, making the space more flexible and enhancing the luminosity that contrasts with the materials of the original construction.

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano,

Photo: José Hevia

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2015

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

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

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

Bal Housing

Client: Privado

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura

Photo: José Hevia

Year: 2009

Temps de flors Installation, Public

This was the result of winning the first prize in the competition for the temporary installation carried out for the “Girona Temps de Flors” event organized by the Girona City Council.

Every spring, the courtyards of the old town of Gerona are opened to the public during the “Temps de Flors” festival to be operated by artists, architects and creators related to the world of art and design. “A flor de Pell” was the winning project of the competition within the ETSALS School of Architecture. The project is installed in the old neighbourhood of the city of Girona, a public place exposed to rain, sun and wind day and night. For this reason and because maintenance would not be available during the days of the exhibition, we thought of an affordable material, resistant to weathering but also that we could recycle once the event was over.

By adding a basic element, we generate a skin that can be adapted to a specific environment or terrain. Highlighting the geometry in an orderly manner. The difference in measurement between the diameter of the mouth and that of the bottom of the vessel allows them to be joined together at the edges, they can generate both concave and convex shapes, so that they can articulate to generate organic tissue and spread colonizing the space. The realization of the first model also revealed unexpected qualities of the system: its great capacity to adapt to surfaces on which they were placed. The most sensitive accident, the slightest alteration in the plane below, could be read in the vessel tissue. The stairs of the Putjada de la Catedral provided an excellent opportunity to enhance the quality of the system.

Client: Ajuntament de Girona, Temps de Flors 

Team: Iranzu Santamaria + Septiembre Arquitectura

Collaborators: Alumnos de Arquitectura de la ETSALS de Barcelona 

Photo: Daniel de Reparaz

Location: Barcelona

Year: 2006

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

Casa Selva Housing, Public

This is a social, cultural project to improve the quality of life of a community that has a life expectancy of 25 years. We design self-built and self-sufficient homes, easy to assemble and assemble for tropical jungle environments. Based on a 2.44 x 2.44 cm modular logic, a structural grid with small spans is proposed.

The whole house is made of wood. The structural knots are designed so that the entire house can only be mounted with nails. Being a small grid, the structural framework remains rigid with small sections of wood, so that all the pieces that make up the house can be transported and assembled by hand.

The Casa Selva works 1m above the ground to allow possible currents that may form with heavy rains to pass and to keep away possible animals that may inhabit the place. Both the deck and the bedrooms are designed to promote cross-ventilation and keep the house cool.

Apart from being elevated, the house is spatially organized by two half levels. At the bottom, there is a common space or room related to the kitchen and bathrooms. In the upper are the bedrooms. The communication between both levels is through a staircase, which serves as a bleacher, taking advantage of that space as part of the room, enriching it spatially.

The Selva house is also designed so that in case the family nucleus grows (thanks to the modulation and ease of assembly) it is easily expandable by building more rooms by lengthening the corridor.

Casa Selva also has a system of solar panels to give it electricity, rainwater storage, and a bathroom system with a septic tank and sanitary drainage.

Client: Privado

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura

Collaborators: José Tovar, Kelly Doran, Alex Saavedra, Alex Suriol, Alejandro Aranda, Edgar Sanchez.

Photo: Elena Calvache

Year: 2011

Casa Montaña Housing, Public

This is a social, cultural project to improve the quality of life of a community that has a life expectancy of 25 years.

We design self-built and self-sufficient homes, easy to assemble and assemble for tropical jungle environments. Based on a 2.44 x 2.44 cm modular logic, a structural grid with a simple structure of small spans is proposed.

The whole house is made of wood. The structural knots are designed so that the entire house can be easily assembled. Being a small grid, the structural framework remains rigid with small sections of wood, so that all the pieces that make up the house can be transported and assembled by hand. The Montaña house is also designed so that in case the family nucleus grows (thanks to the modulation and ease of assembly) it is easily expandable by building more rooms.

Aside from being elevated, the house is spatially organized on two levels. At the bottom, there is a common space or room related to the kitchen and bathrooms. In the upper are the bedrooms. The communication between both levels is by means of a staircase, which keeps both environments separate.

The Mountain House works 1m above the ground to allow possible currents that may form with heavy rains, keep the habitable environment dry and make access to possible dangerous animals in the area difficult. Both the cover and the openings in the bedrooms are designed to promote cross-ventilation and keep the house cool.

The Mountain House has been designed with ecological facilities. It has a system of solar panels to give it electrical supply, rainwater storage, and a bathroom system with a biodigester and sanitary

Client: Privado

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura

Collaborators: José Tovar, Kelly Doran, RePlan, Carlos Orfila, Alex Saavedra, Alex Suriol, Alejandro Aranda, Edgar Sanchez.

Photo: Elena Calvache

Year: 2011

Urg Housing

Client: Private

Team: Septiembre Arquitectura, Sara Baldasano, Damian Figueras

Collaborators: Construcciones Merino

Photo: José Hevia

Year: 2018