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

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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