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

Parque Alcalá de los Gazules
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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