The project comprises five pieces of architecture set in a forest of great biological richness and activity. A visit to the site revealed that the best option would be inhabiting the forest without exceeding its height; an operation in which architecture becomes a new species which respects, protects and enhances the environment, creating a balanced system where trees and buildings share rights and responsibilities. A careful study of the programme revealed that the vast size of two of the envisioned complexes (offices and canteen, plus the required parking facilities) would demand a committed settling strategy in our attempt to leave the hosting ecosystem unaltered, creating a symbiotic architecture with the existing microclimate and density. With this aim, we avoided massive forest clearings which would jeopardize the continuity of the natural cycles, proposing linear buildings with a continuous, optimal bay, settled on corridors from which only a strict amount of trees would be removed, granting the proximity between the remaining ones and the façades. The density of the original forest shall prevail, and architecture will be filtered by the foliage.
Juan Herreros and Jens Richter
Verónica Meléndez, Paola Simone
STRUCTURES AND SERVICES:
Intecsa-Inarsa S.A., Ingenierie Studio S.A.S