As architects we adore the film of “El Manantial”, just like the turolenses love “torico”. The name came to mind also, because few architects have put in value the integration of architecture and nature as the great Frank Lloyd Wright did , in his waterfall house. We also, at our level, have tried to make the best possible integration of our architecture with the fluvial space that adds value and uniqueness to our plots.
An Architect´s Game
We are few, the ones able to capture our mental processes in a physical environment. When an architect initiates a project, unintentionally, he evaluates what is better and what is worse for a project through several paths and several points of view. All of these evaluations can be reflected in a mental scheme in which one can assign positive points to the house with views of the river and negatives to the one that has no views or is attached to the paddle. An architect´s game, is none other than playing with positions, orientations and ways to achieve the highest possible score. We wanted to go further and capture these mental processes and this set of priorities in a board game, our final proposal is the one with the higher score in this very real game. It may seem naíf, but playing this game, is very similar to the decision-making processes that occur in the designing phase of a project and with this proposal being the one we consider of greatest value, we wanted to give it appropiate visibility.
The value of the unique
Creating is very hard; it costs as a production process, since it forces you to investigate and to walk in a zigzag instead of going in a straight line … it costs more to explain it, it costs more to develop it … but when you manage to do something new, explain it well and materialize it well, you are endowing your work with an intangible value that is the value of the “unique”. Our proposal is born in the crossroads of trying to achieve the maximum adaptability of the houses to the plot, the maximum luminosity by multiplying the meters of the façade and introducing light into the heart of the dwelling, the best characterization and structuring of the individual plots, to achieve that all the halls have three orientations and to facilitate that 100% of the houses and common areas have views that take advantage of our exceptional location. The result is a new concept of residential housing, both in form and substance.
“…but when you manage to do something new, explain it well and materialize it well, you are endowing your work with an intangible value that is the value of the “unique”.”