Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Panasonic SV-AS10 contest



I have just finished two proposals for a contest organized by Panasonic Spain to announce in magazines its new Panasonic SV-AS10 multimedia device.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

AudiBaby storyboard



Here a storyboard for a AudiBaby ear hygiene spray commercial that finally didn't happen

Monday, November 10, 2003

Arana House Expansion




This second year in ETSAM we had to made an expansion proposal for Arana House in Madrid. 
So this is it. 

Memory: 
The expansion of Arana house in the Ribera of Manzanares river is a complex project due to a law of conservation of buildings with a certain typology established years after the making of the house. That means that any alteration in the House has to be done now with the actual normative and basically the full house would have to be be modified in the case of intervene in it. That is  the reason why the house has not suffered any renewal work from the outside since a long time. 
However, the needs of the inhabitants in the house have change through the years, what makes an expansion inevitable. One of the sons, who is a Star Wars figures and models passionate is looking for a bigger room to keep on collecting stuff. From the start, the decision of putting a container in the flat roof of the house was an idea that seemed to work. This kind of industrial element doesn't try to mimic with the house but with the cinematic imaginary that film maker George Lucas created decades ago. The contrast with the house helped to emphasise the idea of an alien ship that rest in the roof.
As the extension is just a prefabricated element that is put on the roof without the need of mayor work, the problem of having a license to build is avoided. The façade of the house itself is not modified and in the worst of the situations if the element has to be removed, this was a task that could easily be done. 
The user can access to this pilotis elevated container from the terrace and from his old room through a spiral stairs that connect both spaces. The interior is completely diaphanous so the user can organize the inside of the room depending on his needs thanks to articulated screens. The floor works also as a container so that there is no need of extra furniture to keep things and space is liberated for other purposes. The fact that the container is elevated makes it possible to use the space bellow it during all year long, keeping the user away of rain and sun and becoming an nice place to stay and look a the river from the top of the house.

Here some conceptual sketches:



Sunday, October 12, 2003

DVD - DAI 1 Obsesion: Luz

During the year I have been editing and compiling on DVD some recordings by Photographer and professor Ricardo Santonja in Atxu Amann's Drawing class featuring Uriel and Javier Seguí, first years architecture students and many more people. Instituto Juan the Herrera has published it and is available for a couple of bucks in Mairea bookshop in our School.

DAI 1 2003 Obsesion: Luz
Atxu-Ricardo-Irene-Uriel...alumnos
Directed by Ricardo Santonja
DVD by Ioannes Busca
Instituto juan de Herrera
Cuaderno 163.01 / 5.59.01
ISBN: 84-9728-103-9

Get your copy here!







P.S.: That's my first DVD and it has been a pain to discover how all this new stuff works. I fell a little bit embarrassed by the design of the menus. Sorry. As Atxu always says, you learn to fuck, fucking and you learn to draw, drawing. I guess with DVDs is the same.

Saturday, August 02, 2003

My First Laptop

Last semester I started to enjoy video editing with the EPI video we did in DAI2 class. As we didn't know how to use Premiere efficiently and nobody  taught us, we end up editing it on VHS. Luckily I finally was able to play a little in my cousins PC and I managed to  sinc the audio and the video tracks and export it successfully. 

This September starts my second year in Architecture School and a computer is a must.  The DVD is becoming the standar in video and I realize that laptops are already carrying DVD recording units. Making videos with menus that you can play in an standalone player is something I was dreaming to do for a long time. And now that you can do that just with a machine you can carry with you everywhere is just awesome. In few years with the introduction of YouTube all this is gonna be irrelevant but today it's mind blowing. Just thinking on VHS days is a pain, with such a poor image quality, the need of all this expensive equipment just to edit content poorly. Anyway... The Times Are A Changin'. Again.

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Approach to a Skyscrapper in La Castellana







My first year in Madrid comes to its end. We are finishing some work and wishing to go on vacation. Here the last delivery for Projects 1. We were supposed to design a skyscraper in La Castellana, Madrid. Not big idea of how to approach to such a big thing but teachers seem to like it. I have been looking to Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers work so it's supposed to be a kind of a High-Tech building.

Memory: 
A skyscraper in the middle of Castellana, with surrounding building witch height is less than ten floors. The proposal is a building diferenciated in two parts. The first one made of the street level concrete basement with few holes on the façade as height as the surroundong buildings. The second one starts above that point were perimeter structure comes out keeping a full glass façade in its interior so that the main structure works also as a brisolei. 
This differentiation also reflects the building in its interior. the first opaque part is were conferences and reunion rooms are located and behind the big glass façade is were offices are located. I also tried to play with the idea of being a building made in two parts with a heavy concrete part bellow and a lightweight structure mounted as a later enlargement. 
The building is organized inspired by Richard Rogers Lloyd's building were service and served spaces are remarked. Vertical communication as stairs and elevators are in the east façade while north façade keeps all the installations. The goal is to keep a square plant as versatile and free as possible

Here some other boards, with conceptual sketches







Friday, May 30, 2003

Nude Girl



One of the few drawings I like from the Drawing class of this semester in architecture School.

Technique: Guache
Size: 84X118cm

Thursday, May 29, 2003





This was our introduction to the video making world. The idea: The vision of Ernie's life in the Architecture School of Madrid. Recorder on digital DV but edited in VHS due to problems with computers. Some of the funniest days in college where wile shooting this.

I'am supposed to collect all the material and release it, at least to my team mates Cristian Álvarez
Elena Calvo and Alba Rodriguez...I promise I will do it some day. Anyway as more time passes more they are going to laugh when they see themselves back in their first year in College.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Jorge Oteiza died

Yesterday Jorge Oteiza, a basque thinker and sculptor died at the age of 94. It a shame and feel pretty sad for discovering Oteiza so late and so far from our Basque Country. But I fell fortunate because here in Madrid Architecture School teachers really appreciate this man's work and this semester we had an excersise in projects class that was to re-think a metaphysical box, one of his last sculptural works with which he concluded his experimental artistic process. I have been so lucky to be in this second semester in DAI2 with Atxu Amann and Marta Maiz. Marta had a very especial relation with Jorge, she and her husband worked with him several times. She has bring to class many books written by Oteiza. Among them, Quosque Tandem! A book about I will speak later. A must read for anybody interested in art.

Rest in peace Jorge. Here a drawing I did based on a photo of Jorge Oteiza.


Monday, March 10, 2003

AKIRA by McFarlane



I usually don't buy figures and toys. I am more like a bookworm. But I just saw the first two Mcfarlane figures shown above on sale in a Comic book store in Madrid and couldn't resist buying them. All of them are characters from Katsuhiro Otomo's epic manga and anime AKIRA.The first one is Akira himsef in it's throne and the second one is Clown. I wish I find someday the others in a bargain price. This Mcfralane figures really have the essence of the characters, they are pretty impressive.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

About Schmidt Directed by Alexander Payne


Yesterday I went to cinema to see the last movie by Jack Nicholson, directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis Begley. Here the trailer.


Saturday, February 15, 2003

Thursday, February 13, 2003

DOLLS directed by Takeshi Kitano



Yesterday I went t the cinema to see the last film by japanese director Takeshi Kitano. A nice movie with great music by Joe Hisaishi.Here the trailer

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Imasoto 600-TS Architecture Table

 


I have recently moved to a new house in Madrid in Rafael Lopez Pando street. The house is pretty old with old wardrobes and beds. I needed a table so I thought an architecture table would be nice. I don't have computer yet so I will draw by hand until I have one. I bought an Imasoto 600-TS it's a pretty good model you can adjust the  height and the inclination. It's cost: 225€. I also had to buy a higher chair to fit tha table. Another 102€ and a white light lamp for 39€.