Types of Spaces

Palma + Hanghar
Pasaje Chimenea

With the collaboration of Cerámica Sampedro y Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning – University of Michigan.

The project is located in the passage of the old tobacco factory of La Rioja, an urban space of narrow and elongated dimensions, filled by a monumental red brick chimney. The project restores the site to its status as a built space by consolidating the façades and giving the tobacco factory as a whole its original unity. The interior is articulated through the concatenation of a series of square rooms measuring 3.6×3.6m that form a spatial procession of corridors and rooms of a domestic nature, thus reconstructing the emptiness of the passageway.

The rooms, open to the sky, explore various spatial possibilities through their emphatic geometries in plan, while their domestic scale, so alien in the public space of the city, transfers the occupant from visitor to inhabitant, allowing the possibility of interacting with the installation in a more profound way. The interior rooms provide those who pass through them with an unexpected atmospheric experience of sprayed water, returning the inhabitant to an exterior condition that reminds them of the public nature of the intervention.

These sort of programmatically generic but spatially specific spaces are built with 30x30cm thermo-clay bricks that give the project a familiar condition thanks to the use of a material that is so typical of the collective imaginary. Moreover, the brick block is both the material and spatial unit of the project, generating a system with a stereotomic appearance capable of veiling its tectonic logic thanks to the massiveness of its pieces. The floor, covered with discarded brick chips, gives the space material continuity while slowing down the passage of those who pass through it and providing a leisurely experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Palma + Hanghar

PALMA is an architecture office located in Mexico City and Sayulita. Founded in 2016 by Ilse Cárdenas, Regina de Hoyos, Diego Escamilla and Juan Luis Rivera, all graduates of the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM.

They are currently developing projects of various scales and typologies in different states of the Mexican Republic. Their work has been published in various national and international media.

They have been invited to give workshops and lectures in different parts of Mexico, at the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China in Beijing, and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

Palma recently received the Architectural League of New York’s League Prize 2021, which, established in 1981, seeks to recognise the exemplary and provocative work of young practitioners in North America.

Eduardo Mediero, an architect, is principal of HANGHAR architectural practice and a professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning where he teaches undergraduate and master’s degree courses.

Eduardo has previously taught at Pennsylvania State University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Eduardo holds a Master of Architecture with Honours from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His projects have been exhibited at the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, the 16th Venice Biennial of Architecture and the Madrid College of Architects. Eduardo has been awarded the 2019-20 Fishman Fellowship, the KPF Traveling Fellowship, the COAM Emerging 2020 Award and the RCC Fellowship.

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