Gesamtwürdigung der Jury: “Der Projektvorschlag überzeugt durch die radikale Geste des mäandrierenden Langbaus und der resultierenden wohltuenden Großzügigkeit der Freiräume”. Konzept Die Bauliche Verdichtung findet ausschliesslich an der Hauptstrasse statt. Ein elegantes Gebäude, das volumetrisch auf die Umgebung reagiert, bildet eine bauliche Grenze zu dem freigespielten, grosszügigen Aussenraum und akzentuiert den Strassenraum neu. Das Erdgeschoss ist durchlässig- es gibt drei pregnante Durchgänge. Sie sind die Schaufenster auf die öffentlichen Gebäude und Plätze. Das Gebäude ist ein Filter von der Strasse zum öffentlichen Raum. Hinter der Neubebauung an der Hauptstrasse findet man um die Kirche eine selbstverständlich wirkende Abfolge von ruhigen, gut proportionierten Freiräume mit...
Concept Design for a Patio House in Belalcázar, Córdoba, Spain
Inma Páez, a good friend of us who lives in Felkdkirch, asked us to make a proposal for a patio-house for his brother’s family in a small Andalusian village.
2 Prize Competition in Au, Switzerland
We have just got the second prize! in this competition, together with Urs Hüssy and Uli Mayer, architects in Triesen, and with Andrea Schwoerer, lanscape architect in Sankt Gallen. Thanks to this well organized competition by the City Council Au, we had the chance to give our best ideas about how to create a “center” in a village which slowly is evolving in a small town. This new Center would accomodate the offices for the City Council, a Commercial Center, the Church-House, and new dwellings.
Summer Travel back
August_2017, in our way back to Austria, we made another stop. Geneva, a wonderful city, hides (it is not so easy to find) the Maison Clartè. Iron, wood, and beton in a wise combination define another masterpiece of the modern architecture. It seems to have been renovated, and it looks like brand new!
July-August_2017 Santander has inaugurated its own “landmark”, the new building for the Fundación Botín is a fine work of Renzo Piano. Some of its better achievements are the generosity with the open spaces, the free accesibility to the building’s terraces without entering into the building, the different appearance of the enveloping reflecting the colour of the sky or the sea, and furthermore, the excellent exhibition of the Goya drawings. It deserves a drive or a flight!
July_2017, In our way to Cantabria for holidays we bumped into La Tourette! We stopped there to pay tribute to Le Corbusier. It remains fresh, violent, daring. It won’t ever get old. we remembered the first time we visited the place with our friend Angel Panero and spent a couple of nights there in 1985!
We went with our car from Austria to Denmark, all the way north through Germany, to visit our son in Copenhagen. We couldn’ help visiting again some places which had such a big influence in our work. With permission from Mr Jakobsen and Mr Utzon 🙂
Dwellings in the historical centre of Madrid (E)
January_2017, the real estate company AEDAS invited us to take part in a competition for a building of 30 dwellings in a fantastic plot in the very old centre of Madrid, el Rastro. We were very close to win it. 2nd place. A collaboration with Javier Arango.
2016 Viale Verdi_Merate (I)
Participating in an Italian competition along with our friend and colleague, the Architect from Vicenza, Stefano Presi: Remodelation of the Viale Verdi in the city of Merate. We have designed a “Slow Traffic Place” where Bicycles and Pedestrians occupy the centre of a new Boulevard. We also designed the traffic and info signals. December 2016
New Web Page Olmos Ochoa Arquitectos
We are very pleased to introduce you our new web page www.olmosochoa.com with a new layout and new projects. It is organized in four chapters: Projects, About, News and Contact, and it has a link to the former olmos ochoa web page where you can find the “oldiest”. As well as the former web page, this one has been developed with the professional help of Jose Ortega, owner of www.unoynueve.com, an enterprise based in Madrid that has more than 15 years of experience in the field of designing, consultancy and managing digital works.
David García Asenjo Doctoral Thesis
The last 28th October 2016, under the direction of Prof. Valentín Berriochoa and Víctor Olmos, David García Asenjo has defended his Doctoral Thesis at the ETSAM in Madrid: Estrategias de Proyecto en la Arquitectura Sacra Contemporánea Española (Project Strategies in the Spanish Contemporary Sacred Architecture). This work has received the qualification of Distinction Cum Laude given by the prestigious Tribunal: Alberto Campo Baeza, Eduardo Delgado Orusco, Silvia Blanco Agüeira, Angel Cordero Ampuero y Ricardo Gómez Val.
2016 Open Competition Leutbühel Areal Bregenz, Austria
Die Ziele sind zusammenfassend die folgenden: STADTRAUM gegenüber STRASSENRAUM. Umgestaltung der gesamten Umgebung der Begegnungszone. BEGEGNUNGSZONE Förderung der Vielfältigkeit und Kombination verschiedener Nutzungen und als edler Vorraum der alten Stadt zu dienen. Verstärkung der Identität des Stadtzentrums: Ein Ort, der Aufenthaltszonen bietet, ein Ort, der zum ruhigen Verweilen, zur Beobachtung, zum Ausruhen am Rande des Konsums einlädt. Zur Erlangung dieser Ziele bezieht sich unser Vorschlag auf 3 Themen: Piazza della Signoria + Piazza delle Erbe+ historischer Brunnen Die Zugänge zur Stadt Die Übergänge, die Wege Bank – Brunnen – Baum: Einen Ort, um sich zu setzen, einen Baum, der uns...
Bill in Ulm (D)
Motivated by the Thesis, recently defended at the ETSAM by our friend Carlos Asensio Wandosell, whose title is La arquitectura de la Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, de la objetividad a la revolución (The architecture of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm, from objectivity to revolution), we travelled to the german medieval city of Ulm to pay a visit to the fantastic building by the swiss architect Max Bill. We were highly impressed by the naturalness of how it stands on the site, by the intensity of the inner and outer routes, by the simplicity of the constructive details, by the logical...
Visit to Venice´s Architectural Biennale (I)
Gloria Ochoa and Victor Olmos have visited the Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy. We were highly impressed by the big scale models of Inokuma Architects at the Japanese Pavilion and their intention to enhance and dignify the everyday scenes. We would also want to congratulate our friends Iñaki Carnicero and Valentín Quintas for their excellent work at the spanish Pavilion that have merited to win the Leone d’Oro as the best national participation.
Schule Ebenholz Vaduz (FL)
In collaboration with the office Hüssy + Mayer (Urs Hüssy and Uli Mayer), Triesen (FL) we have participated in the competition of the renovation and extension of the School Ebenholz in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The project includes a lightly refurbished former old building, a totally renovated school surrounded by wide terraces, an extension of the former gym with the same structure principle as the existing one and a new day-school, half buried due to the steep slope, with an open light pavilion on top. Every edifice has its own character but belonging to a unique constellation. White-concrete-prefabricated-facade-elements and colourful ceilings give unity to...
Leutbühel Bregenz (A)
Along with Stefano Presi (Vicenza) and Javier Fernandez Alen (Bregenz), we have participated in the Urban Competition of the Leutbüchel Areal in Bregenz. Our proposal paved the whole area with cobblestones and stone slabs taking care of existing lines and organizing specific areas. We replace the old fountain as a hinge in Leutbüchel square, recalling the italian Piazza de la Signoria-Piazza delle Erbe. A set of Baum-Brunne-Bank (Tree-Fountain-Bench) points out certain places, providing pleasant stops along the irregular streets of the old city. Two long distance perspectives to a prominent but empty old dividing wall gave us the idea to...
Candidature Professor für Raumentwicklung at the Uni Li (FL)
erklarung-zur-thema Download pdf Victor Olmos has applied for a position at the University of Liechtenstein as Professor for Urban Developement. Besides one can see the broschure prepared for the application.
Gloria Architektin Vorarlberg (A)
In January 2016 Gloria Ochoa became member of the Architektenkammer Vorarlberg-Tirol. She joins a select group of women architects from these two austrian regions. She has been invited to the 2016 Architecture Meeting Vorarlberg-Tirol that took place at the on-work big hall for congresses, designed by the office Marte-Marte, for the Congress Areal Dornbirn (A).
2015 Therapy Centre in Rüthi, Switzerland
Drei Bauköper: Haus, Scheune und Neubau Respektieren sie sich einander; Luft zwischen Ihnen. Wichtige Elemente zu verstärken: Die Einzigkeit von Volumina, der Brunnen, die Sonnenwiese. Die älte Gebäude würdig machen und mit der neue Nützung ihren Leben zu verlängern.
2014 Day Care Centre for Alzheimer’s patients Madrid, Spain
Friendly – Functional The objectives of our client to fulfil were to have a functional place, modern but not cold, friendly environment, optimistic, forward-looking, confortable and sure. The greatest possible natural light had to be achieved. Versatility of the rooms. We designed a space with two strong elements: Colour and Glas. With only one façade, the challenge was how to bring the maximum of light in the interior. The reflections of the coloured glass and the effect of the gradation of the colour as one goes in the furthest rooms, helped us to get it. The white, bare façade, simple...
2014 Open Competition Fischereizentrum Bodensee Steinach, Switzerland
Das Grundstück am Ortseingang von Steinach, zwischen Gewerbezone, Seeufer und Wohngebiet, ist mit seinem alten Baumbestand eine rare Besonderheit, die gepflegt, präsentiert und öffentlich zugänglich gemacht werden sollte.
2013 Open Competition Landscaping Integration of ENCE Factory in Pontevedra, Spain
SITUACIÓN ACTUAL. VALORACIÓN Una oportunidad única de afrontar un problema que abre interrogantes en todos los ámbitos de la sociedad: paisajístico, medio ambiental, económico, social, político y arquitectónico. ¿Industria – paisaje? ¿industria – población? ¿no a la industria? ENCE tiene una presencia física sumamente potente: Altísimas chimeneas, grandes depósitos de almacenaje, enormes naves que nunca fueron diseñadas pensando en el entorno sino, simplemente, para ser productivas. El viario y los espacios propios de la fábrica suelen dejar áreas inhóspitas y residuales. Cuando hay que ampliar o incluir alguna nueva instalación, se suelen utilizar los lugares libres sin que haya una...
2012 Family House in an old agricultural complex, Cabanillas de la Sierra, Madrid
In Cabanillas, a village in the Madrid’s Guadarrama Mountains, there is a plot surrounded by high walls that enclosed a courtyard with several walnut trees and some farm warehouses and stables for animals. All of them are built with stone and mortar, Worden structures and tile roofs keeping the intimate atmosphere of a former agricultural activity.
2012 Open Competition Tourist School St. Johann, Tirol
Die Schule bildet einen Campus mit der Volksschule, der Sonderschule und dem Gymnasium.
2012 Open Competition Extension of a Secondary School in Lessinggasse, Vienna
The new School is designed with the aim of integrating the existing enviroment.
2011 International Competition 2nd Prize_Headquarters of the Hidrographical Confederation Miño-Sil, Orense
Concept An emphatic abstract volume, to which it has been extracted pieces to let light inwards, provides calm to an environment characterized by the convergence of multiple overlapping urban elements. The idea is to sew and integrate voids and built spaces, deliberately ignoring the domestic scale and giving monumentality in order to create the main character of this environment. The choice of only two materials, stone and glass, supports the sought sharpness. Glasses are treated as planes of light, and the stone as a rock-carved from which we locate the uses. The form of the outside enriches the interior spaces,...
2006-2008 Research Centre FIDAMC. Scientific and Technological Park Getafe Sur
COMPLEX PROGRAM – CLEAR ANSWERS The main purpose of this building is to house an important research centre linked to the European aeronautical industry. FIDAMC (in Spanish: Foundation for research, development and applications of new composite materials) is a building with few elements, but of great complexity that gathered the headquarters’ offices, two big hangars, laboratories and all the facilities that supplies the complex. The way that the buildings are placed allow eventual and future extensions. The buildings are divided in several volumes separated by courtyards and connected by glazed fingers. Gardens and trees provide views and relax to the...
2008 102 Dwellings in Puerta de Hierro, Madrid
2012_puerta-de-hierro Download pdf La gente que vivía en la colonia Puerta de Hierro identificaba muy bien los rasgos que la diferenciaban de otras zonas de Madrid. Pero con el paso del tiempo esa diferencia se ha diluido. La situación privilegiada del barrio ha permitido una progresiva densificación, apareciendo bloques demasiado altos o demasiado juntos. En la proximidad con la M 30, el barrio termina por completarse con las últimas parcelas urbanizadas. En línea con dos edificaciones de doce plantas, una enorme pared hacia a la calle, se encuentra nuestro solar de forma triangular. Tenemos una obsesión por mirar al Sur. El...
2008 Open Competition Tourist Reception Center, San Juan de Dios Convent in Olivenza, Badajoz
This project comes from the way of understanding the place and the relationship between use and time.
2008 Restricted Competition Social Housing in Xoan XXIII Ave. Santiago de Compostela, Spain
El solar se encuentra en el remate del casco histórico, asomado a poniente, hacia donde la ciudad se empieza a confundir con el campo. Por un lado estrechas calles en pendiente y frentes de viviendas escalonados y fragmentados; por otro, una avenida con grandes edificios de escala institucional.
2003-2006 Multi-purpose building and VIP dinning rooms EADS / CASA, Getafe
NATURAL LIGHT AND ACOUSTIC TREATMENT The client’s demands for the EADS factory in Getafe were to provide spaces for common services such as dining halls, kitchen, changing and meeting rooms. After some proposals, the demands were attended annexing two buildings, in two steps of construction, to the existing volume of the dining and kitchen’s edifice, solving the complexity of connections and circulations. The first building is the extension of the staff dinning room, and it was planned to be executed in a short period of time. It has a rectangular plan covered with a metallic structure of 18,00m long beams...
2001-2005 Social Housing, locals and public offices in Sanchinarro, Madrid
A BLOCK WITH LIFE The constructed block of social houses is one of the new quarters situated in the outskirts of Madrid, planned by the city hall for big and closed blocks for only residential purposes, lack of urban density, with no shops in the ground floors, and streets out of scale, as some of the main mistakes of this urban design. olmos ochoa arquitectos’ studio won a restricted competition organised by EMV (in Spanish, municipal housing enterprise). Our first decision was to open the building to the neighbourhood and to be part of the city. Therefore, three passages connect...
1995-2004 Social housing for young people in Vigo
INTERACTION IN AN OLD HISTORICAL ENVIRONMENT These dwellings were designed taking into account the characteristics of the site, such as topography and the scale of the environment, history and social relationships. The structural systems, as long as the evacuation of rain water, the orientation, the sun exposure, the natural lighting and ventilation were carefully chosen focusing the future, the maintenance and the energetic demand. The plot has a height difference of 15,00 meters, and It is located in the upper section of the old centre of the town, among traditional stone buildings in quite a poor condition. The project prolongs...
1998-2003 Clinic Santa Isabel. ASISA, Seville
RENOVATION AND SUBSTITUTION The aim of this project was to adequate the Clinic of Santa Isabel in Seville to new demands and to solve, with a global concept, a number of different problems derived from many particular interventions. Among several interventions, the main work was to arise a new building substituting an old one, providing a better connection and integration among all the services. According to urban regulations, the new building had to maintain the same area aboveground level of the demolished one, but its area could be increased underground with two cellars for storage rooms, parking places and facilities...
2000-2002 EF-2000 Headquarters. EADS / CASA, Getafe
ARCHITECTURE FOR ENGINEERS We were asked to design a new building next to another one and both stacked to a hangar of aircraft. The project followed the lines marked by the existing structures but, at the same time, visible independent from them. Some elements contribute to this attitude: a huge canopy emphasises the entrance and protects it from sun and rain; a beautiful main staircase with a characteristic light wheel, and a subtle bending of the facade to the south side that gives certain style to the silhouette of the edifice. Divided into different levels, the offices are located in...
1997-2002 Clinic Perpetuo Socorro. ASISA, Lleida
ADDITION AND PROPORTION We were in charge of the complete renovation of the Perpetuo Socorro’s Clinic, an eclectic building that occupies the corner defined by the Bisbe Messeguer Street and Alcalde Sol Street, in the Catalan city of Lerida. Our aim was to protect the main values, recovering the quality and dignity of the old building, which have suffered a lot of refurbishments without a unique architectural criterion, and to provide a new functionality open to new deals in medicine and hospital management. From an architectural point of view, the project enlarges the existing building in two directions: horizontally, by...
1996-2000 Clinic Jerez. ASISA, Jerez de la Frontera
A PALACE-LIKE HOSPITAL This project is the result of a team’s work of a group of medical doctors, technicians and architects. The complexity of the relationships between functions and circulating spaces define the formal solutions; every functional requirement has to find its own position; the project deals with the dimensions of the rooms, the size of each technical area, the adjusted proportions and relationships between main areas and circulating areas, and the result of it is a compact and well-organized building. One of the most interesting approaches of this project is to have designed an average patient room. Its shape...
1992-1996 Pelayos de la Presa Town Hall, Madrid
REPRESENTATIVE ARCHITECTURE AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION The new Town Hall of Pelayos de la Presa, a small village at the southwest of Madrid, tries to react to the different circumstances of its location. On one side, it offers its main façade and its entrance to the Plaza, facing South, the daily meeting point, the place for the important events of the village. At the west side of the building the Ancha Street (which means Broadway), serves to ease the crowd concentrations that gather at the Plaza during festivities. Towards the street, architecture tries to reach the objective with the minimum quantity...
1989- 1993 Social housing in Vallecas, Madrid
CITY VERSUS VILLAGE In a boundary area of the former Vallecas village, today a district of the city of Madrid, a new concept of urban life is possible. The idea is to build “City life”: the city of the streets and facades, but also the walls and the patios. Public, community, private and intimate spaces, from the street to the intimacy, provide a handful of interesting situations in which this project reflects upon. The way the buildings are placed in each plot takes into account the topography and the relation between the connecting elements, and talk of a different understanding...