Ensamble Studio: Sharing Design Ideas And Developing Connections – Ensamble Studio, founded in 2000 by architects Antón Garca-Abril and Débora Mesa, is a cross-functional team. Every initiative provides opportunities for experimentation with the goal of improving their field. Read on to this LUXXU Blog to learn about them and some of their incredible projects.
Let’s Dive Into Ensamble Studio’s Works
Antón and Débora are committed to sharing ideas and building bridges between the professional and academic worlds through teaching, speaking, and research. According to the company’s manifesto, they strive to get to the essence of the elements and construction systems by returning to the beginning of the processes, the raw materials. This scientific understanding gives Ensamble Studio a lot of leeway in operating outside of predetermined procedures. They put industry to work in the service of architecture. Throughout its 20-year career, the team has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2021 Marcus Prize and the 2019 RIBA-Charles Jencks Award.
Zig Zag House, San Martin de Valdeiglesias, Madrid
There are no windows on any of the levels, and they each have their own horizon. With the forest as a backdrop, each level provides a distinct way to enjoy the scenery. The zigzag space is created by tracing the strokes of the house and tree structures together without touching each other.
They designed Zigzag House with lightweight materials that settle delicately on the site, from bottom to top, against the tide, with the goal of living in the air and gently touching the land, floating over it until it reached the water.
Aren’t Ensamble Studio’s Designs So Inspiring?
Cyclopean House, Brookline
The seven programmatic beams form a strong barrier on three sides that border neighboring houses, preventing visual contact with the external while creating a large aperture on the street side where the interior space can gaze out at the trees in front and imagine oneself in a park.
The one-story dismal structure fits the parking, workshop, and service spaces, and is completed with the vast space constructed on it through the assembly of large prefabricated pieces.
MET X. MIT Campus, Cambridge
Metropolitan Storage Warehouse is located in the heart of the MIT campus, at the intersection of two major roads, Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. It was built in stages from 1894 to 1923, with various portions, and has been used as a storage building since then.
Each level accommodates a variety of activities by providing horizontal and vertical connectivity via open working plan rooms and light wells that cut through the slabs, introducing light and visual engagement.