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Casablaca Anfa: Herreros Arquitectos' Proposal for a Mixed-Use Building in Morocco

Herreros Arquitectos just sent us their recent project for a mixed-use building in Casablanca, Morocco. Resulting from a series of urban, spatial, formal and sustainable variables, the project--which includes housing, commercial and athletic spaces--is characterized by a permeable facade that directly responds to the climate. The repeated decorative element is a reinterpretation of a traditional geometric code that is common to the region.

The project was featured in the Moroccan Pavilion in the 2014 Venice Biennale. Find the images and product description, after the break.

AD Interviews: Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros is one of the most influential Spanish architects practicing today. Executing a delicate balance between his role defining the practice of architecture with work in the academy, he has not only overseen the construction of significant built projects, but also teaches at School of Architecture of Madrid and is a Full Professor at GSAPP Columbia University in New York. It was recently announced that his winning proposal for the Munch Museum/Deichman Library competition was given the green light. The museum will house the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch artworks and is scheduled to open in 2018. 

Herreros strives to highlight architecture’s multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary nature by revealing the complex relationships that lie behind individual projects—undergirded by what Herreros identifies as a “technical culture” (see the exhibition Dialogue Architecture that he curated at the last Venice Biennale).

Together with Iñaki Abalos he founded Abalos&Herreros in 1984. In 1992 they founded the International Multimedia League (LMI), an organization that contributes to the simplification and intensification of artistic practice. Since 2006 he practices with the firm Herreros Arquitectos a collaborative office that has won numerous competitions and commissions. His projects can be found around the world and range from schemes for public spaces to designs for houses.

“Something unique about [our] studio is that, given the difficulties of doing research in architecture today and the usefulness of the “research applied to architecture” concept, we maintain two open, integrated lines of work: one line maintains small projects, very quick, very immediate; and the other is related to the large projects, generally the result of international competitions around the world.”

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Check out a full transcript of our interview with Herreros after the break…

Garoza House / Herreros Arquitectos

Industrialized modular housing prototype that allows growth and changes over time. All building systems are dry.

Complete units are manufactured in a workshop, with all interior finishes of the maximum size supported by conventional transport (3m wide, 2.5m tall, and up to 12m long).

Only the last layer of the facade and the roof are placed in situ to ensure continuity, overlap and waterproofing of joints.

Interior partitions, storage and fixed furniture are incorporated to the walls, which house good technical quality building services, home automation and other customized items for each configuration.

The resulting assemblage offers quality, control over the building runtime, maintenance plans and growth options far superior to traditional construction. Principles of sustainable economy and the spirit of recycling accompany all project decisions.

Garoza House 10.1 is the first application of the industrialized prototype, adjusted to the needs and personality of its owners.

Corporate Office Building for Hispasat Technology Center / Herreros Arquitectos

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos

  • Architects: Herreros Arquitectos
  • Location: Costa del Este, Panama
  • Project Architects: Herreros Arquitectos + Mallol y Mallol
  • Project Managers: Jens Richter (HA), Ignacio Mallol (M&M)
  • Project Team: Gonzalo Rivas Zinno, Carmen Antón, Joanna Socha (HA), Ruben Taboada (M&M)
  • Sustainability: CENER
  • Facade Consultant: Gruppo Entesa
  • Client: Banco de Panamá
  • Area: 35395.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez

© Herreros Arquitectos
© Herreros Arquitectos

Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez, were recently awarded the design of the Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota. Beating some of the world’s most prestigious architects, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas, Diller & Scofidio, Snøhetta, and Dominique Perrault, the winning design is defined as an urban experience, in which its inhabitants and strangers will come together to share their common interest in knowledge, innovation and the strength of civil society. Aspiring to obtain the Gold-status LEED certificate the new 70,000 sqm Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota will be the maximum exponent of Colombia’s ability to apply state-of-the-art technology as well as of the country’s commitment to the environment

An exhibition devoted to Herreros Architectos’ recent work is currently on display at the ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Gallery in Oslo.

More renderings of the winning design following the break.