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Andrés Jaque

Reggio School . MADRID

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation . photos: © José Hevia . + archdaily

The design of Reggio School is based on the idea that architectural environments can arouse in children a desire for exploration and inquiry. In this way, the building is thought of as a complex ecosystem that makes it possible for students to direct their own education through a process of self-driven collective experimentation— following pedagogical ideas that Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the Italian city of Reggio nell’Emilia developed to empower children’s capacity to deal with unpredictable challenges and potentials. Continue reading Andrés Jaque

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Jaque . Mesa

Rambla Climate-House . Molina de Segura

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation . Miguel Mesa del Castillo . photos: © José Hevia

Since the 1980s, vast stretches of land in the formerly-rural county of Molina de Segura (Murcia) have been exploited to create suburbs. The result of this exploitation is a flattening of the land’s topographies and the destruction of its territorial system of ravines (ramblas). Ramblas constitute a fabric of veins carved by seasonal rainfall in the dry steppe landscape. In them, humidity accumulates and biodiversity flourishes. They constitute corridors of freshness, carbon fixation, and ecological entanglement that play a crucial role in the climatic and earthy stability of Molina de Segura’s ecosystems. Continue reading Jaque . Mesa

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RUN RUN RUN . Madrid

©  José Hevia

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Run Run Run is an ally in encouraging humans to use the city differently, an infrastructure that turns the city into a playground and a place for people to transform their bodies. It supports emancipation from domestic spaces and provides opportunities for interhuman gathering through activities that usually promote individuality. Continue reading Andrés Jaque

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Andrés Jaque

Reggio Explora School . El Encinar de los Reyes

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Architecture for schools tends to be focused on surveillance and homogenization. This is not the case for Reggio Explora School. Its design is conceived for children to experience social, environmental, material, and cultural complexity. It is a multiverse that promotes the coexistence of diverse climates, situations, and aesthetics that daily lives consist of. The school is conceived as a vertical bottom-up progression that stacks a ground floor, linked to the terrain, where classrooms for younger students are placed. On the second floor students in intermediate levels coexist with water and soil tanks that nourish an indoor forest reaching the upper levels under a greenhouse structure. Classrooms for older students are organized around this inner forest as in a small village. This distribution of uses implies an ongoing maturity process that is translated into the growing capacity of students to explore the school ecosystem on their own. Continue reading Andrés Jaque

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RÒMOLA . Madrid

Andrés Jaque . RÒMOLA . Madrid  (5)

Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation . photos: © imagen subliminal [miguel de guzmán+rocío romero rivas]

This project transforms the former 1946 garage of Gutierrez Soto’s most significant building, located in the geographical center of Madrid, into an assembly of bakery, café and experimental restaurant. The original volume and structure of the building is recovered, leaving a 5-meter-high space with massive openings onto the streets. Continue reading Andrés Jaque