Studio in the Woods, Madrid

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Studio in the Woods, Madrid

Spanish Architectural Office – design by selgascano, Architects

27 May 2013

Studio in the Woods, Madrid

Design: selgascano – Jose Selgas, Lucia Cano, architects

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photos : Iwan Baan

Architecture Studio in the Woods

What is being sought with this studio is quite simple: work under the trees. To do so, we need a roof that is as transparent as possible. Also, at the same time, we need to isolate the desk zone from direct sunlight.

Studio in the Woods Madrid
photo : Iwan Baan

Hence the transparent northern part. The part that is covered with a bent sheet of 20mm colourless plexiglass on the north side. The south side, where the desks are, has to be closed in much more, but not completely, so there is double sheet of fibreglass and polyester in its natural colour on the south side, with translucent insulation in the middle. All three form a 110 mm thick sandwich.

Studio in the Woods Madrid
photo : Iwan Baan

In the former case, the outward view is clear and transparent. The views in the latter case are translucent, somewhat marred by the cantilevered metal structure left inside the sandwich, with the shadow of the trees projecting onto it gently.

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photos : Iwan Baan

This simplicity, it is so simple, will unfortunately mature later on into an extremely complex structure. We mean to say complex in the sense that it was impossible to convince a company to get involved in such a small building from start to finish, with components that may have been straight from the catalogue, but were not, shall we say, for catalogue-style assembly, forcing us to contract the work out under what is known as “the administration” procedure, with a timetable that more or less fitted in with when the construction companies were available.

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photos : Iwan Baan

For example: The polyester party of the sandwich is composed of two types of pieces, both pultrusioned and both listed in catalogues: a straight piece with small stiffening ribs, and a curve that is only produced for the roofs of a few railway carriages in Germany. We had to wait for an order by the German railways because the few metres we needed did not warrant the recomposition of the production line – can we sent out a big hello and thanks to Gonzalo Guddat, who worked at the Danish manufacturing company?-. In between, we installed translucent white polyethylene insulation foam to preserve the translucence of the polyester.

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photos : Roland Halbe

The transparent part was made from standard sheets of curved plexiglass, milled at the edges to enable a film of silicon sealant to be injected between the sheets. One company bent them, another assembled them, and yet another made the two sides, which are in 10mm white opaline methacrylate on a steel frame, which can be fully opened to permit air circulation by using a system of pulleys and counterweights.

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photos : Iwan Baan

Half burying the whole thing, to provide horizontal views of the allotment where the arm is installed, comes before all of that, but it’s OK to do it afterwards as well. Everything placed below ground level is in concrete with wood formwork, wooden planks that are also used for paving, firmly bolted, painted in two colours with twocomponent paint with an epoxy base.

Studio in the Woods Madrid Studio in the Woods Madrid Studio in the Woods Madrid Studio in the Woods Madrid
photos : Iwan Baan

And to finish off, we have given it a sightly less….. slightly more… wet touch: on rainy days, that rain, when it rains, the raindrops on the plastic, when they hit, sometimes more, sometimes less, sometimes a lot,… sometimes a sound,…

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photos : Roland Halbe

Architecture Studio in the Woods, Madrid – Building Information

Authors: Jose Selgas, Lucia Cano, architects
Collaboration: Jose de Villar, architect
Date: 2007-08
Metal structure: TCI industrial technical metalwork +34 914597893
Polyester walls: ursa fiberline + 34 945154983
Methacrylate: walls, interior partitions & bookshelves: methalcrylate industries +34 916420967
Wood paving and furniture: bascope carpinters +34 918129720
Electricity & telecommunication: elsues +34 918907007
Plumbing: martin juez

Studio in the Woods Madrid Studio in the Woods Madrid Studio in the Woods Madrid
photos : Iwan Baan

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