Architecture as an economic dynamo. “No one has failed to observe that frequently the floor blends in such a way that one part rises at a right angle from the floor, and then the following section its arranged parallel to the floor, so as to provide a step to another perpendicular section, a pattern that is repeated as a spiral or broken line up to an actremely variable height.” Thus began the “Instructions on How to Climb a Staircase” by Julio Cortazar. Our project is proposed as a free revision of the stair that forms the roof of the Casa Malaparte by Adalberto Libera. It is also on a promontory, but we, like Christo, sorround it with smooth concrete folds. The space around the staircase is filled and the landscape is framed at the end of it, of which, as Cortazar said “one can easily leave the stairs with a light tap of the heel to fix it in place, from which it shall not move until is time to come down.”
La Nucía is a pre-coastal town, close to Benidorm (Alicante), in continuous search of arguments to avoid the emigration of its population. The project arises from the need of the city council itself to generate a dynamic and open space, which would be able to attract corporate talent to the people. Serving as both a meeting point and a collaborative space so as to help this new industrial network grow thanks to the services it provided and to be a tool to train this social mass on an ongoing basis. An iconic place, capable of modifying the character of the industrial zone where it is located thanks to the called effect, being the spearhead of a digital transformation in the area. We are looking for an architecture rooted in the place, generating a faceted hexagonal rock, which, like the Malaparte house, sits on a promontory, looks towards the best of the landscape and appropriates it as the nearby Mount Ponoch does over Alicante's Marina Alta. Over time, this volume, like the Ponoch, will be able to assume and grow old with the landscape through its walls. In that search for rooting with the place, we proposed an origami, wich internal color is shown as a wake-up call to what happens inside, just like a child’s cootie catcher. The exposed, textured concrete walls fold on themselves as an origami, playing with their planes and with the light inputs, causing the sun to remark the folds of their facade and generating a dynamic effect of shadows. This dynamic effect modifies its appearance throughout the day, highlighting the large openings through which the yellow color escapes and the brightly colored doorposts that draw the doors and windows. Note of yellow color between silver and black as a tribute to the Frank Miller comics.
The stairway stands the building, giving rise to the use of product presentations or TED TALK talks, it is the space of social interaction of the centre where the sky is framed becoming a cascade of light that invades everything. The terraces organize the interior spaces, becoming a cloistered space so that the offices, workshops, classrooms and offices are located surrounding it. Behind it, a large collaborative workroom open to the outside, generating small terraces of interrelationship between colleagues. All spaces are designed so that users can interact in various ways and take over the alternative workspaces. Thus the immutability of the exterior is combined with the versatility of the interior spaces. According to the geographer Yi-Fu Tuan a place is the result of the relationship between individuals and space. Our building has been designed and solved as a point of question between users and space, which was able to empathize with them and show their ideals through architecture and design.