Álvaro Gómez-Sellés 8-8-88 Madrid, Spain
Selected professional experience:
Associate. Dec 2016 - Dec 2017 (1 year ) SO-IL
Junior Architect. Jun 2015 - Dec 2016 (1 year 7 months) Enric Ruiz Geli / Cloud 9
Freelance Project Architect. 2015 (3 months) Plastique Fantastique
Freelance Architect. 2014 (3 months) Junya Ishigami
Intern Architect. 2014 (3 months) OMA
Intern Architect. 2012 (5 months) Uberbau & The Netherlands Fund for Architecture. Intern Architect + Erasmus Scholar. 2011 (3 months)
Spanish Institute of Architects (COAM)
Registered and Licensed Architect, 2017 Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) Master of Architecture, 2014 Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Architecture - International Scholarship, 2011 The Bartlett School (UCL) Urban Design - Erasmus Scholarship, 2009
2D: Autocad, Rhino & Adobe Suite: Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator. 3D: Rhino & Vray
Spanish: Native English: Full proficiency
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Professional work: - SO-IL, CTF Museum (Hong Kong, CH) 2018 - SO-IL, Hinge House (Antiparos, GR) 2016 - SO-IL, Bergen House (Brooklyn, US) 2018 - SO-IL, Place Mazas (Paris, France) 2016 - SO-IL, Shanghai Museum (Shanghai, CH) 2017 - Ishigami, Bio Art BioFarm (Tochigi, JP) 2013 - OMA, The Small Hermitage (St.Petersburg, RU) 2014 Academic work: - Improbabilities research project (Madrid, ES) 2015
CTF Museum This project has not been published yet, please do not share this information.
Client: Program: Location: Area: Status:
Private Museum, education, shop, office, restaurant, plaza. Brooklyn, NY 400,000 sf / 37.000 m2 Under construction, expected by 2018
The CTF Museum is the latest incarnation of the CTF Art Foundation, which supports the development of Chinese contemporary art. Nested in a dense, mixed-use high-rise along the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, the museum negotiates the boundary of art among thoroughly commercial surroundings. Building on a visitor’s sense of wonder, the museum offers a multilayered experience that gradually envelops audiences in an engagement with art. Visitors approach the museum by sifting through various signs of commerce as they are lifted from a shopping mall below. This gradational experience is consistent throughout the building: the museum’s perimeter is populated with the museum’s public programs, while the core is mainly intended for galleries.
A central plaza populated with subtropical plants divides the museum into two volumes, creating a unique public space for the city of Hong Kong and a break from the museum’s 375,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum’s façade is composed of a 30-foot-tall curved glass envelope reaching two floors in height. The façade functions as a storefront window, enticing visitors with veiled images of treasures held within.
Designer: - Member of a large team. - Development of Construction Drawings Sets for the three areas of scope. - Design studies and detailing for modifications of original design. - Preparation of internal and external presentations. - Communication with consultants, providers & manufacturers.
Plan 1 Plaza 2 Entrance 3 Gallery 4 Storage 5 Education 6 Bookstore 7 Cafe 8 Restaurant 9 Lobby 10 Terrace
Fig.1. View of the facade under construction Fig.2. View of the plaza Fig.3. View of the entrance lobby
Exterior glass tube mockup
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MUSEOPLAN 401 BROADW T: 646.785.9
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1 TYP. Gallery section. ENLARGED SECTION SCALE: 1:20
Client: Oliaros Propeerties Location: Antiparos, Greece Program: Residential Area: 600 mÂ˛ / 6,460 sf Status: Construction Documentation Expected by 2018
Hinge is a holiday house on the western side of Antiparos Island in Greece, at the top of a steep mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. The house has been conceived as a loose gathering of volumes hinged into the intense topography of the landscape. The surrounding landscape of rocky mountains slips through the built volumes to the heart of the house, offering a direct relationship with the land.
The positioning of the main exterior spaces of the house takes into consideration the prevailing northwestern winds. Large shading surfaces cool the exterior living areas and the placement of outdoor courtyards offers cross-ventilation for the passive cooling of the interiors.
The organization of the design consists of a series of interconnected interior and exterior spaces offering diverse experiences and views. The careful arrangement of the volumes offers strong open spaces for the communal life of the house as well as a series of intimate places for isolation, privacy and immersion in the landscape.
Project Management: - Team management. - Development of the overall design & project narrative. - Production of design studies & working models. - Coordinating the production of drawing sets, renderings & client presentations. - Responsible of the communication with the developer and the local expeditors.
Fig.1 View of open communal space Fig.2 Aerial view Fig.3 Floor plan
Client: Program: Location: Area: Status:
Private Landmark restoration + House extension Historical District of Boreum Hill, Brooklyn, NY 3,550 SQF Expected by 2018
The conversation around this project started with the need of extra space in the private residence of the founders of a multidisciplinary creative studio. As design curators they store in their house a large collection of unique pieces of various scales, that interferes with their daily life. On the other hand the basement apartment works as a temporary residence for artists and designers. The result is a unique convergence between guest artists and designers, a large design products collection and their own family. The building is a row house built in the 1870’s, located in Boerum Hill, designated as Historic District in 1973 by the Landmark Preservation Commission of NY.
The new vertical connections immediately activated a sequence of spaces that before were exclusively dedicated to circulation. The new circulation systems allowed us to extend the existing common spaces towards the rear yard. The extension of the building had to deal with the creation of a new facade, this new element established a new relation between the historical and the new design. Our approach was not to replicate but to re interpret and revisit the existing “modified Italianate” features. This re-interpretation was achieved by the brick work design and the alignment between the new and the existing volumes. The proposal was approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission of NY in March 2017.
We focused on the alteration of the way the house works. The biggest move in the project was to modify the sectional relationships, breaking down the existing staircase into 3 new staircases.
Project Management: - Coordination of the overall design development & project narrative. - Development of construction drawings for bidding, construction & permit. - DOB & Landmark filling and permit. - Consultants management. - Direct communication with clients.
View of Landmark front facade.
143 141 Bergen st
17’-0” 7’-4” 6’-6”
Axonometric and sections showing the rear yard addition
View of Parlor Floor “Object” Hidden stair & pantry.
View of Second Floor “Object” Hidden walk in cosets.
Client: Location: Program: Area: Budget: Status:
City of Paris, REI Habitat Development & ICADE Development Paris France Housing, co-working spaces, restaurant, auditorium, public plaza 5.600 m² / 60,000 sf 30M Euro International competition, 1st place Expected by 2020 Our winning submission for the Reinventer La Seine competition’s Place Mazas site in Paris offers a fresh approach to urbanism, one that carefully considers contemporary as well as historical contexts while creating a flexible infrastructure that can evolve in parallel with the city. The focus of our proposal, titled “L’ Atelier de l’ Arsenal”, is the transformation of the underused site of Place Mazas into a new social node for Paris. Located at the junction of Canal Saint Martin and the Seine River, the site forms a critical intersection of cultural, economic, and environmental networks. It is also strategically positioned at the center of important future development projects like the Balade de L’Arsenal, a new urban path, and the new pedestrian waterfront park, parc Rives de Seine. The site is divided into two parts. The first is a seven-story volume that continues the historical Haussmanian axis and tops out just below its neighboring 19th century residential building. This volume includes a housing program in co-living typology, with several interior and exterior shared spaces for the residents as well as a public restaurant on the ground floor.
The second, located on the axis of Bastille, is dedicated to public activities. It maintains a lower profile, opening up views to the Seine River. This part of the site includes three new public squares, a lockhouse built in 1905 that is being repurposed, and a temporary pavilion that will host facilities like public co-working spaces, a fabrication lab, an event room, and an exterior terrace offering new views on the Arsenal Basin, the Seine River, and the surrounding city, as well as a facility for homeless care already established on site. Our proposal creates a flexible composition of spaces and buildings that stimulates diversity and anticipates further civic transformations. We understand that urban space doesn’t stop evolving; after twelve years the public zone may be returned to the city, offering the opportunity to update its use once more.
Project Management: - Team management. - Coordination of the overall design development & project narrative. - Development of design studies & working models. - Coordination of the production of drawing plans, images & presentations. - Coordination of the outsourced production: movie, renderings & final model.
Fig 1. Axonmetric view Fig 2. View above Aresenal Basin showing riverside promenade, open-air plaza and public pool. Fig 3. Public plaza (right) and housing tower (left).
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City of Shanghai Shanghai, China Ancient Chinese artifacts museum, research & learning center, public plaza. 10,000 m² 2nd place, international competition 2017.
The New Shanghai Museum will be a large museum of ancient Chinese artifacts. It will display and archive more than 120,000 precious historical relics including bronze ware, china ware, calligraphy works, paintings, jade articles, ancient coins, ancient furniture, and sculptures.
The building behaves as a precious Jade stone, with its own identity and character, shines within the urban landscape and the Museum Mile where is located. The city scape extends in the building as the earth, navigates through it as the water and ends as the sky.
The concept is based on the elements of the traditional chinese poetry: Earth, Water & Sky and the relation between them. The experience and articulation of the spaces is understood as a journey and a “step by step” experience between them. These elements works as the spatial organization nodes (Atriums) of the three areas of the building: Storage, exhibition and management. Each element is occupying an independent area of the building and have its own spatial organization and emotianal experience.
Project Management: - Team management (8 people NY + 2 people China). - Coordination of the overall design development & project narrative. - Development of design studies & working models. - Coordination of the production of drawing plans, images & presentations. - Coordination of the outsourced production: movie, renderings & final model.
计方案，希望使其成为一个集文化韵味与大自然的想象为一体的 多种形态的展示空间，于外和世纪公园以及其周边的渐成的自 放型、流动性的文化建筑。在这里汇聚的人，文，物和自然都 来的动力。
世纪大道装点成一条林荫大道，串联世纪公园和金融中心，并将 这样，世纪大道成为一个串联城市、文化和自然的轴心骨，而 。建筑本身则延续现有的“园中之亭”的格局：一方面彰显每个文 出足够周边空间来和城市保持一种动态的互动，铸成一种“山无水 韵。
档案和储藏空间 公共设施 展厅 管理后勤部门 研究部门 游客用电梯 业务用电梯 货用电梯
“Hanging rock Atrium “
入口大厅四周被实墙包围，自然光唯有从 上方顺着庞大悬石的边缘流下。这个巨型琥 珀状体块悬浮在游客接待处和服务中心上， 其中存有博物馆的藏品及档案。博物馆收藏 的深厚立刻展现在人们眼前，使访客在这样 一个令人惊叹的空间体验中进入博物馆内 部。这个空间我们称之为“悬石大厅”。 前往公共服务区域的访客，从悬石大厅向 西进入公共论坛。公共论坛一楼是一个开放 空间包含古代文明探索馆及艺术书店，迎接 不同年龄、不同爱好的民众前来自由探索。 二楼有剧场、体验教室以及公共阅览室等， 以提供长时间和更安静专注的活动场所。
台基层 公众停车 公众停车
通过悬石大厅，前往展厅的游客将进入 南侧的展厅中庭。这个中庭是由东向西逐渐 上升的三个大型空间叠积而成。我们称之 为“叠山中庭”。中庭底层是大型展厅,而 上层叠台是主题文创展示的舞台。从这里, 访客可以一眼尽览五层的展览空间和公共设 施。充足的阳光从尽头落入，使这里充满大 自然的宏伟。
中庭被四周半透明的墙面塑造出独特光影 空间。在中庭内可以隐隐约约的看到墙壁后 方穿梭来往的游客, 如同长廊一样半遮半现 。 在保持空间独立的同时感受到它的延伸。
大展示厅 大报告厅 台基层
大报告厅 台基层 公众停车 工程机房
“Sky Atrium “
一个被玻璃围合而向天空开敞的雕塑内园 巧妙的隐藏在五层的特别展厅区之中。这个 内园不仅让游客和博物馆的办公研究运作产 生视觉互动，更可以为层高8米的特别展厅和 世界厅引入更多自然光，并提供室外休息和 展示空间。
访客可以在里仰望天空，享受一种升华的 境界。 虽在建筑空间其中，却引发参观者对 自然的联想。这个空间我们称之为“光园”。
业务研究 悬石大厅 文化探索馆
特殊展厅 公众停车 工程机房
文创中心 悬石大厅 文化探索馆
Art Bio Farm
Client: Location: Program: Status: Role:
Private Togichi, Japan. Rental farm and garden. Design development 2014. Assistant Architect. Model maker and illustrator.
The objective of this project is to create a rental farm and garden on the site surrounding a hotel in the natural area of Nasu, Tochigi prefecture. The visitors share the garden-like space with others, planting crops in the fields, gathering fruits and nuts and cooking their harvest at the hotel. The aim of the project is to capture such activities, associated with nature within the context of the existing culture. However, this landscape also needs to be enjoyed by those who do not rent the farms and come here as mere spectators.
In this project, the most important concern is how humans are able to create things that can become part of the existing landscape, and how those who visit can feel relaxed and ease. In this beautiful context people experience and learn about the natural environment understanding the process from growing to cooking and eating the crops. The entire process takes place in the same place.
The almost flat site was previously a meadow. In proceeding with this project, we needed to think about the geometry and repetition of farms in a different way from the usual farm plan. The landscape that farms create seems more artificial and automatous that any city in the world. The efficiency required to increase crop yields, is prioritize above everything else.
Role: Designer: - Development of the design and project narrative. - Production of final physical model, drawings and illustrations. - Preparation of internal presentations.
Junya Ishigami + associates.
Art Bio Farm
Junya Ishigami + associates.
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The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg, RU Museum / Gallery 3,000 m2 Completed in 2014
While exploring and studying the Hermitage in the early 2000s, we encountered the former stables and manège of the palace complex. Though located on the ground level of the Small Hermitage, these spaces have remained unseen by the public, and have primarily been used as storage since the 1950s. Free of decoration, the two large and open halls of the Small Hermitage are transformed into a Kunsthalle, a new space for temporary exhibitions, events and experimentation– a radically different condition to the rest of the museum. Part of the project is to reinstate an original condition of accessibility of the halls at street level providing the Kunsthalle with its own independent entrance along the Shuvalov Passage, which also performs as an alternative entrance to the entire museum, rebalancing the flow of visitors. By opening the Shuvalov Passage to the public, the city enters the museum and restores an earlier urban model, in which each of the Hermitage elements has a relatively independent life as a component of the city. The interior space of the Kunsthal-
le, open and visible from the Shuvalov Passage, activates the street level – also a new condition for the Hermitage. Inside the Kunsthalle, the Pergam Hall (the former stables), houses the new visitor entrance space. It is coupled with the Museum’s art packaging facility, offering visitors a unique glimpse of the mechanics of a museum. Manège Hall is key new open space, within the museum complex, for modern display and experimentation. Drastically distinct in it relations to the outdoor space, spatial qualities and curatorial regime, the Kunsthalle is also a new gallery/venue in itself within the Hermitage museum.
Role: Designer: - Development of the schematic design & project narrative. - Production of design studies, physical models, drawings and collages. - Preparation of internal & externals presentations.
The Small Hermitage
Fig.1 Aerial view of the Small Hermitage next to The State Hermitage Museum Fig.2 Elevation of the Small Hermitage Fig.3. New Kunsthalle occupying the Manege and Pergam Hall
The Small Hermitage
Close-Up views of the Manege Hall restoration View of the Manege Hall during the “Display of Displays” opening
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Grammaticals magazine 2014 (Madrid, ES) Research project Architectural Research, author.
Improbabilities is an architectural theory research project about the different graphic procedures and design tools that happens in an architectural drawing, before an architectural decision has been taken.
This project was part of the collective architectural theory research project started by Federico Soriano and Pedro Urzaiz, both professors at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) and published in “Grammaticals” in 2014.
The process was based on the interpretation of graphic information from two jpeg compositions and its conversion into architectural codes of information that could potentially shape a building.
Grammaticals was published in 2014 by Federico Soriano & Pedro Urzaiz, architects and professors at School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM).
The information was selected and transformed regarding the following parameters: graphic deviation, programmatic deviation, material deviation and technical deviation. The result is an “in process” architectural drawing that could set up the principles of a momentary architectural theory, a theory that only responds to the “site conditions” that result from a graphic composition.
“Grammaticals” is not a book that collect norms, instructions, systems or project laws. Is not a treaty, manual or encyclopedia. “Grammaticals” is a recompilation of architectural documents before are converted into architectural documents. It has been compiled composing a momentary theory of architecture.
Research project for Grammaticals Magazine
Research project for Grammaticals Magazine: Floor plan
Research project for Grammaticals Magazine: Section
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Selected works 2018