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SELECTED PROJECTS Portfolio Marco Rodriguez architecture spatial design exhibition architecture Mexico city. Madrid. Helsinki.



Architecture like in a nutshell Architecture should have a clear language, easy to read, human, serene, approachable, improving human relationships, complex in thought but simple in solutions. That is why do believe that architecture should be like in a nutshell for all.

Nature and walnut During history, naturalists tend to document nature. Nature was represented from imitating it to the personal interpretation of it. I think all humans we should pay more attention in nature because at the end it will always has the best solution. “..All is about to observe what does nature do, how does it looks, why, this and that...because nature is the is the model to follow for all things in all arts...carefully letting the nature guide us, it will be easier.� Edward Gordon Craig. I did a study of the structure of a walnut shell and all its components, to see how a small walnut shell is so simple has a complex structure with such adequate solutions of structure, expression and functions... all in a small nut.

Q2 HOUSE architecture /interiors low-energy house concept. complete design and development Helsinki. Finland. POIAT Office in co-operation with Sunhouse. 2012.

“Rintamamiestalo” drawing Kaj Englund 1945

The initial concept of the Q2 talo was based in the traditional Finnish house “Rintamamiestalo”. The design is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Finnish wooden houses made in the first half of the XXth century. The first guidelines of the Q2 were based in the same concepts that the original house were based on: the main material of construction has to be wood, easy to pro-duce and well suited for mass production. but the main point that the design could be suitable for the city and the countryside. Following these main guides The Q2 house was designed for a specific prefab house company. All the design was developed to suit the company image, standards as a wood pre-fabricated house which can be adapted in any place of Finland.

Design as a prefabricated house for the Finnish conditions; The Q2 house was conceived as a house that either could fit in an urban context or in the countryside. The main guideline of the project, was “to design a prefab house which can be sold and built all around Finland�. With those guidelines the solutions have to be flexible and adaptable for each particular condition.

The expression of the architecture of the Q2 house is determine by a basic prism.

Following the tradition of the Rintamamiestalo, the gable roof was the starting point of the expression of the roof.

The final solution of the roof was a Mansard roof in order to have the same conditions in all orientations of the building.

The tectonic language of the facade and openings in the house follow the same concept of expression in all orientations.







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The architectural parti of the house was composed by the idea of a box with two main elements, the skin and a main core. The interstice of the skin and the core is where are the functions and living spaces are located. Due to the absence of a site, because is a prefab house which can be placed everywhere, the expression of the geometry had to be as unified as a unit which can be placed as in many places as possible without creating tension in the context.

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Facade The design of the facades tend to be the same in all sides. To have similar conditions in each of it. The expression of the openings in the house respond to the tectonic language of the house, as well to the sun conditions, location and vistas. By tapering the window the upper and side part of the wall cavity increases the possibility of more light and to broad the field of view of the vistas.

Interiors The proposal had to include the design of the interiors. These have to respond to the architecture with customize solutions. All solutions were design as functional, integrated and customize with the architecture of the house.

Storage/ Insulation /Acoustics The exterior walls of the Q2 were designed to be the storage of the house. The main idea is to have an integral wall system that includes the struc-ture and storage of the house. In addition, all the cabinets and closets they function as a passive Thermal wall system with the combination of the exterior wall. The solution is to include the closets in the wall having a clean, simple and aesthetic solution. In addition, the house has a library / cabinet system on a wall, this one extends to the second level through the void.

Chimney / Hearth As in the Rintamamiestalo design the main square design of the building respond to the brick chimney and the stairs, in the Q2 house the main core is translated into a box inside the house. In this box are located the most important functions, the fire place, the hearth, the stairs and the sanitary facilities; are placed which organizes all the spaces around the core. There are some special features in the box; like the storage for the chimney. The supplying and the storage of the wood is from the domestic utility room located behind the chimney. Preserving clean the living room. When wood is needed, it is deposit in a small opening that connects the living room and the utility room.




The Paritalo or attached type house is a variation of the original design. Two houses share one building. The main idea is to respect the architecture and facades of the original design and divide the house from the interior. The design of the Paritalo suits the conditions of many plots in Finland due to the double entrance, as well keeps the concept of the rotation depending on the location.


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LOOP parametric design /architecture university project Aalto University Espoo. Finland. 2015.

points and intermediate point. Operation: displacement

Marco Rodrigues Chaves & Kaisa Karvinen

Formal Design Studio

Aalto University 03.12.2012

A parameter is a measurable factor that defines a system, is a frame of operations. This academic exercise had the aim to design a building based in simple geometrical transformations. The outcome, function and location were influenced by the shape. The purpose of this task was to explore shapes and structures based on parametric transformations.

The criteria used to move each control point was only t an implosion and shifting the geometry to an exploen contained spaces. Parametric variation The first step was to do as many transformations from geometrical shapes or polygons. From the shape an element has to be defined (e.g. from a square maybe a spline), after it has to define the parameters (e.g. endpoints of the lines) after it has to be define the transformations (e.g. moving in x and rotating). With these guidelines many tests were done, after, one of the variation was chosen for further development. The variation chosen was based originally from a square, the elements defined of the square were “splines”, the parameters: “control points and the endpoints of the splines” and the transformation use: displacement. The variation result is a composition with spatial potential, opening to the outside, creating four different pavilions and four different internal paths.

e criteria and transformations of the 2D, the 3D was oints of the curves. The main spatial concept is to genvered spaces with different atmospheres and functions ale of the buildings and with the geometry of the plaza; e containing buildings (the lowest and heights points) tial intervention is formed, the surfaces are linked with rth part of the intervention an extra displacement was h the site, creating a unique detail that anchors it and the urban grid.

The next step was to pass from the 2D of the variation to the 3D, applying the same parameters and transformations to the geome-try: displacement of the endpoints and control points. The first intent of 3D was a sequence of splines contains in a virtual space. he first result was a roof proposal for a plaza that was developed further. After inserting the proposal, the next step was to choose any in site.....

Marco Rodrigues Chaves & Kaisa Karvinen

Formal Design Studio

Aalto University 03.12.2012

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City by Luftal city

The chosen site was in the town of a dense metropolis

The building designed a building in the context of huge metropolitan area. The form is reflecting the city and its happenings, society, forces and the velocity of the contemporary change. The Loop captures all the functions of its surroundings and catalysed with a spinning movement. The structure absorbs the functional and formal data and creates a place where those happenings can reach their saturation point.

A structure can be called as a tool which its shape intent to read the city and express its phenomena in its own form. The structure is based on the forces of its surroundings; the structure is a reflection of the city happenings and meeting point for different kind of forces. The structure acts as a catalyser, absorbing the city happenings in a Megalopolis.

From the formal, functional and structural point of view and based on the principle of the reciprocal structure. The LOOP is composed by 4 self-supporting concrete shells which represent the static and dynamic elements of the city; these are expressed in a intertwined structure which reflects the society and its velocity�, where phenomena, structures and time collide in one geometry.

The LOOP is a meeting point and crossing point. Physically is where many train and metro lines collide, and culturally is a place for riots, concerts, demonstrations and post-digital human being.

In the LOOP people meet, travel and transfer spaces, communicate, eat and sleep. The architectural object consists of open plaza, to a semi-covered space, and closed areas with mixed uses.

The LOOP is a reflection of the city happenings and meeting point for different kind of forces. The structure acts as a catalyser, absorbing the city happenings in a Megalopolis.

THE WATER GARDENS (in process) Master`s in architecture final thesis. reuse of a water treatment plant into a senior´s spa. thesis concept,design and development Aalto University. Helsinki, Finland. 2017-(in process).

The topic of this thesis (is in process) is the reuse of a building. The project is the transformation of the actual Dämman water treatment plant into a leisure space for seniors; the main concept is to create a one day experience place for seniors where they can relax, enjoy and spend time alone, with their couples or friends. The Water Gardens is the name of a leisure places for seniors, which integrates a spa, fish farm, greenhouses and restaurant.

1965-1977 During the decade of the 60´s the planning of Dämman water plant started due to the need to increase the water supply for the town of Espoo (Espoo became a city in 1972). After all the planning that started in the beginning of the 60´s (1963) The final drawings were delivered Espoo authorities in spring 1965 and the final approved plans for the construction were ready in the autumn of 1965. The water plant was planned and built in a spot where there used to be a closed down power plant, this was owned by the Ehrnroth family. Ehrnroth thought the city water supply was an important issue and sold the plot inexpensively to the city of Espoo.

2017 With the constant growing of the population, that sector in the near future we will have to think more in designing more senior´s residences and nursing homes than kindergardens and schools for example. Parallel to this thought it is essential to think in Leisure spaces for Seniors, this is one of the key points for the wellbeing of that sector. This thesis approach to that topic the how the Leisure for Seniors can be the starting point for a concept for the propject of reusing a water treatment plant in to a place into a Nordic leisure place for Seniors. Water gardens is the name of the project, it a project which can not be defined as a purely spa, due to the singularity of the place (water treatment plant). Is a place where a space, where spa, pools, green houses, resutaurants are combined to create a concept for leisure of senior in one day experience.

CERVANTES THEATER Competition for the renovation of the city theater (first prize). Competition Manager. Concept and design. Segovia. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos. 2009.

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Located in the city of Segovia, Spain, the Cervantes theater was built in 1922. after 60 years of working, the theater was closed at the end of 1984. The theater became ruins after a fire in the following years. The city of Segovia organized a competition in 2009 for the renovation of its city theater. The theater is located in the Cervantes street in the old city of Segovia, the building was built parallel in its length with the defensive wall from the Medieval times (which limited the city in that time) and the Cervantes street.

The original building was built inside a courtyard behind the defensive wall creating an inner brick facade facing the yard. Part of the proposal was to keep intact the brick wall and to have glass on its openings. Despite the fact that the building does not have a main facade, the inner facade is as important as the short entrance facade of the theater.

It has only one part of facade facing to the street (where is the entrance foyer); the inner faรงade is on the opposite side of the medieval wall (inside the courtyard). The building was built inside the urban grid of the old city of Segovia. The only existing elements nowadays from the original building are the foyer, the medieval wall (in red dashed line) and the interior facade. The most important element in the site is the medieval wall due to its historical importance and because it was the limit wall of the defensive medieval city. That wall still remains and is the one that limits the theater to the south and the street.

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The main concept for this competition was to respect the original remaining structures of the theater and to create a core element. This core element would be a wood volume, between the medieval wall and the inner facade wall. Inside this wood container is the audience (800 people) and the stage. The idea respected and maintained intact the medieval and the interior facade. The foyer was kept and the main stairs where adjusted to the new requirements of the program without modifying the essence of the original design.

NYKYÄÄNI / MODERN VOICE museum design /architecture university project Aalto University Espoo. Finland. 2014.

The task was to conceive the museum of the future, what kind of place it could be?, what will be exhibited in? It is a very difficult question maybe the museums as an institution work well the way they are, but the content and the way of displaying art will change in relation with the time. Nykyääni was conceived as a museum for the actual and contemporary expression of people; a place where art, object or any expression of the Finnish culture or from abroad can be exposed. The site is a very important and located in the heart of Helsinki. The museum located in the south side of the old market hall and beside the “Tähtitornivuori” park. On the West, side has the sea and the view to Katajanoka peninsula, to the south it is located the Olympic Ferry terminal.


Connections and public space. The concept was to enhance the connections. The connections between the market square, the park and the ferry station on the South. To keep the continuity of the traffic of the people, bicycles, cars and cargo between the south part (where the ferry terminal is) and the open market square at the end of the Esplanade. This continuity is expressed as well in the geometry of the building that follows the natural grid of the city blocks and streets that are beside it.






1. One guideline of the design was to have a straight visual relation with the Helsinki Cathedral. Due to the importance of the building, the museum had to have a connection between it. In this case was solved with visual relation created by a big window on the museum that will connect one of the main exhibition halls and the Cathedral.

2. The design had considered a strong relation with the “Tähtitorninvuoren Park”. The park is a hill, which rises up to +34m. One key point of the design is to have a low scale building. The height of the building (+15,17m) respects the views that have from the park and the visual connections between the park and the city. As well, the design proposes a physical bridge that connects the park and the lower level of the roof (+12,00m) of the building. This bridge gives the possibility to walk from the park to the roof of the museum.

3. The design proposes a walkable and usable roof, where the visitor can have access either from the plaza of the museum or from the bridge from the park. The main idea is that the all the building is public and that can be used during the whole year. To give a continuous life to the building, even in winter or at night. One of the entrance to the main restaurants of the museum are placed on the roof level as well a summer terrace. So even thought that the museum could be closed, there will be services open on the roof.

4. The building respects the visual connection between the “Eteläinen Makasiinikatu” street and the sea. This virtual line was the limit from the northern part of the building; As well on that side; the building rises up to +20,00m to have a scale relation with the buildings on the other side of the “Eteläranta” street.

5. The buildings aims that the pedestrians that come from the Ship Terminal to the centre walk through to the main plaza of the building with a ramp that goes down from the sidewalk to the museum plaza. The cycling route will be kept as it is now. The cargo buses and cars that arrive from the ship will circulate from the west side of the museum, dividing the pedestrians and vehicles.

The starting point of the shape was a rectangular prism, which follows the urban grid. The main concept of the building is to reduce its own footprint as much as possible (due to the importance of the site) but to generate as much public spaces as possible. On the volume cuts where done in each corner of the building (this to reduce the footprint of the building). These cuts create open vistas for the pedestrians that will walk either from the city centre or from the Olympic ferry terminal to the museum. The materiality of all the surfaces of each cut were covered with birch wood, which is local material and expresses part of the design and architecture culture of Finland.

The Museum tries to activate the harbour area by creating new public spaces. The public spaces are not reduced with the building, due to the creation of a new plaza on its roof (with open auditorium and terraces). This roof plaza is linked with the “Tähtitornivuori” park with a bridge; As well the building connects the roof plaza with the harbour with an open stair that are part of the façade of the building.

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“A place to be”.... The concept of Nykyääni museum is to show the actual expression of people and to create a “place to be”, a place just to hang around. This space should be a space free of entrance and accessible to everyone, where a 10 meters high space with a big “Amphitheatre” like stairs creates the space. In this space one can hang around, just sit, or enjoy a movie, digital art or even watch the finals of Hockey in the screen of the place; as well all kind of happenings can happen there, from exhibition of art, conferences, concerts, catwalks etc.. The main idea is that the people can stay for a longer time in a museum.

CENTER FOR RESEARCH OF MATERIALS TO BARCELONA Competition for a the laboratories for the research center of materials to the university of Barcelona (finalist). Competition manager. Barcelona. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2009.

CENTER FOR RESEARCH OF MATERIALS TO BARCELONA Competition for a the laboratories for the research center of materials to the university of Barcelona (finalist). unbuilt Research, Concept and design, development of the project for the competition Barcelona. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2009.

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The competition required the design of a new building to host the new research center of materials to the university of Barcelona. This building had to be independent from the existing building of materials, but it the future has to have the possibility of connection with the other building. The main concept for the project came from the urban scale and the foot prints of the surrounding buildings. Respecting the axes of the alignment of the surrounding buildings, the main idea of the building is to create a single unity. The building was conceived as a unfolded cube; the continuity of the faces creating one surface was the main idea for the volume and the facades. The facades where design as the continuation of the other creating a single unity volume. The building respect the urban scale and heights of the surrounding buildings; in addition the horizontality of the facade makes smaller the appearance of the building. This project required a research in laboratories of materials, magnetic and electronic microscopes. I was involved (with my ex-boss) in the research and I was in charge of the design of the competition of the building.

shafts for laboratories vertical circulations Technical rooms This project required a research in laboratories of materials, magnetic and electronic microscopes. Due to the technical complexity, the scheme of function of the building had to be simple and clear. The design of the laboratories and electronic microscopes had to be located in the same place on each level; because of the technical and mechanical shafts. Each laboratory require a big amount of different gases and substances that have to supply to all building.


STAGED / A STAGE TO DWELL Master`s in spatial design final thesis. flat renovation. built concept,design and development Madrid, Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos. 2010.

In our life, we play different roles in society. Like actors in theatre plays, according to different sets, we react to circumstances and moments that are conditioned by time, space and movement. In this context, I was inspired by theatre set designs of Edward Gor-don Craig, John Pawson´s and Tezuka´s architecture. My thesis shows the project of a flat renovation, in which the client played one of the most important roles in the design and the configuration of the space due to his personality, way of life and needs. The idea of “staged” put him within the space with a storyboard, like an actor framed in a scene. Seeing himself playing his role as himself in a specific moment in time and space was the main tool for designing him his own temporary space of living. I was in-volved and responsible for the concept and design of the flat in all the stages of the project. I had the freedom to design and to propose my personal ideas and approaches to the project with any design or budget limit. That is why I choose it as my final thesis work.


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The background

During my stay in Madrid, I worked in Javier Fuster Arquitectos office. There I had the opportunity to express some personal ideas and to do the project and the design of the renovation of a very different flat. The client was a very close friend of my former boss Javier Fuster, who made me responsible for the project and give me the freedom to design and approach the project with no imped-iments at all.

The guidelines The program The flat will be used sporadically during a year. Therefore, the client’s requests were very specific: • • • •

a place he and his wife can stay on their visits to Madrid. a specific space where to meet his friends and have a card game. space for a possible visitor (daughter or son) during their stay in Madrid the basic needs for dwelling. (eating, sleeping, bathe, leisure)

The client He does not live in Madrid all the year and just visits the city sporadically during a year. He wanted a meeting point in Madrid where he can meet his wife, friends and family. The guidelines given by the client for the flat were to express way of living. It was very important for the client to share and to show the flat to his friends and family during their stays in the city.

The freedom for the architects Despite the fact that the client had very specific needs and requests for the project, he was open to ideas and to proposals; he wanted something different for his flat that would not fit into the standards of an average flat or a dwelling space; furthermore, the budget was not a limit for this project.

The Building was designed by Jose Manuel Ruíz de la Prada y Sanchiz in 1964 and built between 1964-68. The building was one of three similar buildings that he designed in the Salamanca neighbourhood. This area from the end of the XIX century was planned from the beginning for the aristocracy of Madrid. Nowadays is one of the most exclusive areas of Madrid. This is important for the design because the building was originally planned for specific clients; that means that the building had already the clients before its construction. From the beginning, the architect had to plan each flat cus-tomized to each of the clients. Each floor and flats have very different layouts and they were responding to each client´s needs. Following that tradition, the project of the renovation of the flat had to consider from the beginning the clients request and needs despite the fact that inside layout will be complete different form the others floors.

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The building has a structure of steel I profiles used as columns and supporting beams and vaulted structure on the slabs. The origi-nal walls were non-structural made of brick. The original structure and the constructed system of the building was very important point to consider for the project and the approach, due to the fact that the designer could intervene without having so many restrictions and propose freely in the space as if it were a white canvas.

The concept


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The idea, “a stage to dwell” was to conceive the space like the stage for a play. Space for dwelling but also for performing, a set created for a performance of the client´s life, whose main character is himself. Where time, space and movement are related to create one whole idea.

The play

A storyboard was written to help to visualize the first concepts and ideas of the interior. The storyboard visualize the client in the space. In other words is the idea of “staged” him within the space, like framing an actor in an scene and picturing playing his role as himself in a specific moment in time and space. The image of the interior was rendered as a one single act play divided in four scenes. The play involves the client, the space, time and movement where he tectonic device is pictured during the whole play.


Decoding the concept

Space The spatial idea of having a scenario, the main core of the space is translated into an uncomplicated geometry, one of the basic but expressive shapes; a box.

Time and Movement The idea of time and movement are translated into have some sliding panels inside the box that could configure the space in a different way depending in the conditions and circumstances.

Concept Resume The spatial idea for the flat is to have a scenario or set for the owner’s play.

The set has single tectonic device, that will be the main core of the space is translated to an uncomplicated geometry; a box.

This box is the main core of the flat. Is the one that creates the scenario and the backdrop at the same time; a geometrical shape that will orientate the actors in the space, a box that will unify and divide the space.

This device has to be sensitive to changes and different interactions. The idea of time and movement has to be present in it. In resume into have some sliding panels inside the box.

The sliding panels can configure the space in a different way depending on the conditions, the time and circumstances.

The space generated could be as a semi-public space as in the theatre.

The tectonic device is picture in the space during the whole play. This device or box has specific functions; it was conceived as a dressing room like in a theatre. The device will be play a roll of interaction with the client and with their activities.

The outcome is an open space flat with the minimum of walls and closed rooms. The space is conceived as a white space like a canvas; where all the features and furniture will transform and create the functions of the flat. The idea is to have an empty space with no walls where only a tectonic device will be the one that modifies the space.

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The flat has an interior space of 175m2. The main facade of the flat is orientated to the east side; is where the main living spaces are located. The program of the flat is composed mainly of one big open space that involves the following functions: sleeping, cooking, eating and leisure (a playing card space, TV/resting space and a reading/secondary sleeping space); and 3 closed spaces delimited by walls: two bathrooms and storage/laundry room. Despite the fact that is an open space that could generate blurred and difficult to recognize borders between functions, in some spots they where some functions that were planned since the beginning of the design. Even though this, the space is open and flexible to host any kind of function and happening.

Features in the flat

The tectonic device

The floor and ceiling


The box is the tectonic device that generates the stage. With sliding panels, the space can be transformed and modified, depending on the circumstances of time and movement; a space that to responds the client´s needs and way of living.

The idea of the floor and ceiling is in the correlation between them and the tectonic device. The dimension of the floor tiles (1500x1100 mm) corresponds to a module, which converges the seams of the tiles with edges of the box and the ceiling.

The lighting concept is based on the idea of different scenes as in a play. The main idea is to create different lighting scenes depending on the time and movement within different circumstances in the flat. The proposal for the lighting design is visualized in two general light features: surfaces and details.

The partitions screens



The partitions help to create more privacy in the rest space when a visitor arrives and make a visual border between the entrance and the rest space. They are made of translucent concrete, this material and the possibility to rotate each panel 360° on its axis.

The main idea of the wardrobe is to have the most useful space with the less volume. The solution was to transform length into depth. The idea is to have different boxes next to each other like an archive storage system, where boxes are pulled and clothes are taken out in a lateral way.

The client requested a bathroom that could have natural daylight in the morning, due to this requirement and the central location, the idea was to have a seaweed glass box bathroom, that could get all the natural light possible.


SENSUAL MATHEMATICS curator /exhibition architect Vantaa. Finland.2017.

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“Sensual Mathematics” was the title of the exhibition, which was hold at the Science Centre Heureka from May until October 2017. It is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approach towards geometry and low dimensional topology. The exhibition aims to find multiple relations between art and mathematics. The exhibition content was the Student artworks of a transdisciplinary course “Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architec-ture at Aalto University are curated to a solid exhibition at Heureka Science Centre. This exhibition is a concrete opening to en-hance interaction between science and art. It aims to break standard clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena to the level of human interaction. Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines brings more space for common goals in human understanding. Through this exhibition, random visitors and educators from early childhood to research level find an inspiring example and ideas to new directions. Students of the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.

©Henry Vogt

©Henry Vogt

The whole exhibition was pictured as a “forest” of “totems” or vertical sculptures. The main idea was to generate a spatial experi-ence for the visitor by circulating in the interstice of the art pieces. Each team of students produced one “totem” of 6 meters height, with a surface of 1m2. Once all pieces are brought together, they will generate something “more” than the separate pieces on their own; they generate a synergy when all the sculptures are together. The expression and result of each sculpture has to be unique and conceived considering the concepts, topics related to the course and the ideas created in each multidisciplinary group.

©Henry Vogt

MOA EXHIBITION 2012 AND TOILETS exhibition architecture and supervision design and management Helsinki. Finland. POIAT Office in co-operation with Aalto University. 2012.

MoA’12. Masters of Aalto exhibition. Masters of Aalto (MoA’12) was the exhibition hold for the newly graduated masters from Aalto University. This was an annual event that it was hold in different locations of Helsinki every year. That year show enlivened the future living area and environment of Jätkäsaari, first by taking over a 100-year old port warehouse designed by Lars Sonck, converting a disused warehouse space into a vibrant environment. The MoA’12 exhibition was one of the official events of the world design capital Helsinki 2012.

MOA TOILETS design /interiors dry toilet / letrine design. complete design and development Helsinki. Finland. POIAT Office in co-operation with Aalto Unicef Finland team. 2012.

The Latrine is a traditional type of toilet that is still used frequently today in summer cottages across Finland. In the latrine the human waste is collected to a container and subsequently composted and dried. No running water or sewerage necessary. Unlike Finland and other western countries where waste management and sanitation are dealt with by modern water and sewage technologies, many African nations struggle with water sanitation and hygiene issues not to mention health, social and ecological problems resulting from the poor waste management and treatment practices. When there is no water nor money, creative innovative ideas are required to solve these difficult problems. Based on these challenges we create an interesting solution for the MoA’12, managing human waste in the shape of a modern latrine and urinal concept realized in co-operation with various parties. An important part of the concept are the water saving tap and grey water system utilized in the hand washing lavatory adopted from the Aalto University – UNICEF Finland student project. Planning: POIAT office Oy Aalto Unicef Finland project group: Irena Bakić, Hannele Kenkkilä, Thomas Hurd, Joao Barguil, Andrew Clutterbuck Construction and production: Kari Kääriäinen Tapani Honkavaara and MOA. Materials and equipment: Stora-Enso Oyj and Biolan. Cooperation partner: Unicef Finland Photos // Arsi Ikäheimonen


ELCHE FACADE Facade for High school building Facade design and detailing Elche, Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos. 2008.


CODABAR BLOCK MATERIAL interiors material prototype Helsinki. Madrid. 2010.

1. The human eye can perceive more than 7,000,000 of colours, but only some of them were used to create this code bar.

2. The idea is to abstract the nature into unique code bars. All things in nature have a unique bar code. This code was obtained by abstracting the image into vertical lines.

Those coloured lines where extruded into a 3d object. The result is a vertical stripped material where some of their surfaces where coloured in one of the contact surfaces.

The design allows that each glass or plastic piece can be changed obtaining unlimited combinations.

The project is to have a multi-coloured wall that is an abstraction of a natural landscape. It has a unique characteristic the perspective view changes in all points. The perspective view changes depending on the point of view.

Codabar block is a material, which is coloured in a contact surface in order to gain visual and changeable effects depending on which way the material is approached. It is design for warm places where it can be used in interiors or exterior with a glass layer.

Codabar block has a unique characteristic, the perspective view changes in all points. The material reacts to the movement of the viewer

SEVILLA TILES CSIC Competition for the Spanish National Research Council centre of agrobiologics and natural resources. competition Material idea and facade design. Seville, Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos. 2009.

The design of the material for the facade for the competition for the Spanish National Research Council centre of agrobiologics and natural resources in Seville, Spain was inspired in the Arabic architecture of that region; the main concept for the building was to create a big Latticework box. This screen will protect the building of the strong sun of summer in that area and following the ceramic tradition of the area. The Latticework facade was designed with only two modules made of white ceramic. These modules can be placed in different orientation depending on the interior space, sun and views, creating a whole range of possibilities for the facade. The ceramic pieces were supposed to be fabricated in the region.

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TOPOGRAPHY design exhibited piece Helsinki. Finland. 2006.

These wood pieces where inspired in topography terrains. The idea behind them, was to abstract the terrain only the surface surface and display them in wood pressed objects.

TECTONIC OBJECT design /architecture university project Aalto University Helsinki. Finland. 2005.

The task was to design an object with dual quality, a tectonic object that represents two contrasting conditions. The concepts for this object were light/dark and void/mass. I choose these concepts because they represent and express in a physical way the essence of architecture.

void/mass concept

inside masses where delined

and substracted

light/dark concept

pure mass prism

the voids where unified physically by connecting them through a section cut that creates an internal void where the light runs freely

extraction of a piece

a ray of light enters the prism and reflects in all interior surfaces.

light is the element which unifies the objects expressed in grooves and voids


TEACHING spatial design programme, architecture tutoring, exhibition designer Aalto University Helsinki. Finland. 2012-onwards.

The teaching is one of my passions, I am teacher in the master and bachelor programme of spatial design, as well I have been tutoring in the school of architecture, and in multidisciplinary courses in the department of mathematics. I think that teaching is one of the best methods to learn. By teaching, we updated constantly about our profession. In addition to be student and teacher at the same time has broad my vision as a teacher and person, it has given me a better understanding of both positions, which I think is a unique opportunity for my academic development. One of my main ideas about education is collaboration between different disciplines. One of the strongest commitments is to improve myself constantly as a teacher. I was selected as “Vuoden opettaja 2013� (teacher of the year) by the student organization TOKYO. This fact motivates me to keep developing my skills further as a teacher and professional.

Space in practice “Space in practice” is the name of the course that I designed for the master degree programme of spatial design of Aalto University; the main idea was to “put in practice the things”. The course deal with a real client and real project; in a competition format, the students have to create an interior design office with their team members, this office will have to do an entry for the client. At the end of the course, one entry is chosen by the client and will be developed for its implementation. The main idea of the course is to simulate as much as possible a real life spatial design project; from receiving a job announcement from a potential client, presenting your design office, making an offer, creating a design concept to sell your idea, developing the project documentation (architectural or spatial plans, lightning criteria, furniture criteria, material plans, furniture plans with features, furniture) and a general budget. The goal is to create a complete project folder that is ready for implementation. The aim of the course is to get a better idea of what a spatial design project really is and mean, to learn to make smarter design decisions and better understand the profession.

Theory University

Theory University

Practice Real world

Practice Real world Real Project idea Client

Real Project


Collaboration Usually an average course in spatial design stays on the theory, with this course the aim was that the students have the opportunity to work with a real client and real project. The Space in practice course was thought as a link between the spatial design and the real life practice. The starting point is to find a collaborator, Museums, companies or institutions are frequently the clients suitable for this collaboration. To convince that the collaboration between parts is beneficial creating a positive synergy with a project result. I think collaboration should be the always-in different fields, especially in design, where different ideas from different background collide to create new forces.

10 Space weeks in of practice

Where the students: • create their design office • do offer for the client • analysis of the site • interviews and meetings with the client • workshops • web research about spaces and examples. • creating concepts and proposals • the design of new concepts and ideas • development of the design • budget of the design

Course stages

1. The first step of the course and one of the most important is that the students meet each other and create the offices (groups) which they will work during the whole course. During a half day seminar, lectures, workshops and games are done; so the students realize with who they are going to work. Some lectures about international social communication and working in international teams are given during the seminar. Above: In this photo, it is shown the intro seminar for space in practice 2016.

2. After the offices are created, Meeting is the next stage; all the offices will have to meet the client. In one long session the client will show the facilities and will do a presentation, which it will be shown, the problematic, their requirements and needs for the project, estimated budget for the project etc... Above: The client is presenting the company or institution, who they are? What they do?

3. In the next stage each office will have a presentation to introduce to the client who they are as a design office, what they do and how they do it, as well they present to the client the offer as an office of how much does the office will charge for that design. Above: one of the groups is having its own presentation of their office; usually all the members present their office and some works what they have done. Presentation of one office to the museums staff and directors.

4. A workshop session is organized with the client and all the staff members involved. This gives the opportunity to each office to interview the staff and to get valuable information for the project through a workshop format. Usually these kind of workshops are organized in the facilities of the client, where the project is going to be developed. Above: It is shown the workshop organized for the Finnish museum of photography, the theater museum and the restaurant museum in Helsinki (2014). All three directors and staff participated in the workshop for the project of renovation of the entrance hall.

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WeeGee together Aalto 6. Afterby choosing thewith winners entry, the win5. During the course, mid deadlines and pres- students organised University. ning office starts to work individually with the entations are shown to the client. There are SIZE presentations to show preliminary concepts, PLATFORM client. They start developing the proposal for 8.1 Ă— 7.5 x 0.4 m to show the main concept and the final pres- MATERIALits construction. entation. In the final presentation, each of- Pine Above: In the photo, it is shown the winner entry of the 2015 course. The implementation fice will present their proposal with drawings, was done in summer of 2016. It was the probudget and presentation. During that session posal for a space for WeeGee exhibition center the client, staff, invited guest teachers, will evaluated each of the presentation. After the in Espoo, Finland. presentation the jury composed by the client and teachers, will choose the winner of the competition. Above: it is shown the final presentation for Danone offices in Helsinki and Solna.

Cad Atmospheres and representation methods. For the courses of cad, the most important is to show to a spatial designer how to create and simulate spatial atmospheres instead of pure and clean perfect renders. I think the atmospheres are one of the most important things to show from a spatial design project. As a university teacher of cad of spatial design, the main idea is not to show how to use this or that program. Is to show methods, to give criteria to the student how to approach a project in cad terms, what it is worth to do in cad and what is not.

WORK SELECTED PROJECTS architecture spatial design exhibition architecture Mexico city. Madrid and Helsinki

Kohonen House. design for a Single family house. unbuilt Project development and models. Espoo, Finland. ARK-house Arkkitehdit. 2006

Hortaleza 65 Competition for a housing building. Competition Manager. Concept and design. Mardrid. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos. 2009

Gigantti Interior design for office. project design Helsinki. Finland. POIAT office.2017

Villa Virta House design. Project. Concept and design StormälÜ. Finland. POIAT Office.2011

Antonio Maura Renovation for a Hotel in Madrid. project Design and development Mardrid. Spain. Javier Fuster Arq. 2008-2010

Hortaleza 144 Competition for housing buildings. unbuilt Competition Manager. Concept and design. Mardrid. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2010

Multypanel competition. Student national competition for a panel industry (second prize) Concept and design. Monterrey, Mexico.1998

Speranskintie Flat renovation. project Design and development Helsinki. Finland. POIAT office.2013

Villa Picazo House design. Project. Design and development Mexico city. Mexico. 2007

CSIC Spanish National Research Council centers of: acoustics, robotics and automation, industrial electronics and structural safety and durability of materials (first prize). Competition manager. Madrid. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2009

Casa Gomez (Villa Gomez) House design. Project. Design and project development Morelos. Mexico. ON arquitectura.2007

The Dual House Final Bachelor work of architecture UAM Concept and design, project development Chicago ill. and Mexico city. 1999

Court House building to Badajoz Competition for a the courthouse building Competition manager. Concept and design. Badajoz. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2009

Poiat office office interior. Project. Concept and design Helsinki. Finland. POIAT Office 2010

Nordic and Innovation week Shanghai Exhibition architecture and construction. Built. Project Manager, design, and construction. Shanghai. China. Aalto University.2013

Näetkö kaupungin exhibition Exhibition architecture and construction. Built. Concept and design. Lahti. Finland. 2012

Wonderful worlds pavillion Pavillion for the exhibition of the workshop “wonderful worlds”. built Concept and design, Helsinki. Finland. 2007

Martí Desing of sporting goods retails stores. Projects and Built. Design, project development and supervision. Mexico. ON arquitectura.

Babia Competition for a health center (first prize). competition Competition Manager. Concept and design. Babia. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2010

KEHĂ„ I Talo House design for a real estate company Concept, design and project development. Helsinki. Finland. POIAT office. 2011

SAAB evaluation Installation for the Arts evaluation from the SAAB committee. Built. Project and presentation Helsinki. Finland. Aalto University. 2013.

Bulevardi 10 Apartment in Bulevardi. project Design and development Helsinki. Finland. POIAT office 2011.

Orriols Competition for an extension building for a high school (second prize). competition Competition Manager. Concept and design. Orriols. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2010

Next design exhibition Exhibition architecture and construction. Built. Concept, design, and construction. Shanghai. China. 2012

Temixco. 2004 Shopping mall and supermarket. built Construction Manager Temixco, Mexico. Dam corporacion.

Thai embassy Renovation of the Thai ambassador residence to Mexico. built Project and construction manager Mexico city. Widisa. ltd. 2002

Ador Competition for a primary school. Competition Manager. Concept and design. Orriols. Spain. Javier Fuster Arquitectos.2008

Thank you

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