Gabriel Pastor Hernรกndez
+49 1523 876 3875 +00 34 608538863
Mallorca Madrid Hamburg
STRUCTURE “(...) I can’t stop repeating that the STRUCTURE, the supporting structure, beyond transmitting the forces of the building to the ground because of the inescapable gravity, what it really really transmits is the order of the space, establishes the order of the space, constructs the space. The structure not only SUPPORTS, not only HOLDS, but it also RESONATES, SOUNDS like a musical instrument when it’s played by the air (...)” The structure of the structure. Establishing the space order “The Skyline” Alberto Campo Baeza.
Mallorca Madrid Hamburg
ABOUT me FACTS: I was born in Madrid in 1987 . I moved to mallorca in 1991 due to my father’s job. I have lived in Mallorca for fourteen years. I moved in 2005 to Madrid to study architecture
Almost every child likes to build toys, it’s a basic instinct, but in my case it was much more serious. They gave me this set of mounting parts for Christmas when I was eight. After making all of the models in the manual I got bored, so I decided to copy the larger, more complex ones from a small booklet that came with the box. Because of this, my house became a miniature fair. A ferris wheel, a roller coaster throwing cars far away and even an elevator that led to nowhere. Playing with the model was not the goal, but dismantling the structure system into standard parts to then mount these toys I had seen in pictures. Just now do I realize that this was the real goal. Then came puberty and it was over. However, the reason why things such as structures stand up has always been my interest. One of the ex-
periences that most struck me was when I had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower. I wished I could build it myself. Personally, I think all of this, somehow, pushed me to to studying architecture. Luckily, and with the help of my family and my grades, I managed to break into the field. But then came the big slap in the face. Dealing with the challenge of a technical career was a huge impact, even though I suppose it is for all of us. The first course was pretty hard, but it rewarded me with the satisfaction of knowing that I had made the right decision. That and a good average grade. Since I started the degree in Architecture, not a day has passed without me feeling grateful to life for putting me on this track. Today part of me is back to childhood, and part of me is helping that child building up ideas. I remain passionate about playing with structures, obtaining an idea and
then making it come to life. To me, the constructive detail is equally or even more important than the large scale (building). Hopefully, someday my ideas will come out of the paper and play with light and space. For now, my plans are to get training as an architect in the real world. My father always insisted on something I never quite understood: “When you get out of School, you will have the permission to learn”, he told me. Today I know it’s the biggest truth. Can’t wait.
ABOUT my work
i Index The following work was produced during the three last years of my stay in the Architecture School of Madrid. All of them were awarded notable. All of the projects are placed in two opposite pages for the whole understanding. More information can be found at my online portfolio:
THE NEW YORK MORNINGSIDE CITY HUB PARK TOWER
MADRID CAIXA FORUM 2.0
THE TRINITY CHURCH
THE NEW YORK CITY HUB Info: Tutor: JosĂŠ Antonio Ramos Abengozar Location: Manhattan Downtown, New York City. USA. Use: Transportation HUB, Congress Center and Mall. Area: 90 000 sqm
This was my final project atEscuela TĂŠcnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. POlytechnical University of Madrid. Spain
A new building in the east coast of Downtown Manhattan is proposed. It will be placed by the Pier 17. It is aimed to solve the current fragmentation of the different tourist services that are placed in this metropolitan area. The building should solve the reunion of different ships and ferries and watertaxis as well as private boats. The current location of heliports, serving the route tour of the island of Man-
hattan, is another item to take on account for the design. The project will also provide the city with a new parking lot for private cars, cabs as well as it will have to solve a new location for the bus stops. Linked to this program, a new convention center is proposed. It will provide the city of new areas of creation, exhibition and performance as well as a shopping cen-
ter that complements the activity of this enormous hub with multimodal restoration areas. The outstanding location will be used to generate a new viewpoint of the city. The project evolves from the primary idea of an old cruise by the shore to a unique structure that comes from the shape of the machines of those ships.
Description: The structure grows from the base to the top as if it was an inverted square bottle. This allows to create a huge space beneath the separation of them both for the ferrys to enter the building and the passengers to acces the building by means of a mobile platform. The space between the two bottle structures is connected by two secondary structures that perform like two bridges connecting. This pieces are mainly used to connect both vertically and horizontaly the program within the building. This provoques big patios that illuminate the base deeply.
First rendered image: A ferry entering the building for the passengers to acces the building. Acoustic clouds are placed all over the inferior surface to accomodate the interior space. In the base of the bottles the waiting area for passengers are placed. Second rendered Image: View from the East River of the whole intervention. Model: A wood model was built to understand the system of the structure. Eventhough the proportions were changed it was pretty useful to understand the triangulation.
MORNINGSIDE PARK TOWER Info: Tutor: José Antonio Ramos Abengozar Location: NYU Morningside Park. New York City. USA. Use: Appartments for the NYU Temporary Students. Area: 12 000 sqm
This project was awarded with notable mark during 2007-2008 course at the Architectural School of Madrid.
The Morningside Park is conceived as an expansion of Central Park.
ningside park as a background of the different paths and venues.
The main reason is that the island of Manhattan lies on a thick layer of hard rock.
The Romantic XVIII’s Garden serves as an inspiration to design the structure. This garden often represents “better times” referring to Medieval age when there was a “better moral”.
Theese rocks come out off the ground in most of the area of this park causing a big slope between the NYU area and the park. The tower is placed in the lower part of Mor-
To represent this fact, the landscape architect used “invented ruins” wich were placed hidden in the paths or even as
a backgroud to those. With theese rules the Morningside tower is designed like a modern ruin, made of concrete and with a crack that divides de struture in two like a stone broken by the time. It will age, moss will grow on it, water will slide leaving its print. Profound and big perforations give the look of a modern battlement.
Description: The appartments are designed to be used by temporary students of the NYU. There are three different typologies that match like tetris pieces. Once matched, they build a pack that repeated along the tower creates the illusion of a random composition . Every window is created to respond to a different situation, a different way to look outside. When its opened to the garden the room disappears and brings the views inside the tower, but if the window is narrow outside and huge inside we are in the cave, safe. The different areas inside the appartmens are defined by the material and the texture. The whole tower is printed with textures. Polished stone, leaves print, hard rock, and wood are used in the rooms.
MADRID CAIXA FORUM 2.0 Info: Tutor: Alberto Campo Baeza Location: Madrid , Spain Use: Exhibition Area: 4500 sqm
This project proposes a b plan for the construction site of the courrent Caixa Forum in Madrid by Herzog & DeMeuron during construction of the project
Madrid was about to receive Herzog & DeMeuron’s new building for La Caixa foundation Caixa Fórum. The site for this building was exceptional. From the proffesors’ point of view there was another option and risk to take, avoiding the existing building and creating from zero a new building in the same place. The site is placed in one of the main ways inside
the city of Madrid, near to one of the main trainstations and in the “Cultural Axis” of the city, near El Prado Museum, and in front of the Botanical Garden. The views are also exceptional and a small plaza is placed right in front of this building. The aim of the project was to greate a flotating box that expands the plaza beneath the building. This caused
a dark place for the entrance. Because of this, the box is perforated by glass cylinders that flotate above the plaza putting light to it as well as into the building creating diffuse light areas wich are the most appropiate for exhibition space. A big eye looks to the Botanical garden.
Description: The building might seem rectangular-shaped but it’s adapted to site responding on its facade to the different situations of every street. Although the cylinders get a bit higher than other buildings surrounding new caixa forum, the box is aligned with the rooftops leaving only the glass structures on top as if they were chimneys . The facade is made of fiber glass-concrete panels with stripe textures. This allows making small windows that respond to the program.
First model image: The hall area is represented by doble height space. The cylinders also show the way trought the exhibition spaces guiding the visitor. Second model image: There are plenty of open spaces around the building, that’s why big “eyes” open to watch the city from the building. Third model image: Meanwhile natural lighting is attenuated in the building it brings tons of indirect light to the plaza . The structure allows the box to levitate. This is thanks to the order. Steel cylinder pillars in a eight meter grid covered with alumnium reflect the space and disappear.
THE TRINITY CHURCH Info: Tutor: Marisol García Morales Location: Somewhere in Jaén, Andalusia, Spain. Use: Religious Area: 225sqm
This project was an investigation around the religious themes in the construction of a church.
This exercise was proposed during a special curse in the School of Architecture focused in comprehensing the meaning of religious architecture. For this excercise the original idea was to materialize the biblic mistery of The Trinity. The three figures are represented by the three truncated pyramids. The composition in the picture represents also the chalice, the inverted triangle. This is represented in side the building by
enorumous terraces for the devotees. All of it is surrounding the main altar the center of the church, changing the traditional distribution of a church. The building is placed in an hypothetical olive grove in Jaén, Andalusia, Spain. The building lies on top of a hill and the entrance is placed as a cave. The entrance is a narrow door, a hole in the
groud. The visitor arrives to the covered, high, space of the church. The three volumes are made of glass, brilliant, translucent or texturized.
Description: By theese lines, main section of the building cutting two of the trhee volumes. Hanging from the structure small rounded crystal pieces reflect light representing the Holy Spirit. The whole Mass ritual is focused on the center of the building. The building also hosts the priests dependencies.
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Published on Apr 19, 2012