Hello! I’m Mercedes Muela Ripoll, an architect and designer based in Madrid. I graduated from University of Alicante with a Master’s Degree in Architecture (2010-2016) obtaining High Honors with my Final Degree Project called “Home Industries”. I’ve got a keen interest in research, so I’m constantly looking for new fields of work in which develop my ability to analyze and decode contemporary realities, focusing myself in the design of the alternative narratives that allow my works to get materialized. That is why the experimenting of different formats, from drawings and video installations to prototype and larger-scale works is always a constant.
Final Thesis awarded with High Honors
(Máster en Arquitectura, Universidad de Alicante)
Year: 2016 Typology: Experimental research
Home Industries is a Project about domestic architectures of desire, media urbanisms and new ways of coinhabiting based on sharing and affections. An architectural proposal which develops itself within three episodes understood as different scales of the same global phenomenon. “The shared city” is composed by a series of evidence that proof that the transformation of the architecture through media is intimately related to the dissemination across multiple channels of new domestic typologies and its decorations, as well as the reformulation of the identity of the subject which inhabits these new architectures. “The media house” proposes a redefinition of the domestic scale that seeks to make it able to withstand contemporary media-related domestic practices. “The room of one´s own” proposes the design and construction of a prototype which declares itself as a controversy-agglutinating entity, revealing our everyday routines and making transparent the processes that circulate through it.
BUILDING THE MODERN SUBJECT
INHABITING MEDIA URBANISMS
PRODUCING AND REPRODUCING
Transmedia Furnishings prototype
3D printed lampshade
Year: 2015 Typology: Product design
Spine is a 3D printed lamp shade designed with Rhino + Grasshopper within the workshop “Digital manufacturing contemporary strategies” (Máster en Arquitectura – Universidad de Alicante).
Year: 2015 Location: Barcelona, Spain Typology: Architecture visualization
Architecture visualization work for a concrete pavilion in Barcelona. Developed within the workshop “Architectural graphic resources”. (Máster en Arquitectura – Universidad de Alicante).
CULINARY PAVILION IN JIJONA TFG - Estructuras textiles tensadas
Year: 2015 Location: Jijona, Spain Typology: Architecture, structural design
This project consists in the study of a singular structural typology, specifically, tensile fabric structures. After investigating the structural, constructive and design criteria that are the basis of this kind of structures, a case study project is designed, proposed and calculated with ad-hoc software as MPanel and Wintess3. The projectâ€™s aim is vinculating gastronomy and nature with the proposal of a culinary pavilion where the limits between both concepts blur through a light membrane structure.
General Floor Plan
Year: 2014 Location: Alicante, Spain Typology: Experimental research In collaboration with Sonia Torres
This project proposes a physical climate simulator that allows predicting and testing the environmental and gastronomical evolution of the city of Alicante. A series of culinary experiences aiming to create a close relationship between landscape and product. For instance, in one of the experiences the visitor must collect its own fruits from the suspended garden, with which elaborate its own customized cocktail in the food pairing bar, or technifying the space to the point that the food is tasted in the same climate conditions it was produced.
Climate simulator general view
Urban development proposal for central Minsk. Developed within the workshop “Transforming Minsk” in colaboration with Belarusian National Technical University
Year: 2014 Location: Minsk, Belarus Typology: Urbanism In collaboration with Soledad Rico and Sonia Torres
This proposal for the urban development of central Minsk is based in several strategies. The first is the understanding of the densification of this area as the main tool to create an urban hub and avoiding the dissemination of the population that ends creating vast peripheral and disconnected areas. Another central point of the proposal is the importance of the connections that blur the physical limits between this area and the rest of the city. Two north-south road and pedestrian networks are created in order to connect the city and produce a life-plenty neighborhood. The existing structure of the “Green Diametre” is empowered with huge intermittent parks along it, producing an interesting transversal connection. Huge pedestrian connections are also created between the public equipments, promoting the concentration of activity in some strategical points.
Conservation of historical buildings
Green Diametre empowerment
North-south road networks
Creation of â€œDesire Linesâ€œ
Superposition of reticular grid
REHABILITATION PROPOSAL FOR “LA MERCED“ CONVENT
Developed within the workshop “Técnicas de intervención en el patrimonio edificado“ using 3D Laser Scanning techniques
Year: 2015 Location: Elche, Alicante Typology: Rehabilitation In collaboration with Estefanía Glez., Claudia Soriano, Sonia Torres and Rosa Villaesc.
The purpose of this work is the historical, architectural and constructive analysis of the ribbed vault of the Convent of La Merced in Elche (Alicante). The lesions suffered by this structural element are located and then, some possible solutions are provided after its correspondent interpretation and diagnosis. The analysis of the vault was done using the last 3D Laser Scanning Techniques.
Section and General Floor Plan of the intervention
THERMOMIX DOMESTIC RESTAURANTS
Year: 2014 Location: Alicante, Spain Typology: Experimental research In collaboration with Elisabeth Ferrando
This is a project about collective infrastructures, specifically, the infrastructure existing around Thermomix world. The aim is to deepen in the knowledge of its practices, identify the role of the objects and design intervention strategies. An architectural prosthesis is designed to redistribute the agencies existing in this collective ecosystem. During the whole process of design, a parallel debate and investigation about the objectâ€™s agency was held in order to learn the processes of construction of the collective.
Studies on modular growing dwelling units
Year: 2013 Location: Elche, Alicante Typology: Architecture
Starting from the definition of some minimum units, this project proposes a catalogue of possible combinations that are the result of the negotiation existing between functionality and flexibility. Three basic units are developed. The “passing through” which contains the living room and the kitchen. It generally has double orientation and cross ventilation. The “intimate” space which is always looking to the exterior and closely related to the functions of resting, hygiene and storage, and the “outdoors” space, that is a patio unit embedded in the dwelling.
LA PLAZA DEL MERCADO
Proposal for the “Cebada Community Center“ students contest
Year: 2013 Location: Madrid, Spain Typology: Students contest
The project is placed in Plaza de la Cebada, in Madrid. It is based on a series of premises, as enhancing and promoting the use of the market, the integration of the square in the public urban space, the recuperation of the former La Latina sports center, or the implementation of new uses that boosts the neighborhood’s life and foster a better economic performance of the market. A series of connected spaces are proposed, taking advantage of the preexisting structures and keeping the significant difference in height with the street that is the main character of the Plaza de la Cebada.