The New Flexible and Spontaneous Work Systems by Manadaº Architecture Receive the PRISMA Award.
In 30 or 40 years we will be amazed to see how un-livable where the office spaces of today.
In the last decades there has been a degeneration of the “Action Office”, a model generated in the 60‘s by Rob-ert Propst, resulting on a series of homogeneous, universal, anonymous and repetitive spaces, which form a deficient spatial response for today’s working space needs.
Today, working shapes and formats shift rapidly, the con-stant redefinition of collaborations, privacy, and the in-creasing interest for the well being of the workers, are di-rectly related to the environments where we work in. Places where today, change and adaptation are always a constant.
For Element Studios, manadaº architecture was seeking to generate an inspiring space that encourages random en-counters among the workers of a creative agency, looking always to generate “spontaneous collaboration spaces”.
We find the most complex schemes of human interaction in collaboration. And within the search for materials and technologies to shape different, friendly, ecological, recyclable, transformable and adaptable spaces, we designed a series of reconfigurable spaces where users can choose the type of space they will need to perform their tasks, based on parameters like phys-ical needs of the space, number of collaborators, type of collaborators, and so on.
Alejandro Tapia of manadaº
The project they created for Element Studios manages the program through the “flexible band”, which is capable of hosting the totality of activities thanks to its capacity to ad-aptation and permeability without losing the capacity to tension, or become impermeable and fragment in smaller spaces if needed. The total project’s surface is 964 m2, due to a restricted budget only 316 m2 were “activated” by the proposal, but as manadaº was able to stack a second layer in it, they generated a total of 1,281 m2 of usable surface.
The tight execution calendar (16 weeks from commission of the project, to project development, construction, and completion), functionality, economy and construction speed were an essential part of the itinerary and the way we tackled the execution. Paradoxically the spaces get “free” by the definition of different work “stages” that lack obvious formal hierarchies. The “flexible band” that integrates the intervention is shaped by 174 prefab, light-weight and structural wood panels. This panels create the space when they get installed on site and resolve the pro-gram needs by its shape and its great capacity for adapta-tion to the original space, which is one of the priorities we efficiently wanted to solve.
The concept and design of Element Studios got manadaº architecture awarded with a PRISMA Award by Habitat Ex-po in Mexico City in the category of office space larger than 300 m2.
+ Project facts
Arch. Alejandro Tapia
Arch. Katerina Alatzia
Area 1,281 m2
Photography: manadaº / Jaime Navarro
Wood work: lainvencible.org
+ All images courtesy manadaº