ALTERPOLIS. TRIPTIC WUNDERKAMER. PUBLICADO A+T HYBRIDS II
Arquitecto: Héctor Torres + Manuel Galian
Julio Muñoz + Jaime Traspaderne
David Franco + Pablo Martínez
Situación: Madrid, España
Cliente: Gobierno de España
Año / Estado: 2008 Exposición + Publicación
Programa: Urbanismos y Paisaje
Colaboradores: Lara Freire, Lucas Mazarrasa,
Grupo de teatro "La maquina de Watt"
The Triptic project was developed in the frame of the urban research laboratory Alter Polis which took place in the contemporary creation centre Intermediae Matadero in Madrid from May 2008 to February 2009. Eight teams of architects participated in the project, whose goal was to formulate utopia proposals for the city.
The chosen laboratory is the area between Gran Vía, the Bulevares, calle Fuencarral and Conde Duque, a neighborhood traditionally known as Maravillas.
From its beginning and until very recently, this was a working-class neighborhood with a complete lack of public service buildings and representative public spaces, as well as an extraordinarily compact and homogeneous urban fabric, with a relatively modest and uniform building height. We believe that this generic and unqualified environment, with its almost complete absence of functional hybrids that metropolitan life demands, makes up an especially appropriate background for expansion and creation of three dimensions, which graft new programmes and maximise their diversity.
Working on a hybrid scale between territorial and local, at that point midway between the work of the architect and the urban planner not only generates unexpected synergies that enrich both spheres, but it is probably the land on which more possibilities exist that what is unexpected or unthinkable will come up. As we work in that no-man’s-land that we thought to be so infertile, we can raise hypotheses that enrich the border between public and private, natural and artificial, planned and unexpected, functional and perfectly useless, between what is real and what is a dream. The blurrier this border is, the better.
This different look, which shows us a new environment, is materialized in the three-dimensional representation of the neighborhood of Maravillas in a translucent model, which allows light to go through buildings and thus turns them into masses of pure energy in a potential state. The dematerialization of constructed reality fits with the rehearsal-like character of our research. This means that with a type of exploration that looks to be neither exhaustive nor systematic and because of this, it allows us to drill uninhibitedly.