Museum of Sorigué company 

Strategic concept design and preliminary project

— Menarguens, Spain 2009-2013

Look at a black plan of a city, it is a very common way of representing the city plan, it divides the city in white surface and black surface. Its easy to imagine that this way many different realities of the city are completely hidden in the “mass of the city”, or differently expressed, in the structural body of the city.

PLANTA is located in the Menárguens’ quarry. Following the contours of the hills which define the boundary between the higher excavation plateaus, called El Corb, which is a plateau of sediment brought by the rivers El Segre and La Noguera Ribargorçana.

The site can be reached via the N12, which lies at lowest edge of the hill, leading from Lleida to Balaguer parallel to El Corb and onwards to the Pyrenees. With its dimensions of 205 meters by average 52 meters PLANTA provides for a 12.000 m2 platform.

The building is not simply integrated into the landscape: the Platform is landscape. The roof, which provides the horizontal stability for the site and platform, allows one to privately observe, the intimate yet aggressively brutal process of the quarry.

Liberated from institutional demands of the contemporary gallery and museum, the Sorigué Foundation can simply be a building dedicated to obsession: manufacturing, landscape, heritage, mining, agriculture and most importantly a collection that was curated from joy and love. Acting as permanent horizon in a quarry, which is in permanent flux, the foundation via insertion will provide a fixed datum in an environment of instability and as well as a mechanism for one to observe a families’ dedicated obsession to beauty.

• “PLANTA” Museum of Sorigué company, Menarguens, Spain 2009-2013  stretegic concept design and preliminary project

• Pu Gattinara historic centre. Italy, 2007

• Block of 54 social dwellings, INCASOL. Barcelona, 2007

• Gabicce Mare seafront. Italia, 2006

• Private dwellings in Addaia. Menorca, 2005

• Private home, Doria family, Frosinone, Italy, 2003

Winning competition projects

• Prat Nord urban development. Restricted international competition. 1.600.000 m2. Barcelona, 2009  with Claus en Kaan architecten

• INCASOL competition for 64 social dwellings. 6,200 m2. Barcelona 2005

• Competition for young emerging architects. Barcelona, 2004

• Centocittà Novi Ligure competition. 2,600 m2. Genova, 2003

• New Deiva Marina seafront competition. 21,000 m2, Deiva Marina, 2002

• Transformation of Genoa General Markets. 65,000 m2. Genoa 2001