Architectural Design Archive
Teamwork during semester: Guillermo Alfaro + Francisco Bongiovanni + Marta Vaquero

A.S.M.R. it's a project of minimum intervention in the Palace of the Duchess of Sueca. The project was born from an exhaustive study of the noise pollution of the neighborhood: we elaborated an acoustic topography based in the strategic studies of ambient noise made by the Community of Madrid, in which the different isophonic curves let us see the different noise sources and silent areas.

The program is a negation to the programmatic utopia proposed by the neighbors for the new building. We decided to mixed private and public by creating three different uses inside the palace: Intergenerational housing + workshops spaces + multifunctional auditorium that connects both of them.

The main one is the private part, which corresponds to a program of intergenerational housing. These spaces are located in block one and consist in habitational capsules that are inserted in the facades, the ones for youth are smaller, with folding furniture, always facing the internal patios and All the capsules are different from each other to give them an identity. On the other hand, the elderly houses are regular and empty rooms which face the principal facade, this way old people can fill them with their belongings and fell like home. All the spaces between the capsules will be the common spaces, such as kitchens, dining rooms, living and television rooms ... This way an intergenerational ambient is promoted by the common spaces.

The public part is located in block three, the innermost. We decided to change the main facade identity and give it to the new one from the workshops. To achieve this goal, we opened different holes in the surface and insert again capsules in which the different workshops will be held inside. The spaces in between will hold auxiliar structure and various facilities.

Connecting the public and the private area we find the multifunctional auditorium, with a large conference room and multiple rehearsal rooms, all with acoustic control.

The acoustic is controlled by a prototype that we developed during the semester, which we called "The Tessel". This prototype fulfills the function of the supportive ceiling by changing its form and its height depending on the noise in the room at the real time. This surface is triangulated and can hold different functions in its triangles such us lightning, ventilation or acoustic absorption. The Tessel is placed in key points of the building, such as the common spaces in the intergenerational housing, the conference room in the auditorium or the bigger capsules in the workshops area.