Archikubik

Archikubik, French-Catalan office of architecture, urbanism and urban landscape. Established in 2001 by Marc Chalamanch, Miquel Lacasta and Carmen Santana, it is formed by an international and French-speaking team. It operates in an R+D+I environment in a transdisciplinary space (@kubik); a place they created and have been managing for 20 years. This working environment has allowed them to learn how to work in a collaborative way and to trust in collective intelligence to develop the projects for the complex polis of the society of information.

Its urban and architectural work process is framed in the exploration of synergies and exchanges between the public space (PS) and the private participatory space (PPS). Its purpose is to reformulate our cities and territories as places of learning, debate, diversity, respect and exchange.

Archikubik conceives the projects as a possibility to give the inhabitants the possibility to become eco-citizens within the communities.  Through architecture, it aims to make public space and landscape an opportunity to reformulate our territories and our cities in the age of social networks.

In order to achieve this compromise, our projects are based on the scale 1/, where what’s alive is the infrastructure (the human, the vegetable, the biodiversity).

Its particular systemic approach is aimed at developing a broad interpretation of the idea of landscape as a tool for creation  while acting as the vertebral infrastructure of the territory. The aim is to create an organoleptic environment that is open, resilient and appropriable, with a productive landscape as a horizon for reflection. This approach is in line with an open-code urbanism: an inclusive urbanism of uses in where the square meters are intelligent and incorporate the time vector.

Moving forward in a process of networked urban acupuncture, all projects and all scales constitute an opportunity to implement strategies and tactics to go beyond the conventional codes of the past century’s industrial world. The exploration of new typologies to address the transformations of society are an integral part of the firm’s genetic code.

Team

To reinforce our research and incorporate its results into our projects, we collaborate with several startups and platforms, such as La Ville E+, Live in a @living city and also Ville Hybride. Furthermore we are part of the academic body of the architecture schools of Barcelona: ETSAB and ESARQ with different levels of implication (project professors, master’s coordination, and workshops).

Our structure, located in Barcelona, is made up of a multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual team, having project managers who coordinate the teams and guarantee the follow-up of the operations in direct during all the phases of the project, from the conception to the execution. We always approach projects in a global manner and secure the complete operation through a working method based on regular presence, in close collaboration with our partners: engineers, economists, site managers… With all of them, we have built up trusting relationships that allow us to jointly guarantee the quality of our interventions throughout all project stages, from preliminary studies to site follow-up.

Awards

Last recognitions for the agency: 

  • European Award for Management and Business Innovation 2019, from the Asociación Europea de Economía y Competitividad (Aedeec), Spain.
  • Selected for the Catalunya Construcció 2018 Awards, under the Heritage Rehabilitation category, Rei Martí Water Tank, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Selected for the FAD 2018 Awards, under the category International, Le Sud au Nord, Evry, France.
  • Winners in the Excellent Communications Design Urban Space and Infrastructure category in the German Design Awards 2018, the Reversible Saint-Roch Parking, Montpellier, France.
  • Best Projet 2017 award by Archilovers. Rei Martí Water Tank, Barcelona, Spain
  • Eco-Neighborhood 2017 Label. stage 2. ZAC Rouget de Lisle, France
  •  FAD 2017 Award under the category of City and Landscape, Rei Martí Water Tank, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mies Van Der Rohe 2017 Award nomination (15th edition of the European Union prize for contemporary architecture). The Reversible Saint-Roch Parking, Montpellier, France
  • Bienal de Venecia 2016, Unfinished. Spanish Pavilion, Rei Martí Water Tank, Barcelona, Spain
  • Bienal de Venecia 2016, Aftermath. Catalan Pavilion, the Reversible Saint-Roch Parking, Montpellier, France
  • Ascer Awards 2015. Honorary mention for the ceramic construction, the Reversible Saint-Roch Parking, Montpellier, France
  • Hispalyt Ceramic Award 2015 selection. The Reversible Saint-Roch Parking, Montpellier, France
  • FAD 2015 International Award . 253 Housing units in Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • Futures Possibles Award 2014. ZAC Rouget de Lisle, France
  • Chevalier de L’ordre des arts et des lettres, 2014. Madame Carmen Santana
  • A+ Award under the category of Educational Buildings, 2010. Sunion School, Barcelona, Spain
  • Corian Design Awards, 2006
  • Selected for the FAD 2001 Awards under the category of Ephermal Spaces. Met 2.0
  • Selected for the FAD 2001 Awards under the category of Interior Design. Flex-house, Barcelona, Spain
Lectures
Exhibitions
  • “Et demain, on fait quoi?”, Paris, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, June-September 2020
  •  “Letter to  the Mayor – Cartes a l’Alcaldessa”. COAC, Barcelona. (2019)
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, New York, USA, 2018-2019
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Manila, Philippines, 2018
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Tokyo, Japan, 2018
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, ciudad de Mexico City, Mexico, 2018
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Berlin, Germany,  2018
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2018
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2017
  • “Unfinished”, Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Sydney, Australia, 2017
  • Design Museum of Barcelona. De obra. Cerámica aplicada a la arquitectura (2016-2017)
  • Virserum Art Museum, Sweden. Architecture of Necessity – WOOD 2016
  • Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale: Unfinished (2016) (Golden Lion)
  • Catalan Pavilion, Venice Biennale: AfterMath (2016)
  • Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris. Reinventer Paris (2016)
  • COA Sevilla. Mirror stories of Spanish architecture (2000-2015) (2016)
  • Embassy of Spain in Berlín, Germany. Mirror stories of Spanish architecture (2000-2015) (2015)
  • Disseny Hub, Barcelona. FAD Awards (2015)