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bg014Tenis Serramar

Location

Alcanar, Tarragona

Year

2020

Size

2.800 sqm

Client

Private commission

Team

P. Bajet, M. Giramé, M. Julià

Photos

Joan Guillamat

Landscapes in the meantime

During the preliminary phases of a project to transform a touristic compound in the coast of Montsià, the client informed us that he would undertake an urgent task without architects: the restoration of four deteriorated tennis courts. We convinced the client to draft an “express project” to improve the courts’ surrounding, and, to embellish the landscapes in the meantime.

Uncommissioned project

The exterior spaces of a historical, rural construction (masía) – currently surrounded by suburbs built in 70’s – had been reduced to residual interstices located between autonomous pieces for touristic use: four tennis courts, the terrace for a restaurant, a pool, and a solarium, all of which are excessively close to each other. The project which does not respond to a predefined problem, asks instead a crucial question: what is to be done?

De-urbanize, drain and cycle the water

We suggested doing away with one of the tennis courts to increase the surface drainage in front the masía. Then, we used the large surfaces of the courts and the paths surrounding them to improve the flow of water. As a result, water conduits were built to capture runoff during the seasonal bouts of rain, and to feed this water into an underground reservoir, used to irrigate the property’s green areas. These, in turn, are largely populated by autochthonous species, which require very little water and are salt-tolerant.

Terraces: the permanent settings for changing activities

Taking the agricultural terraces in the surrounding territory as models, the project consolidated two large topographical platforms: of the three tennis courts and the area that encompasses the pool and the outside garden. These platforms function as the permanent settings for a series of changing activities.  No soil was extracted during the construction of these platforms, and instead, the terrain was shaped into terraces and, to reduce the residue generated, the remains of the former courts were used to stabilize the new ones.

Cuts, scraps and gravel from Sénia

Above all, the constructive phase of the project involved delineating the borders of the platforms and the intervening space between them: permanent walkways, small corners, and a gently sloped ramp that connects these spaces to the football field in the lower level. These borders and walkways form part of the compound’s permanent foundations. For their construction, we used stone from Sénia – sourced from a quarry in Ulldecona only 10 km away – that was used in all of its possible forms, thus avoiding the unnecessary generation of rubble. To define important meeting spots, the project uses cut stone of standardized dimensions as ‘carpets’ of sorts. Then, the fragments generated in the cutting of stone were repurposed to extend an already existing ‘pavement of fragments,’ and were embedded in the floor following a pattern of structured randomness. Gravel, in turn, was used as a drainage surface and as an exposed aggregate of the water blasted concrete. Finally, in its smallest format – as sand – the stone was used for the traditional renderings of the walls.

 

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Project
Bajet Giramé produces spatial concepts and built artefacts through the execution of architectural and urban projects, teaching, research, exhibitions and publications. Our work intends to unveil fresh and ambiguous relationships between infrastructure and appropriation, concreteness and uncertainty, vernacular and digital, ecology and poetics, uselessness and politics. We believe architecture shall perform as a catalyst of joyful unexpected possibilities.

Passatge Masoliver 10,
(Sotacoberta) 2º 1ª
08005 Barcelona
M +34 660 169 564
T +34 931 307 734
studio@bajetgirame.com
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News

Apr. 2021. Our project Les 3 Maries has been published in the Ara newspaper!!!  ● Mar. 2021. New Generations website published our Studio Profile on their platform!! ● Dec. 2020. Our lecture “Assembling” at ETSAB is online. ● Oct. 2020. “Unveiled Affinities: Quaderns in Europe” has received two AJAC awards, in the categories of Ephemeral Architecture and Architectural Dissemination!! ● Sep. 2020. Our project Quiró published in La Vanguardia! ● Apr. 2020. Lecture “Club Sandwich” with Feina Studio. ● Jul. 2019. We’ve won the competition to be directors of Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme issue nº274! ● Previous news

Studio

Maria Giramé (1987) and Pau Bajet (1988) established Bajet Giramé in Barcelona in 2017, after a period of four years in which they both worked as architects for David Chipperfield Architects in London. The studio is a collaborative platform developing a wide range of projects together with a great diversity of partners, consultants, collaborators and clients. Current projects include 83 social dwelling units, an elderly residence and a district community centre for the Barcelona Council; a 2ha rural campsite near Ebre’s river delta; a 27 ha urban expansion for the municipality of Alcanar; as well as several retrofit projects for domestic and office spaces.

Team

(since 2017)
Maria Giramé
Pau Bajet
Marina Miró
Sara López
Jordi Mengual
Núria Ribas
Sarai Olabarrieta

We are currently not hiring, but we are welcome to receive portfolios for future openings. Please be aware that we are a small office, and we may need a long time to respond applications.

Clients

Institut Municipal de l’Habitatge de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, Districte de Gràcia, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Mas de Manolo C.B., Alfacs Vacances S.L., EVSA S.A. and other private.

Research

Bajet Giramé combines professional practice with research and teaching in universities in Spain and the UK. We believe in the role of architectural design as a research tool to unveil new knowledge. Transdisciplinar and transscalar everyday spatial practices, that we carry out through housing commissions, exhibition curatorship, furniture design, teaching, essay writing, urban planning, or drawing on paper.

PhD ‘by design’ 

In 2015 Pau was awarded La Caixa Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies to fund a doctorate ‘by design,’ currently in its latest stages, supervised by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou, at The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University. 

Teaching at ETSAB

Pau runs a Design Studio at the Housing & City unit at ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture, UPC), since 2017. This third-year course, consist of a project studio where undergraduate students develop urban and dwelling prototypes to enhance both civic life and domestic joyfulness.

Teaching at ETSALS

Maria is currently teaching a Construction Studio at ETSALS (School of Architecture La Salle). This studio for third-year undergraduate students, consists of a workshop where they develop a project in detail, exploring constructional thought, technique and representation awareness.

Teaching at MIAD

Pau is currently teaching, in partnership with architect María Langarita, the Social Logics Workshop at MIAD (Master in Integrated Architectural Design). In this workshop students explore fresh prototypes for living in common, based on large-scale civic supports open to human and non-human intersubjective forms of appropriation.

Distinctions

2020. Awarded with XII AJAC Architectural Dissemination for the exhibition curatorship of ‘Unveiled Affinities’ exhibition. COAC Barcelona ● 2020. Awarded with XII AJAC Ephemeral Architecture for the exhibition design of ‘Unveiled Affinities’ exhibition. COAC Barcelona ● 2019. First prize. 85 social dwelling and public facilities in Gràcia neighborhood, Barcelona. Public competition by IMHAB ● 2019. First prize. Curatorship of ‘Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme’ magazine’s issue nº274 ● 2019. Second prize. Curatorship of the 2020 Venice Biennale Catalan Pavilion by Institut Ramón Llull ● 2019. Second prize. 40 social dwelling in Masnou. Public competition by IMPSOL ● 2019. Second prize. 74 social dwelling in Montgat. Public competition by IMPSOL ● 2018. Awarded with XI AJAC Interior for ‘Home in Mitre’ project. COAC Barcelona ● 2018. Third prize. 24 social dwelling in Eivissa. Public competition by IBAVI ● 2018. Selected project 21 Premis Comarques de Girona for ‘Narcís infinit’ ephemeral project ● 2017. Gold award Best Architects 18 for ‘Home in Mitre’. Germany ● 2017. Selected project VII Gran Premio Enor for ‘Home in Mitre’, Spain ● 2013. Second prize. Europan 12 Nürnberg, Germany ● 2013. Shortlisted (5th position). Europan 12 Marly, Switzerland ● 2011. Second prize. Europan 11 Getaria, Spain ● 2009. Public’s choice prize. Eme3 Festival d’Arquitectura for ‘Favela: Under construction’ installation, CCCB in Barcelona, Spain.

Lectures

2020. Club Sandwich, 17.04.2020 ● 2020. La casa com a infraestructures, ETSAB 6.05.2020 ● 2019. Construmat IMHAB 17.05.2019 ● 2019. FHAR, Auditori MACBA 20.03.2019 ● 2019. COAC Quaderns 7.03.2019 ● 2019. COAC Quaderns 15.02.2019 ● 2018. Inexperiències AJAC a la model 27.10.18 ● 2018. Lecture at Londres Seminar Fifteen, three short talks about infraestructures 30.04.2018 ● 2014. Forum, Debate and Exhibition. Europan 12 Results Forum. Pavia 25.09-26.09 ● 2014. Lecture . “Europans 11 & 12”. ETSAB 03.03. ● 2012. Lecture and Exhibition. “Resultados Europan 11”. Europan-ESP. Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid 02.11-18.11 ● 2012. “Retrospectiva Poble Sec”. ETSAB 17.10 ● 2012. Forum, Debate and Exhibition. Europan 11 Forum of Results. Wien 18.05-20.05 ● 2010. “Retrospectiva Meridiana”. UPC-ETSAB 15.09.

Exhibitions

2020. Exposició AJAC itinerant. La Salle, etc… ● 2019. Exposició i comissariat. “Unveiled Affinities: Quaderns in Europe”. COAC Barcelona 15.02-19.04 ● 2018. Exposició . “Premis AJAC XI”. COAC Barcelona 18.05-23.06 ● 2016. Exposició . Trienal d’Arquitectura de Lisboa. Article “Time Catalyst Forms” per Cartha Magazine III-Lisboa Paralela. 9.12-11.12 ● 2014. Forum, Debat i Exposició . Europan 12 Results Forum. Pavia 25.09-26.09 ● 2014. Exposició . Bienal “Archiprix International. World’s best graduation projects”. PFC representant de la ETSAB. Madrid 30.09 ● 2014. Exposició . “Resultados Europan 12”. Europan-ESP. COAC Barcelona 02.06-14.06. ● 2014. Exposició. “Ausstellung der Wettbewerbsergebnisse aus Deutschland”. Munich 15.05-12.06. ● 2014. Exposició . “Nürnberg awarded proposals Workshop”. Nürnberg 01.04-17.05 ● 2014. Exposició . “Europan 12 Deutschland Prizewinners”. Heidelberg 31.01-16.02 ● 2013. Exposició . CMA-EDU. PFC representant de la ETSAB. Crete 05.09-06.10 ● 2013. Exposició . “Best diplomas 2013”. UPC-ETSAB. Barcelona 10.06-26.07 ● 2013. Exposició . “Competitions in Architecture”. Belfast 04.04-27.04 ● 2012. Conferència i Exposició . “Resultados Europan 11”. Europan-ESP. Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid 02.11-18.11 ● 2012. Forum, Debat i Exposició . Europan 11 Forum of Results. Wien 18.05-20.05 ● 2011. Conferència . “Retrospectiva L’H”. Habitatge i Ciutat. UPC-ETSAB 21.09 ● 2011. Conferència . “Retrospectiva Via Augusta”. Habitatge i Ciutat. UPC-ETSAB 09.02 ● 2010. Exposició . Selection of projects at UPC. UPC-ETSAB ● 2009. Instal·lació efímera. ‘Eme3’ Architectural Festival. CCCB.

Publications

 2021. Publicació AJAC guanyadors AJAC XII ● 2019. Publicació AJAC guanyadors AJAC XI ● 2017. Projecte “Home in Mitre” a MARU Magazine. p.120-127. CA Publishing. Co., Ltd. Seoul, Korea. ISSN 1599-5461 ● 2014.Projecte E12 Nürnberg a “Adaptable City. Europan Deutschland” p.184-187. Berlin

 

 

Art direction & design by LEÓN ROMERO
Development by LLOS&
© 2021 Bajet Giramé. All rights reserved.

Passatge Masoliver 10,
(Sotacoberta) 2º 1ª
08005 Barcelona
M +34 660 169 564
T +34 931 307 734
studio@bajetgirame.com
Instagram

News

Apr. 2021. Our project Les 3 Maries has been published in the Ara newspaper!!!  ● Mar. 2021. New Generations website published our Studio Profile on their platform!! ● Dec. 2020. Our lecture “Assembling” at ETSAB is online. ● Oct. 2020. “Unveiled Affinities: Quaderns in Europe” has received two AJAC awards, in the categories of Ephemeral Architecture and Architectural Dissemination!! ● Sep. 2020. Our project Quiró published in La Vanguardia! ● Apr. 2020. Lecture “Club Sandwich” with Feina Studio. ● Jul. 2019. We’ve won the competition to be directors of Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme issue nº274! ● Previous news

Team

(since 2017)
Maria Giramé
Pau Bajet
Marina Miró
Sara López
Jordi Mengual
Núria Ribas
Sarai Olabarrieta

We are currently not hiring, but we are welcome to receive portfolios for future openings. Please be aware that we are a small office, and we may need a long time to respond applications.

Clients

Institut Municipal de l’Habitatge de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, Districte de Gràcia, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Mas de Manolo C.B., Alfacs Vacances S.L., EVSA S.A. and other private.

 

 

Art direction & design by LEÓN ROMERO
Development by LLOS&
© 2021 Bajet Giramé. All rights reserved.

Studio