Nest Architectures

Navacerrada, Madrid, Spain

First prize . Artistic Intervention on the Public Space Competition in Navacerrada.

The project Nest Architectures, situated on the border between the Guadarrama mountain range and the city of Madrid, is the realization of an inverse exercise of intervention in urban and natural spaces that explores new aspects to redefine those borders. The work creates a new hybrid landscape, built with vertical wood elements that create a new artificial forest—a forest to be walked through, and, at the same time, be a housing complex for the mountain’s inhabitants: birds.

We proposed for Nest Architectures to be an open and unpredictable work that leaves space for new encounters, without having direct control of them. In this way, the piece has a dialogue with the landscape, creating new ways of coexistence between the natural and the built surroundings.

The work is formed of 14 wooden pieces of different heights (from 4.30m up to 6.50m) in which the two elements, support and volume, work as one homogeneous wooden piece. The wood defines the cycle of transformation of the piece in which the process of change determines the physical conception of the work. With the passage of time, the piece will transform together with the surrounding landscape.

Project made within ex-studio by Ivan Juárez and Patricia Meneses

Collaborators: Jovana Bandow, Mareike Ritcher