Studio Class at Auburn University
Studio Class at Auburn University


This project was developed by José Carlos Menasalvas Gijón as a student from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

The deep crisis of our “Spaceship Earth” where we cohabitate and the unstoppable changes in the occidental ways of living demand for a reformulation of the public space that developed societies pose for their cities.

The new lifestyles are changeable and unpredictable, making it impossible to be predetermined by a specifically defined project. The technological progress has given cause for movility and loss of traditional structures, both in public space and domestic space. Relations don’t take place at squares where people used to go in order to relate to others, but in public spaces and linked to activities that allow the interacting of people.

The interrelation of dwelling, work and leisure spaces encourage dynamic lifestyles, which are not linked to a specific space.

The duration of affective commitments has dicreased and the number of mayfly, agreeded and random relationships has rised, due to individualism that encourages the disolution of the traditional family and the lack of interest in common projects.

This fact invites us to think of city as a place of places, a descomposed, hybrid, dynamic and unfinished ecosystem of spaces made of cohabitation, a rich and multifaceted scenario that offers varied situations and experiences accorded to contemporary citizen’s own multiple and mutable nature.

What is a hotel? A hotel seems to be the model of building to be thought as a microcity, where dwelling, work and leisure can perfectly coexist, it seems to be like a test tube that brings together a collection of events, activities and experiences that can happen in a city, a perfect wording for a little place of places, but how to think that Mix? The conception of a building as a street, of a continuous and congested void that by it’s scale changes cualfies and domesticates the spaces.