Refurbishing of the workshops of the Semilla Association

Place: Madrid
Date: 2011
Developer: Asociación Semilla
Design/direction: Eduardo Delgado Orusco
Team: Javier Rincón Sánchez, Miguel Quirós Esteban

The Semilla Association for Social Integration is a nonprofit organization that acts in the disfavored areas of the periphery of the city of Madrid. The aim of the organization’s work is to eliminate the social rupture existing in our society through educational integration and employment of the disadvantaged. Its activity consists in non-regulated teachings aiming at rectifying disintegrative situations and attitudes relating to a lack of social cohesion.

The project achieved consisted in the refurbishing of the premises which had a difficult geometry that was solved by eliminating all the corridors and lobbies providing an open space which was understood as an interlinked system of work and play spaces. The legibility of the whole was strengthened by the this new ordering of the spaces and by their treatment that favored an intense light and neatness. In this project, more that in any other we applied the aphorism of the Galician master, Alejandro de La Sota: “environment conditions the conduct”