Studio

Philosophy

The projects on this website represent the Studio’s two founding principles:
– Architecture as a social tool to humanise urban surroundings.
– Architecture as a tool to innovate – within the bounds of the client’s wishes – and freely exercise artistic expression as a contribution to culture through construction.

The community is central to the way we live, providing support where it is needed most. We believe the architecture that surrounds us should be considered as part of that community and in turn collaborate to provide for its needs.

On the other hand, we believe in the value of the architect’s vocation. Art adds value to everyday living, contributing a new, dynamic and stimulating dimension. Architecture as art can bring vibrancy, colour and imagination to our surroundings.

The studio designs to serve the community and bring art to the built environment.

This is why we have preferred to work on architectural projects that aim to benefit the community rather than those with a commercial interest; architecture with design potential; architecture on a scale that can be controlled from the studio during the whole process rather than resort to middle-men; useful architecture rather than architecture for show; economically-efficient architecture over extravagant architecture; architecture that displays logic opposed to architecture that hides its essence.

OUR TEAM
José Enrique Fombella Guillem. Founder

Associates:

Eduardo Paniagua García Calderón 1976-1989Dionisio Chaparro de la Fuente 1982-1986

Francisco Javier Morla Juaristi 1994-2012

Antonio Mata Mesa 2002 – to date

Marta Pastor  2010 – to date

Collaborating architects:

Enrique Sanz Neira

Antonio Carballo Quiroga

Mónica Gonzalez Cobos

Emma Aragoneses Palomo

Deniz Nazli Usta

CV ENRIQUE FOMBELLA GUILLEM

Architect (Chartered Architect, Member of the Madrid Official Professional Association of Architects)
Graduated from the Technical University of Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.
Completed the two year introductory course for PhD studies in Architectural Design.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant lecturer in ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN III at the ETSAM.
Lecturer in Technical Drawing at the Technical University of Madrid School of Aeronautical Engineering.
Head of subject – Architectural Design and Final Design Project tutor at the University Alfonso X el Sabio. Madrid, Spain.

MOST SIGNIFICANT WORK

RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE

Design and construction supervision of 64 social housing units (VPO protected subsidised owner-occupancy) in a cooperative in Palomeras, Madrid.
Design and construction supervision of 16 social housing units (VPO protected subsidised owner-occupancy) in Ibi, Alicante.
Design and construction supervision of 34 social housing units (VPT subsidised owner-occupancy) in Torres de la Alameda, Madrid.
Design and construction supervision of 144 social housing units (VPO protected subsidised owner-occupancy) plus parking spaces and commercial premises in La Ribota. Alcorcón. (Alcorcón Municipal Land Company)
Design and construction supervision of 42 terraced houses in Los Rosales. Móstoles. Madrid, Spain. IMS (Móstoles Municipal Land Institute).
Design and construction supervision of 60 rental units (protected social housing). PAU Urban Action Programme -4. Móstoles. Madrid, Spain. IMS (Móstoles Municipal Land Institute). 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Design and construction supervision of 112 subsidised housing units (V.P.P. owner-occupancy), parking spaces and commercial premises in Ensanche Sur. Alcorcón. (Alcorcón Municipal Land Company). 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Design and construction supervision of 145 subsidised housing units (V.P.P. owner-occupancy). PAU -4 (Urban Action Programme). Móstoles. Madrid, Spain. IMS (Móstoles Municipal Land Institute).
Design and construction supervision of 118 subsidised housing units (V.P.P. owner-occupancy), offices, parking spaces and commercial premises. PAU- 4. (Urban Action Programme) Móstoles. IMS.
Design and construction supervision. 190 homes for teachers on the Alcorcón Campus, Madrid. Rey Juan Carlos University .
Design and construction supervision. 95 protected housing units. (Boadilla del Monte Municipal Company, Madrid) 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Refurbishment design and construction supervision of 10 protected housing units. (Boadilla del Monte Municipal Company, Madrid) 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.

DESIGNS AND CONSTRUCTION FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES AND PUBLIC BODIES:

Design of the refurbishment of Fernando Zóbel Secondary School in Cuenca.
Design and construction supervision of the adaptation of a building for a Municipal School of Music. Alcorcón Town Council.
Design of the primary school in Sotos, Cuenca.
Design and construction supervision of Tres Cantos Secondary School, Madrid.
Design and construction supervision of the municipal restaurant for Torres de la Alameda Town Council. Madrid, Spain.
Design and construction supervision of the refurbishment of San Jose de Valderas Castles and Urban Park. Alcorcón Town Council.
Design of the secondary school in Horcajo de Santiago, Cuenca. Castile-La Mancha Regional Government.
Design of a farm education centre. Alcorcón. (Alcorcón Town Council)
Design of a primary school in Cañaveras. Cuenca Castile – La Mancha Regional Government.
Design of an ice-skating rink for Leganés Town Council. Madrid, Spain.
Design of an infant and primary school and dining hall in Sector B in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid).
Design and construction supervision of the refurbishment of the Government Representation Office building in Cuenca. Ministry of the Interior.
Design of a state infant and primary school and dining hall in Vicálvaro (Madrid). Madrid Department of Education.
Design and construction supervision of Sotos Town Hall and Museum, Cuenca.
Design of the extension and refurbishment of Fuente el Saz Town Hall. Madrid, Spain. Madrid Regional Government.
Design of a state infant and primary school and dining hall in Las Rozas (Madrid). Madrid Department of Education.
Detailed design of the refurbishment of municipal offices. Town Hall Phase III. Torrelodones Town Council. Madrid, Spain.
Detailed design of the refurbishment of municipal offices for a cultural centre. Torreforum Building. Torrelodones Town Council. Madrid, Spain.
Design of Las Pedroñeras secondary school, Cuenca. 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Rey Juan Carlos University Library on the Fuenlabrada Campus (Madrid). 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Design of the monument commemorating the bicentenary of the Heroes of May 1808. Móstoles Town Council 1st prize in a public architectural design competition.
Design and construction supervision. Technological support centre on the Móstoles Campus, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. 1st prize in public architectural design competition.
Design of a secondary school. 24 + 10 units and a gymnasium, in Vallecas (Madrid). Madrid Department of Education.
Design and construction supervision. School in El Cañavate, Cuenca. Castile-La Mancha Regional Government.
Design and construction supervision. School in Alarcón, Cuenca. Castile-La Mancha Regional Government.
Design of a park and cafeteria on the Carlos III Research Campus. Ministry of Health.
Construction supervision of the laboratories building on the Carlos III Research Campus, Majadahonda. Madrid, Spain.
Design of the refurbishment and extension of “Building 53” on the Carlos III Research Campus, Majadahonda. Madrid, Spain.

OTHER ARCHITECTURAL WORK

– Employed by Typsa consulting group, working in the United Arab Emirates on architectural designs.
– Employed by the United Nations as an expert in the design and planning of human settlements. Proyecto Habitat. (Planning, refurbishment and construction). Working for a year in Guatemala on settlements for people who had lost their homes in the country’s armed conflict.

PUBLICATIONS

– LA LUNA DE MADRID magazine. Issue No 1. Three projects published. November 1983
– Publication of award-winning solutions in the architectural design competition for housing in the rural environment, General Directorate of Architecture, Ministry of Public Works and Urban Planning. Madrid, Spain. 1986
– A+V magazine. Issue No 5. pp. 18-19. July 1986
– ARQUITECTURA magazine. issue No 264-265. May 1987
– Ministry of Education and Science publication on architecture for schools. Two projects published.1992.
– Publication of the Brick Architecture Prize Secondary School Project in Tres Cantos. 1993
– Ministry of Education and Science and Unesco Publication. España una muestra de arquitectura docente [Educational Architecture in Spain]. Two projects published. 1994
– Nueva Arquitectura magazine. Issue No 3. Article on architecture. March 1996
– Book – Libro de Buenas Prácticas de eficiencia energética en vivienda protegida [Book of Good Practices for Energy Efficiency in Social Housing]. April 2010. Móstoles Municipal Land Institute. 118 housing units, offices, commercial premises and parking spaces. p. 161.
– Architecture Zone.III People’s Republic of China publication. Volume II pp. 144-161 Rihan.CC. June 2010
– Energy Audit Guide for Collective Housing. Madrid Regional Government. 2012.