AMPO Masterplan and House of Creativity
Location: Idiazabal, Spain, 2014
Customer: AMPO Headquarters
At the entrance to the House of Creativity is located the Empathic Tree, which represents the commitment to the environment and the integration of technology: plasma cutting, digital manufacturing, environmental sensors and nature.
The boardwalk, the green wall and the railings embody the reforestation of AMPO. Through a chromatic research, the colors of native vegetation are integrated into the project.
The art is made present in the sculptures of Stella Rahola, who has used the techniques of casting to create sculptures that link the industrial activity of AMPO with the territory.
The path of logs from a local sawmill represents the victory of nature over the asphalt. Like the color chosen for the house, damp earth, reflects the integration of urbanism in nature.
The entrance pavilion is made of fiberglass, using the same method as the aircraft wings. It had been manufactured in a workshop, transported and assembled in a dry way; it is composed of only four parts, and the chosen geometry optimizes the material.
The glass sculpture at the gateway - former part of the Design HUB museum collection in Barcelona and subsequently given to AMPO - is designed by Enric Ruiz Geli and manufactured by CRICURSA.
House of Creativity
The house is designed as a journey of knowledge and sensitization of the visitors. The elevator of knowledge acts as a link between the floors, articulating a series of experiences: Home · Creativity · History · Culture · Territory -> Innovation
Each of the floors evokes one of these feelings so that the visitors meet AMPO from these outlooks. Step by step customers, suppliers, or members of the cooperative may recognize the value of the history, of the people who have been part of the company, of the vision towards the future, of the region and of the landscape.
The retrofitting of the house is part of the industrial heritage of the Basque Country. This heritage has been highly respected, and improved so to meet the current energy standards without altering the original appearance of the building. As part of this commitment, we have wanted to keep all the original woodwork. Thanks to the know-how of the local carpenters, all windows whose conservation status permitted so, had been restored, machined one by one in order to install insulating glasses with double chamber. In the same spirit, we have chosen pieces of furniture, mixing pieces by international prestige designers with the local crafts.
Floor 2: Culture
This floor talks about the cultural tradition - in this case linked to the gastronomy - of the Basque Country.
The large double height space of the kitchen is organized around a countertop made of beams of an old farmhouse, 500 years old.
Native vegetables are cultivated on the rooftop, cared and eaten at the craft tables of cultivating.
An ETFE greenhouse is designed to enjoy this plant when it rains - a double layer of Teflon, in which air is injected under pressure. Thus, a super light structure is achieved; it is not 'tied' to the house, but is fixed with a system of weights at the facade, few drops of steel designed by Stella Rahola and fabricated in AMPO.
The bridge linking the two roofs is made of fiberglass, which makes it significantly lighter than the steel.
Floor 3: Territory
The culture is always matched by a landscape, and with this glass dome 6 meters high it is achieved to enjoy a 360º view in any weather. Surrounded by a landscape of casting moulds of wood, roads and factories are blocked to a seated observer views, leaving only the ridges around.