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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

THE CLOUD in Madrid, Spain by Ensamble Studio

 
December 21st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ensamble Studio

The Cloud is a dense space built with a very light material, it is 98% air.

Based on 7 modules of identical massive volume: 2.4 x 6 x 2.4 m., each of them is shaped differently to generate a unique space, thus getting: the stage, the patio, the step, the circus, the cinema, the assembly and the scale. 7 spaces as the 7 notes that compose the musical scale, which combined together produce very different sets of sounds, multiple scenes that accommodate simultaneously reading, playing, rest or conversation activities.

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  • Architects: Ensamble Studio
  • Project: THE CLOUD
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Date of Project: January 2012
  • End Of Building Construction: June 2012
  • Author Of The Project: Antón García- Abril & Débora Mesa
  • Quantity Surveyor: Javier Cuesta
  • Collaborators: Ensamble Studio: Sara Nunes, Valentina Marchetti, Karlien Van der Linden, Aukje Gossens, José María Lavena
  • Developer: Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez

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The material that shapes each module, expanded polystyrene, is assembled in a massive way ensuring optimal mechanical performance, and is protected with a layer of resin that completes the construction system providing what the foam does not have: stability, durability and color. The lightness of this technology makes movable what would otherwise be immovable, facilitating the handling of the pieces and their necessary mobility.

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The Cloud is a space within a space. Designed to be placed in the Reader’s House, in Madrid’s Old Municipal Slaughterhouse, it is architecture at the scale of children between 1 and 12 years old, where the youngest ones discover a universe custom-made, to develop and learn, to hide, to escape, to create and recreate, finally in a space that plays by their rules.

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