HABITABLEDESIGN / ARCHITECTURE / ART
Transformable Housing is a project that aims to increase density in San Francisco while maintaining the character of the city. Negotiable spaces and tiny apartments can be lived in independently or become an addition to different units, creating an incremental and adaptable system of living.
A variety of apartment dimensions and living experiences allow the entire project to be like a playful transformable system, with endless possibilities of association.
San Francisco, CA (2020-21)
Increasing density in San Francisco, while maintaining its character. Joyful micro-living.
Bai-Bai Furniture offers a place to work, create, and collaborate; allows people to connect socially thanks to its organic shape.
It is an “infinite” and sinuous co-working table, whose modular condition makes it affordable while allowing countless configurations for working in small or large groups.
Playful curtains make moments of privacy possible. Bai-Bai configures inspiring workspaces in coffee shops, Montessori schools, libraries, and hybrid offices.
Habitable Furniture (2021-22)
Our modular furniture makes living more fun and working more creative.
“In renovating our 1940 shotgun house in East Downtown, we reached out to multiple architects. After conversations and on-site visits by 5 or more of them, we went with Marta. This was based on the feeling that she understood the scope of our project, that this was an old house built in the 40s, and that it would need a lot of work. We felt she was genuine but more than anything, she brought a PASSION to our project that not a single other architect had. At one point, I was like ‘Is she moving in with us’ with her intimate knowledge of our goals and excitement for the project. I would beg people to reach out and talk to her. She thinks different (...)”
Jay Marroquin, client, Houston, TX, 2021. Full testimony on LinkedIn
Expansion and renovation of a shotgun house in Houston.
A pipe and a curtain allow for the joys of life, a private retreat for creatures to enjoy. Living is playing in the garden, the Eden of Pleasure, where all can freely participate in the delights of the new age: a life of art.
This prototype is a novel structure, where performance becomes joy and a simple piece of fabric indulges the hidden desires of the Ludens of the 2020s, unbound from traditional architecture.
House of the Future
The 47th NISSHIN KOGYO Architectural Competition “Living upon the PLAY”
The entire project utilizes modular systems and prefabrication, which makes it economically wise at the same time creates interactive boundaries. It is a flexible and adaptable system that can be built in phases according to the dweller’s needs as well as urban conditions.
Most of the apartments have more than one entrance. Different access points allow for flexibility of the dwellings: renting rooms, living independently from the family nucleus, or adapting to changes in the familial environment.
Exploring the regenerative capacities of living together. Joyful micro-living.
H-Shelves is a ludic design that creates, configures, reinvents, and qualifies space. Inspired by the Japanese Tokonoma, it is a structure in which items for artistic appreciation, including ikebana flower arrangements, are displayed.
7 modules, each with different dimensions, offer endless possibilities for creative combinations. They serve as kitchen space, a living room area, or co-working furniture; dividing a room or connecting and configuring an intimate atmosphere.
Habitable Furniture (2020)
modular + adaptable + transformable + multifunctional + made of sustainable wood + easy to move + sold independently or as a set
Double City, located in Amsterdam, on the north side of the IJ River, acts as a pivotal point between industrial and residential areas. The project proposes to reinvent the concept of a traditional or pre-industrial city. Urban renewal is based on combining habitation, innovation, and production to reinvigorate the fabric of the “European City.”
A ‘Living Lab’ model that showcases a circular economy. Experimentation, research, and innovation are implemented; merging human working time and lifetime in an optimistic way.
Reinventing the Productive City in Amsterdam.
EUROPAN 14 competition, "Productive Cities"
Urban Biombo is a mobile modular prototype that allows the inhabitant to define and redefine their space to accommodate all aspects of contemporary living and working.
Urban Biombo is a new “equipment” suitable for a house, an office, a loft, a warehouse, a clothing boutique, or a bookshop. Its dynamic quality creates multiple lively possibilities and configurations: to work, play, exhibit, investigate, rest, or create.
Habitable Furniture (2019)
Reinventing De Messina’s Study of St. Jerome
“Take your pleasure seriously.” Charles Eames
Soft and adaptable wall prototypes that shape versatile, multifunctional environments.
How can we design spaces to flexibly evolve with human life? Habitable Curtains revolutionize the way we envision space, offering adaptability to both divide and connect.
Prototype 01 - Room Divider: A fluid wall providing intimacy for extra-small spaces and extra-large environments.
Work in progress...
Work in progress / Experimental phase.
The entire project utilizes modular systems and prefabrication, making it economically wise and creating interactive boundaries. It is a flexible and adaptable system that can be built in phases according to the dweller’s needs as well as urban conditions.
Living Together in Container Homes
A luxurious experience within affordable construction, Haina, Dominican Republic (2022)
Cordoba, Spain (2007)
AWARD: Second Prize
Affordable Housing for Young People in Cordaba. Joyful micro-living.
LUCIA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTER
“The famous architect Rafael Moneo qualifies the project by Marta Rodriguez as realistic. (…) Rafael Moneo praised the lightness of the project and its attention to the context and the site, which can be understood ‘in continues relationship with the park’.”
Valladolid, Spain (2010)
AWARD: First Prize
University Research Center University of Valladolid
PRESS: El Norte de Castilla newspaper.
RESEARCH UNIVERSITY FACILITY
The building uses the slope of the site to offer different levels of interaction with the body: the same slope creates areas to sit down outside, to work inside, or to sit down in the auditorium.
New ecologies that attempt to overcome the opposition between nature and culture.
The Children’s Library creates an experiential environment that unfolds like origami from the paper factory. Two doors open to a world of imagination and wonder, like a big, secret garden.
The library and the paths that intertwine around, through, over, and under it intersect and create multiple long promenades to discover through reading, learning, and playing in versatile spaces. Noise zones are arranged to the south, while reading areas are to the north, taking advantage of natural light.
Collodi, Italy (2018)
A World of Imagination and Wonder.
The building has a continuity of nature (air, light, and vegetation), which acts as a pergola. By constructing a multiple-level building there will be a continued opportunity to be connected to the landscape.
The building frees people, offering multiple choices to the users.
Madrid, Spain (2005-2007)
AWARD: First Prize
SCHOOLS & HOSPITALS
“Marta is, in a few words, a fabulous architect; imaginative, effective, and decisive. In her collaborative works, she immediately stands out for her ability to bring original approaches to the design process, easily finding simple solutions to complex problems. I had the pleasure of working with her years ago. From those shared projects with her, my admiration remains for her innate talent, intelligence, intuition, deep knowledge of Architecture, and love for our profession.”
Luis Marcos Díaz, Director de proyectos en GA MMA, 2022. See full testimony on LinkedIn
Cuenca, Spain (2006-2009)
AWARD: First Prize
“San Gil Abad” Primary School in Cuenca
Competition team - Marta Rodriguez @ Lahoz Lopez
NEW COURT ROTHSCHILD BANK
“The structure’s form minimizes competition with its two historically prominent neighbors, establishing an urban connection through a series of stacked cubic volumes. at the street, the mass is lifted to allow pedestrian access through a glass lobby. The transparent enclosure reveals the medieval roads which border the base, visually connecting to the 400-year-old church on the opposing side of the site. structural steel and dark glazing define the external aesthetic.” (designboom)
London, England (2005-2011)
AWARD: First Prize
Competition Team - Marta Rodriguez © OMA
Published in Arquitectura Viva - AV Monographs 178-179: Rem Koolhaas OMA/AMO 2000-2015
CORDOBA CONGRESS CENTER
“Functioning as a programmatic sandwich, the upper lower layers fold or converge to respond to different interior/exterior pressures along its length: separating to accommodate the conference hall and auditorium; converging to define the hotel lobby; lifting to allow Miraflores Park and the street to continue through to the specified site. To the south, the main volumes of the conference center and auditorium project from the slab; a ramp between the two marks the formal entrance to the complex.”
Cordoba, Spain (2001-2004)
Project Development Team - Marta Rodriguez © OMA
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