Arcadio Blasco's exhibition in _2B
Last Monday May 28th was the opening of the exhibition "Arcadio Blasco: My father and his luminous drawings" in _2B space to be, our art space in Madrid. The exhibition will be open until July 15th.Read more
Last Monday May 28th was the opening of the exhibition "Arcadio Blasco: My father and his luminous drawings" in _2B space to be, our art space in Madrid. The exhibition will be open until July 15th.Read more
The mayor of Bucaramanga is building a metropolitan strategic plan, under the supervision of Moneo Brock.Read more
Belén Moneo gave the conference 'Towards a sustainable urban model' at the International Conference on Architecture and Climate Change at the Catholic University of Pereira, Colombia.Read more
Jeff Brock will be the fourth and last speaker at the conference series of the 8th edition of Alcalá Alchitecture Week.Read more
Daniel Canogar presents ‘Ráfagas’ at _2B space to be, our exhibition space, in collaboration with Galería Max Estrella. Visit the exhibition from monday to friday, 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00, until May 15th.Read more
On Wednesday, April 11, the V edition of the Conference on architecture, technology and design for water and society SMART WATER SMART CITIES took place at the Roca Madrid Gallery organized by the We Are Water Foundation. Belén Moneo participated in the round table 'shared visions / shared initiatives'.Read more
Last days to visit our exhibition "Methacrylate" in B.D Madrid! Open until march 31st in C/ Villanueva 5 in Serrano. Monday to Friday 9:30-13:30 and 16:30-20:00 and saturday 10:00-14:00Read more
Belén Moneo curates the series of conferences on sustainability "Objetivo2020: ciudad, arquitectura y energia positiva" in the ETSAM. This program of meetings and conferences will take place at the School of Architecture of Madrid during the months of February, March, April and May 2018.Read more
Next wednesday, March 7th at 12.30, will be the opening of the exhibition Women #madeinETSAM in the main hall of ETSAM School of Architecture. The exhibition features the work of some of the female professors who have studied at ETSAM. The exhibition will include some works by Moneo Brock directed by Belén Moneo.Read more
Todomuta Studio presents Re-Collectors in _2B SPACE TO BE, a collection of unexpected objects that explore fragmentation, imperfection and the uncertainty principle. These exquisite pieces evoke the movement in the stone. This exhibition is part the "Off" program of Madrid Design Festival and the VIP program of ARCO Art Fair.Read more
On March 1st in MINI Hub, we will present the urban bank that we are going to design during the "Bench a Day" workshop which we will be leading on the 20th and 21st of February within the Madrid Design Festival program. The workshops of the different designers will be developed in the "Mountain on the Moon", an installation by Enorme Studio with MINI Hub in the Plaza de la Luna.Read more
Within the "Off" program of Madrid Design Festival, we inaugurate the exhibition 'Methacrylate' at B.D Madrid (C / Villanueva 5), opening on Friday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition gathers several of our designs in this material, that take advantage of its structural and chromatic properties.Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena has been featured on Phaidon's new guide of contemporary architecture: DESTINATION ARCHITECTURE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO 1000 CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS
"Featuring 1,000 of today's most compelling buildings by the world's finest architects, Destination: Architecture is an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to get more out of their travels."Read more
Marta Jarabo and Luis Amália present Furnishing temporalities / Sequencing spaces, an exhibition generating a dialogue between these two different but complementary concepts.Read more
This week we have been in Mexico visiting the construction site of the Casa TEC we are building in Monterrey. Incredible views of Monterrey's Sierra Madre from the terrace of the house. Soon it will be finished!Read more
We are working in Santo Domingo with IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts on a 11,500 m2 hospitality project located in the historic city center, on a lot with several existing buildings and lush vegetation.Read more
Yesterday was the opening of "White noise containers", a sound installation by the artist Alfredo Morte for _2B space to be, exhibition space associated with Moneo Brock.
Open from October 26 to November 30, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 14:30 and 16:00 to 19:00. C/ Benigno Soto 14, Prosperidad, Madrid.Read more
We have just finished the video of the Parish Church in Pueblo Serena. We hope you like it!Read more
We have already began the interior design for the "TEC House 205", using collage techniques in the drawings, combining bright colors in the furniture and materials, using mexican hidraulic tiles, some of our furniture designs and painted wall papers. The house will be raffled to raise money for scholarships by the Technological University of Monterrey.Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena (Monterrey, Mexico) has been awarded with the American Architecture Prize 2017 within the category "Institutional Architecture".Read more
Our Parish Church in Monterrey has been awarded with the 2017 COAM Luis Moreno Mansilla Prize!Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena is shortlisted in the #BlueprintAwards2017, organized by Blueprint Magazine, within the category "Best Public-Use Project with Private Funding". The results will come out in October!Read more
The Espacio Fundación Telefónica will be part of Open House Madrid 2017. Do not miss the guided tours on Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st at 12:00 and 17:00. The building is also included in the itinerary #MADEINETSAM, along with other projects by teachers at Madrid’s School of Architecture.Read more
Extract from the presentation of Belén Moneo as president of the jury of the 2017 FAD awards.Read more
Next weekend, 14-15-16 July, we will be in Jaén participating in INTERVENTIONS 4. An independent project organized by Isidro Blasco, who invited 12 artists to take part in the different spaces of the "casa de la Grisa" that is in Calle Higueras Sabater # 6, en Sabiote, Jaén, Spain.Read more
Our Thermal Baths “Termas de Tiberio”, awarded Best of Year 2009, is in the cover of Decade of Design; a 10-year collection of architecture and design projects by Interior Design magazine. It also features our Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid, awarded Best of Year “Culture” 2012.Read more
Jaime Lorente OPENING 25 May, 20h (c/ Benigno Soto 14, Madrid)
The work at Space to Be (_2B) is the result of a sum of different operations with which Jaime Lorente has been working over the past five years.Read more
Our 'Parquet' carpet goes to Lisbon!
It will be part of the exhibition "Novo Mundo" at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. Open from April 22nd to July 2nd.
This weekend is Open House Monterrey, an architecture festival offering tours of buildings in this Mexican city. Our parish church in Pueblo Serena is included in the event and Claudia Harari (responsible of the landscape design with Harari Landscape) will guide the tour of our project.
Ya estamos de vuelta de Milán, muy agradecidos por el 1er Premio en la categoría de edificios Religiosos con la Parroquia en Pueblo Serena en los Archmarathon Awards SELECTIONS@MADE!Read more
Our Parish Church in Pueblo Serena won Interior Design magazine's Best of Year (BoY) award in the Projects: Institutional category. Thanks to the Magazine and to all who collaborated, professionals and artists with whom we worked on this project: Artemio Garza, Gabriela Pulido, Irene Alberdi, Harari Landscape Architecture, Valerie Sauthier, Francisco Leiro, Carmen Pinart, Pedro Cuní, Axioma, RGT Ingeniería, Grupo Termo Control, Artemide, Arau Acoustic and the teams at Moneo Brock, Pueblo Serena and Plaza Huajuco.
On December the 3rd we traveled to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to present our project for this emblematic place, developed together with Rafael Moneo and Harari Landscape Architecture. Our principal objectives are to recuperate the space surrounding the Puerta de Don Diego, a worthy historical landmark, to eliminate architectural barriers and to create areas of shade, providing new areas for rest.Read more
We are optimistic that our house for the TEC of Monterrey will be certified LEED Gold. Energy efficiency has been a priority in our design from the very beginning. The house is half-buried to benefit from the earth's thermal inertia and a series of shady courtyards generate microclimates that help maintain a comfortable temperature. Besides providing for generous cross ventilation, the house is oriented so that solar incidence is optimized. Canopies and vertical screens protect façade openings from excessive insolation, while on the roof photovoltaic panels capture solar radiation and shade the building mass below.Read more
Invited for her work on the rooftop playground at the Hospital "12 de Octubre" in Madrid, Belén Moneo participated on October 21st Belén Moneo in a discussion on "Neuro-Architecture" during the XXXIV Spanish National Congress of Health Care Engineering. She spoke of spatial qualities, their impact on perception and the benefits they offer patients. The image is of a project by Olafur Eliasson which Belén used as an example in her talk. You can read the whole conference talk after the jump.Read more
The exhibition "Letters to the Mayor" at COAM, the Madrid iteration of the project promoted by Eva Franch of New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture, ended on October the 28th. It was a great experience to curate this project alongside Enorme Studio. The 75 letters written by local architects and addressed to the mayor of Madrid have interested many visitors. You can now read them online using this link. (Photo by Javier de Paz García.)Read more
Enorme Estudio + Moneo Brock: Local curators of the exhibition
The exhibition "Letters to the Mayor", promoted and curated by Eva Franch (Storefront for Art and Architecture), will present letters from Madrid-based architects addressed to the city's mayor, with innovative ideas and visions for the city. This idea was born in NYC in 2014 and since then it has been carried out in several cities. In Madrid's edition we participate as local curators alongside Enorme Estudio. The exhibition opens on September 29th at 12PM at COAM during the Architecture Week. See you there!
Visit to Mexico
Finally, the West façade and the bell tower of the parish church in Monterrey are finished. In the picture you can see the location of the church surrounded by the landscape designed by our collaborators Harari Landscape, whose outstanding work will be completed in 2017.
Our architecture and interior design project for the Hotel Mercer in Barcelona's Gothic neighborhood has been awarded with the Honorable Mention in the category of "Hospitality".
Dialogue between Spain and Mexico
Jeffrey Brock participated on September 1st in the third edition of Arquideas at Mexico City in a dialogue about public space, architectural heritage and sustainability in cities, where architects from Mexico and Spain shared ideas and perspectives.
House in Mexico
Last July in Monterrey we presented our schematic design for the House 205, designed alongside Daniel Roselló.This house will be raffled by the Technological University of Monterrey (TEC) in order to "sponsor educational growth through the program ´Leaders of Tomorrow`, which gives full scholarchips to students with scarce economic resources and high acdemic performance".
Jeff Brock Lectures
Jeff brock gave a lecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Cuernavaca on working methods and the transformative capacity of architectural projects at MEXTROPOLI, the International Festival on Architecture and the City and the Latin American forum that gathered thousands of people for 4 days. The city of Mexico was, from March 5th – 8th, the most important place for thinking, designing and enjoying critical activities through a series of conferences, talks and workshops. Click here
We would like to emphasize our enthusiasm for the presentations of Josep Bohigas, who put forth myriad ways of resolving various housing problems, and that of Raúl Cardenas from Tijuana, whose projects with Torolab are always inspiring for their extraordinary degree of humanity.
Josep Bohigas Talk
Belén Moneo and Jeff Brock participated in a round-table discussion on prefabricated buildings on April 7 th in Madrid, organized by Sergio Baragaño (barchitects) and moderated by Marisa Santamaría. Architecture is possibly the discipline most committed to industry and technology; searching for efficiency and savings in the constructive process, we support standardized production systems. Taking advantadge of our experience designing a house of minimum dimensions, we sought to break free of the language of the container-box, seeking a versatile solution while still observing the constraints imposed by the need to transport the house from factory to site.
New product design
Our Sofa SONIA D, with neat clear lines and intense color, has been selected for the Exhibition Producto Fresco 2016, opening Wed. June 15th in Madrid.
ICON is the new collection from ECUS Sleep S.L.U of armchairs, sofas and sofa-beds featuring striking fabrics, elegant shapes and fabulous designs.
Refurbishment of a courtyard in the historical City of Santo Domingo
The developer and architecture connaisseur, Claudio Suarez Tarrado, has given us the opportunity to work on his project “Casa Velázquez”. Our participation is focused on the refurbishment of pre-existing elements, built in different periods and with different methods, harmonizing the building group by applying a unique architectural language. MONEO BROCK will be responsible for selecting finishes. Refurbishment is a fascinating exercise that, together with urban consolidation, constitutes architecture’s principal mode of action within the historical city’s fabric.
Nominated with the chimney Articulare
The Articulare chimney designed by Moneo Brock for DAE Chimeneas has been nominated for the Delta Awards 2016. The Delta Prizes celebrate superior quality design, highlighting its importance as a driver of an industrial economy and its fundamental role as an expression of our social and cultural values. Behind every design object is the work of several professionals who have dutifully considered the final user and the manufacturing process.
MONEO BROCK and the architect Daniel Roselló have been selected to design together House 205 for the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, which will be raffled to support the scholarships "Lideres del Mañana".These scholarships are specifically directed to promising youths, who are seen as "Tomorrow´s Leaders".
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Moneo Brock is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions, with great faith in the promise of good design. We are an ISO9001:2008 certified business with Lloyds Register.
We begin our work with a rigorous analysis of the functional requirements of the project in question, setting high standards for the optimization of resources. Convinced that a fundamental concept must be elaborated for each project, we design specifically architectural solutions wherein linguistic and spatial structures harmonize in a coherent whole.
When working in cities, we count as the projects’ first task the repair or enhancement of the existing urban context and the enlivening of bordering streets. We give great importance to urban design and to the creation of public space as a social good.
When working outside the city, we design our interventions to protect and preserve the natural beauty that we find; the new, constructed landscape is designed to flow from our projects and connect holistically to the surrounding terrain.
Each project’s local climate is analyzed in detail so that energy efficiency can be assured, and the social and economic context is thoughtfully reviewed so that all conditions for true sustainability can be met. Finally, the construction details and the selection of materials are always rigorously controlled in order to be in concordance with the project’s fundamental concept.
We are sensitive to the synergies that emerge in collaborative processes, viewing teamwork as fundamental to the creation of great work. We have extensive experience collaborating with large teams of engineers, consultants and specialists in the production and coordination of architectural projects, from conceptualization through construction completion. We have completed projects of varying scales, both public and private, and our work has been widely published in international media.
We view each job as an opportunity to create a unique structure that can transform a part of the world, no matter the scale.
Moneo Brock has broad experience working on a variety project types, including:
• Educational Buildings and Campuses
• Urban Infrastructure
• Religious Architecture
• Hospitality and Wellness Architecture and Design
• Rehabilitation of Historic Structures
• Interior Design
We are an ISO9001:2008 certified business with Lloyds Register.
Belén Moneo is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Visual Arts and obtained a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Jeff Brock is an architect and co-founder of Moneo Brock. He graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a BA in Architecture and obtained his Masters in Architecture in 1991 from Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Belén and Jeff formed MONEO BROCK in 1993 in New York, when they first collaborated professionally on a project for a loft in Tribeca. Maintaining connections with New York, the firm founded its Madrid office in 2002. Today project sites are located in the USA, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Belén Moneo teaches at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Madrid and Jeff Brock at the Pratt Institute. They have lectured extensively on their work in Europe, the USA, China, Turkey, Panama, Guatemala and Peru, and their work has been published in several international media.
Connected to the foyer of an elegant luxury hotel, the Café de la Reina or “BUR-BU-JA-JA” adds a colorful and casual note to the complex. A cafeteria during the day, the space transforms into a sophisticated cocktail bar at night, the patrons immersed in iridescent aquatic colors.
A long curved green bar runs through the space, while “seaweed” camouflages the curtain wall and the mundane view of the city beyond, dissolving it into small fragments of an organic, aquatic world. Smoothly curved walls with reflecting belts, circular benches and round tables create a sensual atmosphere where space and movement interact.
Belén Moneo, Jeffrey Brock
Andrea Caputo, María Pierres, Sandra Formigo, Andrés Barrón, Spencer Leaf and Silvia Fernández
The Casa TEC 205 is located very close to the Chipinque ecological park, an urban landscape dominated by the Sierra Madre, omnipresent backdrop to the city of Monterrey. This house is the first prize in a raffle organized every year by the Technological University of Monterrey to raise funds for its students.
The house design follows a number of complementary motives. The first, it could be said, was to preserve four large extant trees on the site, three walnuts and a trueno. In a context where house developments often raze all remnants of a prior life on a site, we decided to not just preserve these trees, but to make them part of the project. Since the house occupies approximately half of the site, and because the trees are distributed across its slope, the house necessarily surrounds and frames them. Now embedded in the house, the trees definitively characterize the spaces they inhabit.
The second motive was to open up the public spaces to the sky and the views, and to maximize the area of green space in those parts of the site not occupied by the building’s footprint. Because the land slopes steeply down from the entry level we were able to invert the conventional arrangement, placing the bedroom floor below the entry floor instead of above. This has various advantages. The bedrooms take advantage of the earth’s thermal mass, bringing natural freshness to the house and lowering cooling loads during the many months of high temperatures in Monterrey. This arrangement allows the more public floor to enjoy the better views that it’s higher position affords, and provides direct access to the garden for all the bedrooms.
A final consequence of this arrangement is that the outdoor public areas, the pool and grill and outdoor entertaining space, is shifted off the ground plane and onto the roof. The roof terrace is accessible directly from the street entry, from the more private breakfast terrace off the family room, and from inside the house by way of the main stair. It is conceived as a large exterior room, delimited by walls and windows that frame the fantastic views of the Monterrey mountains.
A third motive was that each major interior space of should enjoy a direct connection to its own corresponding outdoor space, be it a garden, a patio or a terrace. By this means, each room is associated with a different landscape, giving it a unique character and an individual light, be it reflected, direct or filtered. In order to gather the outdoor spaces into the project, a series of large wall planes intersect in the house’s center and project into the surrounding outdoor space, creating large surfaces that run continuously between the interior and the exterior spaces of the house. Rather than create an architecture of discreet closed volumes, this constructivist assembly allows the walls to be read as independent, plastic elements, their transgression of the building enclosure effectively blurring the distinction between inside and outside space. Having always admired the use of color in Mexico, from its vernacular architecture to that of the masters Luis Barragán and Ricardo Legorreta, we applied strong colors to these walls not only because we typically use color in our work, but as recognition and homage to this great heritage as well.
In the interior of the house, the color has been the protagonist again. The pigments applied to walls run inside and outside, emphasizing their autonomy and determining the character of each space. In some rooms, we have used vibrant wallpapers that create murals to provide color and design. In others we have placed Mexican tiles with geometric patterns and bright colors.
We have chosen furniture designed by leading international designers and prestigious brands with other more generic but equally beautiful pieces. For example, in the living room there are two sofas by Patricia Urquiola designed for Kettal and a Polder sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra. The large pendant lamp was designed by Arik Levy for VIbia, while the TamTam floor lamp was designed by Fabien Dumas for Marset. Two of the seats, the Slow Chairs, were designed by the Bouroullec brothers for Vitra,
Some of the products included with the house were designed by Moneo Brock, including the colorful, geometric carpets and the “PlexiJazz” screen of translucent acrylic and colored vinyl, which receives visitors in the entrance hall and establishes the general character of the interior design. The large carpet derived from the herringbone pattern of wooden boards in a parquet floor is our design, as is the loveseat Sonia D, made for Ecus.
In its very conception, the project incorporates bioclimatic measures to minimize its ecological impact. In Monterrey, the largest climactic energy loads occur in the cooling season, when high temperatures mix with high humidity to make a very uncomfortable atmosphere. The heating season is essentially non-existent.
The several patios with their mature trees create a cool and pleasant microclimates, offering natural light and clean air to the interior rooms. Besides the dappled shade offered by the trees, the house interior is protected from excessive insolation by a combination of exterior shutters on the windows to the east, vertical screens located to the side of the windows to the west and horizontal eaves over them to the south. The sun is in this way allowed to enter directly only a few hours each day in the cooler months, and never in summer. In addition, the windows are placed so as to take advantage of the prevailing east-west winds, inducing natural cross-ventilation.
The location of the bedrooms on the lower level, against one-story tall retaining wall allows them to take advantage of the stable, cool temperature of the earth’s mass. The bedrooms are exposed to the garden facing northeast, the optimal orientation for these rooms.
The location of the pool on the rooftop takes advantage of the continuous processes of evaporation and nighttime to maintain a cool thermal mass in this location. The roof, in addition to having a thick layer of thermal insulation, is protected from excessive overheating by pergolas and sunshades.
To complete the passive design we have treated carefully the potential energy loss via thermal bridges, insisting on the continuity of an adequate layer of insulation and of course all windows incorporate thermal breaks and double glazing. Inside the house, we selected low-energy appliances and electric lighting systems based on LED technology.
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Belén Moneo, Jeff Brock
This sustainable proposal seeks to preserve and revitalize the ecosystem of the River Tajo, recuperating this natural area for the enjoyment of all citizens of Talavera pointing out the possibility this Tajo Natural Park, beginning in Talavera, can grow, adding territories and cities in such a way that, in a few years, we could follow the river from the Guadarrama mountain to its mouth in Lisbon.
The project is understood as a series of interventions, all consisting with this promising idea. The River’s protagonism in the Talavera de la Reina cityscape will be reasserted. It will be made accessible for the enjoyment of all citizens through a series of interventions and activities that bring the natural landscape of the river closer to the city. Finally, this park could become a tourist attraction for Talavera at a national level, as a supra-municipal infrastructure, with economic and social opportunities for the whole city.
The proposed solutions and objectives include sustainable measures to improve water quality, recover the habitats and species of this section of the Tajo River, improve the landscape and enable an increase in the use of the river and its banks in forms commensurate with the conservation of its biodiversity and its landscape. Opening the project to citizen participation should furthermore serve to achieve greater knowledge of the river’s history and evolution.
It is intended that the river be for "all" in the broadest sense; allowing the growth of the vegetation and the complex of habitats specific to the place, sheltering numerous autochthonous species of flora and fauna, improving and recovering the enormously attractive scenic landscapes of the river and its fertile plain, and allowing access by the citizens of and visitors to Talavera to the shores and islands for their use and enjoyment. In short, it is about achieving a Natural and Human River Landscape Park.
Confederación hidrográfica del Tajo y Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina
Talavera de la Reina
MONEO BROCK, BLASCO ESPARZA, EIN
Irene Alberdi, Mathilde Noirot
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Soulbox is a unique piece with a chameleonic format, both in appearance and functionality. It is an altar, a vitrine, a display case, a source of light, an object with its own personality, its appearance transforming with the light that is reflected on its surface.
Soulbox is the treasure chest where we save relics, objects for a collection or with a specific emotional value; a place to display intimate pieces. It can also be the vitrine where objects of daily use can be organized: the wine glasses and bottles in the dining room, a selection of books in the office, or cosmetic products in a bathroom.
Soulbox does not need a material content to justify its raison d'etre. It can be empty and still fill the room with the color of its materials, the reflections and the light it shines.
Soulbox has a simple and functional design. The visual effect of the acrylic glass plates of different colors is highlighted by the installation of LED strips in its back, and by the use of iridescent vinyl.
Methacrylate, Dichroic Film, LED