Winner entry for ARQUIA 2012
In 2012 this entry won the ARQUIA National Competition and I was awarded with an internship at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) architects. Competition submission and description here.
Panopticon: imagined in 1791 by philosofer Jeremy Betham, this jail concept consisted of a series of cells distributed along a circle and the vigilant placed at its center, being able to control everyone without moving.
ESPÅÑÓPTICØ: as an inversion of the previous layout, the inmates are placed in the center and the watchers are around. Addressing the Spanish crisis as required by the competition scheme, our prisoners are 7 people involved in the Spanish construction boom and its crash: an architect, a major, a banker, a promoter, a speculator citizen, a jury and a city councilor. Each of their cells is designed to punish the inmates in a way that is related to the role they played in this economic explosion. Being close they can´t talk or touch each other, neither get out and enjoy the impressive arctic landscape. In the perimeter there is a circular corridor where the vigilants, Spanish people affected by the crisis contemplate their suffering.
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