OfficeShophouse is a design practice directed by Natalia Vera Vigaray, Patxi Martin and Josep Garriga Tarres. We focus into creative processes by turning spaces into meaningful and memorable places for the ones who use it.
WE MAKE; we make with our hands, as a tool of engagement with the city and its people. Through this performative turn, we shift our attention from final products to processes of production; from how objects look like to what they do. We design and build projects by unfolding processes that engage users from the very beginning of the transformation of a place. Our academic experiences have been intensively developed at Umea School of Architecture in Sweden and INDA Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Currently we ran our individual research practices combining a series of academic and design projects in various locations along Asia and Europe.
After several shared educational experiences in different cultural contexts, this collaborative platform emerged from a common interest in addressing architecture and architectural education as a crucial role in the transformation of society. We believe in the figure of the architect as a social agent, a mediator that conceives custom-made answers to our daily needs.