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Rica presents his prototype for Experimenta Urbana, Documenta Kassel 2017.

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Ways of Life

Exhibition opening and lectures: July 5, 6pm, with Christoph Hesse, Neeraj Bhatia & friends

Kulturbahnhof Kassel
Rainer Dierichs Platz 1

The time “after work” was traditionally where “life” began. Today, the line between work and life has never been so blurred. Work environments are in- creasingly organized through furniture arrangements and programs inspired from the domestic realm—from kitchens to dining areas to living rooms. These “brick-wall tech” environments have brought home to work, increasing its comfort as well as productivity. At the same time, the domestic realm is increasingly a location for new forms of labor that can be spatially distributed yet virtually connected. More people now work from home than ever before, which has also enabled a new nomadicism. The economic and spatial pressures of the city has fostered a new cosomopolitan-rural dweller, who wants to merge labor with nature. Ways of Life is an investigation into the new condition of work­ing in close proximity in nature. How we negotiate our domestic and immaterial labor, and how we relate to nature is indicative of who we are.

As the public and private realm as well as spaces for work and life overlap in previously unforeseen ways, a new condition of work has emerged: working in close proximity to nature. Away from the city, dwelling in nature is not only a key symbolic gesture of escape, it has collapsed urban labor in close proximity with the wilderness. This new domestic space type is significant because of this spatial collapse, as our relationship with work, family, and nature needs to be negotiated through architecture. The way that this negotiation occurs is the study of this project. How we work, how we interact with our environment, and how we navigate ourselves in the world after work or more fittingly, between work, speaks of our politics and values as a society. We hope that the prototype designs immerse work in nature while clarifying the relationship between work / life and the individual / collective. In this manner, we hope that the projects become architectural theses for new Ways of Life.

The following emerging offices from around the globe have been asked to develop a prototype dwelling that immerses work in nature while clarifying the relationship between work / life and the individual / collective. The projects will be present at EXPERIMENTA URBANA, a co-event with documenta14 in Kassel/Germany on July 5, 2017. Selected designs will begin construction starting March 2018.

Co-Curated by:
Christoph Hesse
Neeraj Bhatia

Featuring Work by:
Studio Anna Heringer (Germany)
Atelier Alter (China / USA)
BIT Boris Bernaskoni (Russia)
Christoph Hesse Architects (Germany)
Dogma (Belgium)
Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Australia / USA)
KWK Promes (Poland)
noa* (Italy)
Organization for Permanent Modernity (Belgium / USA)
Penda (Austria / China)
Pezo Von Ellrichshausen (Chile)
RICA Studio (Spain / USA)
SsD (USA / Korea)
Somatic Collaborative (USA)
Stinessen Arkitektur (Norway)
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio (Mexico)
The Open Workshop (USA / Canada)
Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop (Japan)

Exhibition dates and locations:
​July 5–30, 2017
Südflügel (South wing) at KulturBahnhof (Hauptbahnhof)
Rainer-Dierichsplatz 1, Kassel

August 1–September 17, 2017
Foyer ASL Building at Kassel University
Universitätsplatz 9, Kassel vom

RICA + Fuso shortlisted for the “New Pleyel School” in San Denis, Paris

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  • Location: Pleyel, Saint Denis
  • Program: Primary School, Elementary School And Leisure Center
  • Area : 3800m²
  • Budget: 8.500.000 Eur
  • Team :
  • Architects : RICA Studio + Atelier FUSO
  • Structural And Mechanical Engineers : INCET



The Site Is In Close Proximity To The Future Multimodal Station Of Pleyel, In The Heart Of A New Territory Of Culture And Creation. Framed In The West By Small Working-Class Houses Along The Tunis Street, To The North By Recently Built Office Buildings, To The South By A New Pedestrian Alley, And To The East By Industrial Buildings Which Are To Be Transformed In The Near Future, The Landy Village School Group Is An Initiating And Structuring Element In A Changing Environment.

An Old Building With Brick Facade Towards The Street Of Tunis, Metal Structure And Sawtooth Roof Is Existing In The Site And Is Characteristic Of The Industrial Memory Of The District. The Strategy For This Complex And Historical Place Is The Revalorization Of The Symbols Of A Past Era And The Reappropriation Of A Structural Framework Allowing A Great Flexibility Of Development.

This Proposal Takes Place In Four Movements:

1. Preservation Of “Selected Pieces” And The Insertion Of Programs Adapted To The Structural And Typological Constraints Of Existing Volumes.

2.The Creation Of A Gallery Covered By A Vegetated Roof. A Visual Articulation Carried By A Fine Wooden Structure, Path Of Navigation Between The Different Spaces Of The School.

3.The Implementation Of A Raised Base, Technical And Structural Support Linking The Different Entities Of The Program.

4.The Addition Of Prefabricated Volumes In Wooden Structure; Under The Existing Roof On The Side Of The Rue De Tunis, Drawing A Singular Volumetry In Elevation Along The South Alley To And To The Northeast Corner Above Building A.

Like A Contemporary Cloister, The Volumes Thus Created Interact, Respond, Play Together With The Preexisting Elements Of The Site To Form A New Harmonious And Coherent Whole.