La Borda and the conversion of an old wine warehouse, win the first edition of the European Collective Housing Award

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Philipp Esch, Stephan Sintzel, Marco Rickenbacher. Esch Sintzel Architekten

Esch Sintzel Architekten. Architecture studio Zurich-based, founded in 2008 by Philipp Esch and Stephan Sintzel architects. Philipp Esch, Stephan Sintzel and Marco Rickenbacher currently lead the practice.

Philipp Esch. Born in Göttingen, Germany (1968). From 1986 to 92 studied at ETH Zurich and the CEPT in Ahmadabad (India). From 1994  to 19 97 he was a staff member at Morger Degelo Architekten in Basel and HPP Hentrich Petschnigg Partner in Berlin. He was an assistant to Meinrad Morger and Martin Boesch at the ETHZ and the EPFL from 1997 to  2002. Subsequently written for the specialist journal «Werk, bauen+wohnen» until 2004. In 2008 teaching appointment at the HSLU. Independent private practice as of 1999, from 2008 onwards together with Stephan Sintzel. Admission to the BSA in 2008. Since 2016, he has been a member of the panel for urban design in Winterthur. From 2017 to 2020 teaching appointment at the ZHAW Winterthur. Starting 2021 visiting professor at Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. 

Stephan Sintzel. Born in Zurich, Switzerland (1970). Apprenticeship as an architectural draughtsman with Rolf Keller in Zumikon; studies at the Technikum in Winterthur, at ETH Zurich and Columbia University in New York. Member of staff at Frank Zierau in Zurich and Buol und Zünd in Basel. Independent private practice since 2002. Since 2008, together with Stephan Sintzel, he has managed the Esch Sintzel Architekten studio. In 2014 became a member of the Swiss Association of Architects (BSA).

Marco Rickenbacher. Born in Rheinfelden, Switzerland (1984). Apprenticeship as an architectural draughtsman in Liestal, studies at HSLU Lucerne, FHNW in Basel and UdK in Berlin. Since 2009, is a member of staff at Esch Sintzel Architekten, senior manager since 2017, and partner since 2021. 

Arquitectura Cooperativa. Lacol

Lacol is an architecture cooperative set up in 2014 in the Sants district (Barcelona). They work with architecture for social transformation, as a tool to intervene in the immediate environment critically.

Currently, it is a team of 14 people who work in various fields of architecture. Their lines of work focus on these five axes: Construction; Cooperative Housing; Pa icipation; Exhibitions and Stage Design; and Urbanism.

The main axis of work on which they apply the knowledge of other fields is the cooperative housing. They have specialized in the promotion of this model as well as in the process of participation of the promotion of the future inhabitants. The most relevant case has been the housing cooperative La Borda, where, in addition to carrying out the architectural project, they have participated in its promotion and all the learning process has been systematized through the book “Habitar en comunidad“ (Libros de la Catarata, 2018).

They are currently building La Balma, a similar housing cooperative in Poblenou, and accompanying several projects in the promotion phase in other places.

In order to promote and make viable the replicability of the model, we work in the design of public policies, advise municipalities, and give conferences and write articles in different publications. Lacol is part  of La Dinamo, a foundation for the consolidation of cooperative housing in Catalonia.

•    Prize “Ciutat de Barcelona” 2018.
•    Prize on Built Construction in Architecture at the BBConstrumat 2019.
•    Nominated at the Début Award Lisbon Triennale (announced October 5th 2019).
•    Mention at the Bonaplata 2018 awards for a study on the industrial heritage of Vilassar de Mar.
•    Prize AJAC for the housing coop project “Coop de falç”, together with Arqbag.

Books published by Lacol
•    “Construir en col·lectiu” (CAT/ESP/ENG), Pol·len Edicions 2018.
•    “Habitar en comunidad”, with La Ciutat Invisible, Libros de la Catarata/Arquia, 2018.
•    “El Vilassar de Mar Fabril”. Pagès edicions, 2018.
•    “Inventari de Can Batlló. Teixint una història col·lectiva.”  Curated by Lacol. Riera de Magòria, 2013.



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