Open and articulated with the city. Besòs Student Residence by POLO & MDBA

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POLO architects & MDBA. Main architects.- Patrick Lootens & Maria Díaz
Iosune Martin, Oana Birovescu, Sofia Simioni, Agustina Giambelluca, Aleksandra Ferek, Caroline Huybrechts, Verena Recla
External Collaborators
Structure.- Gendico Engineering & Design. Landscape.- Manel Colominas. Quantity Surveyor.- Xavier Bardaji. Campus UPC advisors.- RQP Arquitectura. Ambiental advisors.- Societat Organica. Building services.- FiA, FONT I ARMENGOL.

María Díaz. MDBArchitects

MDBArchitects is an architecture, design and urban planning firm created in 2008 in Barcelona. The study's work covers a wide range, from urban planning, parks, boardwalks, residential buildings, student residences, single-family homes, housing renovations and furniture design.

Maria Diaz, founder of MDBA, with a career of more than 15 years, collaborating with Vicente Guallart, now leads a young team that integrates architects, designers and professionals from different disciplines.

The study of MDBA has a wide experience in project development, from new work, to restoration projects, as well as interior design, going through all of the phases of a project, from the concept up to its execution, from architecture, interior design, furniture design, graphic design, to landscaping. All of the technical aspects, budgets and licenses are taken into account.

The studio is also developing a very special category, MDBY…, in order to show what inspire us in our daily work we feature artists who use craftsmanship and craftsmen who make art. MDBY… is a section where they expose their experiences and speak about their artistic carrers..

Mauro Poponcini, Patrick Lootens POLO Architects

POLO Architects was founded in 1991 by Mauro Poponcini and Patrick Lootens. In 2015, at the presentation of the book "POLO Architects", the architectural firm Poponcini & Lootens ir. Architects decided to reduce its name to POLO Architects.

Today, the Mauro Poponcini & Patrick Lootens duo have grown into an architectural firm with more than 90 employees with assignments throughout Belgium and beyond: a solid agency with a great deal of knowledge, expertise and experience. But also and above all a wonderful collective of young and older employees, with 25 years of experience and industry, a delivery room for upcoming talent, where everyone can develop and grow further. The offices in Antwerp & Brussels are real studios, stimulating sanctuaries of professional play.



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