Rehabilitation of a covered riding arena by BETA.Ø architecture office

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Borja Peña, Ernesto Sierra Díaz, Xabier Ortega. BETA.Ø

BETA.Ø is an award-winning architecture firm based in Madrid which develops its professional activity in architecture, urban planning, landscape and design.

We consider our work to be an opportunity to improve the natural and urban environment and the quality of life of the people who trust in us to develop their projects.

Our daily work constitutes a stimulating challenge to identify the optimal solution, which must also be creative and make it possible to give added value to each project (the beta.Ø). That which captures its essence, embracing the changing nature and necessary evolution of each project within the complex development of the construction process, will provide value over time.

Borja Peña / Founder & Partner Architect.- Borja studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) and the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, between 1992 and 2000. He subsequently concluded his doctoral studies in the Architectural Projects Department at the ETSAM.

He worked as an assistant professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSAM from 2001 to 2004 and has also been a guest professor at the Universidad Camilo José Cela and the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid.

The extensive training and experience that Borja has accumulated over years of collaboration with prestigious architectural firms, such as that of Rafael Moneo, has enabled him to establish a highly professional practice, having received numerous national and international awards for his professional endeavours, notably including the recent 2012-2014 VETECO ASEFAVE Award for Best Renovation for the work on the covered equestrian arena in Madrid. Furthermore, in 2012, BETA.Ø was named one of the most interesting emerging practices in Madrid by the ARQUIA/PRÓXIMA cultural programme, sponsored by the Fundación Caja de Arquitectos.

His projects have been featured in several specialised publications, books and architecture blogs.

Ernesto Sierra Díaz / Partner Architect.- Ernesto studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM), where he graduated with a double major in Building and Urban Planning. He received the Ángel Herrera Award for Best Academic Record for the years 1995-1998.

From 2002 to 2007, he collaborated with several renowned architecture firms, including Sancho-Madridejos and Frechilla & López-Peláez. In 2005, he founded Moho Arquitectos, based in Murcia, where he was a partner until 2010. During this period, he developed several projects of varying scales, won national and international awards, participated in conferences and exhibitions, and his work appeared in several architecture magazines and blogs. He joined BETA.Ø in 2011, becoming a partner in 2015. 

Xabier Ortega / Partner Architect.- Xabier studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of University of Navarra (ETSAUN) from 2006 to 2012, where he obtained Merit Award on his Thesis Project.

After working with various architecture firms and participating in numerous design collaborations in the areas of fashion and visual arts, he joined BETA.Ø in 2013, becoming a partner in 2015.

Collaborators since 2008; Puy Alonso Martínez-Campos, Carla Arranz Sobrini, Almudena Cano Piñeiro, Luis Escudero Escauriaza, Miguel Figueira, María García, Alia García Germán, Cristina Gómez Abecia, María González de la Obra, Julio Gótor Valcárcel, Virginia Laínez, Inés Lozano Martín, Isabel Moneo Lara, Manuel Montalvo, Ignacio Muinelo, Javier Muñoz Posse, David Parra,  Lucía Pérez, Amaya Pérez, Pablo Rodríguez, Beatriz Ruiz de Hoyos, Cristina Sánchez, Marta Sbaraglia, Silvia Sordi , Nagore Urrutia del Campo, Regina Valle y  Pilar Vidal.

Borja Peña. BETA.0

Borja Peña studied in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Madrid and the Technische Universität of Darmstadt since 1992 to 2000. Subsequently, he concluded his doctoral degree in the Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos of the ETSAM. He is an assistant professor of architectural projets in the ETSAM of Madrid since 2000-2004. He has also been invited as a professor to the Camilo José Cela University and San Pablo CEU of Madrid.

His extensive training and experience accumulated over years of collaboration with prestigious architectural firms such as Rafael Moneo have enabled it to establish its own office high professional level, having received numerous awards for their work. His work has been awarded several national and international competitions: Competition of NSA 4 to 122 subsidized housing of the EMVS; Competition for new types of subsidized housing in Cantabria; Competition for the development of 75 VPO in Adelfas; Europan 5, Europan 6 International Competition for 325 subsidized housing in Lote4 to the advanced Quarter of Toledo; International Competition for 260 subsidized housing in the same neighborhood and Lote7 Competition Office Building in Paseo de la Castellana 94. And their projects have been published in several magazines. In the year 2012 he was distinguished from among 991 nominations as one of 7 most exciting emerging offices in Madrid, under the ARQUIA / NEXT cultural program promoted by the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation.

Miguel de Guzmán

Miguel de Guzmán born in Rio de Janeiro in 1972. He is an architect (ETSAM. 1998) and also architectural photographer. He has been professor in the Graphic Ideation Department at CEU Architecture School and the Photography Department of Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. Since 2008 Imagen Subliminal is the broadcast platform through which he shows his work as photographer and videographer. As an Architect, he has been awarded with the Dionisio Hernadez Gil Prize for the Diocesan Priest House in Plasencia (work done together with Andres Jaque and Enrique Krahe), and was selected for the 2005 Spanish Architecture Bienal. As a Photographer he has been finalist in ABC Journal Art Awards 2000, El Mundo Photography awards 2001. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions (Circuitos de Arte Joven, Galeria Vírgenes, Photo España…). The book "Miguel de Guzmán Architectural Photography" contains a selection of photographs taken between the years 2003 and 2013, and which give example of a new way in the making of architectural photography.




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