Paide Central, architecture competition for the design of a square in Estonia “Paide keskväljaku arhitektuurivõistluse”
A space that is welcoming and peaceful. We believe that these concepts should guide the design of a renovated Central Square for Paide. The cobblestone paving softly flows merging into the surrounding architecture creating different areas and atmospheres. Variety and energy are introduced by the gentle arrangement of differently coloured and textured stones which organically transition into different areas. Spaces for sitting, playgrounds, water fountains, all the areas are completely integrated within the system. Stone, wood and earth are combined to create a feeling of homelike protection while anchoring the new design to the square’s history.
Competition “Urbanización entorno plaza de toros de Alcázar de San Juan” for the design of the urbanization solution of the surrounding areas of a bullring
We proposed a simple yet interesting design tied with its urban context creating a specially strong dialog with the nearby “Parque Alces”. The proposal uses a strong horizontal grid of stone paving lines to organize the space. Starting in regular fashion following the urban morphology they become freer and more natural as the opposite end of the saquare is reached.
Competition for the design of a new gouvernmental building of the Catalan government in central Catalonia, in the city of Manresa, with MIPMARI arquitectes
The building revolves around two courtyards located in the center of the city block. The old walls, originally conceived as median walls, are now becoming the protagonists, new openings are being made, and their texture is emerging.
Competition proposal new wings, for the new health sciences faculty for the Alicante university
The new faculty of health sciences is located in the old building of the main school on the campus of the University of Alicante. The new project formalizes the most rational solution reducing to the bare minimum circulation areas. The new building is typologically and formally adapted to the existing one, achieving a natural articulation and fluidity between the volumes.
Competition proposal for the renovation of a market, “Mercado de abastos en Villanueva de la Serena”
Our proposal for the the full renovation of this existing market was based on the conservation of the existing concrete structure and the supperposition on top of a brand new protuding rooftop.
“Black fields, NÚKIB” competition for the Czech Republic’s National Cyber and Information Security Agency
We propose a building which can provide quality workspaces within an iconic architectonic envelope which embodies the spirit of the NÚKIB agency, an institution which is one of the pillars of the Czech national security and therefore part of the Czech national identity. The project looks back at the rich history of central administrative buildings of both security organisms and technological companies. Unifying both design approaches into a unique result which avoids a standardized corporative result while providing the highest functional qualities.
OCA architects delivered a proposal for the Finland’s National Museum extension competition
The new annex is located in the most strategic location, connecting both existing buildings and all four underground elevators. The connection to the old building is clear and straight. The two entrances to the new hall and restaurant allow for independent operation and also take part in a magnificent submerged space. The project proposes an enormous empty space that connects the new underground exhibition space to the hallway and restaurant, creating a space full of opportunities and truly suitable for museum purposes.
The jury selected our entry as one of the top 21 proposals with the highest comendation. Giving an interesting evaluation which we reproduce partially: “The entry features an overall green roof that allows views from the interior to the courtyard park towards Vaunuvaja. The encircling wall is removed on the Mannerheimintie side, creating a new cityscape situation and making the new building prominent – almost too prominent. The courtyard park is very spacious, especially as it continues onto the roof of the new building.”
Tautos Namai Lithuania’s National Concert hall international competition
Discover our latest competition proposal for Lithuania’s National Concert Hall by following the icon!
We took part in this international single phase architecture competition with a proposal which recognized the iconic nature of the site taking shape into two scultural volumes and a topographically integrated main body. The competition brought together more than 200 teams of well known as well as starting offices.
OCA website, nominated for the Eurid Web Awards!
We are very glad to share that our website has been officially nominated for the Eurid Web Award! The Award is an online competition, launched in 2014 and designed to acknowledge the best websites, using the .eu or .ею extensions, in five dynamic categories.
We have always understod our project as European in nature and that is why we chose a .eu domain.
If you like our site you can help us win by following the link and voting for us!
Design Disco meets, Take off lecture
We were able to share our work during the latest Design Disco meeting in Prague.
“The architectural duo from Barcelona shares their story of success and their vision of their winning project of the new exhibition hall extension for the Prague Congress Center, which is now in development. How would you start off in an architectural competition? What are the main challenges when you are competing against 76 teams from 23 countries? Bring your questions to our discussion!”
Bernardo Garcia Morales OCA architects Co-founder describes the office’s work for Televisión Canaria’s RTVC program “Es de los nuestros”
Airing at 22.30 of the 27.05.2019 in RTVC
Our Co-founder Bernardo Garcia Morales born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands gave recently gave an interview describing his work as part of OCA architects. The program Es de los nuestros focuses on eminent canary island born personalities who have found international success. OCA architects is working on the development of the Prague Congress Centre extension in Prague after achieving first place in an international competition. Bernardo was featured together with Cecilia Pérez and Alejandro Ojeda.
Extract from RTVC website:
El programa recibe también a Bernardo García, que es un joven arquitecto que ha logrado un concurso internacional para la ampliación del Centro de Congresos de Praga. Este proyecto contempla la construcción de un edificio de 8.000 metros cuadrados, situado junto al actual, que incluye un espacio para exposiciones, restaurantes y diversas dependencias administrativas. El presupuesto de la obra asciende a unos 30 millones de euros. Es cofundador del despacho de arquitectura OCA Architects junto a su socio Hernan Lleida desde el que se dedican a optar en concursos de arquitectura nacionales e internacionales y también al diseño y ejecución de obras particulares. De forma paralela, desde 2014 se dedica a la pintura con varias exposiciones individuales y colectivas tanto en Tenerife como en Barcelona.
Una mirada al talento canario
A lo largo de 45 minutos, ‘Es de los nuestros RTVC’ descubre cada lunes el talento de canarios que han logrado el éxito y el reconocimiento en los países y lugares donde ejercen su actividad.
Entre los perfiles hay científicos, artistas, empresarios, ingenieros, chefs, directivos, diseñadores, médicos, humanistas o arquitectos que han proyectado sus carreras en diversas ciudades del mundo.
Still images from the piece.
New Zizkov Centre international competition results anounced!
The international joint team composed by CMC+MIAS+OCA architects was 1 of the 12 finalists that have presented proposals for the New Zizkov Centre international competition. It was an open call for designs for a new high rise residential development with mixed use elements and appropiate public spaces. The team’s proposal focuses on a holistic geometric approach capable of creating an urban landscape anchored to the urban genius locci.
We want to congratulate the winning teams with first place awarded to AI_DESIGN + ARUP and the honorable mention recepient Sou Fujimoto Architects
A I – D E S I G N + ARUP
Ian Ritchie Architects + Compass Architects + Marko & Placemakers
RKAW + BY Architects
Honorable mention by the jury
Sou Fujimoto Architects
Other finalists included:
Richard Meier & Partners Architects + CUBOID
GUBAHÁMORI + BIVAK + Gábor Csaba Soóki-Tóth
ov architekti + GUTGUT
Pelčák a partner architekti + Müller Reimann Architekten
Invited competition joint proposal with CMC architects for a new residential development
Together with the CMC architects team we prepared an innovative collective residential development proposal. Located in the Roztily area in the south of Prague the influence of the nearby forest greenery and the highway on each side of the development shaped our approach.
CMC+MIAS+OCA Architects Barcelona team to present a proposal for Zizkov international competition
The international team OCA is a part of has been awarded a pass into the second phase of the architecture competition that will decide the future design of the residential complex that will occupy the current location of Zizkov telecommunications tower.
Single family house in Zaidín ready to move in!
Now that we’ve completed the project is a good time to show a process wich over 10 months of construction has taken us from plan to reality. The single family house for a young family is located in Zaidín a town near Fraga in the Huesca province of Spain. The construction technology is fairly simple and based on a concrete structure with with strong foundations reaching strong soil 2m deep. Facades and interior partitions are executed in ceramic, external insulation SATE is applied for optimal thermal and energetic performance.
Proposal for the renovation of Avila’s central market
The project revolves around the great central atrium covered by a new monumental roof permeable to the passage of natural light. Surrounding it, a crown of auxiliary uses open to the surrounding streets. The intervention helps to filter the internal relationship and links the project to its context. The functional program organizes in two clearly differentiated zones. The public access areas and the administration areas and internal storage. All accesses and movements are barrier-free and suitable for people with reduced mobility.
A soap bubble-like structure for the design of a new school in Smichov, Prague
18.03.2018 We imagine the new SMICHOV school as a modern and transparent infrastructure. Light and bright like a soap bubble, floating above the open ground floor which is kept accessible for the local community. This approach allows the flow of its adjacent parks helping to create a bigger green. The school looks out at the world and the feeling of freedom permeates all its spaces creating the perfect stage for the growth of its young users.
Proposal for the Losbates school complex
We imagine the new LOSBATES school as a modern and bright infrastructure, built in local wood for a warm touch. Open and integrated with its community thanks to the small size of the independent pavilions that conform it. This approach allows the intermingling of nature and construction, a feeling of freedom permeates all the spaces creating the perfect stage for the growth and its young users. Its amenities open up to a new park which transitions into a splendid forest to the north.
Proposal for a sky resort in Borovets area in Bulgary
Borovets as a tourist destination is increasing its popularity both on the Bulgarian and the international market, because of its perfect alpine scenario in the heart of Europe. To strengthen its competitiveness, we propose a transparent and permeable building which will intensely promote adventures and physical challenges, cultural and identity activities, health and physical well-being, as well as ecotourism.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
03.01.2018 – Oca Architects wishes you a happy new year 2018.
NEW KCP BOOK PUBLICATION
18.10.2017 – Ccba Moba edited. we are honored to be part of the history of Prague.
OCA ARCHITECTS WINS 1ST PRIZE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CENTER COMPETITION
12.09.2017 – OCA won the first prize for the new exhibition hall of the Prague Congress Center!!
It’s been an honour to be part of this 2 round cometition. This challenge has allowed us to take a leap forward in the quality of our work and create a project of which we are truly proud. We are specially happy with the evolution the project took after the first round. With the help of the jury’s comments we transformed a utopic project into a fully functional desin which we hope to start implementing soon.
We worked on the proposal for each round with a very different mindset and the results speak for themselves. The first was a design to show and demonstrate the validity of a radical scheme and idea and the second a functional design for actual implementation.
OCA ARCHITECTS STARTS CONSTRUCTION WORKS ON CASA EN ZAIDÍN
05.09.17 – OCA starts construction works for the Casa en Zaidín project. The construction method will be based on a traditional concrete structure. The expected delivery date is 10 months from this moment.
05.09.17 – OCA empieza los trabajos de construcción del proyecto para una casa unifamiliar en Zaidín. La vivienda unifamiliar asilada se sitúa en el área de Huesca en la localidad de Zaidín, cercana a la ciudad de Fraga. El proyecto económico y tradicional ha sido diseñado para conseguir una rápida ejecución manteniendo el presupuesto bajo. El periodo de ejecución se ha fijado en 10 meses.
OCA ARCHITECTS PROPOSAL FOR THE CITY OF RYDE HUB
17.04.16 – Design our Ryde competition, with Irene Gascón
We believe that the new Ryde Hub precinct has to be a bold statement of what the city of Ryde has been and will become. To accomplish this we propose to keep the old Civic Centre building and to erect a new cell-shaped meeting point around it, a sustainable construction capable of becoming the new heart of Ryde.
For a young city like Ryde, which only dates back to the 19th century, to lose the old Civic Centre is to lose a very important part of its character and identity. Therefore we believe that it is of the utmost importance to keep it as a key part of the new Ryde Hub. What Ryde needs most is not a group of iconic brand new buildings but an innovative design capable of giving value to its history.
BARCELONA LLUM 2015 FESTIVAL
07.02.15 – Hernan Lleida co-founder of OCA architects was part of ETSAB team that created the Neu Morta project ephemeral intervention that made use of the incredible effect created by black light projected on white cotton cords. It was recognised with a FAD award the following year. Team composed by Jordi Adell, David Bravo, Miriam Castel, Kevin Dalmeda, Noelia De la Red, Paula Domènech, Gerars Guerra, Hernan Lleida, Bernat Bastardas, Stela Salinas, Sergi Tabueña