OFFICE | LESS
We are Alejandro and Christian. Architects, artists, and official neighbourhood crazy people. We are looking into establishing our own studio, called Commún. Currently we are officeless, but it hasn’t stopped us.
We have been locked up for five months because of the pandemic, forced to learn how to be at home. Although we were caught off guard and all of us had to improvise and adjust, we have learned to do almost everything from home: exercise, meet friends, be alone in a room, and most importantly, work. We were surprised to receive a call from Non Architecture to research remote work. We started to investigate and asked ourselves: what is remote working? Why is working remotely directly related to working from home?
The relationship between remote work and home is based on convenience and comfort. Therefore, we have decided to get uncomfortable and find the answer to all of our queries.
We have always felt an undeniable attraction to public spaces. This has led us to push the boundaries of how public space could be used. We see a plaza as a potential workshop, and an abandoned park as a public co-working space.
Convinced by the idea, that public spaces and underutilized spaces present very interesting possibilities, we have decided to go to our favourite place in Madrid, the Enrique Tierno Galvan Park with our work essentials; a chair and a table. There we chose and imagined our five usual workspaces in five different locations of the park.
This pandemic will pass, and we will continue our lives, reconquer the cities and return to the streets. But we believe that we will return with a new way of using spaces at our disposal. Hopefully, with a new vision and a new set of questions.
Since remote working is not only a future scenario but also a crucial part of the present, architecture and design are challenged to come up with innovative solutions that rethink the boundaries of what already has been conceived. The objective of the REMOTE project is to create a case study about the relevance and possibilities of the remote office concept in the architectural field, and to investigate the opportunities of a flexible, adaptable, and remote work environment. It can be distant or close, lonely or collective, creative or repetitive…or an attractive and even surprising setting, that studios are intrigued by!
Alejandro Arias and Christian Maier are Venezuelan architects, artists and official neighbourhood crazy people based in Madrid, Spain. They created their design practice called commún, by making a series of intentional accidents back in 2019. Their projects and investigations are based on their experimentations on the intersection of art, architecture, media, some useful childhood trauma and humour. They aim to tell stories, raise questions, and connect with people by thinking, creating, building, and communicating art and architecture.
Alejandro Arias, Venezuela, architect and artist (Commún), Non Architecture Competition community member;
Christian Maier, Venezuela, architect and artist (Commún), Non Architecture Competition community member.