They have travelled around Spain’s coasts; they’ve gone through your hands, through those of your brother and those of your child. Thousands of beach balls are coming to Madrid to transform the city into a playing field. It seems like an accident. A lorry unloads them in Plaza del Dos de Mayo. No one understands what is happening. Somebody timidly throws one. The night has just begun. Seriousness flies out the window in the pool of balls, with no order or concert. Playing until the body is exhausted.
Una noche de pelotas is a project co-produced by the studio a+f Arquitectos and NOSE.
Paloma Fernández and Alberto Arense founded their studio, a+f Arquitectos, in 2009. As soon as they finished studying, they embraced the idea of submitting works to architecture competitions in order to bring to fruition fun, original proposals, like the ones that had characterised their projects as they earned their degrees. Now, idea contests, small home designs, actions in gardens and building supervision are what drive the studio, and to the extent possible, they will try to carry on with this innovative spirit with which they began.
NoseArq is a multidisciplinary studio devoted to architecture, design, illustration and theatre. It is made up of Elena Fuertes and Ignacio de Antonio, students at ETSAM, and it is an initiative which in 2008 “emerged from the distillation of transversal ideas”. They claim that “after pondering, talking, creating, forgetting, recovering and a few journeys, the overall conclusion is that there’s so much to learn”.