A-ceroOrtega y Gasset, 20 - 2ª Planta 28006 Madrid, Spain
Joaquin Torres and Rafael Llamazares constitute the architecture team well-known as A-cero.
Initially as architects, they admire the classics, such as and of course Le Corbusier and Mies, but also feel a special attraction to the minimalist architecture of John Pawson and follow Spanish masters as Ignacio Ramos and Jose Antonio Vicens. The house of Las Matas of the latter, has influenced them decisively.
After designing their own design studio they undertook a small project, the Bar ‘Casa Pilar’ and crossed again the lines of imagination with an ambitious work but with great balance of forms. Success is immediate, and with it they will meet Amancio Ortega (Inditex), who entrust them his own beautiful house, and after this, the design of ‘Often’ stores.
The house of Juan Torres, father of the architect Joaquín Torres, was the first major studio project. Spectacularly huge, with classic art works that create a pleasant contrast to the radical contemporary forms designed by the studio A-cero.
From here the monumentality of the A-cero homes will be marked as a personal touch of the study, as well as freedom in posing structures or the distribution of heterodox structures of domestic spaces.
he next big project will be the design of La Finca in Somosaguas, which creates a unique plot for the construction of about 180 large houses. La Finca is to A-cero what Oak Park was to Frank Lloyd Wright. The homes created by the studio are unique in its forms, even it maintains a family resemblance or some seriality, are based on Torre’s and Llamazare’s belief, that in architecture function is same important as the form.
But just as Kiesler is between the nest house and surreal and abstract spaces, A-cero will draw directly on the formal universe of large contemporary sculpture. A-cero architectural geometries recreates a long evolution over a relatively short period of time, which leads them from purism of Le Corbusier to the last glimpses of objectual clearly curvilinear of Zaha Hadid. Extreme curves and angles that will characterize the most recent works of A-cero, both architectural structures and the development of multiple programs of interior and furniture design.
The key of A-cero’s work is to keep the idea throughout the whole process, from start to the crucial phase of the project management. In this sense, the “why” is as important as the “how.” The project must be developed from the more general concept until completing the definition of the smallest detail that it materializes.
A-cero is currently experiencing a significant internationalization process, with projects in Europe, UAE, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S.