Textile Blocks

Workshop of design and manufacturing
IE University
Construction System III students
Teymour Carlos Benet Brady, Letizia Caprile Ortiz, Alejandro D铆az Cazorla, Alvaro Men茅ndez Ucelay, Elis Misirli, Miriagiulia Federica Salvitti, Lara Hassan Abdelhamid Waked
Sistemas Constructivos III students
Andrea Obando Beca, Carolina Borreguero San Miguel, Jacobo Mignorance Arranz, Javier Gallardo Mart铆nez, Mar铆a Lucas N煤帽ez, Mario L贸pez Velas, Miriam del Pozo, Oscar Herrero Herr谩nz, Pedro Nadal Ferrer, Rafael Sanz Fern谩ndez, Susana Su谩rez Rodr铆guez, V铆ctor Esquivel Moreno
Prehorquisa [web]
Forjados Secusa [web]
Sika Group [web]
Exhibition El T谩cto del Hormig贸n
Museum Cemento Rezola & Atari
Manufacturing workshop
40 Students of the 3rd grade of the Donostia School of Architecture (UPV/EHU)


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The present design and manufacturing workshop is based on the experience of F. L. Wright in the 1920s, through the system known as TEXTILE BLOCKS.
The aim is to introduce you to the world of industrialisation, manufacturing and assembly. Understanding all this as a continuity in the architect’s creative process. It is the result of several experiences with architecture students from different universities, IE University and the School of Architecture of Donosti. Part of the work is planned around the historic cement company Rezola in collaboration with the Higher School of Architecture of Donosti and the association ATARI in the framework of an exhibition: TACTO DEL HORMIGON.
The workshop is organized in 3 distinct phases that allow a complete tour. A first one to know the original blocks and how it was used. A second one in which the theory is put into practice to carry out the construction of the blocks. Finally, a creative phase where once the original concepts have been interwoven, new ideas are given free rein to build new versions.



A theoretical approach is intended through classes based on the American experience and later on to jump to the practical plane through the physical realization of these modules.
The system was applied in different works, especially its group of houses in California, where the blocks mutated their finish giving rise to a very characteristic aesthetics of this period.
The system however was not patented. In spite of this, we have received different documents in this sense, schematics and drawings that try to explain the solution of blocks as a constructive system of multiple applications.
The 聝final aesthetics of these blocks are clearly indebted to their manufacturing process and also to the architecture and environment where these works are based. It is not in vain that the blocks generally use aggregate concrete from the area and acquire multiple finishes depending on the character that Wright intends to highlight in these works.
Known the blocks and the constructive system they serve, we will individually study different application examples, especially the housing complex in California.



In order to arrive at a good design, we must master the manufacturing process through moulds, materials, formwork and stripping processes.
For this reason we will start the workshop by manufacturing blocks, either through the original designs or through other invented ones, altering the material used through the same mold.



Formwork with different lightening and finishing strategies. Creative phase where different solutions are proposed to lighten the block by using different materials.
The weight challenge is complemented by the finish obtained. Blocks can be executed by means of reusable formwork, lost forms or flamed solutions such as those shown in the images.