Textile Blocks

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Workshop of design and manufacturing
IE University
2013-2014

Construction System III students
Teymour Carlos Benet Brady, Letizia Caprile Ortiz, Alejandro Díaz Cazorla, Alvaro Menéndez 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 Martínez, María Lucas Núñez, Mario López Velas, Miriam del Pozo, Oscar Herrero Herránz, Pedro Nadal Ferrer, Rafael Sanz Fernández, Susana Suárez Rodríguez, Víctor Esquivel Moreno


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Exhibition El Tácto del Hormigón
Museum Cemento Rezola & Atari
2014-2015

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 ƒfinal 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.