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Manuel Bouzas and Santiago del Aguila

Bouzas. Del Aguila

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Paseo de la Habana, Madrid, Spain
Manuel Bouzas, (Pontevedra, 1993), is a Madrid-based Architect graduated with honors at the Technical University of Madrid-ETSAM in 2018. He received seven awards for his final thesis project at different Graduation Project Competitions. Santiago del Aguila, (Madrid, 1992), is a Madrid-based Architect graduated with honors at San Pablo CEU in 2018. He received the Extraordinary end of studies distinction prize. Santiago and Manuel met casually one night and since then they work together.

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The Catenary and the Arc


A temporary installation occupying the courtyard of Flores & Prats´s cultural center in Mallorca.

The Catenary and the Arc


A temporary installation occupying the courtyard of Flores & Prats´s cultural center in Mallorca.
It promotes in an active and participative way the heritage and touristic value of the courtyard.
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The projects consists of an artistic and temporary installation that opened the doors to thousands of people during the first week of July 2019. It wants to promote and show in an active and participative way the heritage and touristic value of the Balearic Islands ancient courtyards.

The installation is located in the Can Balaguer courtyard, an aristocratic house dating back to the 14th century and refurbished by Flores & Prats. Seduced by the beauty of the stone arches, the proposal reflects their form with a reverse geometry. The large catenaries are built using light steel meshes. Covered with recycled acetate, it projects a red warm light in the interior of the space.

The proposal relates the individual's experience with the collective public space, inviting the citizens to rediscover hidden spaces through exploring and proposing new design fields. This type of practices tries to face spatial, social and cultural issues from a creative, free and transversal perspective.


1. Can Balaguer is organized by the rhythm of stone arches.
2. We are seduced by the beauty of those arches.

3. We want to contrast two opposite geometries: the arc and the catenary.
4. One fights against gravity while the other one works with it.

5. One requires mass while the other achieves lightness.
6. One is compressed while the other stretches.

7. One is opaque while the other lets light pass through it.
8. One provides shade while the other projects its color.

9. One grows from the ground while the other falls from the sky.
10. One was already there while the other not yet.

The Catenary and the Arc


A temporary installation occupying the courtyard of Flores & Prats´s cultural center in Mallorca.

The Catenary and the Arc


A temporary installation occupying the courtyard of Flores & Prats´s cultural center in Mallorca.
It promotes in an active and participative way the heritage and touristic value of the courtyard.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

The projects consists of an artistic and temporary installation that opened the doors to thousands of people during the first week of July 2019. It wants to promote and show in an active and participative way the heritage and touristic value of the Balearic Islands ancient courtyards.

The installation is located in the Can Balaguer courtyard, an aristocratic house dating back to the 14th century and refurbished by Flores & Prats. Seduced by the beauty of the stone arches, the proposal reflects their form with a reverse geometry. The large catenaries are built using light steel meshes. Covered with recycled acetate, it projects a red warm light in the interior of the space.

The proposal relates the individual's experience with the collective public space, inviting the citizens to rediscover hidden spaces through exploring and proposing new design fields. This type of practices tries to face spatial, social and cultural issues from a creative, free and transversal perspective.


1. Can Balaguer is organized by the rhythm of stone arches.
2. We are seduced by the beauty of those arches.

3. We want to contrast two opposite geometries: the arc and the catenary.
4. One fights against gravity while the other one works with it.

5. One requires mass while the other achieves lightness.
6. One is compressed while the other stretches.

7. One is opaque while the other lets light pass through it.
8. One provides shade while the other projects its color.

9. One grows from the ground while the other falls from the sky.
10. One was already there while the other not yet.


Idea by

Manuel Bouzas and Santiago del Aguila
Bouzas. Del Aguila
Paseo de la Habana
Madrid
Spain
Manuel Bouzas, (Pontevedra, 1993), is a Madrid-based Architect graduated with honors at the Technical University of Madrid-ETSAM in 2018. He received seven awards for his final thesis project at different Graduation Project Competitions. Santiago del Aguila, (Madrid, 1992), is a Madrid-based Architect graduated with honors at San Pablo CEU in 2018. He received the Extraordinary end of studies distinction prize. Santiago and Manuel met casually one night and since then they work together.