MAS Context Spring Talks 2021
Ensamble Studio: Radical Logic


Architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio lectured as part of MAS Context’s 2021 Spring Talks series.


Radical Logic


Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. Balancing imagination and reality, art and science, their work innovates typologies, technologies, and methodologies to address issues as diverse as the construction of the landscape or the prefabrication of the house.

During the talk, Antón and Debóra shared an overview of the the work of Ensamble Studio, from their early works such as the SGAE Headquarters in Santiago de Compostela, Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, and The Truffle in Galicia, to their most recent ones, Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid and Ca’n Terra in Menorca, Spain.

The lecture coincided with the launch of the book Radical Logic: On the Work of Ensamble Studio published by MAS Context. Edited by Iker Gil, the book documents the first twenty years of the Boston- and Madrid-based office at a key moment in their career. Through specially commissioned interviews with the architects, essays, and photography by James Florio, the book provides a unique insight into the ideas that drive the studio, the ambitions behind their key projects, and their ongoing explorations.


Suggested readings

Ensamble Studio, “Ca’n Terra: Architecture of the Earth – Virtual Exhibition,” ‘T’ Space, 2020.

Ensamble present Ca’n TerraThe World Around Summit 2021, January 30, 2021.

Antón García-Abril, “The Truffle,” MAS Context, Speed, September 5, 2011.

Débora Mesa, “Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials,” TED, November, 2018.


Structures of Landscape, Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana. © James Florio.


Ca’n Terra, Menorca, Spain. © James Florio.


Hemeroscopium House, Madrid, Spain. © James Florio.


SGAE Central Headquarters, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. © James Florio.


The Truffle, Northern Spain. © James Florio.


Ensamble Fábrica, Madrid, Spain. © James Florio.


Ensamble Studio is a cross-functional team founded in 2000 and led by architects Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa. From their early works—SGAE Headquarters, Hemeroscopium House, and The Truffle in Spain—to their most recent—Ensamble Fabrica in Madrid and Ca’n Terra in Menorca, Spain—, every project makes space for experimentation aiming to advance their field. Currently, through their startup WoHo, they are invested in increasing the quality of architecture while making it more affordable by integrating offsite technologies. Their new research and fabrication facility in Madrid, Ensamble Fabrica, has been built to support this endeavor. Antón and Débora are committed to sharing ideas and cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds through teaching, lecturing, and researching. Débora is Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech and Antón is a Professor at MIT, where they cofounded the POPlab—Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory—in 2012. | @ensamblestudio

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