Better to host than to dazzle
-… ¿Which is the main characteristic of a motorhome? ¿How can we identify that strange mobile and technologically advanced device, half lorry half office?
¿Is it its condition of mobility or temporary nature? ¿Or is it maybe its technological character?...
The best way to define a motorhome (at least from our poinf of view as architects) is the fact that it gives a reply to the needs for looking for shelter, calm and comfort at work, in a difficult and not permanent environment.
This was also the opinion of the Motorcycling International Federation that required a motorhome to carry out its functions at the Paddock in the motor racing circuits.
The main objective of the project was, apart from a technological and engineer challenge, to provide accommodation in the motorhome for Federation representatives, who could also receive some guests. The key of the Project was to add to the good know-how of the most specialized engineerings, the view the architect controls, the living aspect.
The idea was to give that area the appropriate spatial quality, creating a warm atmosphere, far from sumptuous designs.
The project represented an exciting challenge, not only for its momentary/mobile character that required great precision of hydraulic engineering but also because it was located in a very noisy area that diverted the attention. It was a real circus, but instead of looking for notoriety in the ‘Hall of Fame’, the project tried to create a small shelter of calm and relief.
The motorhome habitat, the paddock, was a place with an opposed duality; a place occupied by thousands of fans during the day and at the same time a working place where many people suffered a huge pressure. The project filled this duality of use with a ground floor that served as a catering for all the guests of the FIM and a first floor for the offices, the working place for all the people who travelled every fifteen days through Europe, living in the motorcycling circuits. We searched a warm and cozy atmosphere, filtering the light through a huge lattice which at the same time gave a sensation of privacy in contrast to the exterior noisy world.
A place where you could work and stay for pleasure.
Every decision of the project had to consider precisely the two positions of the lorry: folded up and in movement, or unfolded either in vertical or horizontal direction. And it had to consider also the removable pieces that had to be stacked up and fit together as if we were dealing with a puzzle. A thrilling work of engineering and construction.
Project Date / Construction Date
2016 / 2016
- Salva Lopez
- Jaime Font