Macarena Chaves Martinez joined the Architect-USJob+J1 Visa Program more recently and has been working towards getting an opportunity to work in the USA again. For the Portfolio Challenge, she submitted StartMad. A project that she worked on while in Madrid, which seeks to provide designs for a northern section of the city known for its financial district and tall towers. This area of Madrid has many start-up companies that require a different style of office space that promotes more interconnection and communication.
StartMad seeks to fuse the two main needs in this area of Madrid, office space and residential buildings. Thus, the project is designed as a neighborhood that infuses these two needs, and the atrium and the social connectors allow for people to find each other in different settings for different needs.
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Macarena has been able to study at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) and the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was able to work at Forma Architecture in Chicago for 7 months, while studying at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Images by Macarena Chaves Martinez
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