Pop-up Living

Manuel Mateu Sanchis joins us for the first time in the Architect-US Portfolio Challenge, he submitted a project called Pop-up Living. Manuel has architects in his family, as his father and his grandfather have been architects since he was a child. This consistent interaction with the design world has inevitably led to his strong passion for the architecture profession. He is an experienced contributor with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry and used his skills in AutoCAD, Adobe Indesign CC, and Adobe Photoshop for this project.

When he finished school, he started his studies in architecture, at the Polytechnic University of Valencia ( ETSAV), where he discovered a new world of possibilities. During the 2016/2017 school year, Manuel decided to take advantage of the Erasmus scholarship to expand his knowledge and went to Munich, Germany; in one of the best European technical universities (Tu Munchen). In 2019 he graduated as a design professional from IESE Business School – University of Navarra.

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After finishing his bachelor and master studies in architecture, Manuel decided to leave Spain to try his hand as an Architect in Paris. He arrived at the acclaimed studio Dominique Perrault. Throughout this experience he was able to experience large scale projects for the first time, and participated in architecture and urban competitions.

Through these experiences and opportunities he has been able to create incredible projects such as Pop-Up Living. The project rises from the re-use of an existing building, where communication nuclei and structure are part of the exercise.

The residence highlights the flexibility, the efforts to be dynamic, changing and in constant movement. The only fixed elements are the service modules. It is a system through which cells can grow and decrease according to the needs of the occupant(s). The space gained becomes the private space, while the lost space is allocated to common spaces.

Through this system of projected cells we achieve to minimize the private space, creating common spaces with infinite possibilities, trying to leave the final solution to the occupant.

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Images by Manuel Mateu Sanchis

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