We understand architecture
as an aesthetical practice
that drives a potentially
transforming force

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We understand architecture as an aesthetical practice that drives a potentially transforming force.

Thereby we explore the margins between politics, social order, human relations and playfulness through the production of images, spaces, objects, texts or buildings. We engage in the primitive ability of architecture as a mediator between the individual and his enviroment capable to produce, enlarge and put together feelings, ideas and conflicts.

We refuse ephimeral oportunisms by focusing our work on the development of a critical language to bring optimistic yet ironic response to different social realities. We escape from given solutions proposing instead a rigorous exhaustive methology based on a reality-wide investigation.

We do not resign to formalize the directed solution, to act as a simple sculptor of the dwelling.

We aspire to surmount the operative issue and encourage a new lecture and understanding of the territory. A flaneur on constant searching of opportunities always with daring answers. An agitator and a enabler who searches for the city rehumanization with the citizenship endorsment.

BEAUTY is the central reason of architecture as a result of the cross look at philosophy, ethics, science and enjoyment. NATURE is in permanent evolution. Azab understands nature as a contructor to live with, rather than encapsulated romantic concept. TECHNIQUES. In a hyperconnected world Azab eludes perishable technologies and cyber fetishims thet distract us from the main relevant issues. COMPLEXITY is a means to connect cultural references, to achieve aethetically crossover work. POLITICS. Architectural practice is a continuos political exercise
AZAB is established in 2018 by Cristina Acha, Miguel Zaballa, Ane Arce and Iñigo Berasategui

Azab is established in 2018 by Cristina Acha, Miguel Zaballa, Ane Arce and Iñigo Berasategui.
Architects from different generations, they lace their shared interests on cultural and social concerns. Common to their diverse projects is the combination of efficiency and imagination to emerge new synergies and relations that remain hidden on each specific context.
Their projects have been wide published in magazines, blogs and specialized media in architecture.

Cristina Acha Odriozola Cristina Acha Odriozola Cristina Acha Odriozola Cristina Acha Odriozola

She graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre in 1999. In 1999 she takes part in the refurbishment for a business incubator of the Nave Ilgner – central electrical supplier for the factory AHV Altos Hornos de Vizcaya  Biscay Blast Furnaces – built in 1927, in collaboration with Jose Luis Burgos principal architect at Mecsa.

In 2000 she joins Tecnei Arquitectura and as Project Architect she develops a wide range of works from private dwellings to public facilities and landscape projects such as 1240 dwellings in Barakaldo, residences for the elderly in Lujua and Bilbao, the project design for the Mina del Morro Park in Bilbao among others.

From 2006 to 2018 she is principal of Acha Zaballa Arquitectos. The practice has won recognition in various architectural competitions. Some of the notable projects of the firm are the Hotel in Herrera del Duque – rehabilitation and extension of the XV sc. Convent of Saint Jerome in Badajoz; the rehabilitation of the Mine Tunnels and redevelopment of the surrounding protected area in Castro Urdiales, the Fronton in Armintza, a 70 public dwellings building in Huesca or the MORE-house.

She was responsible of contents and programming as scientific secretariat of the BIA Urban Regeneration Forum “Towards living cities” held in Bilbao in September 2014.

Miguel Zaballa Llano Miguel Zaballa Llano Miguel Zaballa Llano Miguel Zaballa Llano

He graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of the Basque Country in 2005. From 2003 to 2005 he collaborates in diverse projects for Tecnei Arquitectura under the direction of Emilio Puertas principal architect.

From 2005 to 2006 he collaborates in diverse projects for JCAO Arquitectura under the direction of Jose Carlos Anasagasti principal architect, for public and private developers, most notably  the Herri Eskola renovation in Soraluze

From 2006 to 2018 he is principal of Acha Zaballa Arquitectos. In 2015 the office was selected as one of the 35 emerging Spanish teams by ON Diseño architectural publisher. Some of the notable projects are the Hotel in Herrera del Duque – rehabilitation and extension of the XV sc. Convent of Saint Jerome in Badajoz; the rehabilitation of the Mine Tunnels and redevelopment of the surrounding protected area in Castro Urdiales; the Fronton in Armintza; a 70 public dwellings building in Huesca; the MORE-house. The practice has won recognition in various architectural competitions such as Europan 13-Stavanger, the Baltic Sea Art Park international competition or the New Town Hall for Prague 7 District.

From 2013 to 2016 has been board member of the Official Chamber of Basque Navarre Architects.  

Ane Arce Urtiaga Ane Arce Urtiaga Ane Arce Urtiaga Ane Arce Urtiaga

She graduated with honors from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre in 2014. During her scholarship she collaborated with Tecnalia in research on modular housing. She completed her academic studies at the Academie Van Bowkunts in Amsterdam, developing her final project under the direction of L.M. Uriarte.

She continues her professional career in the Netherlands where he collaborates with the Bureau Sla studio taking part in award-winning projects such as the Montessori School in Amsterdam or international competitions such as the Baltic Sea Park in Estonia.

In 2015 she returned to Bilbao to start her own firm founding Bear.

In its short time Bear has received professional honours from BIA, COAVN, as well as participated in conferences and research as "The City, cultural communication" (UPV-EHU, Bilbao).  

Iñigo Berasategui Orrantia Iñigo Berasategui Orrantia Iñigo Berasategui Orrantia Iñigo Berasategui Orrantia

He graduated with honors from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre in 2013. During his scholarship he collaborated with studios as Alcolea & Tárrago or Otxotorena Architects in several competitions.

He worked in Francisco Mangado & Associates office where he collaborated in projects such as the Museum of Fine Arts of Oviedo or the extension of Ourense Swimming Pools. He moved to Amsterdam where he worked for l.M. Uriarte coordinating the final phase of the Getxo Antzoki and the extension of the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao.

In 2015 he returned to Bilbao to start her own firm founding Bear. He combines his professional practice with teaching and research being a collaborator of the project department of ETSAUN for 2011-13.

Currently focuses his research on relationships and dependence between public space, architecture and society, receiving awards from institutions such as Archmedium, Egurtek or Hyspalit.

He has been responsible of contents and programming as scientific secretariat of the third edition of BIA Urban Regeneration Forum “Productive landscape” held in Bilbao in June 2018.  

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  • 2019 PREMIOS FAD

    The project Apartment 100.60 (Bilbao) Selected in the category “interior design” 2019.

  • 2019 PREMIOS COAVN

    The project Apartment 100.60 (Bilbao) Finalist in the category “interior design” 2019.

  • 2019 PREMIOS COAVN

    The project Inazio Zubizarreta Primary School (Igorre) Finalist in the category “architecture” 2019.

  • 2014 CSCAE AWARD.

    Procesos Arquitectónicos CSCAE. Adaptation of the San Jerónimo Convent in the Hospedería de Herrera del Duque.

  • 2014 WT SMART CITY AWARDS

    THIRD PRIZE Competition WT Smart City Awards in Milan. Italy

  • 2013 CSCAE AWARD.

    Arquitectura en Positivo CSCAE. More House in Castro Urdiales. Spain

  • 2012 EGURTEK

    Finalist Egurtek International Award

  • 2019 FIRST PRIZE

    Ideas Competition 35 Public Dwellings "el Campillo". Badajoz. Extremadura. Spain

  • 2018 THIRD PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition "El Campillo". Badajoz. Extremadura. Spain

  • 2017 ACCESIT

    Ideas Competition Manzana del Palacio Escoriaza - Esquivel en Vitoria Gasteiz

  • 2016 FINALIST. 2nd round

    International Ideas Competition New Town Hall for Prague 7 District. Prague. Czech Republic

  • 2016 HIGHLIGHTED ENTRY.

    International Ideas Competition newaarch New School of Architecture in Aarhus. Denmark

  • 2016 ACCESIT

    Elorrieta Waterfront Competition. BIA International Forum.

  • 2015 MENTION EUROPAN 13.

    International Competition in Stavanger. Norway

  • 2015 FINALIST.

    Ideas Competition Biblioteca en el Antiguo Cuartel de Policía Local en Almería. Spain

  • 2014 SPECIAL MENTION.

    Ideas Competition for the urban regeneration of Cantalojas rail trench in Bilbao. BIA International Forum.

  • 2014 SPECIAL MENTION.

    Ideas Competition for the new Euskal Herria square and Fronton in Orkoien

  • 2013 THIRD PRIZE.

    International Ideas Competition Baltic Sea Art Park in Pärnu. Estonia

  • 2013 PRESELECTED EUROPAN 12.

    International Competition in Don Benito. Spain

  • 2013 FINALIST

    International Culture Pavilion in Basilea

  • 2013 FINALIST

    Tokyo Replay Center Archmedium

  • 2011 SHORTLISTED.

    International Ideas Competition Liesma Hotel in Jurmala. Latvia

  • 2010 FIRST PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition Adaptation of the San Jerónimo Convent in the Hospedería de Herrera del Duque. Badajoz. Spain

  • 2010 SECOND PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition for the Gernikako Arbola Square in Urretxu. Gipuzkoa. Spain

  • 2009 THIRD PRIZE.

    International Ideas Competition Bcc Basque Culinary Centre in San Sebastian. Gipuzkoa. Spain

  • 2008 FIRST PRIZE.

    Competition Ideas Rehabilitation Old mine tunnels and redevelopment of the Ocharan area in Castro Urdiales. Spain

  • 2008 SECOND PRIZE.

    Competition Ideas Rehabilitation and extension of the Bake-Eder Palace as office dwellings in Getxo. Bizkaia. Spain

  • 2008 SPECIAL MENTION.

    Ideas Competition. Adaptation of the San Juan de Dios Convent in the Hospedería de Olivenza. Badajoz. Spain

  • 2007 FIRST PRIZE.

    Competition 58 public dwellings in Huesca. Aragon. Spain

  • 2007 SECOND PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition Underground parking and new España Square in Arnedo. La Rioja. Spain

  • 2007 SHORTLISTED.

    Ideas Competition Fiscalia Building in Justice Campus Madrid. Spain

  • 2006 SECOND PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition Inteco. National Institute of Telecommunications of the Government of Spain. Leon. Spain

  • 2006 SECOND PRIZE.

    Ideas Competition of Redevelopment of the Armintza borough

  • 2006 SHORTLISTED.

    Ideas Competition "Soluciones Urbanas. Propuestas de Futuro" CSCAE

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  • 2019 SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY.

    "MANIFESTO" LECTURE at the School of Architecture University of the Basque Country ETSASS

  • 2017 "a blue - green approach" COAVN,

    Official Chamber of Basque Navarre Architects. Bilbao

  • 2016 Elemento de actualización del espacio público.

    Conseil d´architecture d´urbanisme et de l´environnement de Pau, France.

  • 2016 SAFARI#35 SAF.

    Stavanger Arkitektforening. Stavanger. Norway

  • 2016 BIA “Superando la isla. La arquitectura más allá del espectáculo”.

    Bizkaia Aretoa. Bilbao

  • 2016 Inauguration of European Capital of Culture year 2016.

    Museum Rezola. Donostia

  • 2015 Ciudad sobre ciudad. Arquitectura como cambio.

    Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao.

  • 2015 International seminar Joao Alvaro Rocha in memoriam.

    Maia, Portugal.

  • 2015 “Acting Architecture”

    UPV Ciudad Comunicación Cultura.

  • 2015 “Nuevos modos de actuar en la escena urbana”

    Pecha Kucha Night ZAWP. Bilbao

  • 2014 Proyectar Bilbao. Grupo Vía

    COAVN. Bilbao.

  • 2013 Innova Youth Meeting. Madrid.

    Atari Cultura Arquitectónica. Madrid.

  • 2012 Architectes Basques <40

    Pavillon de l´architecture Pau. France Atari.Ka

  • 2011 COAVN. Bilbao

    Official Chamber of Basque Navarre Architects. Bilbao

EXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONSEXHIBITIONS

  • Public dwellings in "el Campillo"

    COADE Official Chamber of Extremadura Architects. Badajoz

  • 2018 Ideas Competition "El Campillo".

    Las Casas Mudéjares Badajoz. Extremadura. Spain

  • 2017 “Invisible City Unbuilt projects in Bilbao”.

    Sala Ondare Diputación de Bizkaia Bilbao.

  • 2016 "New town hall for Prague 7 District".

    New Prague 7 Town Hall. Prague. Czech Republic

  • 2016 "The adaptable city 2" Europan 13.

    Collegi Oficial d´Arquitectes de les Illes Balears, COAIB. Palma de Mallorca. Spain

  • 2016 “Ribera de Elorrieta competition”.

    Papelera de Zorrozaurre, Bilbao.

  • 2016 "Newaarch New School of Architecture in Aarhus", Nørreport 22.

    Aarhus School of Architecture. Aarhus. Denmark

  • 2015 "Dialogues Biscay Architecture XXI sc."

    ETSASS Escuela Ténica Superior de Arquitectura San Sebastian / Sala Ondare Diputación de Bizkaia Bilbao / Metro Bilbao

  • 2014 WT Smart City Awards.

    Milan. Italy

  • 2014 "Architectur competition Baltic Sea Art Park".

    Museum of Architecture. Tallin, Estonia

  • 2014 “BIA competition On a wire”

    La Naja, Bilbao.

  • 2014 "Architectur competition Tartu Wardolf Center".

    Museum of Architecture. Tallin, Estonia

  • 2013 "Sustainable Architecture". Atari Ka.

    Museum Cementos Rezola. Donosti

  • 2012 “National and university library NUK II Competition”.

    Museum for architecture and design, Fužine castle, Pot na Fužine 2, Ljubljana.

  • 2010 Exhibition "Hospederia Herrera del Duque Competition".

    Palacio de Congresos de Mérida. Badajoz, Spain

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