Architect by ETSAM and Cum Llaude PhD 2007 also at ETSAM. Prometeo Scholarship at Tecniche Hoschule Darmstatd. Alemania. Master in Building Technologies by Columbia University, New York.

Professor at Design Studio Chair ETSAM and visiting professor at Arizona University. He has been lecturer in London AA, Bogotá, Turín, San Sebastián, SEK Segovia, San Sebastián, Navarra, Valencia, Politécnica de Cartagena and Alfonso X el Sabio among other Universities. Currently, he manages the Research Group of architectonical Review, ARKRIT.


Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas and Nicolás Maruri associate in 1987 and settle in Madrid.

Since then, they teach at the ETSAM (Madrid School of Achitecture). Also they have focused on searching new housing units types and housing blocks reconfiguration, according to contemporary public space and urban issues.

As an office they have received more than seventy national and international awards, such as, Best State Subsidized Housing Block by Government of Madrid, Best Architectural Proposal by the Government of Murcia, First Prize Biennale Zaragoza, National Housing Award and National Award for Preservation of Archeological Heritage 2012.

Their most recent exhibitions were held at the AA in London, in NAI Rotterdam in IIT Chicago, Arizona CAPLAN, in the Venice Biennale, at the Cervantes Institute in Rio, Sao Paulo, Paris, Rome and New York, AEDES Gallery in Berlin, at the RIBA in London, and in many schools and association of architecture in Spain.

Their work has been published in more than three hundred magazines and books worldwide.

Nicolás Maruri- At MCH

MCH Experience

  • Guest professor in several editions
  • Guiding architect to Carabanchel study trip, MCH'17
  • Workshop leader at MCH'18: Intermediate States

Nicolas Maruri Links

Nicolás Maruri MCH Experience

  • Guest professor in several editions
  • Guiding architect to Carabanchel study trip, MCH'17
  • Workshop leader at MCH'18: Intermediate States

Amann-Cánovas-Maruri Workshop 2018

"Intermediate States"

Workshop Leader: Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
Assistant teacher: Gabriel Wajnerman

MCH Workshop Length: 5 days






Fed up with the image, the significance and the arrogance of the buildings of housing in the cities, bored of irresponsible monumentality, of unwary form and the monotonous repetition of the constructed, we propose a different  register look on  the housing project.


It would be possible to send the housing project to new conditions of living, in which the city as collective space and sociability space complements and even replaced elements and conditions from traditional domesticity.


If the collective housing is porous it is not only for a strictly formal condition but also for the evidence of technological connections that make it permeable. The dwellings are transparent from the technological viewpoint, controlled through multiple devices whose uses, unsuspecting, bring us closer to a society uniformed to exhaustion.


In any case and in front of the set of relationships that occur in the network, to the theory of virtual sociability, it is possible to continue pursuing on building a close physical relations society and therefore complement these two societies that offer us advantages together. The community as a basis of collective solidarity does not exclude technological transparency society. Perhaps it is possible to affirm that new collective and community housing serves as a ethical basis for a new commitment to society. The new housing builds a chain of solidarity.


We are in an intermediate state, as it has always been, in a situation of strange lack of definition. We have produced, in the developed societies, a space and building of high quality standards and we keep repeating until be feed up that liberal creed.


We propose a reflection not on supposedly private part of housing but on those places in which occurs the sociability: The Intermediate States. Thus the entry halls, stairs, garages, roofs, those second places that appear as a waste of the stacking of housing units can become, within the reflection of new uses, in a fuze to reset obsolete buildings. In the same manner hallways, lofts, thresholds, lobbies and galleries... places of passages and again waste, can also become a potential transformer. What is not thought, what is discarded, useless, the despicable... What a good stuff to work with!


Amann-Cánovas-Maruri MCH Workshop was held in Madrid, from Monday 19th of March to Friday 23th of March 2018.

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