When approaching a design problem, Madrid-based architects Fernando Rodr'guez and Pablo Oriol of the firm FRPO try to find a method of attack rather than jumping right in with a solution. Their process often involves breaking the building program into its basic elements, which they then weave back together in surprising ways. Oriol explains, 'We try to arrive at a systematic simplicity, establishing basic rules of play for the design process'but ones that are capable of assuming the full complexity of the program and result in spatial richness.'
A case in point is their 2008 competition-winning design for the Access and Services Building at the Madrid City of Justice (with Estudio Cano Lasso; suspended due to lack of funds), where they tackled a program with disparate elements such as a TV studio, a sequestered jurors' residence, and an auditorium. Their design broke these elements into elliptical discs superimposed over one another at different angles, with terraces, overhangs, and voids in between.