The IN4BANKIA awards have just been published and our Rocamora design and architecture studio has been a finalist in two of the categories: Best SME 2020 and Best Export Company. In an uncertain scenario, where the impact of the covid has been felt overwhelmingly on all economic sectors, this award acquires, this year, more meaning than ever.
Rocamora Design and Architecture, S.L.P. is a company that has specialized and singularized itself in the development of “narrative architectures”, in architectures that tell stories through heritage.
Over the last half decade we have specialized in museum projects and the enhancement of historical and cultural heritage.
In our beginnings, in 2009, we faced the crisis as a challenge to reinvent the classic concept of the studio by redrawing a new work space, in a place, with shop windows, in an urban corner, at street level, so that people could see us and know that we existed.
We began to project and define the concept of the study, an architectural office formed by two people in origin, which grew by making some new projects that almost did not exist in the field of architecture: “museum projects”, to get consolidated in this new sector as a market reference within the network of provincial museums, and with a new international line at this time.
Eleven years later, in 2020, it has meant a new point of stop and impulse: an important change for us.
In the framework of the COVID-19, on March 16 (the day we were confined to the national level) the company incorporates, literally, to the team 5 more people. Half a year later we have maintained the usual staff and have consolidated those who joined, becoming ten people with a constant pace of work and project development, and facing the situation as a unit, with faith that all that will happen, and relying on the work we now have on the table, without looking elsewhere than the fixation to continue forward .
Rocamora Design and Architecture’s added value within the sector is our dedication to the service and realization of integral design: direction and design of basic and execution projects, coordination of audiovisuals and multimedia, brand-corporate identity design, innovation and technology in the field of tourism, accessibility and management and project consultancy. All this from a communicative design, permeable and accessible, with contemporary codes.
At this moment 85% of our business are:
- Museum and exhibition design.
- Integral projects of museums.
- Complete design of installations and museographic support.
- Audiovisual and multimedia coordination.
- Curatorship and management of the museographic project.
- Development and design of signage, lighting and elements of accessibility and inclusion.
- Development of 360º visitable projects.
- Development of specific didactic workshops adapted to heritage.
All the tools that are effective as technical material to incorporate to the project are being worked on effectively, intensely and successfully. This allows us to create modern museographies that are coherent with the technological situation and with the parameters of total inclusiveness.
The main stimulus of our projects is based on creating museum spaces and museographies that go beyond the merely expository, building immersive architectures that provoke sensations and allow the experience from a whole series of elements that serve as springs that, forming a harmonized whole with the building, the heritage, the technical contents and the environment, activate the senses of the visitors.
We work on specificity, differentiating the design and architecture associated with heritage and musealization independently of the execution.
We defend the project, the freedom of design and the defense of what we have designed.
The integral and powerful result of this independence supports us and is the consequence of coherently separating who designs and who builds (we only design) in a still confusing market, which we find very difficult to defend, but which we are sure is the future for better results.
The formula for the success of our team consists in hiring collaborators with personality and critical capacity, with professional and artistic skills that allow them to develop a long term relationship with the company. The skills are as important as being able to develop them as a team and being interested in continuous training in relation to the specific performance and work of the studio as a whole.
From Spain, we have started to work as partners of companies that are already working and developing projects outside our country. We are currently developing a collaboration project with a company from Elche to enter the Algerian market, with clear objectives and contacts.
The international clients we have worked with are
In Europe, the Museu de Marinha in Lisbon, the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia in Lisbon, the MAMUZ Museum in Mistelbach, Austria and the Nationalmuseet in Denmark.
In the USA: The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
In Canada: The Royal BC Museum in Victoria, the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton and the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec.
In Central America: the Ruta Maya Foundation, the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology MUNAE and the Museum of Colonial Art in La Antigua, Guatemala.
In Australia: the Western AustralianMuseum in Perth.
From an architecture office, from the intimate relationship of the creation of new spaces and the heritage contained in them, which has to consider the historical memory of each of the places, makes our platform as a Spanish studio, working from here, is a spectacular luck to be able to offer the profession and the trade through the design of “narrative architectures” and that the one who ends up being our client feels proud of them, thinks that he has been understood and that they represent him with seriousness and contemporary communication. And in the same way, it is stimulating that those who visit our “narrative architectures” feel the emotion of what they are told and offered.
We are proud to be able to make architectures in other countries that know how to adapt to the place where they will be located and that relate intimately to it.