ESpHeM FAQ´s (Frecuents Asked Questions)

What is “EspHeM”?

In Spanish, the acronym of “EspHeM” stands for: "Empresa de Servicios para Habitar este Mundo" (a Service Company to Inhabit this World)
So the EspHeM’s primary mission is to offer the user a new formula of portable habitat prototypes: a kind of marginal architectures (precarious, not permanent) that act like resonating boxes on our temporary identity.

Is there an exclusive constructive formula for these portable habitat prototypes?

“Packaging solutions to inhabit this world” is the EspHeM´s constructive proposal, as our marketing slogan states. This is an architectural application of conventional packaging systems. In this way, the cardboard structures change the scale and context for using as living spaces, with the implications that the new continent carries.
In order to do this we have developed an appropriation of folding and unfolding systems used in packaging. This allows us to apply the features of mobility and displacement of this industry.

Why does ESpHeM choose the marketing structure to promote itself?

The strategy of marketing and the assumption of its rites and scenographies permit it to focus on the consumer society. Thus, ESpHeM offer its temporary and precarious spaces in the developed cities and, in this way, it criticize, from inside, the fictional concepts of material security and comfort that people install in their lives in a mass consumer driven society.
On the other hand, the voluntary incapacity for profit of ESpHeM prototypes make of it a utopian company that you just can figure out from the paradox of art.
This is the way to understand the specific meaning of a Service Company to Inhabit this World.

What are the services provided by ESpHeM?

Its purpose is to provide a new formula for world inhabitation. This can be accessed for free on the web and also in temporary exhibitions off-line. There you will be able to receive information about the structures and technical instructions to create your own prototype.

In this case, is EspHeM a king of scenographie closer to theater than architecture?

ESpHeM works, from several mixed genders and formats, on the representation of lightness as architectural condition based on the idea of the relativity of history.
The intention is not to respond to practical necessity. Esphem operates outside the boundaries imposed by the resolution of conventional architectural functional structures. It situates itself within the context of a utopian order with all the advantages and inconveniences that this order supposes