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
Is there an exclusive constructive formula for these portable habitat
“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 www.esphem.com
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
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.