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PEÑA architecture performs in the areas of spatial design, redevelopment of existing buildings, design of new buildings and of urban strategies. It is specialized in private houses, redevelopment and transformation, public buildings and city planning.

PEÑA is a Rotterdam based dynamic architectural firm, founded by Gabriel Peña. The firm performs in the areas of spatial design, redevelopment of existing buildings, design of new buildings and of urban strategies. It operates where architecture overlaps with city planning, based on careful analysis of the constantly evolving temporary life. Gabriel Peña has worked for international firms before establishing his own in 2006. He specializes in private houses, redevelopment and transformation, public buildings and city planning.

Private houses.
Designing houses and small-scale housing projects is Peña’s favourite challenge. They vary from new self-standing houses to renovations and apartment complexes. He offers fresh designs with careful attention to the interior and he provides the decoration and the furniture for these domiciles.

Redevelopment and transformation.
With big projects such as the transformation and restoration of offices into smaller businesses and houses, Peña is not just the architect and designer, but he also plays a vital role coordinating the interests of various parties. He acts as a mediator in the relations among the future users, the surrounding residents, investors and the government.

Public space and city planning.
Peña is keen on designing projects which play a role in the public space, such as theatres, shopping malls, museums and buildings with an educational purpose. He takes into account the characteristics of the surrounding space and the functions of the building.

Working method.
Peña focuses on the working methods and the procedures which the big scale projects require. He attaches great value to close cooperation with his clients and partners and to transparent communication among all parties involved. He collaborates mostly with local governments, social developers, investors and cultural and educational institutes. He acts as a mediator in the relations among the future users and the surrounding residents.

Gabriel Peña has been an educator at the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg and at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (FAU) de la Universidad de Chile. In 2017 Gabriel Peña was appointed a member of the AOA, the Chilean Architectural Office.