A Very Concéntrico Design Festival in Logroño
The city in La Rioja becomes a design hub for the fourth edition of Concéntrico, a celebration of the squares, streets, terraces and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed.
Logroño, the capital of the La Rioja province in Spain, is best known for its wine and its role as a stop on the Camino de Santiago —so usually, visitors can be grouped under the oenophiles or the religious. But between April 27 and May 1, the city is also becoming a banquet for design fans, with the fourth edition of its Concéntrico festival.
Labeled “a festival of the city,” the event links Logroño’s heritage to contemporary architecture through a set of outdoor installations created by 14 national and international teams. The proposals on display range from an kinesiology-tape-inspired piece from Andalusian designer Jorge Penadés to a tongue-in-cheek glamorous building intervention by Berlin’s Plastique Fantastique.
The festival, then, becomes a celebration of the squares, streets, terraces and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed —including the interior courtyards that were once of great importance to the city but are now either forgotten or closed to the public.
“The goal of Concéntrico is to open up these symbolic places and reinterpret them through the different architecture and design teams and their interventions, with a specific project for each location,” explained Javier Peña Ibáñez, the festival’s creator. “By doing so, we seek to reveal the intimate relationship that exists between contemporary architecture and its capacity to transform the lives of people.”
The festival also includes Migrant Garden, an exhibition by Czech architect Martin Rajnis that explores the process of migration through small-sized architecture, a show by the La Rioja School of Design and a round of talks titled Discussions on Curating, Researching and Teaching.