Palma de Mallorca, Spain
© José Hevia
OHLAB is an award-winning office devoted to urban analysis and cultural research of contemporary society through design, architectural practice and urban strategy. OHLAB has been recently selected by Dezeen as one of the 6 best emerging interior design studios of 2018 and has been previously described by the Chicago Atheneum as “one of Europe’s most important emerging architects”.
The office, directed by Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver, was originally established in Shanghai, moved to Madrid and currently its main office is in Palma de Mallorca where a team of 18 architects, interior designers and building engineers are working in a variety of projects.
OHLAB has received numerous awards for their work on design and sustainability, such as Best House of the Year Award in 2017 from Architectural Record, New York; Best Eco Design Award in 2017 from IED, Madrid; 3 Awards at the World Architecture Festival 2016, Berlin; Best Energy Efficiency Project Award from NAN in 2016; Best of the Year Awards, New York in 2016, 2014 and 2012, WIN Awards, London, in 2016, 2014 and 2012; Great Indoors Awards 2013 among many others. The office was also nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Awards 2011.
Their work has been published extensively in specialized and general media such as Monocle, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Arquitectura Viva, FRAME, AD, Diseño Interior, Vogue, Elle, El País Semanal, The New York Times o Financial Times among others.
Prior establishing their own office Paloma and Jaime gained 9 years of professional experience in New York, Shanghai and Beijing collaborating with prestigious architectural offices such as OMA / Rem Koolhaas. They received their diploma in Architecture from the ETSAM Madrid and ETSAB Barcelona respectively and they both hold a postgraduate degree in Advanced Architecture from Columbia University, New York.
Paloma Hernaiz and Jaime Oliver are currently and since 2015 design teachers at the Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning environments from the IE School of Architecture, they were coordinating teachers at IED Design Degree in Madrid from 2011 to 2014, they taught at “La Gran Escala” Master from UPC in Barcelona and have been critics at different design juries at Princeton and Columbia University in New York and at Universidad Europea in Madrid. They have given lectures about their work in various institutions such as Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Universidad Europea de Madrid, or Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, WAF Berlin or DesignArt Tokyo.