Inspiration to create collaborative spaces

Thinking about a music school may conjure up many things, but what indeed does come to mind is creation and art.

In this newsletter we want to run a special on Usurbil School of Music, the project on which we joined hands with OS3 Arkitektura in selecting a series of elements to make this space the perfect place for those who enjoy music and its composition.




Ainara Sagarna, Maialen Sagarna and Juan Pedro Otaduy give us a detailed rundown of their inspiration for bringing life to the new space and their reasons for using Akaba’s Kabi chair as the basic element of furniture in each of the rooms.

The qualities of a space determine a wide variety of questions related to the level of wellbeing perceived by people.




Ainara : We believe that spaces have a very intense influence on people.

The question in this case is light, comfort, pleasant landscapes (indoors and outdoors) and the possibilities of action/use, etc. All of this has an effect on the sensation of wellbeing and, with it, on mood, health and the ability to concentrate.

​The core objective addressed with renovation of the Usurbil School of Music, was to find a balanced solution to the myriad requirements and challenges of the project at functional, urban, sustainable, economic and environmental level.

Here the issue was to place emphasis on the existing villa and on the enormous linden tree conditioning the landscape of Calle Nagusia while meeting the needs of a music school double the size of its initial surface.




Maialen : We were also constrained by having to create a modern and sustainable place on a tight budget. 

The result is a meeting place, a new space where the activity going on inside is visible from the outside and where there is a certain amount of permeability between the school and the surrounding public space, making the two even more attractive.

An adequate setting provides stimulation for the activities that take place within it and, of course, the same applies to the cultural activities organised in appropriate spaces.

Maialen : We chose wood as the star component due to being a more sustainable material than concrete or steel and because it offers warmth when combined with certain sources of light.




Also because, being less heavy, we could maintain the previously existing load-bearing walls to support the new structure.

Juan Pedro : Taking account of the objectives of sustainability and modern design, we chose the Kabi chair as the object representing a contact point between the space and the people, thanks to its design, aesthetic, functionality and durability, while also creating a degree of harmony between the different elements.




The main thing we learned with the Usurbil School of Music, is the importance of approaching every project from different points of view, putting all of the desired objectives on the table and interrelating with people.