Glorieta Juan Carlos I Mula, Spain
London, Seville, Montreal
Enrique Ramos, Silvia Polito and Ciriaco Castro all worked at Foster + Partners at the end of the last decade (Castro also collaborated with Amanda Levete and Polito with Wilkinson Eyre), which gives them all unrivalled experience of major masterplanning and building projects around the world. The trio, who all studied in Spain, broke away from the Riverside One mothership in 2009, and set up on their own as ESC-Studio following a competition win for a public space in Mula, Spain. Now with bases in London and Seville, as well as an outpost in Montreal, they say that they have 'always considered the experience of working for a large company as a natural step towards developing our own architecture'. Polito explains: 'When you work for a big company, there is always a moment when you have to decide if you want to become part of that system, or use what you have learnt to set up your own practice.' Currently working on a new arts centre in Ireland, as well as preliminary work on projects in Europe and Canada, the studio is also writing a monograph and researching the potential crossover between robotics and architecture.