[Article updated on May 23]
Elisava, the Barcelona design studio Folch Studio and the multinational Vice have announced a strategic alliance to develop a new training model at Acid House Barcelona, a creative hub and incubator for creative business projects. The new space, located in the 22@ district of Poblenou, will be inaugurated in the fall of 2019 and will offer an offer of master's degrees and other programs that will begin to be announced this spring.
The third to join this strategic alliance has been Vice, which will be responsible for communication and sponsorship services and will collaborate in some of the courses and the main educational activities. As a multinational dedicated to offering advertising agency services and audiovisual production with its own media, Vice will be a key strategic partner in the development of Acid House Barcelona.
New educational format
The hybrid programming created by Elisava and Folch for the new center aims to become pioneer in its field, merging the incubation of ideas and projects with an academic side and the dissemination of content in digital media according to the new communicative and educational paradigm. Open to transversal profiles, the new model aims to unite education and entertainment in a radically innovative program endorsed by Elisava.
Set, showroom and exhibition gallery
Acid House Barcelona, created by Folch and designed by Arquitectura-G (Mies Van Der Rohe Award, 2015), will have almost 500 m2 that will be divided into 4 areas: a space-set oriented to education, a conference area, a showroom for brands, and a gallery for street-level exhibitions, as well as a cafeteria. Likewise, the new space will host companies from the creative world such as Odiseo, Eldorado and White Horse, among others.
"In Elisava we are very pleased to be part of a project that promotes a creative and critical center in Barcelona where creativity, communication, critical thinking and cooperation in total synergy with entrepreneurship are fundamental. The incorporation of Vice, with its wide expertise in communication, creativity and innovation, reinforces Acid House as a strategic project that will be key not only for Barcelona but for creativity and innovation globally." Javier Peña, General Director, Elisava
"We are proud to partner with one of the most prestigious design schools in the country, proposing a way to understand innovative, creative and business-oriented design." Albert Folch, Creative Director & Founder, Folch
"Education as we know it today is about to change, merging learning and entertainment to become a great driver for people, brands, companies and institutions. Vice not only brings wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of communication, but also offers us an opportunity to expand globally and reach new audiences." Rafa Martínez, COO & Head of Brand Strategy, Folch
"The current professional world is very complex and needs talents that know how to solve problems understanding reality as something in constant change and creating unprecedented connections between different areas of knowledge." Vincenzo Angileri, Head of Education, Acid House
"We are not only creating content for young people, but we are always looking for new ways to add value to the passions and concerns that are important to them (...). We are convinced that spaces like this are an essential instrument to ensure that Barcelona continues to be the international creativity reference that it is nowadays". Alex Jankelevich, Managing Director VICE Iberia & Italy