elii [oficina de arquitectura]


090 · Carriage of Señorlobo

Disco on wheels


First Award COAM -ex aequo- (Official Professional Association of Architects of Madrid), 2017

Finalist FAD Award. 2017

Carriage of the Madrid Council, parade of the Three Kings 2016, Madrid

The carriage of Señorlobo makes its way through the streets. It guides the Three Kings with the help of the attending public, to celebrate their arrival to the city of Madrid on such a special day.

Señorlobo floats through the city on a structure of thin rings of coloured lights. Its top is crowned by a technical space that houses the sound equipment, various lights and a smoke machine. Behind the rings, at the bottom, are the subwoofers. The assembly is supported on a towed platform and forms a sort of disco on wheels that carries the party and builds up the festive atmosphere before the highlight of the parade.

The carriage of Señorlobo interacts with the public, which has small mirrors to reflect the light from the carriage and guide the Three Kings as they twinkle.

The volume of this carriage is reminiscent of kids’ cartoons. The carriage forms an optical device that plays with the citizens’ perception and encourages them to interact with it so that everybody builds the event together. The size and height of the carriage are established by studying the viewing conditions in the streets. The top part is narrower so that it can be seen by as many children as possible. Furthermore, its volume is set in relation with the urban scale.


First Award COAM -ex aequo- (Official Professional Association of Architects of Madrid), 2017

Finalist FAD Award. 2017

Carriage of the Madrid Council, parade of the Three Kings 2016, Madrid

1. Dreams. In the two senses of the word. The carriage is part of a magical day that is full of hopes and dreams. Moreover, it is designed as a device with a dream-like appearance that creates sensory illusions.

What you see is not what it seems.

Kinetic device. The carriage moves leisurely and incessantly during the parade. The carriage forms an optical device that is activated with its motion, creating a changing perception during the itinerary.

Now you see it, now you don’t.

3. Portable celebration. People in parties normally move from one place to another. The carriage of Señorlobo moves through the city to spread the joy on this important day for children.

Parties on wheels.

4. Entourage of Señorlobo. A group of dancers, dressed in reflecting clothes, precedes the carriage, opening the way for Señorlobo. Light guides the Three Kings at all times.

Choreographies of reflecting bodies.

5. Strategic geometry. The carriage rises up to a height that guarantees it can be seen by children on both sides of the street.

A good view of the party.

6. Mediated architecture. This project has a dual audience: firstly, the public that takes to the streets every year to welcome the Three Kings, and, secondly, the millions of spectators that follow the event ‘from a distance’ through the media (TV, internet, etc). The height is projected to work properly both live and on the screen.

Light emissions.

7. Lightness. The carriage is built with lightweight materials that allow for quick assembly, without hindering the self-propelled platform on which it moves.

It looks enormous, but it is light.

  • Architects:
  • elii - Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios
  • Team leader:
  • elii - Ana López 
  • Team:
  • elii - Ana López + Ana Castaño + Claudia Pérez 
  • Design team for the 2016 parade:
  • Maral Kekejian, María Jerez, Jorge Dutor, Laura Millán, David Picazo, Oswaldo Terrones, Ignacio Buhigas, Señorlobo y elii.
  • DJ:
  • Señorlobo
  • Construction:
  • Artefacto Escenografía
  • Fotography and video:
  • ImagenSubliminal
  • Area:
  • 25,5m2
  • Date:
  • 2016
  • Location:
  • Madrid