Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Santiago Calatrava opens Florida Polytechnic University
26/08/2014

Santiago Calatrava opens Florida Polytechnic University

In  2009, Santiago Calatrava was commissioned by the city of Lakeland, in the state of Florida, to draw up a masterplan for the expanded campus of Florida Polytechnic University, and design its main piece: the Innovation, Science and Technology...

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Riegler Riewe, contemporary art museum in Katowice (Poland)
25/08/2014

Riegler Riewe, contemporary art museum in Katowice (Poland)

The Austrian office of Florian Riegler and Roger Riewe has built the Silesian Museum of Contemporary Art in Katowice. The past of the Polish city is linked to heavy industry and mining, and this has created its particular historical-cultural identity and factory...

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Toni Gironès: Interpretation Center in Artesa de Segre (Lleida)
22/08/2014

Toni Gironès: Interpretation Center in Artesa de Segre (Lleida)

In an agricultural area in the region of La Noguera, Lleida, the cultural center of the Dolmen of Seró harbors multipurpose spaces, taking up the site of two abandoned vegetable gardens by the town square. In 2007 an irrigation pipeline was being built on the site...

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Travertine strips facade, housing blocks by Group8asia
21/08/2014

Travertine strips facade, housing blocks by Group8asia

The arrangement of the vertical travertine pieces generates a rhythmic facade, which alters the perception of the structure depending on the different observation angles. These housing blocks in the Swiss town of Crans-près-Céligny have been designed by Group8asia...

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Herzog & de Meuron, herb processing plant for Ricola
19/08/2014

Herzog & de Meuron, herb processing plant for Ricola

Ricola has inaugurated its seventh Herzog & de Meuron building: a new center for processing herbs beside the Swiss company’s production plant in Laufen. Stretching 100 meters and rising 11, the new facility emerges like an erratic block in the midst...

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, British Museum extension
18/08/2014

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, British Museum extension

The firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed the extension of the British Museum in London. The addition endows the museum with new interconnected and flexible spaces, adapted to its varied program. Four connected pavilions let light into...

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Lederer Regnarsdóttir Oei, Diocesan Curia and archives in Rottenburg
14/08/2014

Lederer Regnarsdóttir Oei, Diocesan Curia and archives in Rottenburg

As one of the German cities spared the devastation of World War II, Rottenburg maintains an important historical center with marks dating back to medieval and Baroque times. Of particular interest is the bishop’s palace, constructed around...

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Archiworkshop.kr, glamping in Korea
13/08/2014

Archiworkshop.kr, glamping in Korea

This project targets a niche market: the so-called glamping (from ‘glamour’ and ‘camping’), favored by those who cherish direct contact with nature but don’t want to give up the comforts of their urban homes when enjoying the outdoors...

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Paredes Pedrosa, Public Library in Ceuta (Spain)
12/08/2014

Paredes Pedrosa, Public Library in Ceuta (Spain)

The site’s complexity – with a fragment of the Andalusian medieval Ceuta –, the compressed character of the current city, and the marked topography encouraged to think of a unifying proposal that could make both aspects coexist...

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Rafael Moneo + GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial: Puig Tower in Barcelona
11/08/2014

Rafael Moneo + GCA Architects + Lucho Marcial: Puig Tower in Barcelona

Accompanied by two other towers of similar height, the new corporate headquarters of Group Puig rises on Plaza Europa, halfway between El Prat Airport and the city of Barcelona, entrusting its iconographic image to a spiral of glass bands...

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Shigeru Ban, Aspen Art Museum
07/08/2014

Shigeru Ban, Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum (Colorado) opens its new building to the public this Saturday, 9 August. It is the first permanent museum in the US by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this year’s Pritzker Prize laureate. The facade is a reflection of the building’s transparency...

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BCQ Arquitectes, Joan Maragall Library in Barcelona
06/08/2014

BCQ Arquitectes, Joan Maragall Library in Barcelona

The Joan Maragall Library in Sant Gervasi, by David Baena and Toni Casamor, is tucked under the garden of the old Vil·la Florida to avoid interfering with the existing green spaces, proposing a scheme that guarantees lighting needs. Since the adjacent street...

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Auer Weber, European Southern Observatory extension in Garching
05/08/2014

Auer Weber, European Southern Observatory extension in Garching

The German firm Auer Weber has completed headquarters extension of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, north of Munich. The project comprises a 10,300-square-meter building for offices and conference centers and a technical building...

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Juan Beldarrain: Building 18, Getafe Campus in Madrid (Spain)
04/08/2014

Juan Beldarrain: Building 18, Getafe Campus in Madrid (Spain)

To maximize flexibility in the interior spaces, the structure of this university building conceived upon sustainable strategies – it will be the first educational facility to obtain LEED certification – is pushed to the facade. Arranged at intervals of 2.2 meters...

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Schneider + Schumacher, Autobahn Church in Wilnsdorf (Germany)
30/07/2014

Schneider + Schumacher, Autobahn Church in Wilnsdorf (Germany)

While on the road, can the typical stop to refuel and have a coffee or snack be a good opportunity to go to church? In the opinion of the institution that sponsors this ecumenical church on the A-45, one of Germany’s busiest motorways, the answer is yes...

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Lapeña & Torres: Baluarte del Príncipe en Palma de Mallorca
29/07/2014

Lapeña & Torres: Baluarte del Príncipe en Palma de Mallorca

Torn down since the end of the 19th century in order to let the city grow, the walls surrounding Palma de Mallorca have preserved to this day a few stretches – those located closer to the sea, towards which the city could...

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Dossier Towers. Arquitectura Viva 164
25/07/2014

Dossier Towers. Arquitectura Viva 164

Despite their lack of mechanical and energy efficiency, high-rise buildings continue to proliferate in the financial and service-sector centers of cities all over the world. Here we present four medium-height examples: the at once ascetic and symbolic...

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Königs Architekten,St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schillig (Germany)
25/07/2014

Königs Architekten,St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schillig (Germany)

The Church of Saint Mary is located on the Atlantic coast in Wangerland, not far from the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park. Its typological simplicity is evident from a bird’s eye view, the building’s apparently intricate formal game...

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Atelier Alice / EPFL, Pavilion for the Luna Saint-Prex (Switzerland)
18/07/2014

Atelier Alice / EPFL, Pavilion for the Luna Saint-Prex (Switzerland)

Luna was developed for the 6th edition of the St. Prex Classics festival, which is held annually in a small municipality by Lake Leman. This ephemeral structure accommodates a flexible auditorium with a modular capacity of 500 or 700 spectators...

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Norman Foster opens Yacht Club de Monaco
17/07/2014

Norman Foster opens Yacht Club de Monaco

In Montecarlo, forming the centerpiece of Monaco’s remodeled harbor, the Yacht Club built by Foster + Partners recently opened its doors. Raised on reclaimed land, the new social and sporting facilities are organized in terraced floors and closed...

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Alberto Campo Baeza, House of the Infinite in Cádiz
16/07/2014

Alberto Campo Baeza, House of the Infinite in Cádiz

Conceived as an infinite stone block facing the Atlantic, the house built by Alberto Campo Baeza is located on the coast of Cádiz. The material chosen for the construction is Roman travertine marble, evoking the past of the zone...

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‘The Interlace’ apartments by OMA / Ole Scheeren in Singapore
15/07/2014

‘The Interlace’ apartments by OMA / Ole Scheeren in Singapore

In 2007, as head of OMA in Asia, Ole Scheeren received the commission to build a 1,040-unit apartment complex, called ‘The Interlace’, in the city-state of Singapore. The German architect completed construction work in 2013, years after leaving Rem Koolhaas’s...

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Barge & Bouza, Ethnographic Center in Curtis (A Coruña)
11/07/2014

Barge & Bouza, Ethnographic Center in Curtis (A Coruña)

Located on the plains of the upper part of the Mandeo River basin, in the Galician municipality of Curtis – some 40 kilometers from A Coruña –, the new Ethnographic Center has a double role: an educational one, with courses and workshops...

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‘BIG Maze’ of Bjarke Ingels Group opened in Washington
10/07/2014

‘BIG Maze’ of Bjarke Ingels Group opened in Washington

On view up to 11 September at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. is the huge labyrinth designed by the Danish office of Bjarke Ingels. Within a square with 18-meter sides, the installation built with birch wood offers visitors...

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F8 Architecture: Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage in Dialakoroba (Mali)
08/07/2014

F8 Architecture: Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage in Dialakoroba (Mali)

Outside Dialakoroba, a village located 50 kilometers from Bamaki, the capital of Mali, the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is home to about fifty infants, children and young people up to 18 years of age. The design of the Parisian office F8 Architecture arranges blocks...

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Kengo Kuma: Daiwa Building at University of Tokyo
07/07/2014

Kengo Kuma: Daiwa Building at University of Tokyo

Striking a contrast with the other constructions making up the University of Tokyo, which present conventional campus materials like concrete, stone, or metal, the facades of the Daiwa Building are clad with wood and earth. Designed as a place...

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Green Energy Research Center in Shanghai by Archea Associati
04/07/2014

Green Energy Research Center in Shanghai by Archea Associati

A center for the development of clean technologies, this building with a rectangular floor plan presents a very compact volume divided into three parts to accommodate the specifications of a unique program. The first two floor levels are designed...

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Chapel in the woods by Studio Zermani in Varano dei Marchesi (Italy)
03/07/2014

Chapel in the woods by Studio Zermani in Varano dei Marchesi (Italy)

In the Italian province of Parma, immersed in the mountainous landscape of the village of Varano dei Marchesi, an open-air chapel is an invitation to prayer in the vicinity of the old Casa Faggi hospital and the pilgrimate route between...

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UDP Economics and Business Faculty in Santiago (Chile)
02/07/2014

UDP Economics and Business Faculty in Santiago (Chile)

In Santiago, Chile, at the foot of San Cristóbal Hill and over the Huechuraba Valley, stands the Economics and Business Faculty of Diego Portales University (UDP), a work of Rafael Hevia, Rodrigo Duque Motta, and Gabriela Manzi...

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World Horticultural Expo in Qingdao, theme pavilion by UNStudio
01/07/2014

World Horticultural Expo in Qingdao, theme pavilion by UNStudio

Situated in the Chinese province of Shandong, the port city of Qingdao celebrates the World Horticultural Expo up to 25 October. The theme is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and more than a hundred countries are participating...

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