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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Josep Miàs, Can Zariquiey Center in Arenys de Munt (Barcelona)
26/08/2015

Josep Miàs, Can Zariquiey Center in Arenys de Munt (Barcelona)

In the catalan county of Maresme, the small municipality of Arenys de Munt is located 45 kilometers from the city of Barcelona, in the northeastern end of the province. With an important textile industry and a growing service sector, the population...

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Banksy's Dismaland: 'a theme park unsuitable for children'
24/08/2015

Banksy's Dismaland: 'a theme park unsuitable for children'

The Guardian

The castle’s derelict, Cinderella’s pumpkin has crashed, and the seagulls are on the attack ... Banksy has opened a theme park Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare... (Video)

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Expo Milano 2015: Buttress + Simmonds, UK Pavilion
21/08/2015

Expo Milano 2015: Buttress + Simmonds, UK Pavilion

A result of the collaboration between the British artist Wolfgang Buttress and the engineer Tristan Simmonds, the pavilion of the United Kingdom stands out on the grounds of Expo Milano on account of its fragile intangibility. Inspired in beehives...

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José Ignacio Linazasoro, Los Amantes Square in Teruel
20/08/2015

José Ignacio Linazasoro, Los Amantes Square in Teruel

Up to recently, the Plaza de los Amantes was not a square in the true sense, but simply a void left over in the wake of bombings over Teruel during the Spanish Civil War. Nevertheless, because the void is a spot at the center of the city, and one which offers...

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Garcés-De Seta-Bonet, studio for painter Eduardo Arranz-Bravo
19/08/2015

Garcés-De Seta-Bonet, studio for painter Eduardo Arranz-Bravo

Vallvidrera, a peripheral neighborhood of Sarriá-Sant Gervasi, one of the ten districts making up the city of Barcelona, is the location of the studio of the painter Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, a work of the Catalan firm of Jordi Garcés, Daria De Seta, and Anna Bonet...

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Dossier: Modern Heritage. Arquitectura Viva 175
19/08/2015

Dossier: Modern Heritage. Arquitectura Viva 175

Unprecedented from a theoretical and practical point of view, the problems generated by the restoration of modernity’s iconic buildings are making it possible to reinterpret the Modern Movement with more objective criteria. This is discussed...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Chäserrugg restaurant in Unterwasser (Switzerland)
18/08/2015

Herzog & de Meuron, Chäserrugg restaurant in Unterwasser (Switzerland)

This restaurant is situated at an altitude of 2,262 meters above sea level, in a village of the Swiss canton of St. Gallen called Unterwasser, beside the cable car station built in 1972 over the Chässerrugg, the easternmost peak of the seven forming...

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Restoration of Aalto's Viipuri Library
17/08/2015

Restoration of Aalto's Viipuri Library

Completed in 1935, the Viipuri Library was along with the sanatorium of Paimio one of the works that marked the Finnish master Alvar Aalto’s evolution from the Nordic classicist style of architecture to modernity. It suffered damages during World War II bombings...

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Archium, Khmeresque Buddhist temple in Battambang (Cambodia)
14/08/2015

Archium, Khmeresque Buddhist temple in Battambang (Cambodia)

In the city of Battambang, capital of the northwestern Cambodian province of the same name, stands this temple of Won Buddhism, a relatively young branch of Buddhism with its mere hundred years of history linked to Khmer culture. A work of the South Korean...

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Land Arquitectos, Santa Rosa School in Constitución (Chile)
13/08/2015

Land Arquitectos, Santa Rosa School in Constitución (Chile)

The earthquake that shook Chile in February 2010, marking 8.8 on the Richter scale, destroyed half the facilities of Santa Rosa School, housed in an old adobe building in the coastal city of Constitución. The Santiago firm Land Arquitectos – headed by Ángela Delorenzo...

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Dossier: Structural Timber. Arquitectura Viva 174
12/08/2015

Dossier: Structural Timber. Arquitectura Viva 174

Thanks to new processes of timber production, such as lamination and cross-lamination, which have improved their mechanical properties and made them more durable, wood-based products are again architectural materials on their own right. Their...

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Nieto Sobejano, Barceló Market in Madrid
12/08/2015

Nieto Sobejano, Barceló Market in Madrid

The Barceló Market area in Madrid includes public spaces, buildings and temporary installations belonging to one same complex. Its multiple denomination – market/sports center/library – soon speaks of collective engagement...

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AGi Architects, Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic in Kuwait
11/08/2015

AGi Architects, Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic in Kuwait

Designed by the local firm AGi Architects, which, headed by Nasser B. Abulhasan and Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, also has an office in Madrid, this 6,500-square-meter clinic is like a monolithic fortress in the city of Kuwait. Preserving the privacy required...

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Annette Rudolph and Günter Pfeife: apartment complex in Mannheim
10/08/2015

Annette Rudolph and Günter Pfeife: apartment complex in Mannheim

In the wake of World War II, Germany had to reconstruct its cities. The huge task was undertaken with the resources available at the time, and everywhere arose the so-called Schuettbeton, buildings raised with the rubble of brick constructions...

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b720: Spanish Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
07/08/2015

b720: Spanish Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

A good part of the success of Spain’s agricultural production can be attributed to a combination of tradition and innovation: that is the argument proposed at the Spanish Pavilion, illustrated by way of siamese gable-roof sheds, with a markedly elongated form...

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Pere Puig: cultural center in Santa Margarita de Montbuy (Barcelona)
06/08/2015

Pere Puig: cultural center in Santa Margarita de Montbuy (Barcelona)

In the small municipality of Santa Margarita de Montbuy, in the county of Anioa, is the Mont-Àgora Cultrual Center. The result of a competition won in 2008 by the Catalan firm of Pere Puig, the building presents a volume containing a library, a conference hall...

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UNStudio, Shopping center in Wuhan (China)
05/08/2015

UNStudio, Shopping center in Wuhan (China)

Situated in an upscale shopping center, this building draws inspiration from the watery flow that metaphorically determined the masterplan of the complex. The flow is expressed not only through the warped skin over the entire building, but especially through the...

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Dossier: Steel. Arquitectura Viva 173
05/08/2015

Dossier: Steel. Arquitectura Viva 173

Steel, one of the materials that made the modern revolution possible, remains fundamental in construction. Its applications and innovations are described in an article written by Pepa Cassinello and exemplified in a selection of works: a high-voltage...

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'On the Shoulders of Giants': tour of Málaga Cathedral rooftop
03/08/2015

'On the Shoulders of Giants': tour of Málaga Cathedral rooftop

The rooftops of Málaga’s catedral will be open to the public in the coming months, thanks to a project carried out by Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero, Juan Manuel Sánzhez, and Adolfo de la Torre. There are two levels: a lower one, covering the side chapels, presenting marble pavements...

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Dossier: Polycarbonate. Arquitectura Viva 172
31/07/2015

Dossier: Polycarbonate. Arquitectura Viva 172

Because of its weightlessness, its insulation capacity, and its translucence, polycarbonate is one of the materials most used in light facades round half the world. Its applications are described in a text by a specialist on the subject...

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Foster + Partners: UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
31/07/2015

Foster + Partners: UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Situated close to the center of the Expo, the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates opens towards the decumanus, one of the two main axes of the grounds. Visitors enter from here into a space shaped like a canyon, delimited as it is by two undulating walls...

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones opens
30/07/2015

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones opens

The museum is situated 2,275 meters above sea level, on the peak of the Plan de Corones (Mount Kronplatz), in the Italian Alps. The sixth to go up in the Dolomites, it is dedicated to Reinhold Messner (Bresanona, 1944), the first mountaineer...

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Marco Casagrande, Art Installation in Wenduine (Belgium)
29/07/2015

Marco Casagrande, Art Installation in Wenduine (Belgium)

Echoing the dunes of the shore of Wenduine, a resort in the North Sea, this installation was created for Beaufort 04, the fourth Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea. At this event, internationally acclaimed artists dotted the edges of the western Belgian coast with...

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Casos de casas, Seasonless House in Vinaroz (Castellón)
28/07/2015

Casos de casas, Seasonless House in Vinaroz (Castellón)

This house is located in Vinaroz, a tourist spot on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, in the province of Castellón. The architectural landscape here is fundamentally defined by two types of constructions: on one hand, high-rise apartment blocks, and on the other...

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Markus Schietsch, Elephant house in Zurich (Switzerland)
24/07/2015

Markus Schietsch, Elephant house in Zurich (Switzerland)

Designed to shelter the new Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park that is part of Zoo Zurich, this wooden structure is colossal. It is a dome of anisotropic geometry that mimics its environment, a forest recreated within the facility with the purpose of obtaining...

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ZUS, Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
22/07/2015

ZUS, Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

This elevated walkway runs through a building and across roads and railways to connect three previously disconnected zones of Rotterdam. Resulting from a competition held in 2011, the project of the Dutch firm Zones Urbaines Sensibles (ZUS)...

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Terradas Arquitectos, Maritime Museum in Barcelona
21/07/2015

Terradas Arquitectos, Maritime Museum in Barcelona

Located along the seafront of Barcelona, the so-called Atarazanas Reales is a Gothic complex that first came into being at the end of the 13th century as a place for the construction of galleys for the fleet of the Kingdom of Aragon. When in 1935...

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R-ZERO, CDLE offices in Mexico City
20/07/2015

R-ZERO, CDLE offices in Mexico City

In the central district of Mexico City, an early 20th-century building has been transformed into offices by the local firm R-ZERO, headed by Alejandro Zárate and Edgar Velasco. Listed by Mexico’s National Fine Arts Institute as a heritage site by virtue of its historical...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Slow Food Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015
17/07/2015

Herzog & de Meuron, Slow Food Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

The intellectual approach and radical philosophy of Slow Food provided the inspiration for the Expo Milano 2015 masterplan. Founded in Italy during the 1980s, Slow Food is an ecogastronomic movement, with a presence in a total of 150 countries...

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M-Arquitectos, Poça da Dona Beija thermal baths in the Azores
16/07/2015

M-Arquitectos, Poça da Dona Beija thermal baths in the Azores

Fernando Monteriro, Marco Resendes, and Miguel Sousa of the Portuguese firm M-Arquitectos have upgraded the Poça da Dona thermal baths, located in the Furnas Valley and one of the main tourist attractions of São Miguel Island, the largest...

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