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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Alejandro Soffia & Gabriel Rudolphy, Hostal Ritoque in Quintero (Chile)
28/01/2015

Alejandro Soffia & Gabriel Rudolphy, Hostal Ritoque in Quintero (Chile)

Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy are the authors of Hostal Ritoque, located on the beach of the same name, in Quintero, Valparaíso province. Working on a low budget, the Chilean architects chose to use local building techniques...

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Archea, masterplan for International Grape Exhibition Garden in Beijing
27/01/2015

Archea, masterplan for International Grape Exhibition Garden in Beijing

In 2012, Archea won the competition, held between invited teams, to develop 200 hectares of Beijing’s Yanqing County for a wine show that would be part of the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics...

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Kazuyo Sejima, Yoshida Printing Headquarters in Tokyo
23/01/2015

Kazuyo Sejima, Yoshida Printing Headquarters in Tokyo

The headquarters of Yoshida Printing, located in a business area near Tokyo, house different multifunctional spaces to concentrate, in a flexible manner, the offices of the Japanese company and spaces for special events. The plot, rectangular in shape...

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Jorge Mealha, technological park of Óbidos (Portugal)
22/01/2015

Jorge Mealha, technological park of Óbidos (Portugal)

Outside Óbidos, the historical fortified city located some 80 kilometers north of Portugal, Jorge Mealha builds a main piazza and central buildings for the Portuguese technological park, complying with the brief of the competition held in 2010. Some parts...

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Under construction: BIG’s West 57th building in New York
21/01/2015

Under construction: BIG’s West 57th building in New York

The residential project of the Danish firm of Bjarke Ingels, on West 57th in Manhattan, presents a sharp slope rising 137 meters and generating a transition of scale between the surrounding buildings. The building is to be completed in 2015.

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Carlos Puente & Alejandro Alférez, changing rooms at the UPO, Seville
20/01/2015

Carlos Puente & Alejandro Alférez, changing rooms at the UPO, Seville

As part of phase one of plans for technical refurbishment and landscaping redevelopment of the west sport zone of Seville's UPO (Universidad Pablo de Olavide), Carlos Puente and Alejandro Alférez have designed two artificial-grass football...

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David Chipperfield: Offices at Joachimstrasse 11, Berlin
19/01/2015

David Chipperfield: Offices at Joachimstrasse 11, Berlin

The four volumes of reinforced concrete that make up this project in Berlin expand a preexisting building raised in brick in 1895 as a piano factory. The new blocks are prisms with sizes depending on the neighboring buildings, and a white enclosure...

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Naud & Poux, Antoine de St Exupéry home for the elderly in Villejuif (France)
15/01/2015

Naud & Poux, Antoine de St Exupéry home for the elderly in Villejuif (France)

The French firm of Élizabeth Naud & Luc Poux has built the Antoine de St Exupéry center for the care of dependent elderly people in Villejuif, a municipality close to 8 kilometers from the heart of Paris. The 9,200-square-meter complex houses...

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Jean Nouvel’s Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides
14/01/2015

Jean Nouvel’s Concert Hall in Paris Aims to Bridge Divides

The New York Times

The new concert hall here, the Philharmonie de Paris, rises like a flight of doves, its sprawling waves of concrete and steel designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel...

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Spa Design, Triburg headquarters in Gurgaon (India)
14/01/2015

Spa Design, Triburg headquarters in Gurgaon (India)

Inspired in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and in the old construction for a well in the Indian town of Adalaj,  tree-planted terraces of arched facades form the textile company Triburg’s offices in Gurgaon, a city located 30 kilometers from New Delhi...

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Carlos Prata, ‘Molhes do Douro’ in Porto (Portugal)
13/01/2015

Carlos Prata, ‘Molhes do Douro’ in Porto (Portugal)

Foz do Douro, a high-end neighborhood where the Douro meets the Atlantic, is the location of a dike built by  the Portuguese architect Carlos Prata which, besides keeping  ocean water at bay to enable navigation along the river...

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Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Residential building in Hiroshima (Japan)
12/01/2015

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Residential building in Hiroshima (Japan)

The facade of this building was constructed with bricks or blocks made of solid and very resistant glass which were prepared following a complex process of artisanal straining and fabricated one at a time. As soon as it was melted...

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CEBRA, care center for children (Denmark)
09/01/2015

CEBRA, care center for children (Denmark)

CEBRA, the office set up by Mikkel Frost, Carsten Primdahl, and Kolja Nielsen in Aarhus, is the author of a 1,250-square-meter care center for marginalized children and teenagers in Kertemnide, a municipality on the Danish island of Fionia...

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Peter Haimerl, concert hall in Blaibach (Germany)
08/01/2015

Peter Haimerl, concert hall in Blaibach (Germany)

Situated close to the Czech border, Blaibach has a new village square where the concert hall built by the German architect Peter Haimerl is hidden in a tilted box incrusted into the ground. In reference to the Bavarian town’s stone carving tradition...

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Robert A.M. Stern in Paris: Tour Carpe Diem at La Défense
07/01/2015

Robert A.M. Stern in Paris: Tour Carpe Diem at La Défense

Designed in 2008 by the New York office of Robert A.M. Stern, Tour Carpe Diem skyscraper in the La Défense district of the west part of Paris presents narrow facades with zigzagging facets that emphasize the mass of the office building...

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Archium: building for a broadcasting station in Jomsom (Nepal)
05/01/2015

Archium: building for a broadcasting station in Jomsom (Nepal)

The remote Nepalese town of Jomsom is situated over 2,700 meters above sea level, in the Annapurn massif of the Himalayas. Here the South Korean office Archium of Kim Incheurl has raised a building for a broadcasting station...

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Baumschlager Eberle,Office Building in Lustenau (Austria)
02/01/2015

Baumschlager Eberle,Office Building in Lustenau (Austria)

It is true that buildings require progressively less energy, but it is also a fact that such saving requires more mechanical installations, and therefore also more maintenance. The aim of this project is to skirt the vicious circle. It capitalizes...

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Kazuyo Sejima, Nishinoyama House in Kyoto (Japan)
31/12/2014

Kazuyo Sejima, Nishinoyama House in Kyoto (Japan)

Located in Kyoto’s suburbs, this aggregation of dwellings is discreetly inserted in the urban fabric in keeping with the layout and scale of the traditional houses around it. The compound includes ten dwellings divided into small spatial units...

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Tchoban & Kuznetsov: Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin
29/12/2014

Tchoban & Kuznetsov: Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin

The facade of what is perhaps the world’s first museum ever to be devoted to displaying architectural drawings, in this case pieces belonging to the Tchoban Collection, is formed by four layers: an inner rendering of cement; an 11.5-centimeter-thick...

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Elemental / Alejandro Aravena,  Anacleto Angelini Center in Santiago (Chile)
26/12/2014

Elemental / Alejandro Aravena, Anacleto Angelini Center in Santiago (Chile)

Located in the Chilean capital, this center intended to foster exchange between the university and the corporate world gives a whole twist to the usual configuration of school and office buildings. The facilities are not clustered together within a central core...

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Takeshi Hosaka, church in Fujisawa (Japan)
23/12/2014

Takeshi Hosaka, church in Fujisawa (Japan)

The Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka is the author of the new Shonan Christ Church in the city of Fujisawa, in Kanagawa prefecture. The 175-square-meter building is a one-level horizontal volume blending into the low-rise residential surroundings...

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KILO, installation at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris
23/12/2014

KILO, installation at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

Pitched in front of the Arab World Institute in Paris, built in 1987 by Jean Nouvel, is the temporary installation raised by KILO architectures, the studio run by Linna Choi and Tarik Oualalou from offices in Paris and Casablanca...

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Coop Himmelb(l)au, Confluence Museum Opens in Lyon (France)
22/12/2014

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Confluence Museum Opens in Lyon (France)

The New York Times

This country games architecture a little like the way England plays rugby, with the intensity of a contact sport. When a major museum opens in one city, it’s an event with...

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Second Home review: a good day at the office
19/12/2014

Second Home review: a good day at the office

The Guardian

This members-only workspace for ‘creative nomads’ succeeds thanks to the grace and invention of its architects, rising Spanish firm Selgas Cano...

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Inhabited sculpture, Alpine shelter by Bureau A
18/12/2014

Inhabited sculpture, Alpine shelter by Bureau A

Camouflaged in the landscape of the Alps, the shelter designed by Geneva-based Bureau A was commissioned by the 3D Foundation, which has its offices in the village of Verbier, in the Swiss canton of Valais. The small cabin is hidden in a concrete rock, in the manner of a bunker. It takes the name of Antoine...

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Church of Knarvik (Norway)
12/12/2014

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Church of Knarvik (Norway)

The church by the Oslo office Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, with its prominent, heavenward-pointing, broken silhouette, stands on a rocky slope of Knarvik, a village in the municipality of Lindås, in Norway’s Hordaland county. It is a representation...

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Dossier: Glass. Arquitectura Viva 168
12/12/2014

Dossier: Glass. Arquitectura Viva 168

Ever since its gloss and shine began to fascinate the modern architects, glass has taken on more properties, which enable it to maintain a privileged place as a contemporary material. The dossier begins...

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Barozzi Veiga, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin (Poland)
10/12/2014

Barozzi Veiga, Philharmonic Hall Szczecin (Poland)

The Barcelona-based Estudio Barozzi Veiga – run by Fabrizio Barozzi from Italy and Alberto Veiga from Santiago de Compostela – is the author of the recently inaugurated Philharmonic Hall of the Polish city of Szczecin. Standing on the site...

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Aires Mateus: House in Alcobaça (Portugal)
05/12/2014

Aires Mateus: House in Alcobaça (Portugal)

Dominated by its imposing monastery, one of Portugal’s largest and most beautiful, the town of Alcobaça is a cluttered ensemble of white volumes which tend to open out to an inner court or a backyard. Right in the heart of the old quarter...

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Philippe Prost: Ring of Remembrance in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France)
04/12/2014

Philippe Prost: Ring of Remembrance in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (France)

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, an elliptical monument of dark concrete rises in Notre Dame de Lorette, France’s largest military cemetery, situated in the Ablain-Saint-Nazaire commune of the Pas-de-Calais department...

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