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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Herzog & de Meuron: Südpark Housing and Business Development
22/08/2016

Herzog & de Meuron: Südpark Housing and Business Development

Located in the Gundeldingen Quarter of the Swiss city of Basel, the Südpark ensemble building reinterprets the neighborhood’s historical character, putting in a contemporary note through its skin. The new prefabrication techniques make...

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Toyo Ito & Associates / Klein Dytham, Home-for-All Nursery in Soma City
19/08/2016

Toyo Ito & Associates / Klein Dytham, Home-for-All Nursery in Soma City

One of the problems in reconstructing and repopulating the places most gravely affected by the great earthquake and subsequent tsumani that hit Japan’s Tohoku region in the year 2011 continues to be the invisible, silent, but terribly harmful...

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Supermachine Studio: 10 Cal Tower, The Labyrinth in Chonburi (Thailand)
18/08/2016

Supermachine Studio: 10 Cal Tower, The Labyrinth in Chonburi (Thailand)

Configured as an 8.5-meter structure of concrete whose core holds up ten cantilevers with stairs and platforms, the tower lures people into the activity and exchange it is meant for; its tangle of intersecting routes recalls Escher’s labyrinthian spaces. (AV Proyectos 74).

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Noemí Martínez / AMB, Plaza Espanyola in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
17/08/2016

Noemí Martínez / AMB, Plaza Espanyola in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

After the razing of a building, the intervention enlarged and rearranged the Espanyola Square in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Incorporating the freed-up lot gave the public space an L shape, which the project used to improve connections with the neighborhood...

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Max Dudler, Tor N10 in Munich (Germany)
16/08/2016

Max Dudler, Tor N10 in Munich (Germany)

The newly created Schwabinger Tor neighborhood in the city of Munich boasts a new icon, a freestanding block with a striking stone relief facade. The relief effect is achieved thanks to the recessed arrangement of the window frames...

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Barozzi Veiga, House in Cretas, Teruel (Spain)
11/08/2016

Barozzi Veiga, House in Cretas, Teruel (Spain)

Like a small Acropolis, a path through the woods leads to an entrance pavilion that gives access to a continuous plinth that connects the smaller pavilions harboring the shared living areas; underneath them are the private bedrooms. (AV Proyectos 73).

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Orkidstudio, Swawou Community School for Girls in Kenema (Sierra Leone)
10/08/2016

Orkidstudio, Swawou Community School for Girls in Kenema (Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is rich in natural resources, but a persistent regime of inequality and above all civil war condemned the nation to a process...

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Time Builds Too
10/08/2016

Time Builds Too

Emilio Tuñón

Sixteen years after Patrimonio Nacional, the agency in charge of administering Spain’s state-owned historical royal sites, launched an ambitious project to build...

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Héctor Fdez. Elorza y Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, Venecia Park in Zaragoza
09/08/2016

Héctor Fdez. Elorza y Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, Venecia Park in Zaragoza

The linear urban infrasrtucture of Venecia Park addresses three different issues: an acoustic problem, the topography of the place, and the matter of draining rainwater. The noise pollution created by vehicular traffic nearby makes it necessary to establish...

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ARCò / MC Architects, Um-al-Nasser Children’s Center in Gaza
08/08/2016

ARCò / MC Architects, Um-al-Nasser Children’s Center in Gaza

The Gaza Strip is one of the poorest and most densely populated places in the whole world, and the situation, bad as it is, is aggravated by the absence of urban planning and social security, not to mention the ever lurking threat of a new armed conflict...

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KWK Promes, House Konieczny’s Ark in Brenna (Poland)
05/08/2016

KWK Promes, House Konieczny’s Ark in Brenna (Poland)

The argument of this house is the search for the best views of the bucolic landscape surrounding it, and that is why all the rooms open up to two huge panoramic windows cut out of the volume’s two longest sides. The faceted volume is also a response...

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Maya, Serna, Valencia, Herrera: Ancestral Knowledge Educational Park
04/08/2016

Maya, Serna, Valencia, Herrera: Ancestral Knowledge Educational Park

Besieged by the forest and the river Atrato, which overflows and causes floods every year, the Colombian municipality of Vigía del Fuerte is built with houses raised a meter off the ground, on stilts; a strategy complementing others...

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Fránek Architects, Sky Walk in Dolní Morava (Czech Republic)
03/08/2016

Fránek Architects, Sky Walk in Dolní Morava (Czech Republic)

Rising 55 m at an altitude of 1,116 m, overlooking the Morava Valley, this structure with a frame of wood and nodes of steel offers two options for descent: either a pleasant walk or a stainless steel slide stretching 101 m. (AV Proyectos 74).

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Pablo Gallego Picard, River Beach in Goián (Pontevedra)
02/08/2016

Pablo Gallego Picard, River Beach in Goián (Pontevedra)

In order to restore the river beach of Goián while reactivating the environment of the fortress of San Lorenzo, the project focussed on the only spot legally authorized for the purpose: a hillside of steep slopes facing south, toward the mouth of the Miño River...

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Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid
29/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid

Rafael Moneo

Money and brick come hand in hand, and the fruit of this alliance tends to translate into pure urbanization; an inert fabric of constructions spreads over the territory, irrigated...

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Barozzi Veiga, extension of Fine Arts Museum of Chur (Switzerland)
27/07/2016

Barozzi Veiga, extension of Fine Arts Museum of Chur (Switzerland)

The Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur is sheltered in the extension of Villa Planta, an eclectic Palladian-style building raised in 1876. The design is a double exercise in maximum integration within an urban ensemble, making the most of the limited site available...

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Alberto Pieltain, vacation house in O Chao da Aldea (La Coruña)
26/07/2016

Alberto Pieltain, vacation house in O Chao da Aldea (La Coruña)

Justo Isasi

A cube of stone and glass on a field overlooking the Betanzos estuary and the beach of Cabañas. With no roof, no eaves, no balconies, it looks transplanted from other places...

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Berger Anziutti, La Canopée de Les Halles in Paris
25/07/2016

Berger Anziutti, La Canopée de Les Halles in Paris

First it was a market; the it was station and cultural center; now, it is a station, cultural center, and shopping center. The case of Les Halles in Paris is that of a fast-changing palimpsest, and what is interesting is that the building just completed in Paris –...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar
22/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar

Philip Ursprung

What is known as the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald in the early 16th century, is arguably one of the most prominent works of art of...

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Ceramic volumes, Álvaro Siza in Vallès
21/07/2016

Ceramic volumes, Álvaro Siza in Vallès

Álvaro Siza’s latest building in Spain is the Theater Auditorium of the Barcelona municipality of Llinars del Vallès. On a gently sloping site, the red brick volumes of the new cultural center are placed around the main volume containing the auditorium set box...

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Paredes Pedrosa, auditorium in Lugo (Galicia)
20/07/2016

Paredes Pedrosa, auditorium in Lugo (Galicia)

Organized in an elongated volume between two levels – the urban one of the avenue and the upper one of the gardens, with a seven meter drop –, the auditorium has a strong topographic condition, like the wall of Lugo, which permits using the site’s...

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RPBW, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens
15/07/2016

RPBW, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens

In Kallithea, a municipality within the Athens urban area, on a man-made hill overlooking Falero Bay, rises this architectural complex that includes the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. The work of Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)...

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Sameep Padora & Associates, Jetavan Center in Sakharwadi (India)
14/07/2016

Sameep Padora & Associates, Jetavan Center in Sakharwadi (India)

With the participation of the inhabitants of Sakharwadi, a village in India’s Maharashtra region, the Mumbai practice headed by Sameep Padora has built this Buddhist learning center. Arranged around two courtyards, the pavilions combine local materials...

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Mackintosh’s Classic Designs Abound in Glasgow
13/07/2016

Mackintosh’s Classic Designs Abound in Glasgow

The New York Times

While the Mackintosh Building is being restored and closed to the public, other work by its architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is still visible around Glasgow...

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Vector Architects, seashore chapel in Qinhuangdao (China)
13/07/2016

Vector Architects, seashore chapel in Qinhuangdao (China)

In the coastal city of Qinhuangdáo, facing the Bohai Sea from Beidaihe Beach, stands this chapel of concrete, a work of Vector Architects, a Beijing practice headed by Gong Dong. The 270-square-meter construction has a prominent pitched roof...

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Watch London Get Its Shiny New Crossrail Tunnels Ready for Action
12/07/2016

Watch London Get Its Shiny New Crossrail Tunnels Ready for Action

Wired

After eight years of plowing its way under one of the oldest cities in the western world, London’s Crossrail underground system...

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El Equipo Mazzanti, Educational Park in Marinilla (Colombia)
12/07/2016

El Equipo Mazzanti, Educational Park in Marinilla (Colombia)

The Bogotá practice headed by Giancarlo Mazzanti built this community center of Marinilla, a municipality in the Colombian department of Antioquia. Thought of as an “exposed skeleton,” the elevated building is characterized by its faceted volume and the material...

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Zigzag Arquitectura, San Martín de la Mar Square in Santander
08/07/2016

Zigzag Arquitectura, San Martín de la Mar Square in Santander

With its choice location and spectacular views over the northern Spanish city of Santander, the square involves the stitching up of the urban fabric around, through a system of terraces and banks with geometries that reconcile the grade differences and resolve...

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West 8, artficial hills for Governors Island in New York
06/07/2016

West 8, artficial hills for Governors Island in New York

The landscaping project of the firm West 8 – which works from offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States – presents a sculpted topography of four hills within the public park of Governors Island in New York, an old military base...

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Unmaterial Studio / Selgascano, Konokono Education Center in Kenya
01/07/2016

Unmaterial Studio / Selgascano, Konokono Education Center in Kenya

One problem with cooperation projects in underdeveloped areas is that design strategies – and also the social and ideological premises that determine them – tend to seem strange to the communities which the buildings are ultimately supposed...

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