Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
'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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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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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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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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Dossier: Textiles. Arquitectura Viva 171
16/07/2015

Dossier: Textiles. Arquitectura Viva 171

Used since the birth of architecture, textile roofs and membranes are now more and more frequent, thanks to their lightness and to improved properties. Their applications are presented in an article by an expert on the subject, Javier Tejera...

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Rafael Moneo, Institute in Princeton (USA)
15/07/2015

Rafael Moneo, Institute in Princeton (USA)

The complex comprises interconnected spaces for neuroscience and psychology. A solution might have been to break up the complex into pavilions. Instead, the program presents two sections sharing a large entrance foyer, which encourages contact and...

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Menges & Knippers. ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in Stuttgart (Germany)
10/07/2015

Menges & Knippers. ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in Stuttgart (Germany)

This temporary pavilion for bionic research results from applying a process combining computational design with robotic fabrication methods. Inspired in biomimetic principles, the project began with research on the structure of exoskeletons...
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Isabel Amores + Modesto García, bus station in Trujillo (Cáceres)
09/07/2015

Isabel Amores + Modesto García, bus station in Trujillo (Cáceres)

On a gentle topography full of crags, close to the old tubular silo of Trujillo, rises the new bus station of this municipality of Cáceres province, a work of Isabel Amores and Modesto García. There are two levels: the lower one adapted to the terrain and...

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Herzog & de Meuron, first images of Stamford Bridge renovation
06/07/2015

Herzog & de Meuron, first images of Stamford Bridge renovation

Images have emerged of the project to enlarge Stamford Bridge, the London stadium of Chelsea Football Club. The design is by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, in collaboration with the local firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands...

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Sean Scully Fills a Spanish Monastery With Bursts of Color
03/07/2015

Sean Scully Fills a Spanish Monastery With Bursts of Color

The New York Times

On a hot day in June, the craggy slopes of Montserrat towering above him, the Irish-American painter Sean Scully...

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Masuda + Otsubo, Boundary Window photo studio in Tokyo
02/07/2015

Masuda + Otsubo, Boundary Window photo studio in Tokyo

The young Tokyo firm led by Shingo Masuda and Katsuhissa Otsubo have transformed an old two-story house into a film cameraman’s photographic studio. The window as an architectural element redefines the space here, establishing new relationships...

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Dossier Copper. Arquitectura Viva 170
01/07/2015

Dossier Copper. Arquitectura Viva 170

One of the oldest materials of architecture is copper, and thanks to innovations in alloys and treatments it continues to play an important role in contemporary construction. After an introductory article describing these innovations...

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Radical suburbs
30/06/2015

Radical suburbs

Owen Hatherley / The Calvert Journal

The public square just off 60th Anniversary of October Street in the Moscow suburb of Novye Cheryomushki is a very ordinary place...

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Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind build 662 homes in Milan
30/06/2015

Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind build 662 homes in Milan

Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind are the authors of City Life Residences, a development in City Life, a new district near the historical center of Milan whose masterplan both architects drew up...

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‘Cubanacán’ Imagines When Che and Fidel Compared Golf Swings
26/06/2015

‘Cubanacán’ Imagines When Che and Fidel Compared Golf Swings

The New York Times

A tenor sang the role of Fidel Castro. Che Guevara was a baritone. As the outdoor opera rehearsal got underway here...

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1+1>2, Cam Thanh Community House in Hoi An (Vietnam)
26/06/2015

1+1>2, Cam Thanh Community House in Hoi An (Vietnam)

The small Vietnamese city of Hoi An – a trading port on the South China sea from the 15th century to the 19th, with buildings showing an amalgam of local and foreign influences – was made a Unesco-protected site in 1999...

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Cosmo pavilion designed by Andrés Jaque at MoMA/P.S.1 2015
23/06/2015

Cosmo pavilion designed by Andrés Jaque at MoMA/P.S.1 2015

Until 7 September the courtyard of the MoMA PS1 (Public School 1) Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York, features Cosmo, an installation designed by Andrés Jaque (Madrid, 1971).

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Víctor López Cotelo: School of Architecture in Granada
22/06/2015

Víctor López Cotelo: School of Architecture in Granada

At the very heart of Granada, in the Realejo neighborhood, the new School of Architecture takes up an old military hospital, a building which underwent a long series of enlargements that began with a Nasrid house to end up occupying an entire...

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Secchi+Viganò, youth hostel in Kasterlee (Belgium)
19/06/2015

Secchi+Viganò, youth hostel in Kasterlee (Belgium)

In the Belgian city of Kasterlee, 50 kilometers from Antwerp, is the Hoge Rielen forest, a 300-hectare tract of land which until 1974 was the site of a military base. Only a few scattered sheds are left of that function...
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Foster + Partners: Château Margaux Winery Extension in Bordeaux
17/06/2015

Foster + Partners: Château Margaux Winery Extension in Bordeaux

Located in the French region of Médoc, Château Margaux is a Premier Cru and one of the world’s leading wine producers. Since it was built in the early 19th century, the Bordeaux estate has evolved to meet changing operational requirements...

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Surco, Chapel of Our Lady of Achibueno in Pejerrey (Chile)
17/06/2015

Surco, Chapel of Our Lady of Achibueno in Pejerrey (Chile)

Juan Paulo Alarcón Carreño and Felipe Alarcón Carreño, partners in the Chilean firm Surco Arquitectos, are the authors of this small chapel in Pejerrey, in the Maule Region. It is immersed in nature. Slightly raised over the ground...

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Dossier: Bamboo. Arquitectura Viva 169
17/06/2015

Dossier: Bamboo. Arquitectura Viva 169

Because of its mechanical properties and environmental qualities, bamboo has been called ‘green steel.’ Opening with an article which gives a nuance to this optimism, the dossier looks at five buildings where this material is dominant...

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