Arquitectura Viva
Friday, May 29, 2015
Paredes Pedrosa at the Bank of Spain
26/05/2015

Paredes Pedrosa at the Bank of Spain

Since 1998 the Madrid practice of Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa has carried out five projects within the Bank of Spain’s headquarters at Plaza de Cibeles, in the heart of the capital. Their latest work there, recently completed...

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Progress in construction of OMA's Qatar National Library
22/05/2015

Progress in construction of OMA's Qatar National Library

Located outside Doha, in Education City, Qatar’s new National Library – designed by the Dutch office led by Rem Koolhaas – is conceived to become the country’s nerve center of knowledge.

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ACXT, High-Voltage Laboratory in Mungia (Spain)
22/05/2015

ACXT, High-Voltage Laboratory in Mungia (Spain)

The main purpose of this laboratory for the company Arteche in the municipality of Mungia, in the province of Vizcaya, is to accommodate a large space for testing high-voltage transformers. Such a specific and dangerous use made...

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Renzo Piano: Intesa Sanpaolo tower in Turin (Italy)
21/05/2015

Renzo Piano: Intesa Sanpaolo tower in Turin (Italy)

On the edge of Turin's old quarter, close to Porta Susa train station, rises the new headquarters of the Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo, a project of the Genoan architect Renzo Piano, after five years of construction work. The 166-meter...

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Herzog & de Meuron, new Bordeaux Stadium (Francia)
19/05/2015

Herzog & de Meuron, new Bordeaux Stadium (Francia)

Located in the quarter of Bordeaux-Lac to the north of Bordeaux, the new stadium – which will become the home of the FC Girondins – seats a maximum of 42.000 spectators, with a football pitch of 68 x 105 meters that can be extended...

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OMA’s Fondazione Prada opens in Milan
18/05/2015

OMA’s Fondazione Prada opens in Milan

Ignacio G. Galán

In the recently inaugurated Fondazione Prada in Milan, designed by Rem Koolhaas and his firm, OMA, a building covered with gold leaf and another one...

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Equipo 01, Market in Quibala (Angola)
15/05/2015

Equipo 01, Market in Quibala (Angola)

The market of Quibala, an Angolan municipality, was transported from Spain in sea containers. From the very start, the project was marked by the need to optimize the space inside the containers, and the solution adopted was a system of...

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Shanghai Huadu Architect, Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in Beijing
05/05/2015

Shanghai Huadu Architect, Sunrise Kempinski Hotel in Beijing

On the shore of Lanqi Lake, in Beijing’s Huairou district, 60 kilometers north of the center of the capital and 25 kilometers from the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, is the Kempinski group’s Sunrise Hotel, built with the express intention...

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Architectures Anne Démians, Quai Ouest building in Nancy
05/05/2015

Architectures Anne Démians, Quai Ouest building in Nancy

Outside the French city of Nancy – whose artisanal tradition, centered on the forge, furniture, and glass, cannot be separated from the creative life of Jean Prouvé – stands the mixed-use Quai Ouest building, a work of the Paris office of Anne Démians (AAD)...

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Kengo Kuma, community center in Towada (Japan)
30/04/2015

Kengo Kuma, community center in Towada (Japan)

In Aomori, the northernmost prefecture of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, is the city of Towada, for which Kengo Kuma has designed this community center. The facades present an alternation of wooden boards and glazed surfaces...

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Botín Centre by Renzo Piano: building progress
28/04/2015

Botín Centre by Renzo Piano: building progress

Photographs taken by Simón Marchán Fiz show the state of works at the construction site of Renzo Piano’s Botin Centre in Santander, at the old Albareda dock. It presents two interconnected volumes which will have a ceramic cladding.

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Intervention on the Almohade town wall of Palma del Río (Córdoba)
28/04/2015

Intervention on the Almohade town wall of Palma del Río (Córdoba)

In the historical center of the municipality of Palma del Río, in the province of Córdoba, is the fortification that the Muslim dynasty of the Almohads reinforced in the 12th century as defense against Christian attacks. Declared an Andalusian heritage...

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The Prada Foundation’s New Arts Complex in Milan
27/04/2015

The Prada Foundation’s New Arts Complex in Milan

The New York Times

The Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA have created a sprawling complex with nearly 120,000 square feet of exhibition space that...

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Pascale Guédot, media library of Bourg-la-Reine (France)
27/04/2015

Pascale Guédot, media library of Bourg-la-Reine (France)

Outside the Paris, in the heart of Bourg-la-Reine, the local firm of Pascale Guédot has raised a new media library that blends into the existing urban fabric, on a plot situated between City Hall, a music conservatory, and a church...

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Don’t be aloof
24/04/2015

Don’t be aloof

The Economist

For Renzo Piano the $422m new Whitney Museum, which opens on May 1st, is a startling, aggressive departure. Mr Piano has hoisted seven massive floors...

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Francisco Mangado, Asturias Museum of Fine Arts in Oviedo
24/04/2015

Francisco Mangado, Asturias Museum of Fine Arts in Oviedo

Winner in the competition held in 2007, the proposal takes the overall evaluation of the urban fabric as point of departure, including the two historical buildings that harbored the museum up to now – Velarde Palace and Casa Oviedo-Portal –...

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Expo Milano 2015: Spanish Pavilion by b720 Fermín Vázquez
23/04/2015

Expo Milano 2015: Spanish Pavilion by b720 Fermín Vázquez

The Universal Exposition being hosted by Milan opens on 1 May. Built by b720 Fermín Vázquez and containing an exhibition designed by Pulgón Diseño, the Spaish Pavilion takes inspiration from greenhouse architecture, evoking Spain's agricultural and food production.

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A new Whitney by Renzo Piano
21/04/2015

A new Whitney by Renzo Piano

The New York Times

From the west, along the Hudson River, it looks ungainly and a little odd, vaguely nautical, bulging where the shoreline jog...

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CC Arquitectos, administrative building for Next Vegetales in León (Mexico)
21/04/2015

CC Arquitectos, administrative building for Next Vegetales in León (Mexico)

The Mexico City practice led by Manuel Cervantes Céspedes has been commissioned by Next Vegetales –a company specialized in hydroponic agriculture, whereby plants are grown in water solutions –to raise an office building in Leon, in the central...

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Prebaricated Vipp Shelter, ready to use
20/04/2015

Prebaricated Vipp Shelter, ready to use

With over 75 years of experience in designing and manufacturing objects in steel, the Danish Company Vipp presents its first architectural project: a prefabricated dwelling. Fabricated in six months and assembled in 3–5 days, the compact volume...

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Magén arquitectos, Valdespartera Kindergarten (Zaragoza)
17/04/2015

Magén arquitectos, Valdespartera Kindergarten (Zaragoza)

On the southern border of the city, between a new residential area and the Z-40 beltway, the project addresses the conditions of the place. The plot initially had an area of 60,000 square meters for all educational stages...

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Wise Architecture, Red Mirror building in Seoul
16/04/2015

Wise Architecture, Red Mirror building in Seoul

A work of the South Korean firm Wise Architecture, led by Young Jang and Sook Hee Chun, this office block is located in Seoul’s busy Gangnam district. Named Red Mirror, the building is encased in a cage made of strips of different materials...

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Richard Meier: Harumi C1 residential tower in Tokyo
15/04/2015

Richard Meier: Harumi C1 residential tower in Tokyo

The New York firm of Richard Meier has finished the first of two towers comprising his first residential project in Japan. Situated along the waterfront promenade of Tokyo Bay, on the artificial island of Harumi, close to the Olympic Village of 2020...

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Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper inaugurated in Turin
13/04/2015

Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper inaugurated in Turin

ANSA

The new headquarters of Intesa Sanpaolo bank in Turin, a 166-metre skyscraper designed by famed architect Renzo Piano...

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Original Design Studio, Fan Zeng art gallery in Nantong (China)
10/04/2015

Original Design Studio, Fan Zeng art gallery in Nantong (China)

The Shanghai-based Original Design Studio has built a museum for the much in demand artist Fan Zeng, born in 1938, in Nantong, to a family devoted to calligraphy, painting, and poetry for thirteen generations. The building’s design presents different...

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Ifat Finkelman & Deborah Warshawski, tree house in Jerusalem
09/04/2015

Ifat Finkelman & Deborah Warshawski, tree house in Jerusalem

This children’s park in Jerusalem, designed by Ifat Finkelman and Deborah Warshawski, is situated in the entrance courtyard of the Israel Museum’s Youth Wing for Art Education. Contrasting with the concrete and stone of the surrounding buildings...

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Manuelle Gautrand, National Drama Theater in Béthune (France)
08/04/2015

Manuelle Gautrand, National Drama Theater in Béthune (France)

Fifteen years ago, Manuelle Gautrand built the National Drama Theater in Béthune, a municipality in France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais department, a few kilometers from the Belgian border. The fruit of a 1994 competition, the design of the Parisian...

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Valerio Olgiati, Villa Além in Portugal’s Alentejo region
08/04/2015

Valerio Olgiati, Villa Além in Portugal’s Alentejo region

In a recondite place abounding in cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, ten kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is the villa which the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati has built for himself and his wife. Four concrete walls rise up to 5.5 meters...

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Izaskun Chinchilla, Castle Rehabilitation in Garcimuñoz (Cuenca)
07/04/2015

Izaskun Chinchilla, Castle Rehabilitation in Garcimuñoz (Cuenca)

In 2003 the Ministry of Development launched an architectural competition to restore the fortress that lends its name to Castillo de Garcimuñoz, a small town in the province of Cuenca, located near the A-3 highway...

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Norman Foster opens new City Hall of Buenos Aires
06/04/2015

Norman Foster opens new City Hall of Buenos Aires

Under the waves of a huge cantilevering concrete roof, the Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno – the Argentinian capital’s new city hall built by Foster + Partners – presents a quadruple-height atrium and glazed facades offering views...

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