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Thursday, July 09, 2020
Josep Ferrando Architecture, Sáenz Valiente Building in Buenos Aires
07/07/2020

Josep Ferrando Architecture, Sáenz Valiente Building in Buenos Aires

In the Alcorta campus of Torcuato Di Tella University stands the mixed-use Sáenz Valiente Building, with its austere, modular expressivity. This work by the Catalan practice of Josep Ferrando has been shortlisted in the international section of the 2020 FAD Awards...

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Anna Heringer, Anandaloy Building in Rudrapur (Bangladesh)
03/07/2020

Anna Heringer, Anandaloy Building in Rudrapur (Bangladesh)

In Rudrapur, a village in the Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, stands this mud and bamboo construction that houses a therapy center for people with disabilities and a workshop for Dipdii Textiles, a clothes-making project for local women that Anna Heringer...

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Sanden+Hodnekvam Arkitekter, red concrete house in Lillehammer (Norway)
01/07/2020

Sanden+Hodnekvam Arkitekter, red concrete house in Lillehammer (Norway)

The Norwegian practice of John Sanden and Ingvild Hodnekvam has designed this residence, located in the city of Lillehammer, as a simple building kit of concrete pieces. It can be easily reconfigured to meet new needs, the inner walls being independent...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Uniqlo flagship store in Tokyo
30/06/2020

Herzog & de Meuron, Uniqlo flagship store in Tokyo

The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has turned the Marroniere Gate department store in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood into a new global flaship store for the Japanese clothing and accessories brand Uniqlo. The conversion of the 1984 edifice revolves around subtraction...

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AVL + Antoni Bou, renovation of apartment building in Tarragona
29/06/2020

AVL + Antoni Bou, renovation of apartment building in Tarragona

The Catalan practices of Asun Vidal Layel (AVL Arquitectura) and Antoni Bou i Moncús worked together in renovating two buildings in the historical center of Tarragona. Connected on the ground floor, they harbor a total of eight apartments. The intervention respects...

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Snøhetta, cabins by the Jostedalsbreen glacier (Norway)
26/06/2020

Snøhetta, cabins by the Jostedalsbreen glacier (Norway)

In Veitastrond, a small village belonging to the municipality of Luster, in Norway, one finds these wooden shelters for hikers, a work of Snøhetta, the firm founded by Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers. Named Tungestølen, the complex overlooks the Jostedalsbreen...

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Heatherwick Studio, Maggie’s Yorkshire Leeds (United Kingdom)
25/06/2020

Heatherwick Studio, Maggie’s Yorkshire Leeds (United Kingdom)

Maggie’s Centres are places where people with cancer, and their friends and families, can go to find free practical and emotional support. Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a new center at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds...

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Estudio Herreros / MIM-A, Mixed Housing Bulding, Sant Boi (Spain)
23/06/2020

Estudio Herreros / MIM-A, Mixed Housing Bulding, Sant Boi (Spain)

Dictated by simplicity and efficiency criteria, a compact volume combines officially protected units with free-market ones, all around a central void containing the core of circulation elements. A series of subtraction operations forms large collective and individual terraces which, besides resulting in diagonal views, lighten the  density and scale of the volume and facilitate cross ventilation.

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Taller de Casquería, Pilarica 81 in Madrid
23/06/2020

Taller de Casquería, Pilarica 81 in Madrid

Shortlisted in the Interiors section of the 2020 FAD Awards, this refurbishment by Madrid-based Taller de Casquería (Elena Fuertes, Ramón Martínez, Álvaro Molins, Jorge Sobejano) is a bid to protect the Spanish capital’s industrial heritage through use...

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Lisbon Wood, by Plano Humano Arquitectos
21/06/2020

Lisbon Wood, by Plano Humano Arquitectos

The film about the residential building Lisbon Wood explores the movement and the dynamic of the project designed by the Portuguese architects Plano Humano!...

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Thomas Lussi & Lola Domènech, Apartment Building for Four Friends
19/06/2020

Thomas Lussi & Lola Domènech, Apartment Building for Four Friends

The idea of raising this apartment block came after four friends, with ages between 55 and 65 and living in Lucerne, decided to build a second residence in which to spend periods of time and also with sights set on retiring in Barcelona, a city they have strong ties with...

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Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, 25 dwellings in Carabanchel (Madrid)
17/06/2020

Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, 25 dwellings in Carabanchel (Madrid)

This building carried out for Madrid's municipal housing and land corporation (EMVS) in the Spanish capital's Carabanchel district, containing 25 apartments with 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, is protected by rent regulation (VPPA). In designing the block the Madrid firm...

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Unparelld’arquitectes, Can Sau in Olot (Girona)
16/06/2020

Unparelld’arquitectes, Can Sau in Olot (Girona)

The core of Olot has the same problem that many historical towns have to contend with: the indiscriminate demolitions that result in empty lots going abandoned, disfiguring the street and ultimately destroying the urban decorum of public space. In this context, half of Can Sau...

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APROP Ciutat Vella in Barcelona
15/06/2020

APROP Ciutat Vella in Barcelona

These temporary dwellings in the Catalonian capital’s old quarter form the first building raised under the auspices of Barcelona City Hall’s APROP program for provisional housing. Carried out jointly by the Catalan firms straddle3 and Yaiza Terré estudi d’arquitectura...

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LUO studio, community center in Yuanheguan (China)
12/06/2020

LUO studio, community center in Yuanheguan (China)

Over the foundations and concrete structural columns of a house that was never completed, the Chinese architect Luo Yujie built this community center for Yuanheguan, a village in Hubei Province. Recycling and transforming those remains, LUO studio built an...

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El Equipo Mazzanti, Helvetia School expansion in Bogotá
10/06/2020

El Equipo Mazzanti, Helvetia School expansion in Bogotá

The expansion and reorganization of Colegio Helvetia – a school founded in 1954 by the Swiss community in the Colombian capital – largely respects the original facilities, listed among constructions of cultural interest. The intervention eliminates previous enlargements...

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Bizna estudio, Teleclub Bécquer in Noviercas (Soria)
09/06/2020

Bizna estudio, Teleclub Bécquer in Noviercas (Soria)

Founded by Rocío García (Bilbao, 1998) and Pedro Torres (Albacete, 1987), Madrid-based Bizna studio has designed this meeting space for residents of Noviercas, a municipality in the comarca of Moncayo, in Soria province. Shortlisted in the Architecture section...

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Ruizesquiroz Arquitectos, Amaya Sport in Noáin (Navarra)
04/06/2020

Ruizesquiroz Arquitectos, Amaya Sport in Noáin (Navarra)

The firm of Josean Ruiz Esquíroz, based in Madrid and Navarre, has designed new headquarters for the sports equipment manufacturer Amaya Sport. The location is the Talluntxe industrial park in Noáin, 5 kilometers from Pamplona. With a built area of 1,957 square meters...

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Lagula Arquitectes, Santa Clara apartment building in Girona
03/06/2020

Lagula Arquitectes, Santa Clara apartment building in Girona

Close to the El Molí power plant and the Puente de Piedra (stone bridge) over the river Onyar in Girona, at Santa Clara 11, stands this residential block by Lagula Arquitectes, the Barcelona firm headed by Toni Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López, Manel Morante...

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Amman Cánovas & Maruri, El Molinete Archaeology Museum in Cartagena
02/06/2020

Amman Cánovas & Maruri, El Molinete Archaeology Museum in Cartagena

The Madrid practice of Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri designed this museum located underneath the health center of the historical quarter of Cartagena, in Murcia province, drawing up the project with the express intention of preserving the found remains...

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Pablo Larroulet, Hotel AKA Patagonia in Puerto Natales (Chile)
29/05/2020

Pablo Larroulet, Hotel AKA Patagonia in Puerto Natales (Chile)

In Puerto Natales, in the Patagonian region of glaciers, volcanoes, and mountains, the cabins designed by the Chilean architect Pablo Larroulet pursue the idea of a meeting of landscape and architecture, but also a contrast. The complex presents seven timber volumes...

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Summary, Modular housing and services in Vale de Cambra (Portugal)
28/05/2020

Summary, Modular housing and services in Vale de Cambra (Portugal)

The completely modular, prefabricated structure of reinforced concrete made it possible to comply with the proprietors’ flexibility requirements and execution time frames. The structural modules were prefabricated with elements of reinforced concrete...

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Furniture Urban Alphabets (F.U.A.)
27/05/2020

Furniture Urban Alphabets (F.U.A.)

Made out of obsolete material salvaged from the municipal warehouses of Madrid City Hall, F.U.A. is a prototype for sustainable and reusable public installations where social, energy, and environmental considerations converge, designed by David Cárdenas...

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Co-Architectes, Saint-Joseph Media Library on Reunion Island (France)
26/05/2020

Co-Architectes, Saint-Joseph Media Library on Reunion Island (France)

A work of the firm Co-Architects, headed by Nicolas Peyrebonne, this building is located in Saint-Joseph, a commune on the southern tip of Réunion, one of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. Establishing a constant dialogue with the...

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Ignacio Hornillos, Chapel House in Madrid
25/05/2020

Ignacio Hornillos, Chapel House in Madrid

The renovation and enlargement of this house in Madrid's Ciudad Lineal district was carried out by Ignacio Hornillos (Madrid, 1985), in a project consisting of four architectural operations: excavating a chapel, inserting the master bedroom, attaching a pavilion...

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Wutopia Lab, Sinan Books Poetry Store in Shanghai
25/05/2020

Wutopia Lab, Sinan Books Poetry Store in Shanghai

To build a church within a church: this was the intention of Wutopia Lab for one of Shanghai’s most emblematic bookstores. The first church addressed by the project is an Orthodox temple raised in 1932, the walls of which have been kept intact and the interior...

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Dining Al Serra
23/05/2020

Dining Al Serra

World Architects

As restaurants reopen after months of lockdown, one in Amsterdam is offering diners the option of two-person greenhouses. The gimmick is working: the restaurant is fully booked until June...

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El Equipo Mazzanti, refurbishment of Romelio Martínez Stadium in Barranquilla (Colombia)
19/05/2020

El Equipo Mazzanti, refurbishment of Romelio Martínez Stadium in Barranquilla (Colombia)

The Bogotá firm of Giancarlo Mazzanti renovated and enlarged this 1935 stadium in Baranquilla, the capital of Colombia's Atlántico Department. The objective was to reorient the facilities in compliance with standards set by the 2018 Central American...

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Anna i Eugeni Bach, House in La Bisbal d’Empordà (Spain)
15/05/2020

Anna i Eugeni Bach, House in La Bisbal d’Empordà (Spain)

In the gridded extension of La Bisbal d’Empordà (Girona), an old chocolate factory has been transformed into a studio and family home that gives importance to the building’s original character. Hence we have a construction where loadbearing stone facades allow...

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Rafael Moneo + Canals Moneo Arquitectos, expansion of Ribas winery in Consell
14/05/2020

Rafael Moneo + Canals Moneo Arquitectos, expansion of Ribas winery in Consell

Located in the municipality of Consell, Bodegues Ribas is the oldest winery on the island of Majorca, founded in 1711. Listed in the town's Historical Heritage Catalog, the complex includes winemaking installations, a stately house, and the vineyard. The 800-square-meter...

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