Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Zaha Hadid Architects, river promenade and anti-flood system in Hamburg
27/08/2019

Zaha Hadid Architects, river promenade and anti-flood system in Hamburg

At the Niederhafen port area on the banks of the Elbe River, the British firm Zaha Hadid Architects has upgraded and reinforced the flood protection system of the northern German city of Hamburg. Resulting from a 2006 competition, the operation reconstructs the existing...

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Dellekamp Arquitectos, House in San José del Cabo (Mexico)
23/08/2019

Dellekamp Arquitectos, House in San José del Cabo (Mexico)

Conceived as a refuge, the Cabo House stands on a series of platforms built with local earth that descend adapting to the slope of the site. From these telluric platforms, walls of the same material, rammed earth, rise in parallels to frame views toward the sea and give rise...

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Valerio Olgiati, Céline Flagship in Miami (USA)
22/08/2019

Valerio Olgiati, Céline Flagship in Miami (USA)

Creating a virtual world through the poetic use of materials was Valerio Olgiati’s intention in designing this store in the design district of the city of Miami for the French high-end fashion brand Céline. Such virtuality has to do with the manipulation of the space...

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SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona
21/08/2019

SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona

Villa Urania is a small residence from the late 19th century – home of the astronomer Josep Comas i Solà (1868-1937) –, the last example of the garden-city of El Farró in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The redensification of the neighborhood left the building and...

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Sebastián Irarrázaval, Public Library in Constitución (Chile)
20/08/2019

Sebastián Irarrázaval, Public Library in Constitución (Chile)

The library project resulted from a public-private initiative whose mission was to reconstruct the city after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the city in 2010. Constructionally, the library building’s structure consists of...

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Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza
19/08/2019

Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza

The neighborhood of Arcosur is the first residential expansion towards the south of Zaragoza. The building is located on one of the structuring axes of the area, and it is the first public facility completed there, so these two aspects together give the building...

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RCR arquitectes, Gallery / Atelier / House in Bordeaux (France)
16/08/2019

RCR arquitectes, Gallery / Atelier / House in Bordeaux (France)

Located in the city of Bordeaux, the project renovates an old warehouse with vaulted spaces that were once cellars for storing fish and supplies. The intervention seeks to reactivate the area by making the most of its central location and the existence of a cozy garden...

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Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo
15/08/2019

Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo

The new headquarters of Norvento, a group that specializes in renewable and efficient energy sources, aims to maximize power quality and respect for the environment. The building’s design addresses the double nature of the site...

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Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada
14/08/2019

Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada

The Granada Metro construction works, which began in 2007, involved building a single rail line crossing the city, connecting it with several towns in the metropolitan area and linking many of its key activity hubs and sites. This infrastructure covers approximately...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art in Hong Kong (China)
13/08/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art in Hong Kong (China)

Set into Hong Kong’s dense fabric of skyscrapers, the central police station and prison of colonial times have been restored and transformed into an art  and heritage center. The inserted volumes create a new relationship with the site context by cantilevering...

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Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)
12/08/2019

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)

This experimental house in Aiguablava (Girona) has two principal characteristic features: the sustainable way it engages with its surroundings and the manner in which it is built. The first results from adapting to the topography, respecting the property’s...

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Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)
09/08/2019

Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)

The renovation of this dwelling in Miraflores, a small locality in Muros (A Coruña), was first and foremost based on utmost respect for the place. This necessitated paying close attention to realities like the scale of the house’s surroundings, to preexisting elements...

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Sauerbruch Hutton, The New Ludgate in London
08/08/2019

Sauerbruch Hutton, The New Ludgate in London

With its curvilinear shape and dynamic facade of multicolored louvers, the volume confidently engages with the urban fabric and the corporate headquarters of London’s City. The compact volume of the office building is tapered and rounded off...

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PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona
07/08/2019

PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona

The building for the Research Institute of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital concentrates the research activity of this foundation, previously scattered throughout the hospital complex. The proposal is located on the northeast end of the ensemble designed...

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Jean Nouvel, Alda Fendi Foundation in Rome (Italy)
06/08/2019

Jean Nouvel, Alda Fendi Foundation in Rome (Italy)

Within the historical area of the city of Rome, three buildings have been turned into a cultural center containing exhibition halls, accommodations for artists, and a rooftop restaurant. The complex sits at the southwestern end of the Palatine Hill, close to the Temple...

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Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)
05/08/2019

Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)

The project sets out to refurbish the Sant Julià de Ramis castle, a military fortress raised at the end of the 19th century, and that is located in the town of the same name, close to Girona. The ensemble was closed down in 1970, and was gradually abandoned since...

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Howland, Milne y Wilton, Cork House in Berkshire (England)
03/08/2019

Howland, Milne y Wilton, Cork House in Berkshire (England)

Beside the River Thames stands this house built by Matthew Barnett Howland in collaboration with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton. Shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling Prize, the winner of which will be announced on 8 Ocrober, it presents five volumes topped...

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Frida Escobedo, Mar Tirreno residential complex in Mexico City
01/08/2019

Frida Escobedo, Mar Tirreno residential complex in Mexico City

The studio led by the Mexican Frida Escobedo has completed this residential block in Colonia Popotla, Mexico City. The project ‘folds’ the balconies inwards as private courtyards. This strategy takes inspiration from the traditional courtyard-house proposing different degrees...

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BIG + HFF, Puzzle House in Copenhagen
31/07/2019

BIG + HFF, Puzzle House in Copenhagen

Bjarke Ingels, of the Danish firm BIG, and Simon Frommenwiler, founder of the Basel studio HHF, created this installation that was set up for three days in the garden of the Swiss Embassy in Copenhagen. The volume is made up of geometric blocks in pink, red, and fuchsia...

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Sou Fujimoto / NL*A / OXO, L’Arbre Blanc Tower in Montpellier (France)
26/07/2019

Sou Fujimoto / NL*A / OXO, L’Arbre Blanc Tower in Montpellier (France)

Of 17 floors and 10,000 square meters, the design of this iconic tower located by Lez River is inspired by the Mediterranean tradition of outdoor living, and is the result of the collaboration of the Japanese office with two young French studios. Located on a privileged spot...

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EAA - Emre Arolat Architecture, BerKM Cultural Center in Bergama (Turkey)
25/07/2019

EAA - Emre Arolat Architecture, BerKM Cultural Center in Bergama (Turkey)

The Istanbul practice of Emre Arolat and Gonca Paşolar built this culture and leisure center in the Turkish city of Bergama, over the foundations of what was the lower part of the Greek polis Pergamon. A footbridge bordered with vegetation connects the adjacent park...

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The new city for a million outside Karachi
20/07/2019

The new city for a million outside Karachi

The Guardian

Bahria Town promises Pakistan’s middle classes respite from traffic, terror attacks and blackouts – local villagers are fighting to be heard by developers...

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Kéré Architecture, Xylem Pavilion in Fishtail (Montana)
19/07/2019

Kéré Architecture, Xylem Pavilion in Fishtail (Montana)

The Burkinabè architect Francis Kéré designed this permanent pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park in Montana. The building joins a series of unique pieces that engage in dialogue with nature on the...

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Nomo Studio, stone house in Menorca
16/07/2019

Nomo Studio, stone house in Menorca

On a slope with views of the north coast of the island of Menorca sits this one-family residence built by Nomo Studio, the Barcelona firm of Alicia Casals and Karl Nyqvist. The composition of the facade pursues a reinterpretation of the Menorcan custom of framing windows...

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Avella taller de arquitectura, two cabins in Nirgua (Venezuela)
15/07/2019

Avella taller de arquitectura, two cabins in Nirgua (Venezuela)

Scattered on a 40-hectare estate in Nirgua, a city in Venezuela’s State of Yaracuy, 245 kilometers from Caracas, are these camping faciities for children, including installations for recreational activities. With Ricardo Avella at the helm, the project involves adding two...

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Studio QI, Annso Hill Hotel in Heshun (China)
12/07/2019

Studio QI, Annso Hill Hotel in Heshun (China)

The firm of Shanshan Qi, working out of offices in New York and Hangzhou, designed this hotel in Heshun (in Tengchong County), once a staging post along the southern Silk Route. The stepped construction is adapted to the 13-meter-wide plot that slopes to form...

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David Chipperfield Architects, James Simon Galerie in Berlin
11/07/2019

David Chipperfield Architects, James Simon Galerie in Berlin

In continuity with Friedrich August Stüler’s forum architecture, the James Simon Galerie serves as the new entrance building for Museum Island, occupying the site where Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Neuer Packhof building used to stand. A mostly underground ‘archaeological...

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SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion in LA
09/07/2019

SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion in LA

Built in 2015 for the Serpentine Gallery in London, the pavilion designed by the Spanish firm SelgasCano will until 24 November be an events venue for the company Second Home, located in La Brea Tar Pits, in the heart of Los Angeles.

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Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos, full renovation of a house in Petrer (Alicante)
09/07/2019

Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos, full renovation of a house in Petrer (Alicante)

The local firm headed by Pablo Muñoz Payá renovated this single-family home in Petrer, a municipality located in the interior of Alicante province. The regulations did not allow enlarging the existing surface area of the one-level house – 138 square meters...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Meret Oppenheim Tower in Basel (Switzerland)
05/07/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Meret Oppenheim Tower in Basel (Switzerland)

SBB is one of the largest landowners in Switzerland. This national railway company owns land in prime locations of the urban centers across the country. This previously underutilized potential of real estate has been increasingly developed in the last years...

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New Books
AV Monografías 217 - UNDURRAGA DEVÉS AV Monographs
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English texts placed side by side.
Arquitectura Viva 217 - SNØHETTA Arquitectura Viva
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story, works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013 on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
AV Proyectos 93 - SERGISON BATES AV Proyectos
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details), heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.
Other publications
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle Time of Uncertainty
Luis Fernández-Galiano portrays the development of architecture in the course of the turn of the century through 256 articles written for El País from 1993 to 2006, presented in 2 volumes containing close to 2,500 images and 2,000 references to the protagonists of projects and debates of the period in question.
A Chronicle of Architecture Time of Uncertainty
Through a selection of essays written by Luis Fernández-Galiano for El País, Time of Uncertainty – volume 2 of Alexandrine Years – examines the beginnings of a 21st century marked by 9/11, wars, and climate change.
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle
The Age of Spectacle, volume 1 of the book Alexandrine Years, offers a chronicle of the bonanza and optimism of the 20th century’s closing years through texts that Luis Fernández-Galiano wrote for the newspaper El País.
RCR arquitectes RCR arquitectes
Land architecture, but also architecture of the land. After three decades of work, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have obtained universal recognition for a stubbornly local oeuvre.
SANAA SANAA
The 352-page volume, in hardcover and fully bilingual Spanish-English edition, which gathers the complete oeuvre of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa over almost three decades of work of the three studios they lead in Tokyo
Francis Kéré Francis Kéré
The ICO Foundation has published a bilingual (Spanish and English) catalog of the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré: Primary Elements.’ Presenting a selection of 33 works, the book journeys through the professional trajectory of the Burkinabe architect.
David Chipperfield David Chipperfield
The Fundación ICO presents the bilingual Spanish-English catalogue of the exhibition ‘Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects.’ Featuring thirty works and projects, the book covers thirty years in the career of the British architect. 
Juan Navarro Baldeweg Juan Navarro Baldeweg
The Fundación ICO publishes, in bilingual Spanish-English edition, the catalogue of the exhibition ‘One Zodiac. Juan Navarro Baldeweg,’ which covers the professional career of the Spanish architect, establishing connections between his works as if they formed a zodiac, a ring of constellations. 
The Architect is Present The Architect is Present
Published by the Fundación ICO in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book ‘The Architect is Present’ shows the work of five studios that work in underprivileged contexts, proving that scarcity of means can stimulate technical inventiveness and comunity participation.
Spain mon amour Spain mon amour
Published by the Fundación ICO in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book ‘Spain mon amour’ reviews recent Spanish architecture through fifteen works in fifteen different cities, completed by five studios and represented by five prominent photographers.
Atlas: Europe Atlas: Europe
Devoted to the most recent architecture of the European continent, it is the fourth volume in a series which develops and updates the work published in 2007 by the BBVA Foundation, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: Africa and M. East Atlas: Africa and M. East
Devoted to the most recent architecture of Africa and the Middle East, is the third volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published in 2007 by the BBVA Foundation, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: America Atlas: America
Devoted to the latest architecture of America, it is the second volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published by the BBVA Foundation in 2007, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: Asia and Pacífic Atlas: Asia and Pacífic
This Atlas, devoted to the latest architecture of Asia and the Pacific, is the first volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published by the BBVA Foundation in 2007, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas. Circa 2000 Atlas. Circa 2000
The BBVA Foundation presents Atlas. Arquitectura global circa 2000, a volume of 312 pages published also in Spanish. Centered on the period opened by the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this work intends to be a critical assessment of world architecture in our global times.
Spain Builds, 1975-2010 Spain Builds, 1975-2010
Second edition of the work published in 2006 coinciding with the exhibition on architecture in Spain held at the MoMA. Now, to mark Spain's presence at Expo Shanghai, the oeuvre is extended, adding Chinese to the original languages.
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