Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, October 22, 2020
MAD Architects, Le Cheng Kindergarten in Beijing (China)
21/08/2020

MAD Architects, Le Cheng Kindergarten in Beijing (China)

A chromatic roof is the highlight in the conversion of a traditional siheyuan courtyard into a preschool center that is remarkable, too, in its openness to daylight and vegetation. The principal strategy of the project involved wrapping the preexisting building with a tapestry...

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OHLAB, Casa Palerm in Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca)
20/08/2020

OHLAB, Casa Palerm in Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca)

In a rural part of the island of Mallorca, in the municipality of Lloret de Vistalegre, stands this residence built by the firm OHLAB, which Paloma and Jaime Oliver run from offices in Palma de Mallorca and Madrid. Elongated, stretching perpendicular to the site’s steep...

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Esrawe Studio, Tori Tori Santa Fe in Ciudad de México
19/08/2020

Esrawe Studio, Tori Tori Santa Fe in Ciudad de México

This is the fifth branch, in Mexico City, of the famous Tori Tori chain of Japanese restaurants. It is located on the ground floor of a corporate building in the modern business district that gives it its name, Santa Fe, and in addressing the culinary program the design of the space...

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Roldán + Berengué, Refurbishment of Rambla 124 (Barcelona)
18/08/2020

Roldán + Berengué, Refurbishment of Rambla 124 (Barcelona)

The commission involved turning Hotel Montecarlo into a retail, office, and residential building, adapting its historical elements to the new uses and in the process upgrading them. Presenting two fronts of different urban character, the building sews up the...

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Ryue Nishizawa, Ochoquebradas House (Chile)
14/08/2020

Ryue Nishizawa, Ochoquebradas House (Chile)

Spreading like a membrane of concrete that evokes the form of a wave, the house seeks to engage in dialogue, through contrast and metaphor, with the powerful context of the location. The residence is part of an initiative taken in the wake of Chile’s last major...

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BuroLandschap, Cycling amid Trees, Bosland (Belgium)
13/08/2020

BuroLandschap, Cycling amid Trees, Bosland (Belgium)

Bosland is the largest forest of Belgium’s Flanders region, and it now features an elevated pathway blended into the landscape yet clearly distinct from it. The idea was to give hikers and bikers an unprecedented, ever dynamic view of the trees around...

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Firma Arquitetura + Oficina Aberta, Catavento pavilion in São Paulo (Brazil)
12/08/2020

Firma Arquitetura + Oficina Aberta, Catavento pavilion in São Paulo (Brazil)

Designed by the Brazilian studios Firma Arquitectura and Oficina Aberta, this simple volume was annexed to a preexisting preschool to accommodate extracurricular activities. Translucent sliding doors open up to the exterior. The construction uses industrialized materials...

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Nendo, Shanghai Times Square (China)
11/08/2020

Nendo, Shanghai Times Square (China)

Shanghai Times Square within the Pudong district is the result of working on a nine-floor commercial building containing over 53,000 square meters of space. The objective was to accommodate 170 establishments, mostly fashion and lifestyle stores but also several...

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Lacol Arquitectura, 28 Cooperative Dwellings in Barcelona
10/08/2020

Lacol Arquitectura, 28 Cooperative Dwellings in Barcelona

The project arose from an initiative of neighbors to collectively address their need for access to housing through a cooperative organized on a right-of-use basis. Large communal spaces within the building serve to foster goodwill among the inhabitants, encouraging...

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Cobe + NORD Architects Copenhagen, Kids’ City in Copenhagen (Denmark)
07/08/2020

Cobe + NORD Architects Copenhagen, Kids’ City in Copenhagen (Denmark)

Designed to take in 750 children in the heart of Copenhagen, the school is envisioned as a city in itself, with its own neighborhoods, squares, parks, houses, and public buildings. Involving a combination of types and solutions, diverse and fun, the project took off...

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Manuel Cervantes Estudio, house in Amatepec (Mexico)
06/08/2020

Manuel Cervantes Estudio, house in Amatepec (Mexico)

A work of the Mexican firm Manuel Cervantes Estudio, this residence  seeks to optimize light and engagement with the outdoors. Wrapped in a ceramic skin, the composition of interlocking volumes adapts to the slope of the site, diluting the boundaries between inside and out...

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Genoa's new bridge under construction
04/08/2020

Genoa's new bridge under construction

As a donation to Genoa, his native city, Renzo Piano has done the designs for the reconstruction of the Polcevera Viaduct, also known as Morandi Bridge, which collapsed on 14 August 2018, killing 43. The new bridge officially opens almost two years later, this coming 3 August.

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Arquitectura-G, Acid House in Barcelona (Spain)
03/08/2020

Arquitectura-G, Acid House in Barcelona (Spain)

Located in Barcelona, the Acid House is the outcome of converting a factory into a corporate innovation center. Conceived with an economy of means in mind, the project maintains the original layout in two differentiated zones: the main shed has been turned into...

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Roldán + Berengué, 46 Social Dwellings in the Fabra & Coats Factory, Barcelona
31/07/2020

Roldán + Berengué, 46 Social Dwellings in the Fabra & Coats Factory, Barcelona

The old textile complex is being recovered to join the Barcelona Art Factories network,  adding 28,000 m² of public space and, for the first time in this type of intervention, of social housing. Built in 1905 to store thread, the warehouse is 100x15 meters and 11 meters...

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Ocamica Tudanca arquitectos, redevelopment of Plaza de Mansilla Mayor (León)
28/07/2020

Ocamica Tudanca arquitectos, redevelopment of Plaza de Mansilla Mayor (León)

In this intervention, for which they have won the 2020 FAD Award for City and Landscape, Iñigo Ocamica and Iñigo Tudanca reinterpret the Castile-León landscape with different types of aggregate concrete for Plaza de la Fuente.

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Ryue Nishizawa, Terasaki House in Kanagawa (Japan)
25/07/2020

Ryue Nishizawa, Terasaki House in Kanagawa (Japan)

A large roof with expressive gables and a small inner courtyard serve to form the various spaces of this single-level residence located along Tokyo’s metropolitan beltway. Sculpted by the big roof of laminated timber that rests on pillars of steel...

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Antonio Montes Gil, El Molí Library in Molins de Rei (Barcelona)
23/07/2020

Antonio Montes Gil, El Molí Library in Molins de Rei (Barcelona)

Shortlisted in the Architecture category of the 2020 FAD Awards, this library in the Barcelona municipality of Molins de Rei, takes up the two higher levels of a former Ferrer y Mora textile factory, built in 1858. Designed by Antonio Montel Gil, architect of the Barcelona...

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CSO Arquitectura, Passivhaus-certified nursing home in Camarzana de Tera (Zamora)
22/07/2020

CSO Arquitectura, Passivhaus-certified nursing home in Camarzana de Tera (Zamora)

Designed by CSO Arquitectura, headed by Antón Freile, this expansion of the elderly residence which the same Madrid firm built in 2005 in Camarzana de Tera (Zamora), at kilometer 127 of the road linking Benavente to Vigo, has been shortlisted in the...

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Álvaro Siza, Clay Pavilion for Casa Wabi in Puerto Escondido
21/07/2020

Álvaro Siza, Clay Pavilion for Casa Wabi in Puerto Escondido

Along Mexico’s Oaxaca coast, in Puerto Escondido, is the main center of Casa Wabi Foundation, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. An initiative of the artist Bosco Sodi, Casa Wabi is an initiative based on the wabi-sabi concept, a worldview focused...

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Santos Mera Arquitectos, Campañó Football Field (Pontevedra)
17/07/2020

Santos Mera Arquitectos, Campañó Football Field (Pontevedra)

In the parish church of Campañó, on the outskirts of Pontevedra, the project set out to improve the existing football field – made of rammed earth and with dressing rooms in urgent  need of repair – with a new layer of artificial turf and adding new facilities for dressing rooms...

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Calderon-Folch Studio + Sarsanedas Arquitectura + COMA Arquitectura + Mario Nahra, Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Center in Badalona
16/07/2020

Calderon-Folch Studio + Sarsanedas Arquitectura + COMA Arquitectura + Mario Nahra, Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Center in Badalona

The project for the CMCiB Building (Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Center) seeks addressing complex technical and functional issues in a way that is sustainable and sensitive to context and achieves high comfort levels (visual, hygrothermal, and acoustic)...

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Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Landaburu Borda rural lodgings in Bera (Navarre)
15/07/2020

Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Landaburu Borda rural lodgings in Bera (Navarre)

The Catalan architect Jordi Hidalgo Tané (Olot, 1967) was commissioned to renovate and enlarge an early-20th-century building in Bera, a municipality in the Cinco Villas comarca of Navarre, and turn it into rustic accommodations. Shortlisted in the architecture...

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Albert Faus, secondary school in Youlou (Burkina Faso)
13/07/2020

Albert Faus, secondary school in Youlou (Burkina Faso)

Shortlisted in the international section of the 2020 FAD Awards, the project submitted by Albert Faus Madrid (Barcelona, 1972) involves reorganizing the Bangre Veenem educational complex, with its existing primary school serving the village of Youlou, and raising...

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Studio Velocity, House Surrounded by Hedges in Aichi (Japan)
10/07/2020

Studio Velocity, House Surrounded by Hedges in Aichi (Japan)

This enclave in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, has two main defining features. One is its combination of low density and extensive occupation of land, which gives rise to an expansive fabric built close to the ground. The other is the presence of hedges that mark the boundaries...

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Ágora Arquitectura, weekend hut in Isòvol (Girona)
08/07/2020

Ágora Arquitectura, weekend hut in Isòvol (Girona)

At kilometer 193 of the N260, which connects Bellver de Cerdanya to Isòvol, stands this house prefabricated at low cost to both the environment and the pocket. A work of Ágora Arquitectura, a Barcelona firm headed by Joan Casals Pañella and José Luis Cisneros...

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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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H&deM (1978-2019) H&deM (1978-2019)
The tireless creative pulse of the Swiss office, which over the course of four decades has produced some of the most emblematic examples of contemporary architecture, is illustrated here in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, made up of two volumes of 352 pages each, presented in hard-bound cloth.
H&deM (2003-2019) H&deM (2003-2019)
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H&deM (1978-2002) H&deM (1978-2002)
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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.
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SANAA SANAA
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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. 
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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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