Arquitectura Viva
Monday, November 30, 2020
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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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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New Books
AV Monografías 227_228 - CASAS EN DETALLE 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 228 - JOSÉ MARÍA SÁNCHEZ 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 100 - MAD ARCHITECTS 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
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles + Fracturas y ficciones
Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes Las grandes esperanzas (1976-1992), a critical revision of the issues and challenges of architecture, art, and society of those convulse and fertile years, offering a historical mirror on which we can find a reflection of our current economic, ecological, and social crisis.
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles
The recession caused by the oil crises that shook the planet in the 1970s serves as backdrop for Empeños sostenibles (1976-1984), a selection of articles by Luis Fernández-Galiano on technological alternatives, sustainable construction, and the relationship between architecture and energy.
Las grandes esperanzas Fracturas y ficciones
Through the one hundred essays on architecture, history, art, and society included in Fracturas y ficciones (1985-1992), Luis Fernández-Galiano outlines a portrait of a period of global prosperity in which the Olympic Games of Barcelona and the Expo of Seville brought international attention to Spain.
Francisco Mangado Francisco Mangado
This 208-page, hardback and clothbound, bilingual (Spanish-English) book presents fifteen works carried out from 2000 to 2020 by the firm of Francisco Mangado, who explains them in terms of the concepts that have driven each one of them.
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)
The volume includes 41 prominent works started between 2003 and 2019, such as Elphilharmonie Hamburg, buildings like Helsinki Dreispitz and Feltrinelli Porta Volta, Vitra Schaudepot, and the proposal for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
H&deM (1978-2002) H&deM (1978-2002)
The volume covers 43 of the main buildings initiated between 1978 and 2002, showing the formal transformations and material tests carried out during the first years of career in Basel up to the studio’s worldwide recognition.
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 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.
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.
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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