Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Alfonso Cendron, Light House in the Po Valley (Italy)
14/03/2018

Alfonso Cendron, Light House in the Po Valley (Italy)

Containing a floor area of 250 square meters, this regular parallelepiped of a house rises in a rural environment in the easternmost part of the Padan Plain, in Italy’s Veneto region. The Italian architect Alfonso Cendron designed it as a simple solid with a square floor plan...

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b720 Fermín Vázquez, nursery school for Lycée Français in Barcelona
13/03/2018

b720 Fermín Vázquez, nursery school for Lycée Français in Barcelona

After careful analysis of the existing school facilities, a new building is going up, clad with vertical slats of different colors, to harbor all the classrooms, leaving communal spaces (media library and music room) and offices in the restored villa.

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AGi Architects, Nirvana Home in Kuwait
13/03/2018

AGi Architects, Nirvana Home in Kuwait

This private house close to Jumeirah Messilah Beach in Kuwait City was designed by the firm AGi Architects, set up by Nasser B. Abulhasan and Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea in Madrid and Kuwait. The project gives special attention to the interiors and the visual...

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Qatar National Library in Doha, by OMA
09/03/2018

Qatar National Library in Doha, by OMA

It is still days before the official opening of the Qatar National Library in Doha, but Rem Koolhaas’s building is already a landmark for citizens of the country, for whom it is a spectacular urban agora performing the civic functions that the streets and squares of...

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Archstudio, ‘Layering Courtyard’ in Beijing
09/03/2018

Archstudio, ‘Layering Courtyard’ in Beijing

The Chinese firm archstudio founded in 2010 by Han Wenqiang has renovated a 500-square-meter commercial block with a quadrangular courtyard, located close to Qianmen (gate of Beijing’s old wall), south of Tiananmen Square. Once a brothel and later a bakery...

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Fondazione Prada’s Tower is completed
06/03/2018

Fondazione Prada’s Tower is completed

The nine-story tower designed by Rem Koolhaas adds a variety of exhibition spaces and panoramic views of post-industrial Milan. Towering touch to the Fondazione Prada is set to officially open on April 20, three years after the Prada private museum was opened...

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Piuarch, Gucci HQ in Milan
05/03/2018

Piuarch, Gucci HQ in Milan

The Italian firm Piuarch (Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellin, Monica Tricario) has turned the old Caproni plant in Milan – built in the 1920s for the making and final assembly of aircraft – into a headquarters for the fashion house Gucci...

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Urko Sánchez Architects, 15 Social Dwellings in Tadjourah (Djibouti)
02/03/2018

Urko Sánchez Architects, 15 Social Dwellings in Tadjourah (Djibouti)

Severe droughts make Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, a country of huge problems. One is the scarcity of decent housing, and this project tries to deal with it in Tadjoura, through fifteen individual homes sponsored by SOS The Children International...

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Manuel Costoya, sports center in Puig den Valls (Ibiza)
01/03/2018

Manuel Costoya, sports center in Puig den Valls (Ibiza)

The new roofs and perimetral enclosures of the sports grounds of Puig den Valls – a population center and parish belonging to the municipality of Santa Eulalia del Río, on the east side of the island of Ibiza – are a work of the Murcia-based practice of Manuel Costoya...

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Graham Baba, HQ for Washington Fruit in Yakima (Washington)
28/02/2018

Graham Baba, HQ for Washington Fruit in Yakima (Washington)

Yakima County in Washington state is a territory characterized by fruit growing. It is the location of the new office headquarters of the Washington Fruit & Produce Company, a family enterprise founded in 1916 that cultivates fruits and distributes them from...

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Marià Castelló, house Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer in Formentera
27/02/2018

Marià Castelló, house Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer in Formentera

In Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer, a large stretch of land next to the beach of Migjorn, on the south of the Balearic island of Formentera, stands this house for a family designed by the local practice of Marià Castello with the aim of respecting its privileged surroundings...

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The country home of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, designed by Frank Gehry
26/02/2018

The country home of the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, designed by Frank Gehry

The New York Times

A 30-minute drive from Morristown is Chester, a tiny, bucolic community of horse farms, where families of deer amble down narrow roads and rolling hills loom hazily...

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Rahul Mehrotra’s library on the CEPT campus in Ahmedabad (India)
25/02/2018

Rahul Mehrotra’s library on the CEPT campus in Ahmedabad (India)

Rahul Mehrotra invites us into the Cept library in Ahmedabad (India). It has 3 'skins' that are nestled into each other - the outer skin, the middle glass layer and the central core. Being an ex student here, Mehrotra has used simple materials to demonstrate not only...

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Jean Nouvel National visits the National Museum of Qatar
24/02/2018

Jean Nouvel National visits the National Museum of Qatar

Gulf Times

When the museum opens in December 2018, it will offer visitors an opportunity to explore and learn about the life of the Qatari people between the desert and the sea...

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Mountain on the Moon, by Enorme Studio
23/02/2018

Mountain on the Moon, by Enorme Studio

For the Madrid Design Festival, Enorme Studio has built this temporary pavilion in Madrid's centrally located Plaza Santa María Soledad Torres Acosta. The installation can be visited until 25 February.

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C.F. Møller, Maersk Tower research center in Copenhagen (Denmark)
23/02/2018

C.F. Møller, Maersk Tower research center in Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Maersk Tower, a research and teaching center associated with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, rises as a new landmark in the urban profile of the city. The project conceals a transparent glass facade behind a...

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Civic Architects & Bright Urban Futures, Harbor Pavilion in Tilburg
22/02/2018

Civic Architects & Bright Urban Futures, Harbor Pavilion in Tilburg

The firms Civic Architects and Bright Urban Futures recently finished this pavilion, a landmark for recreational and tourist boats and yachts in the central pier of Piushaven in Tilburg, a city in the southern Dutch province of North Brabant...

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Tiago do Vale, reconstruction of the granary/dovecot in Ponte de Lima
22/02/2018

Tiago do Vale, reconstruction of the granary/dovecot in Ponte de Lima

On the banks of the Minho River as it passes through the Portuguese village of Ponte de Lima, in the northern district of Viana do Castelo, a vernacular construction that was in a state of ruin has been renovated. Preserving the original volumes, the new wooden building...

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Andrade Morettin Arquitetos, Moreira Salles Institute in São Paulo (Brazil)
21/02/2018

Andrade Morettin Arquitetos, Moreira Salles Institute in São Paulo (Brazil)

The São-Paulo based firm Andrade Morettin Arquitetos won the 2011 competition to build a new complex for the Moreira Salles Institute on grand Paulista Avenue, over five other aspirants including large Brazilian companies like MK 27 (Marcio Kogan)...

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Jean Verville, cottage in Quebec (Canada)
20/02/2018

Jean Verville, cottage in Quebec (Canada)

In a spectacular enclave in Laurentides, in Quebec province, the Canadian architect Jean Verville has been commissioned to transform a typical A-frame timber construction raised in the 1960s. Once the inside of the cottage is demolished and the structure completely...

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Álvaro Siza, Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande in Rennes (France)
19/02/2018

Álvaro Siza, Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande in Rennes (France)

The Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has completed this church in Rennes, capital of the French region of Brittany. The freestanding building is respectully inserted into the fabric of a residential neighborhood in the south part of the city. The sculptural composition...

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aoe, pavilion draped with metal mesh in Chongging (China)
16/02/2018

aoe, pavilion draped with metal mesh in Chongging (China)

The Beijing firm aoe of Wen Qun has built a spectacular sales pavilion for a luxury residential development of the Chinese real estate company Sunac. After its use as a showcase, it will be turned into a daycare center. The objective of the architects was to try...

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Documents reveal flaws in Santiago Calatrava’s bridge
15/02/2018

Documents reveal flaws in Santiago Calatrava’s bridge

Dallas Observer

The recently released documents show that Calatrava consistently urged Dallas to get the proper testing done for Margaret McDermott Bridge and even offered to lend the city money...

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Ingenhoven architects, Marina One complex in Singapore
14/02/2018

Ingenhoven architects, Marina One complex in Singapore

With a built area of over 400,000 square meters, the high-density complex Marina One in Singapore – by ingenhoven architects, sustainability experts – officially opened recently. The four towers that comprise it – their heights ranging between 139 and 200 meters...

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IDOM, Red Eléctrica España campus in Tres Cantos (Madrid)
13/02/2018

IDOM, Red Eléctrica España campus in Tres Cantos (Madrid)

Beatriz Olalla of IDOM has headed the project to fully refurbish two buildings of the company Red Eléctrica in the technology park of Tres Cantos. The refurbishment includes an enclosure that will put the building in line with new energy efficiency requirements...

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The darkest building on Earth
09/02/2018

The darkest building on Earth

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Sprayed with Vantablack Vbx2, a pavilion at the Winter Olympics in South Korea absorbs 99% of light. The pistes of Pyeongchang may be blinding white with snow...(Video)

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Longest bridges around the world
09/02/2018

Longest bridges around the world

The Guardian

Boris Johnson has proposed a 22-mile link across the Channel – a distance which sounds impressive, but is exceeded by many existing bridges...

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AIX Arkitekter, Kata Farm in Varnhem (Sweden)
09/02/2018

AIX Arkitekter, Kata Farm in Varnhem (Sweden)

On a hill near Varnhem’s monastery, excavation work began in 2005 that uncovered the ruins of a 9th-century Christian church, Sweden’s oldest. To protect the remains found and create a room for exhibitions, the Stockholm firm AIX Arkitekter has raised a large roof...

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Dominique Coulon, Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach (France)
08/02/2018

Dominique Coulon, Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach (France)

The Strasbourg firm of Dominique Coulon has built this theater for the old mining town of Freyming-Merlebach, in the Lorraine region of France. Located on the Place des Alliés, the stacked volumes of white concrete are a symbol of the town’s renewal which...

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What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?
08/02/2018

What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?

Wired

The most interesting thing about Herzog & de Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg... 

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New Books
AV Monografías 206 - LAN 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 205 - AMERICA IMPORTS 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 87 - E2A 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
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
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.
Change of Climate Change of Climate
Following the editions of 2010, 2012, and 2014 – ‘More for Less,’ ‘The Common,’ and ‘The Necessary,’ the 4th international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad set out to examine ‘Change of Climate’ in architecture, now undergoing deep change.
Necessary Architecture Necessary Architecture
Following the editions of 2010 and 2012, ‘More for Less’ and ‘The Common,’ the third international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad came with the heading of ‘Necessary Architecture’, centering upon values of austerity but also on cultural aspects of architecture.
The Common The Common
Organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, the congress (Pamplona, June 2012) appealed to civic solidarity as an instrument of architecture in facing the urgent economic and environmental challenges of today.
More for Less More for Less
Organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, the congress (Pamplona, June 2010) aimed to take stock of the change of mood in architecture. Published in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book presents the interviews with the participants.
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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