Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Ferrier Marchetti Studio, Grand Central Saint-Lazare in Paris
07/05/2020

Ferrier Marchetti Studio, Grand Central Saint-Lazare in Paris

Adjacent to the Saint-Lazare Station in Paris, this mixed-use development is the work of the local practice of Jacques Ferrier and Pauline Marchetti. The project involves restoring and rehabilitating a listed historical edifice, and raising a 20,000-square-meter, seven-floor...

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Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion
05/05/2020

Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion

The New York Times

The Morandi Bridge collapsed on Aug. 14, 2018. The new bridge was designed by the architect Renzo Piano, who donated his services to his native city. (Video)...

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Botteri-Connell, HS House in City Bell (Argentina)
05/05/2020

Botteri-Connell, HS House in City Bell (Argentina)

In City Bell, a town located in Buenos Aires Province, stands this residence designed by Sofía Botteri and Patricio Connell's La Plata-based firm. The 275-square-meter building, organized around a central pond, is designed in pursuit of 'immateriality,' playing...

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BIG, Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus (Switzerland)
01/05/2020

BIG, Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus (Switzerland)

The Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet is located within the famous luxury watch manufacturer’s historical complex of workshops and factories. It reflects the innovative spirit of the firm – which has successfully maintained its autonomy as a family enterprise...

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Esrawe Studio, Arca Design Center in Guadalajara (Mexico)
30/04/2020

Esrawe Studio, Arca Design Center in Guadalajara (Mexico)

Serving as a showroom, the building resonates with the quarry it is located in – and with the idea of a forum – through the monumentality expressed by its wrinkled and veined stone cladding. Two volumes make up the complex. The more monumental construction gives...

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abr/+/arquitectos, KUNSTHAL design center in Bilbao
29/04/2020

abr/+/arquitectos, KUNSTHAL design center in Bilbao

The new CSD KUNSTHAL design school center occupies an industrial pavilion in Zorrotzaurre, an artificial island in Bilbao, that has been renovated by abr/+/arquitectos, which works from offices in Madrid and Hondarribia. The firm’s founders, Jesús Arrecubieta...

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Makin Molowny Portela, Valle San Lorenzo Pavilion in Arona
28/04/2020

Makin Molowny Portela, Valle San Lorenzo Pavilion in Arona

In the southern part of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, stands this municipal pavilion built by the local practice of Rodrigo Makin, Javier Molowny, Fernando Portela, and Alberto A. Portela.  The covered space is a venue for sporting activities, but also for a range...

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María Milans Studio, Camp O house-studio in the Catskills (NY)
23/04/2020

María Milans Studio, Camp O house-studio in the Catskills (NY)

The firm of María Milans del Bosch, based in Madrid and New York, built this house-studio in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Set on a slope at an altitude of 1,000 meters, amid larch, oak, and birch trees, it has minimal impact on the terrain, with a footprint...

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Koichi Takada, Qatar National Museum Gift Shops
22/04/2020

Koichi Takada, Qatar National Museum Gift Shops

The interior design of the National Museum of Qatar in Doha sought first of all to resonate with the image of a desert rose that the French architect Jean Nouvel had chosen to give the building, and secondly to ensure an intelligible reading of the intricate journey through...

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Seven Towers Transforming Nyc’s Skyline
21/04/2020

Seven Towers Transforming Nyc’s Skyline

Cool Hunting

From windows inside—or out of—the five boroughs, and in the uncanny stillness of the present day, one might be able to see that NYC‘s skyline has changed dramatically in recent years...

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COBE, Karen Blixen Plads in Copenhagen
21/04/2020

COBE, Karen Blixen Plads in Copenhagen

With an area of 20,000 square meters, Karen Blixen Plads is one of Copenhagen’s largest squares. Located within a strategic enclave between the city university’s South Campus and the Royal Danish Library, the new public space arose from adopting a combination...

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Steimle Architekten, library in Kressbronn (Germany)
18/04/2020

Steimle Architekten, library in Kressbronn (Germany)

The Stuttgart practice of Thomas Steimle and Christine Steimle turned a barn into a library and community center for Kressbronn, a locality on the German side of Lake Constance. Because of the farm building's history, ingrained as it is in the memory of people in the...

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AMPS, house in Hampshire (UK)
16/04/2020

AMPS, house in Hampshire (UK)

The firm AMPS, based in Madrid and London, designed this house beside the prime residence of the owners of a farm in Hampshire County, for use by friends and relatives visiting for long periods of time. Inserted into the English countryside, it reinterprets the barns...

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Martín Lejarraga, Loop Homes Palace student residence in Granada
15/04/2020

Martín Lejarraga, Loop Homes Palace student residence in Granada

The Cartagena-based practice of Martín Lejarraga has turned a couple of palatial 19th-century buildings at Calle Duquesa 21, in Granada, into a university dormitory. All the while respecting heritage and pursuing an image of continuity, the intervention connects the two...

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Eisenman + Degli Esposti + Azstudio, Residenze Carlo Erba in Milan
14/04/2020

Eisenman + Degli Esposti + Azstudio, Residenze Carlo Erba in Milan

The S-form of this apartment building in Milan meets the program requirements and complies with zoning regulations while adapting to the triangular site, which includes a public garden and an early 20th-century classicist building that has been fitted out to serve...

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Bernardo Bader, Alpine Sports Center in Schruns (Austria)
10/04/2020

Bernardo Bader, Alpine Sports Center in Schruns (Austria)

The building engages in a dialogue with its surroundings through strategically positioned windows and the facade’s irregular rows of pieces of local granite and gneiss. The very profound facade is formed by a loadbearing double inner layer...

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Studio Zhu-Pei, art center in Shouxian (China)
08/04/2020

Studio Zhu-Pei, art center in Shouxian (China)

In Shouxian, a city in Anhui Province, rises the Shou County Culture and Art Center, a work of the Beijing studio headed by Zhu Pei. The 30,010-square-meter construction drew inspiration from the courtyard houses of local tradition, which are closed to the exterior...

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Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)
07/04/2020

Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)

Located atop a hill and facing a beach, Playa Zicatela, the design of Casa Zicatela arose from the idea of fleeing Mexico City and quitting the habits and routines of big cities for a place of peace and quiet, to rest and enjoy proximity to the Pacific...

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Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice
06/04/2020

Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice

The new cultural district includes the complete metamorphosis of a 17th-century convent and the construction of a museum on the cultural inheritance of the 20th century. The main spatial strategy for the new museum was to create a footpath that traverses the complex...

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Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)
01/04/2020

Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)

The project involved converting old train tracks between Rosheim and Saint Nabor into a walkway equipped with open-air facilities and pavilions. Besides transporting commuters, the railway served industry. This duality was maintained in the conversion, which combines...

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Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)
31/03/2020

Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)

With its large undulating timber roof cantilevering 7,5 meters, this private house designed by Norman Foster’s firm is partly embedded into the terrain close to the Aegean Sea, in the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla. Carefully inserted into a rugged natural...

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Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation
30/03/2020

Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has converted Paris’s historical Bourse de commerce building into a museum housing François Pinault’s contemporary art collection. It was to open this spring but the spread of COVID-19 has moved the inauguration to September.

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OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)
27/03/2020

OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)

With a petrous skin interrupted by a bulging loop of faceted glass, this department store stands at the heart of Gwanggyo, a new town close to Seoul. The building is by Rem Koolhaas's Rotterdam-based OMA, with Chris van Duijn leading the project. Surrounded...

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Estudio Herreros & MIM-A, apartment building in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona)
23/03/2020

Estudio Herreros & MIM-A, apartment building in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona)

This block by the Madrid practice Estudio Herreros in collaboration with the local firm MIM-A combines state-protected and free-market housing efficiently, pragmatically, and simply. A standard floor of twelve apartments puts the service core at the center, with two...

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Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo
21/03/2020

Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo

Situated next to Yoyogi Park in the Tokyo ward Shibuya, the Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto temple dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his consort, Emperor Shôken (1849-1914). Blending with the surrounding trees, the new museum...

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MVRDV, Tainan Spring (Taiwan)
19/03/2020

MVRDV, Tainan Spring (Taiwan)

The Rotterdam firm MVRDV has turned a shopping mall built in the 1980s into a public space with a swimming pool in Tainan, a city in the south of the island of Taiwan. Tainan Spring, as the faciity is called, is part of a larger plan to regenerate the area. The bathing zone is...

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Cubo Rojo Arquitectura, Casa Guanajal in Estación Pedrito (Mexico)
18/03/2020

Cubo Rojo Arquitectura, Casa Guanajal in Estación Pedrito (Mexico)

In the state of Jalisco, specifically within the municipality of Union de San Antonio, is Estación Pedrito, the small locality where we find this house built by the Mexican firm Cubo Rojo Arquitectura. In a play of solids and voids in dialogue with the rural surroundings, the design...

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Oliveras Boix Arquitectes, Ateneu de Fabricació (Barcelona)
17/03/2020

Oliveras Boix Arquitectes, Ateneu de Fabricació (Barcelona)

Situated between party walls in the Gràcia neighborhood, an early 20th-century warehouse was transformed into a facility modeled after the FabLab, which gives citizens access to digital fabrication tools and the training they require to be able to develop prototypes...

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GRX Arquitectos, Calixto House in Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada)
13/03/2020

GRX Arquitectos, Calixto House in Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada)

Bordering with Albacete, Murcia, and Almeria bot located within Granada province, the municipality of Puebla de Don Fadrique belongs to the comarca of Huéscar, at the foot of La Sagra peak. The Granada-based GRX Arquitectos – Álvaro Gor, Carlos Gor, and Agustín Gor...

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External Reference & Uroz, Jané Winestore in Comarruga (Tarragona)
11/03/2020

External Reference & Uroz, Jané Winestore in Comarruga (Tarragona)

Carmelo Zappulla of External Reference Architects and Chu Uroz renovated this liquor store in a 700-square-meter space located at kilometer 1187 along the N-340 road leading from Vendrell to Comarruga, in the Lower Penedes region. With verbal information...

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New Books
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO 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 227 - KAAN 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 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS 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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