Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Revised Nomination Submitted for Inscription to World Heritage List
27/12/2018

Revised Nomination Submitted for Inscription to World Heritage List

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

The nomination includes a group of eight major works designed by Wright: Unity Temple, the Frederick C. Robie House, Taliesin, Hollyhock House, Fallingwater, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Taliesin West and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum...

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Botteri-Connell, tree house in Buenos Aires
26/12/2018

Botteri-Connell, tree house in Buenos Aires

The Argentinian practice of Sofia Botteri and Patricio Connell designed this house for a young family with two children, located in a country club in the province of Buenos Aires. Surrounded by trees, the 180-square-meter modular structure is defined by a composition...

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Atelier Deshaus, Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum(China)
24/12/2018

Atelier Deshaus, Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum(China)

Located in Taizhou, this contemporary art museum is another example of the conversion  projects that are becoming more frequent in China, whereby obsolete industrial buildings are transformed into cultural facilities. The museum is a key piece in the Shamen Grain...

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Proarh, Issa Megaron House in Vis (Croatia)
21/12/2018

Proarh, Issa Megaron House in Vis (Croatia)

On the Croatian island of Vis, in a Mediterranean environment, the Issa Grotto Hill House was conceived as a temporary family retreat that must through a high degree of formal and energetic autonomy deal with the near absence of infrastructures, a situation endemic...

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Network of Architecture, winter retreats in the Seiser Alm (Italy)
20/12/2018

Network of Architecture, winter retreats in the Seiser Alm (Italy)

The firm Network of Architecture (NIA) – headed by Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier and based in Bolzano and Berlin – has updated and extended the Zallinger resort, situated in Seiser Alm, a Dolomite plateau in Italy's South Tyrol region. The project adds seven chalets...

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Open Architecture, UCCA Dune Art Museum in Qinhuangdao (China)
14/12/2018

Open Architecture, UCCA Dune Art Museum in Qinhuangdao (China)

In the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, between sea and sand, a series of underground concrete galleries gives form to a museum for the UCCA, a leading Chinese independent institution of contemporary art. Designed by Open Architecture, the Beijing firm founded...

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Studio Paul Kaloustian, COAF Center in Debet (Armenia)
12/12/2018

Studio Paul Kaloustian, COAF Center in Debet (Armenia)

The Lebanese firm of Paul Kaloustian has designed new facilities for COAF (Children of Armenia Fund) in the northern Armenian province of Lori. The complex adapts to the slope of the terrain by snaking its way in the landscape with a respectful contemporary architectural...

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Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects opens in Helsinki
11/12/2018

Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects opens in Helsinki

ALA Architects – headed by Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, and Samuli Woolston – has built a new central library for Helsinki in the Töölönlahti cultural district, opposite the Finnish Parliament. A competition was held for the purpose in 2013 and brought in 545 entries...

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Emilio Tuñón + Carlos Martínez Albornoz,  Stone House in Cáceres
07/12/2018

Emilio Tuñón + Carlos Martínez Albornoz, Stone House in Cáceres

The house is a simple prismatic volume with a square floor plan of 16-meter sides, and each of the four facades is perforated by three windows. The stretches of wall have been constructed with local quartzite stone, and the windows are framed...

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Studio Velocity, enlargement of a university center in Okazaki (Japan)
05/12/2018

Studio Velocity, enlargement of a university center in Okazaki (Japan)

Aichi Sangyo University commissioned Studio Velocity to design new facilities on its campus in Okazaki – a city in Aichi Prefecture – that would include rest areas, a cafeteria, laboratories, and a bus shelter. The plot was larger than necessary for the program, but the...

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C.F. Møller, ‘The Heart in Ikast (Denmark)
04/12/2018

C.F. Møller, ‘The Heart in Ikast (Denmark)

The Scandinavian firm C.F. Møller has completed new facilities for the International School Ikast-Brande in Ikast, a Danish town in the Central Jutland Region. Surrounded by outdoor sports areas, ‘The Heart’ is a building formed by a series of blocks clad in wood...

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Church of the Main Seminary of the Pontifical University of Comillas
03/12/2018

Church of the Main Seminary of the Pontifical University of Comillas

Fernández-Abascal + Muruzabal, Alonso / Barrientos and Pesquera Ulargui arquitectos have carried out an overhaul of the Church of the Main Seminary  of the Pontifical University of Comillas (Cantabria). Construction of the seminary began in 1881 and it fell into...

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Tadao Ando, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago
02/12/2018

Tadao Ando, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has turned an old residential block of brick in Chicago into the Wrightwood 659 exhibition space. Locate in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the building dates back to the late 1920s. To transform it, the interior was demolished...

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Inside 520 West 28th, by Zaha Hadid Architects
01/12/2018

Inside 520 West 28th, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Currently valued at 45 million euros, this three-level penthouse crowns 520 West 28th, a luxury condominium building in Manhattan that is the first work carried out by ZahaHadid in New York City.

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Foster+Partners: Apple Champs-Élysées
01/12/2018

Foster+Partners: Apple Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world. It is a celebration of Parisian urban life and epitomizes the timeless spirit of this great city...

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WCY Regional Studio, Tian Han Cultural Park in Changsha (China)
30/11/2018

WCY Regional Studio, Tian Han Cultural Park in Changsha (China)

Tian Han (1898-1968) was a Chinese writer and playright who was one of the promoters of modern drama arts in his country, and he wrote the lyrics of its national anthem. The local government of his native city, Changsha, has inaugurated a cultural park to commemorate...

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Luis Diego Barahona, Tirrases Center in Costa Rica
29/11/2018

Luis Diego Barahona, Tirrases Center in Costa Rica

With the aim of generating urban operations that optimize financial resources and stimulate sustainable development, the Costa Rican architect Luis Diego Barahona (San José, 1978) has planned a series of interventions for the Tirasses district, in the Curridabat...

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Patrick Schweitzer & Associés, architecture school in Kigali (Rwanda)
29/11/2018

Patrick Schweitzer & Associés, architecture school in Kigali (Rwanda)

Learn from what’s built. Such was the strategy pursued by the French studio of Patrick Schweitzer in designing the new faculty of architecture in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. After an analysis of the place and its history, up went a complex of two levels...

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Ole Scheeren, MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok (Thailand)
28/11/2018

Ole Scheeren, MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok (Thailand)

The German firm of Ole Scheeren has completed this residential skyscraper in the Thai capital. Named MahaNakhon (great metropolis), its 314-meter-tall volume is carved to form a pixelated composition that opens up to the city with an ‘eroded’ spiral crack presenting terraces...

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Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 lists for $3.6m
28/11/2018

Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 lists for $3.6m

The Spaces

A piece of classic midcentury architecture is up for sale in Los Angeles, as Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 hits the market...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow (Russia)
27/11/2018

Herzog & de Meuron, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow (Russia)

Skolkovo is the Russian government initiative for a new urban community at the 3rd ring of Moscow, 17 km west from the Kremlin. Built ex nihilo, the aim of Skolkovo is to create a globally reputed center for innovative technology. The original masterplan aims to create urban...

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Studio Velocity, Kowa apartments  in Mihama (Japan)
23/11/2018

Studio Velocity, Kowa apartments in Mihama (Japan)

In the 1950s, the Japanese firm Studio Velocity, headed by Kentaro Kurihara and Miho Iwatsuki, reconstructed a residential development in Mihama, a coastal city in Aichi Prefecture. The substantial deterioration of the structure led to the demolition of some of the two-story...

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Jean Nouvel, office tower in Marseilles (France)
22/11/2018

Jean Nouvel, office tower in Marseilles (France)

The recently opened tower named Marsellesa rises 135 meters at Quais d'Arenc, close to the 142-meter headquarters of the French shipping company CMA CGM, built by Zaha Hadid Architects. The unique design of the gridded facade of concrete presents a gradation...

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Miró Rivera, Vista Residence in Austin (Texas)
21/11/2018

Miró Rivera, Vista Residence in Austin (Texas)

Tucked into a hillside in West Austin, the building is organized around a three-story sculptural staircase that acts as the hinge point of the house, with rooms and hallways unfolding from it on every floor. The practice of the Spaniard Juan Miró and the Puerto Rican Miguel Rivera...

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The Menil Drawing Institute’s New $40 Million Building Opens in Houston
17/11/2018

The Menil Drawing Institute’s New $40 Million Building Opens in Houston

artnet

Designed by Los Angeles-based architects Johnston Marklee, the airy $40 million building subtly announces its devotion to drawing...

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Bourgeois / Lechasseur, accommodations in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (Canadá)
16/11/2018

Bourgeois / Lechasseur, accommodations in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (Canadá)

Close to the Le Massif de Charlevoix ski range, on a mountain of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, a municipality in the province of Quebec, are the new accommodations that the Canadian architectural practice of Olivier Bourgeois and Régis Lechasseur has designed for...

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A6A, Maison à Pontaillac in Royan (Francia)
14/11/2018

A6A, Maison à Pontaillac in Royan (Francia)

The French firm atelier 6 architecture designed this one-family residence in Pontaillac, a residential zone of Royan, a town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The conception of this two-story house comes from lessons learned from examples of modern architecture...

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Sanjay Puri Architects, student hostel in Mathura (India)
14/11/2018

Sanjay Puri Architects, student hostel in Mathura (India)

The campus of Ganeshi Lal Agrawal University in Mathura – a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 150 kilometers south of New Delhi – includes this student hostel designed by the Mumbai-based practice of Sanjay Puri. Offering 800 rooms, the five four-story buildings...

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OMA, Innovation Tower in Stockholm
13/11/2018

OMA, Innovation Tower in Stockholm

The Dutch practice OMA – headed by Rem Koolhaas – has carried out its first work in Sweden, following a project of Reinier de Graaf. The Innovation Tower is the tallest residential building in the center of Stockholm – rising 125 meters in 26 floors offering 182 apartments...

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Palace for Mexican Music in Mérida
12/11/2018

Palace for Mexican Music in Mérida

The firms Alejandro Medina Arquitectura, Reyes Ríos + Larraín arquitectos, Muñoz arquitectos, and Quesnel arquitectos have together raised this building in the historic center of Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Respecting the architectural heritage...

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New Books
AV Monografías 213_214 - ESPAÑA 2019 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 213 - COBE 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 91 - OFFICE 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.
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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