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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Stpmj, Stratum House in Icheon (South Korea)
12/01/2018

Stpmj, Stratum House in Icheon (South Korea)

Located in the city of Icheon, in the South Korean province of Gyeonggi, the Stratum House comprises two separate buildings for three families, and what is most unique about it is the facade, executed with a novel method of using concrete that simulates geological...

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Sabín Blanco, house in the Fragas do Eume Natural Park in Monfero
11/01/2018

Sabín Blanco, house in the Fragas do Eume Natural Park in Monfero

The Galician practice of Patricia Sabín and Enrique M. Blanco converted an abandoned old dwelling into a visitor center for the Fragas do Eume Natural Park in the La Coruña municipality of Monfero. The original stone constructions – a house, a straw loft...

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Picado de Blas,  Arboleda del Sur space in Ezcaray (La Rioja)
11/01/2018

Picado de Blas, Arboleda del Sur space in Ezcaray (La Rioja)

A work of the Madrid practice of Rubén Picado and María José de Blas, this venue for banquets and other events in Hotel Echaurren, in the La Rioja town of Ezcaray, takes its name from the grove (arboleda) where it is located. The design addresses the sporadic...

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Farshid Moussavi, Folie Divine in Montpellier (France)
10/01/2018

Farshid Moussavi, Folie Divine in Montpellier (France)

The London studio of Farshid Moussavi has built this residential tower of sinuous contours in the Port Marianne district of Montpellier, within the Jardins de la Lironde, an urban development area masterplanned by Christian de Portzamparc. With a built area...

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Penelas Architects, ‘Hidden Pavilion’ in Las Rozas (Madrid)
10/01/2018

Penelas Architects, ‘Hidden Pavilion’ in Las Rozas (Madrid)

The Madrid studio headed by José Luis Esteban Penelas designed this house with the idea of creating a space for meditation and retreat, in interaction with nature in the Madrid municipality of Las Rozas. With a built area of 70 square meters, the pavilion...

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Héctor Barroso, one-family dwellings in Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
09/01/2018

Héctor Barroso, one-family dwellings in Valle de Bravo (Mexico)

Located in the Valle de Bravo, 156 kilometers southwest of Mexico City, is this Entrepinos project, an estate of single-family vacation homes designed by the local firm Taller Héctor Barroso in a way that the connection with the forest that embraces it and the ground...

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Ipiña + Nieto, renovation of Brazilian Embassy in Santiago de Chile
09/01/2018

Ipiña + Nieto, renovation of Brazilian Embassy in Santiago de Chile

The firm of Tadea de Ipiña and Jorge Nieto, working from offices in Santiago de Chile and Madrid, has been commissioned to renovate, with the firm Ossa Arquitectura, the Brazilian Embassy in Chile, which since 1941 has occupied the Palacio de Errázuriz...

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Andrés Jaque: Ròmola restaurant in Madrid
08/01/2018

Andrés Jaque: Ròmola restaurant in Madrid

Andrés Jaque and his firm, Office for Political Innovation, have transformed the old garage of the building at Calle Hermosilla 4, in Madrid, that Luis Gutiérrez Soto built in the 1940s. The design brings back the building’s original volumen and structure by creating...

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Vector Architects, hotel in Yangshuo (China)
05/01/2018

Vector Architects, hotel in Yangshuo (China)

On the banks of the Li River, in Yangshuo, a town in southern China’s Guangxi region, was a sugar mill long in disuse, immersed in a picturesque karstic landscape full of eroded limestone forms. The architectural horizontality strikes a contrast with the verticality...

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MAPA Architects, Minimod Cutuçaba in São Paulo (Brazil)
04/01/2018

MAPA Architects, Minimod Cutuçaba in São Paulo (Brazil)

Minimod Cutuçaba is a house built on the logic of plug & play prefabrication. It is formed by cubic modules – measuring 3 x 3 x 3 meters – prepared principally with wood, combinable in different ways to topographically, visually, and...

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Aranguren + Gallegos, ICA museum in Miami (Florida)
04/01/2018

Aranguren + Gallegos, ICA museum in Miami (Florida)

The Miami Design District welcomes the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), a museum designed by the Madrid studio of María José Aranguren and José González Gallegos. The cubic building, closed on its east and west sides, opens up north and south...

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Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark frames a controversy
03/01/2018

Dubai Frame: UAE's latest surreal landmark frames a controversy

The Guardian

Architect’s ‘stolen building’ accusation overshadows opening of 50-storey portal almost a decade after it was first designed...

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Arquitectura-G, House in La Tallada (Girona)
02/01/2018

Arquitectura-G, House in La Tallada (Girona)

The project involved refurbishing a house set between party walls in La Tallada, a typical small village in the Empordà region of Catalonia. Changes and extensions carried out in the course of the life of the building had given it the peculiar appearance of a tower...

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Kengo Kuma, guesthouse in Karuizawa (Japan)
29/12/2017

Kengo Kuma, guesthouse in Karuizawa (Japan)

The Japanese firm of Kengo Kuma has designed Roof / Birds, a guesthouse on a slope in a forest overlooking Mount Asama in Karuizama, in Nagano Prefecture. In a habitat of wild birds, the building is divided into blocks, minimizing the architecture’s...

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Jean Nouvel, Qatar National Museum in Doha
26/12/2017

Jean Nouvel, Qatar National Museum in Doha

Inspired by the whimsical crystal forms of desert roses, the museum uses its formal expressiveness to establish a link between the Bedoiun culture and global modernity. An organic system of intersected disks stretches around the ancient Amiri Palace...

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Peter Moor, AZG Training Center in Buchs (Switzerland)
22/12/2017

Peter Moor, AZG Training Center in Buchs (Switzerland)

In 2014 the Swiss architect Peter Moor won the competition to build a new center where training in carpentry could be complemented with a more practice-oriented program. Located in Buchs, a city in Switzerland's canton of Zurich, the building stands...

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US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project
22/12/2017

US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Kieran Timberlake has completed work on the US Embassy in London. Standing in contrast to dark brick luxury flats, the glass citadel aims to be a benign fortress...

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Abalo Alonso, Romaño sociocultural center in Santiago de Compostela
21/12/2017

Abalo Alonso, Romaño sociocultural center in Santiago de Compostela

The design of the Galician practice  of Elizabeth Abalo and Gonzalo Alonso tries to adapt the civic center to the scale of the place and the aesthetic of the surroundings through a sober, compact volume. The program and its different routes revolve around a large...

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'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre
20/12/2017

'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

"There are way too many glass buildings now, I hate them,” says American architect Steven Holl. He is standing inside his new Maggie’s cancer care centre in the City of London...

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Masahiko Fujimori, Morinoie nursery school in Sendai (Japan)
20/12/2017

Masahiko Fujimori, Morinoie nursery school in Sendai (Japan)

In the center of the Japanese city of Sendai, capital of Miyagi Prefecture, the young studio of Masahiko Fujimori, opened in 2013, has built a nursery school in an area undergoing urban change, with the objective of turning it into a residential district with lots...

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Behet Bondzio Lin, Association of the Textile Industry in Münster
19/12/2017

Behet Bondzio Lin, Association of the Textile Industry in Münster

The firm Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten, headed by the Germans Martin Behet and Roland Bondzio and the Taiwanese Yu-Han Michael Lin, has designed an office building for the Association of the Northwest German Textile and Garment Industry...

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Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion is heading to Malaysia
18/12/2017

Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion is heading to Malaysia

The Star

Ilham Gallery is the proud owner of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, an iconic annual architectural commission in London...

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MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (China)
18/12/2017

MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (China)

The firm MAD, established by the Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, has completed the Chaoyang Park Plaza project. The complex is composed of ten buildings and takes up an area of 220,000 square meters at the south corner of the largest remaining...

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Kengo Kuma, cultural village in Japanese garden of Portland (Oregon)
15/12/2017

Kengo Kuma, cultural village in Japanese garden of Portland (Oregon)

The Portland Japanese Garden, originally designed by Professor Takuma Tono, takes up 22,000 square meters of land and opened in 1967. In this inimitable enclave the Japanese firm Kengo Kuma Associates has built a new cultural village composed of modest...

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Langarita-Navarro, Daruan Space in Madrid
13/12/2017

Langarita-Navarro, Daruan Space in Madrid

The firm of María Langarita and Víctor Navarra renovated Daruan Group’s office in Madrid’s Aravaca ward, adapting it to new needs: a stronger corporate identity and more work stations. With budget and time limits, without interrupting the company’s...

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Renzo Piano, Palais de Justice in Paris
12/12/2017

Renzo Piano, Palais de Justice in Paris

The opening in Paris of the new Palais de Justice, designed by Renzo Piano, brings together a group of different buildings spread around the city, becoming the biggest court site in Europe...

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Oliveras Boix, Montbau Library in Barcelona
08/12/2017

Oliveras Boix, Montbau Library in Barcelona

Located at the foot of Collserola mountain, the Montbau-Albert Pérez Baró Library was created in the 1980s as a people’s library, for use by members of the community, and underwent a progressive degradation that finally made a thorough fixing and expansion...

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects, pedestrian bridge in Voss (Norway)
06/12/2017

Rintala Eggertsson Architects, pedestrian bridge in Voss (Norway)

The design of this footbridge over the river Vosso, in the municipality of Vossevangen, addresses two fundamental requirements: to take advantage of the piers of an old suspension bridge raised on the same spot before...

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Ten of the most beautiful modern libraries in the world
05/12/2017

Ten of the most beautiful modern libraries in the world

BBC

De Krook in Ghent, by RCR Arquitectes with Coussée & Goris architecten, is a stark metallic structure, in a neglected corner of the waterfront...

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Ryue Nishizawa's Moriyama House in Tokyo
05/12/2017

Ryue Nishizawa's Moriyama House in Tokyo

One week in the extraordinary-ordinary life of Mr. Moriyama, a Japanese art, architecture and music enlighted amateur who lives in one of the most famous contemporary Japanese architecture, the Moriyama house, built in Tokyo in 2005 by Pritzker-prize winner...

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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 86 - MVRDV 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.
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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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