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Friday, September 25, 2020
Twobo + Luis Twose, renovation of Aigües de Vilajuïga industrial plant
22/09/2020

Twobo + Luis Twose, renovation of Aigües de Vilajuïga industrial plant

The Catalan team of Twobo arquitectura + Luis Twoso worked on the hundred-year-old plant that extracted mineral waters coming from a 70-meter-deep aquifer in Vilajuïga, a municipality of the Girona comarca of Alt Empordà, located near the Cap de Creus natural park...

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Guallart Architects, Rec House in Igualada (Barcelona)
18/09/2020

Guallart Architects, Rec House in Igualada (Barcelona)

In Igualada’s Rec neighborhood, once an industrial area focused on leather tanning and now becoming a cultural hub, the Barcelona practice of Vicente Guallart (Valencia, 1963) has turned two late-19th-century buildings that hosted a residence and a small textile...

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OOIIO Arquitectura, terraced houses in Madrid
16/09/2020

OOIIO Arquitectura, terraced houses in Madrid

The Madrid firm established by Joaquín Millaìn Villamuelas, OOIIO Arquitectura, built these two houses in the Montecarlo residential area of Madrid’s Fuencarral-El Pardo district. Adapted to the particular needs of two different families, the designs present personalized...

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‘Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan’ at Museo ICO
16/09/2020

‘Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan’ at Museo ICO

On view from 16 September to 17 January at the ICO Museum in Madrid are 76 images taken by the photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon – born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942 – that show the architectural transformation of Lower Manhattan. Curated by Lyon himself...

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Concéntrico 06
12/09/2020

Concéntrico 06

The Logroño International Festival of Architecture and Design, an annual reflection on the urban environment and the city, held its latest edition from 3 to 6 September 2020.

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A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain
01/09/2020

A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain

The New York Times

The coronavirus is spreading much faster in Spain than anywhere else in Europe. After a relative lull during the summer...

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Space Popular, Brick Vault House in Valencia (Spain)
24/08/2020

Space Popular, Brick Vault House in Valencia (Spain)

Located in Nueva Santa Bárbara (Valencia), the Brick Vault House was carried out in collaboration with the local architects Alberto Burgos and Javier Cortina. It is the result of combining two fundamental strategies: a spatial grid and a construction solution of ceramic vaults...

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OHLAB, Casa Palerm in Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca)
20/08/2020

OHLAB, Casa Palerm in Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca)

In a rural part of the island of Mallorca, in the municipality of Lloret de Vistalegre, stands this residence built by the firm OHLAB, which Paloma and Jaime Oliver run from offices in Palma de Mallorca and Madrid. Elongated, stretching perpendicular to the site’s steep...

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Roldán + Berengué, Refurbishment of Rambla 124 (Barcelona)
18/08/2020

Roldán + Berengué, Refurbishment of Rambla 124 (Barcelona)

The commission involved turning Hotel Montecarlo into a retail, office, and residential building, adapting its historical elements to the new uses and in the process upgrading them. Presenting two fronts of different urban character, the building sews up the...

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Lacol Arquitectura, 28 Cooperative Dwellings in Barcelona
10/08/2020

Lacol Arquitectura, 28 Cooperative Dwellings in Barcelona

The project arose from an initiative of neighbors to collectively address their need for access to housing through a cooperative organized on a right-of-use basis. Large communal spaces within the building serve to foster goodwill among the inhabitants, encouraging...

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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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'It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own,' by Katarzyna Krakowiak
29/07/2020

'It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own,' by Katarzyna Krakowiak

Through 23 August the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona hosts the sound installation by the Polish artist  Katarzyna Krakowiak, composed of 300 words in 14 languages.

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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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Vaíllo + Irigaray wins competition for Basque Museum in Bilbao
27/07/2020

Vaíllo + Irigaray wins competition for Basque Museum in Bilbao

The Navarre-based practice of Antonio Vaíllo and Juan Luis Irigaray has come first in the contest to renovate the Basque Museum of Bilbao. Drawn up in collaboration with Jesús Moreno y Asociados and MOEST Arquitectos, the scheme works on the historical...

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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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‘Designing Bridges’: Fhecor works at Matadero Madrid
17/07/2020

‘Designing Bridges’: Fhecor works at Matadero Madrid

On view through 13 September at the Matadero Madrid Design Center is an exhibition showing twenty footbridges and bridges built in the past twenty years by the Spanish firm Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores, which in 2019 received a Special Mention in the National Awards...

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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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Mendoza Partida wins MUPAC ideas competition
09/07/2020

Mendoza Partida wins MUPAC ideas competition

The Catalan practice of Héctor Mendoza and Mara Partida has won the competition for ideas for the new Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria in Santander, The complex will encompass 18,441 square meters, 7,500 of which will go into an...

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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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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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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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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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