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Saturday, July 04, 2020
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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Clavel Arquitectos, partial renovation of NH Hotel Casino in Badajoz
09/06/2020

Clavel Arquitectos, partial renovation of NH Hotel Casino in Badajoz

Shortlisted in the Interiors section of the 2020 FAD Awards, this project by the Murcia firm Clavel Arquitectos – headed by Manuel Clavel Rojo and Luis Clavel Sainz – involves a 2,800-square-meter five-star hotel at Avenida Adolfo Díaz Ambrona, in the Extremaduran city...

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Bizna estudio, Teleclub Bécquer in Noviercas (Soria)
09/06/2020

Bizna estudio, Teleclub Bécquer in Noviercas (Soria)

Founded by Rocío García (Bilbao, 1998) and Pedro Torres (Albacete, 1987), Madrid-based Bizna studio has designed this meeting space for residents of Noviercas, a municipality in the comarca of Moncayo, in Soria province. Shortlisted in the Architecture section...

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Ruizesquiroz Arquitectos, Amaya Sport in Noáin (Navarra)
04/06/2020

Ruizesquiroz Arquitectos, Amaya Sport in Noáin (Navarra)

The firm of Josean Ruiz Esquíroz, based in Madrid and Navarre, has designed new headquarters for the sports equipment manufacturer Amaya Sport. The location is the Talluntxe industrial park in Noáin, 5 kilometers from Pamplona. With a built area of 1,957 square meters...

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Lagula Arquitectes, Santa Clara apartment building in Girona
03/06/2020

Lagula Arquitectes, Santa Clara apartment building in Girona

Close to the El Molí power plant and the Puente de Piedra (stone bridge) over the river Onyar in Girona, at Santa Clara 11, stands this residential block by Lagula Arquitectes, the Barcelona firm headed by Toni Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López, Manel Morante...

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Amman Cánovas & Maruri, El Molinete Archaeology Museum in Cartagena
02/06/2020

Amman Cánovas & Maruri, El Molinete Archaeology Museum in Cartagena

The Madrid practice of Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri designed this museum located underneath the health center of the historical quarter of Cartagena, in Murcia province, drawing up the project with the express intention of preserving the found remains...

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Ignacio Hornillos, Chapel House in Madrid
25/05/2020

Ignacio Hornillos, Chapel House in Madrid

The renovation and enlargement of this house in Madrid's Ciudad Lineal district was carried out by Ignacio Hornillos (Madrid, 1985), in a project consisting of four architectural operations: excavating a chapel, inserting the master bedroom, attaching a pavilion...

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Galar-Vélaz-Gil to refurbish Madrid Railway Museum
22/05/2020

Galar-Vélaz-Gil to refurbish Madrid Railway Museum

For a scheme titled '1878-1880' the Pamplona practice of Daniel Galar, Josecho Vélaz, and Javier Gil won the competition to renovate and enlarge Delicias Station, an example of 19th-century iron architecture and engineering, home since 1984 of the Madrid...

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Anna i Eugeni Bach, House in La Bisbal d’Empordà (Spain)
15/05/2020

Anna i Eugeni Bach, House in La Bisbal d’Empordà (Spain)

In the gridded extension of La Bisbal d’Empordà (Girona), an old chocolate factory has been transformed into a studio and family home that gives importance to the building’s original character. Hence we have a construction where loadbearing stone facades allow...

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Rafael Moneo + Canals Moneo Arquitectos, expansion of Ribas winery in Consell
14/05/2020

Rafael Moneo + Canals Moneo Arquitectos, expansion of Ribas winery in Consell

Located in the municipality of Consell, Bodegues Ribas is the oldest winery on the island of Majorca, founded in 1711. Listed in the town's Historical Heritage Catalog, the complex includes winemaking installations, a stately house, and the vineyard. The 800-square-meter...

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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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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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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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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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Nieto Sobejano, Carmen Thyssen Museum in San Felíu de Guíxols
12/03/2020

Nieto Sobejano, Carmen Thyssen Museum in San Felíu de Guíxols

The Madrid practice of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano have won first place in the competition to build a museum in San Felíu de Guíxols (Girona) to house part of Carmen Thyssen's art collection, joining those already existing in Madrid, Málaga, and Andorra...

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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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Lucas y Hernández-Gil, A12 House in Madrid
10/03/2020

Lucas y Hernández-Gil, A12 House in Madrid

Occupying what used to be a store, with direct access from the street, this dwelling is conceived as a mix between the Mediterranean house – introverted and spilling out into a courtyard – and the phenomenological house as described by Gaston Bachelard: a space...

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‘Drawings’, by Blanca Miró Skoudy
26/02/2020

‘Drawings’, by Blanca Miró Skoudy

Ivorypress presents artist Blanca Miró Skoudy’s first solo exhibition in Madrid. Miró’s work embraces multiple creative fields, from illustration to design, video making and scenography. This exhibition includes selections from the foundation and inspiration...

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Marià Castelló, Ca l'Amo in Sant Mateu d’Albarca (Ibiza)
24/02/2020

Marià Castelló, Ca l'Amo in Sant Mateu d’Albarca (Ibiza)

The Formentera practice of Marià Castelló designed this house where five volumes are longitudinally arranged on a terrace in a steeply sloping area of Sant Mateu d’Albarca, a small village on the island of Ibiza. Between two preexisting retaining walls of stone, the complex...

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Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules
20/02/2020

Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

UK-based architects Space Popular have a reputation for clashing colours and computer game imagery. Now the rising duo have built their first house – and it’s been confusing the locals...

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Nomo Studio, Bridge House in Mercadal (Menorca)
18/02/2020

Nomo Studio, Bridge House in Mercadal (Menorca)

A work of Nomo Studio, the Barcelona firm of Alicia Casals and Karl Nyqvist, this private residence is located on the north coast of the island of Menorca, in the Coves Noves development of the municipality of Mercadal. Containing a total of 360 square meters...

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‘Dialogues in balance. Leo Matiz and Lukas Ulmi’
14/02/2020

‘Dialogues in balance. Leo Matiz and Lukas Ulmi’

Artsy

Set Espai D'Art in Valencia establishes a dialogue between the photographs by Leo Matiz (Aracataca, 1917 - Bogota, 1998) and the sculptures by Lukas Ulmi (Lucerne, 1958)...

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OMA, Resort Potato Head Studios in Bali
14/02/2020

OMA, Resort Potato Head Studios in Bali

On the Indonesian island of Bali, within the Badung regency and the Seminyak beach town, we find this OMA project carried out under the direction of David Gianotten, an exclusive hotel complex that combines guest amenities with spaces accessiblt to the public at large...

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