Arquitectura Viva
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
narch, one-family house in Calders (Barcelona)
28/11/2016

narch, one-family house in Calders (Barcelona)

Headed by Mónica Mosset and Joan Ramon Pascuets, the Catalan firm narch built this house in the Barcelona municipality of Calders, on the edge of the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac natural park, with its exceptional landscape formed...

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H Arquitectes, House 1217 in l’Escala (Girona)
31/10/2016

H Arquitectes, House 1217 in l’Escala (Girona)

Located in l’Escala(Girona), in Spain’s Costa Brava, this house for a couple is the result of three interrelated strategies. First is the creation of a landscaping perimeter on the site, one which effectively protects the dwelling from its featureless, nondescript...

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Amid.cero9, Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid
27/10/2016

Amid.cero9, Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid

A century after the death of Francisco Giner de los Ríos, founder of the Free Educational Institution (Institución Libre de Enseñanza, ILE), the foundation that bears his name opens its new headquarters in Madrid, situated on the same site on Paseo del General...

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Refurbishment of old ‘La Tejera’ factory in Palencia
27/10/2016

Refurbishment of old ‘La Tejera’ factory in Palencia

The team formed by the Madrid firms Rueda Pizarro Arquitecgtos and antonioyconsuelo Arquitectos, along with Óscar Liébana and gv408, has been selected to transform the historical ‘La Tejera’ ceramic factory of Palencia – which closed down in 1982...

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L. Cotelo and V. Consuegra, Gold Medal for Architecture 2016
26/10/2016

L. Cotelo and V. Consuegra, Gold Medal for Architecture 2016

The jury of the Gold Medal for Architecture of the Spanish Association of Architecture Institutes (CSCAE), composed of Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Manuel Gallego, Francisco Jarauta, and Jordi Ludevid, has decided to give the award jointly to Víctor López Cotelo...

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Fernando Menis, redevelopment of seafront of Puerto de la Cruz
26/10/2016

Fernando Menis, redevelopment of seafront of Puerto de la Cruz

The Canarian studio of Fernando Menis has been commissioned to draw up a basic scheme for redeveloping the waterfront park of Puerto de la Cruz, a municipality in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Its proposal, winner of a 2004 competition, was recently...

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rodríguez + pintos, interpretation center in A Guarda (Pontevedra)
18/10/2016

rodríguez + pintos, interpretation center in A Guarda (Pontevedra)

A Guarda – a municipality in the Galician comarca of O Baixo Miño (Lower Miño) – is home to the castle of Santa Cruz, which was built on the bank of the Miño River in the context of the Portuguese Restoration War (1640-1668), when Portugal got back...

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José María Sanz + Irene Brea, tourist information pavilions in Madrid
10/10/2016

José María Sanz + Irene Brea, tourist information pavilions in Madrid

Located in different points of the Spanish capital, five prefabricated pavilions present a clover-shaped floor plan, a screwed structure of tubes and profiles, and facades of stratified glass that have been given an anti-heat treatment.

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‘Cruz & Ortiz 1/200...1/2000’ at ICO Museum
05/10/2016

‘Cruz & Ortiz 1/200...1/2000’ at ICO Museum

On view through 22 January at the ICO Museum in Madrid is an exhibition on the over forty years of work of the partnership of Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, with models, original sketches, and large photographs by José Manuel Ballester.

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‘Agostamiento’ by Basurama at Matadero Madrid
30/09/2016

‘Agostamiento’ by Basurama at Matadero Madrid

As part of the ‘Abierto x Obras’ program the Madrid group Basurama has carried out the artistic project ‘Agostamiento,’ which transforms the refrigerated chamber of the old Legazpi slaughterhouse. The 7,000 sunflowers planted by the residents of the Gran Vía...

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Zooco Estudio, performing arts center in Verín (Orense)
30/09/2016

Zooco Estudio, performing arts center in Verín (Orense)

On the banks of the river Támega lies the Galician municipality of Verín, on the outskirts of which stands the educational-cultural facility designed by Zooco Estudio, a practice working from offices in Madrid and Santander, headed by Miguel Crespo Picot...

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Héctor Fdez. Elorza & Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, hermitage of Jarandilla de la Vera
29/09/2016

Héctor Fdez. Elorza & Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, hermitage of Jarandilla de la Vera

In the Plaza de la Constitución of Jarandilla de la Vera – a town in Cáceres province, Spain, with a population of 3,000 – is the hermitage of Santo Sepulcroz...

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archikubik, restoration and reconversión of Rei Martí water deposit
28/09/2016

archikubik, restoration and reconversión of Rei Martí water deposit

In Barcelona’s Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, close to Antoni Gaudí’s Torre Bellesguard, is this water storage deposit built at the end of the 19th century. Located beneath a pinewood, the underground premises were accidentally rediscovered in the late...

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Conrad Shawcross and Cornelia Parker at Ivorypress
15/09/2016

Conrad Shawcross and Cornelia Parker at Ivorypress

On view through 12 November at Ivorypress Madrid are shows by two British artists: 'Inverted Spires and Descendant Folds,' by Conrad Shawcross (London, 1977), and 'Verso,' by Cornelia Parker (Cheshire, 1956)...

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Izaskun Chinchilla, Co-working utopic_US Conde de Casal in Madrid
13/09/2016

Izaskun Chinchilla, Co-working utopic_US Conde de Casal in Madrid

The versatile facility designed by the Madrid studio of Izaskun Chinchilla offers spaces for work and rest which also serve to foster collaboration and interaction among the users. (Photos: Imagen Subliminal - Miguel de Guzmán)

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Nieto Sobejano to enlarge the Sorolla Museum in Madrid
06/09/2016

Nieto Sobejano to enlarge the Sorolla Museum in Madrid

The Madrid architectural office of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will be renovating and expanding the house-museum of Joaquín Sorolla (Valencia, 1863 – Cercedilla, 1923), known as “the painter of light.” The intervention on the old residence...

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Arquitectura - G, renovation of a ‘masía’ in Empordà
30/08/2016

Arquitectura - G, renovation of a ‘masía’ in Empordà

The firm Barcelona Arquitectura – G has renovated a farmhouse in the Empordà area of Catalonia’s Girona province. Situated amid fruit orchards, the three-story masía contained a disorderly alternation of agricultural and domestic spaces as a result of several...

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Spain Builds (Abroad)
26/08/2016

Spain Builds (Abroad)

The international accounts of Spain’s construction companies stay on the rise and it is estimated that the foreign projects of the ‘six greats’ – ACS, Acciona, Ferrovial, FCC, Sacyr, and OHL –, valued at 101,748 million euros, account for as much as 83%...

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Flores & Prats, Sala Beckett in Barcelona
24/08/2016

Flores & Prats, Sala Beckett in Barcelona

The Catalan office of Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats has refurbished and enlarged the building of the Peace and Justice Workers’ Cooperative, in Barcelona’s Poblenou neighborhoood. It was in disuse, and now is home to the Sala Beckett dramaturgy center...

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Noemí Martínez / AMB, Plaza Espanyola in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
17/08/2016

Noemí Martínez / AMB, Plaza Espanyola in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

After the razing of a building, the intervention enlarged and rearranged the Espanyola Square in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Incorporating the freed-up lot gave the public space an L shape, which the project used to improve connections with the neighborhood...

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Héctor Fdez. Elorza y Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, Venecia Park in Zaragoza
09/08/2016

Héctor Fdez. Elorza y Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, Venecia Park in Zaragoza

The linear urban infrasrtucture of Venecia Park addresses three different issues: an acoustic problem, the topography of the place, and the matter of draining rainwater. The noise pollution created by vehicular traffic nearby makes it necessary to establish...

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Pablo Gallego Picard, River Beach in Goián (Pontevedra)
02/08/2016

Pablo Gallego Picard, River Beach in Goián (Pontevedra)

In order to restore the river beach of Goián while reactivating the environment of the fortress of San Lorenzo, the project focussed on the only spot legally authorized for the purpose: a hillside of steep slopes facing south, toward the mouth of the Miño River...

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‘Architecture: Change of Climate’: lectures and debates
01/08/2016

‘Architecture: Change of Climate’: lectures and debates

Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad

Lectures and debates at 'Architecture: Change of Climate', the fourth international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad.

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Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid
29/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid

Rafael Moneo

Money and brick come hand in hand, and the fruit of this alliance tends to translate into pure urbanization; an inert fabric of constructions spreads over the territory, irrigated...

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Alberto Pieltain, vacation house in O Chao da Aldea (La Coruña)
26/07/2016

Alberto Pieltain, vacation house in O Chao da Aldea (La Coruña)

Justo Isasi

A cube of stone and glass on a field overlooking the Betanzos estuary and the beach of Cabañas. With no roof, no eaves, no balconies, it looks transplanted from other places...

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The Cadastral Panopticon
26/07/2016

The Cadastral Panopticon

It is to Michel Foucault that we owe the idea that the truly ‘modern’ thing about modernity is neither secularism nor democracy nor capitalism, but the creation of an efficient system of control that is deployed through information, coercion, or both...

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Ceramic volumes, Álvaro Siza in Vallès
21/07/2016

Ceramic volumes, Álvaro Siza in Vallès

Álvaro Siza’s latest building in Spain is the Theater Auditorium of the Barcelona municipality of Llinars del Vallès. On a gently sloping site, the red brick volumes of the new cultural center are placed around the main volume containing the auditorium set box...

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13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity
20/07/2016

13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity

“The Spanish architect is an architect of ingenuity.” These words of Begoña Díaz-Urgorri, director of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) alongside Juan Domingo Santos and Carmen Moreno, capture the spirit with which the...

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Paredes Pedrosa, auditorium in Lugo (Galicia)
20/07/2016

Paredes Pedrosa, auditorium in Lugo (Galicia)

Organized in an elongated volume between two levels – the urban one of the avenue and the upper one of the gardens, with a seven meter drop –, the auditorium has a strong topographic condition, like the wall of Lugo, which permits using the site’s...

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Zigzag Arquitectura, San Martín de la Mar Square in Santander
08/07/2016

Zigzag Arquitectura, San Martín de la Mar Square in Santander

With its choice location and spectacular views over the northern Spanish city of Santander, the square involves the stitching up of the urban fabric around, through a system of terraces and banks with geometries that reconcile the grade differences and resolve...

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New Books
AV Monografías 202 - H ARQUITECTES 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 201 - 50 FROM AFRICA AND ASIA 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 84 - BEVK PEROVIĆ 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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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
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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