Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
‘Sikka Ingentium‘, by Daniel Canogar
28/01/2018

‘Sikka Ingentium‘, by Daniel Canogar

Sikka Ingentium is a sculptural video installation made with 2.400 recycled DVDs. This multi-thematic piece was inspired by “sikka”, the gold coins sewn to clothing dating back to Babylonic times that eventually became the shiny plastic objects...

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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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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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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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Fernando Menis design Christmas lighting for La Oliva (Fuerteventura)
05/01/2018

Fernando Menis design Christmas lighting for La Oliva (Fuerteventura)

Giant squids and garlands of jellyfish these days decorate the streets of La Oliva, a town in the Canarian island of Fuerteventura. For these lighting installations, sea life has been reproduced by a combination of recycling, creativity, and the participation of residents.  

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Paredes Pedrosa, assisted living center in Palma de Mallorca
03/01/2018

Paredes Pedrosa, assisted living center in Palma de Mallorca

The Madrid office of Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio G. Pedrosa have won first prize in the competition to build a residence for elderly people in Son Martorell, in the Ciudad Jardín resort town of the capital of Palma de Mallorca. Selected out of 45 projects...

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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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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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Martínez Lapeña and Torres win National Award for Architecture 2016
14/12/2017

Martínez Lapeña and Torres win National Award for Architecture 2016

Since 1932 the Spanish Government has given the National Award for Architecture, which has gone through many ups and downs and changes of direction over the years. Since 2001 it has been bestowed not upon a work, but upon an entire career, and since 2014...

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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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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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Studio MK27, Caledonian Somosaguas Residences
04/12/2017

Studio MK27, Caledonian Somosaguas Residences

The first work in Spain of the Brazilian firm MK27, headed by Marcio Kogan, is the exclusive residential development Caledonian in Somosaguas, in the Madrid municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcón. With a built area of 5,100 square meters, the commission..

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16th ASCER Tile of Spain Award winners
29/11/2017

16th ASCER Tile of Spain Award winners

The Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design are organized by ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association, to give recognition to architectural and interiors projects carried out in Spain which have used ceramic...

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Yojigen Poketto by elii architects
22/11/2017

Yojigen Poketto by elii architects

This video by Imagen Subliminal shows an apartment in downtown Madrid that has been been given a space-optimizing renovation job by the local firm elii arquitectos, founded by Urial Fogué, Eva Gil, and Carlos Palacios.

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Setting up the exhibition  ‘Norman Foster: Common Futures’
20/11/2017

Setting up the exhibition ‘Norman Foster: Common Futures’

Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition on view at the Telefónica Foundation in Madrid through 4 February 2018 hopes to familiarize the public with the work of Norman Foster and his vision for the future, while explaining his sources of inspiration.

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'mies missing materiality' by Anna & Eugeni Bach
17/11/2017

'mies missing materiality' by Anna & Eugeni Bach

On view through 27 November, 'mies missing materiality' is an artistic intervention by Anna & Eugeni Bach that turns the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona into a life-size mock-up, dressing it with a single uniform white material.

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Tangram, Sisallete House in Cadrete (Zaragoza)
02/11/2017

Tangram, Sisallete House in Cadrete (Zaragoza)

Designed by the Zaragoza practice of David Martínez, Tangram, the Sisallete House is located in the town of Cadrete, in Zaragoza province, 12 kilometers from Zaragoza city. The one-family dwelling is defined by its broad and flat, slopeless site...

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Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad: ‘Architectural Challenges Posed by Old Age’
27/10/2017

Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad: ‘Architectural Challenges Posed by Old Age’

Eduardo Prieto

In 2050, one of every three Spaniards will be over 65 years of age. This will mean...

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Norman Foster Foundation Atelier – Robotics
27/10/2017

Norman Foster Foundation Atelier – Robotics

The first Norman Foster Foundation Robotics Atelier will take place on 20-24 November 2017. The Robotics Atelier will include workshops, seminars, lectures, one-to-one tutoring, and development of projects by the students...

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'Lattice of Memory’, by Carmen Moreno Álvarez
24/10/2017

'Lattice of Memory’, by Carmen Moreno Álvarez

When the Spanish Civil War ended, 4,000 people were executed at the walls of the cemetery of Granada. Outside the graveyard – in the Dehesa del Generalife, a green space next to the Alhambra...

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‘Double Bind’ by Juan Muñoz at Planta Sorigué
23/10/2017

‘Double Bind’ by Juan Muñoz at Planta Sorigué

Starting 23 October and for five years, Planta – a space for the confluence of art and industry, located in the aggregate quarry of the Sorigué group in Balaguer (Lleida) – is home to Double Bind, an installation by the artist Juan Muñoz (1953–2001)...

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Spanish Architecture Award 2017
16/10/2017

Spanish Architecture Award 2017

The Spanish Association of Architecture Institutes (CSCAE) has bestowed the 2017 National Award for Architecture on two buildings on equal footing: the Royal Collections Museum in Madrid by Mansilla and Tuñón, and the Convention Center and Hotel in Palma...

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ABLM arquitectos, school in Villares de la Reina (Salamanca)
10/10/2017

ABLM arquitectos, school in Villares de la Reina (Salamanca)

The Ávila-based firm ABLM arquitectos, headed by Arturo Blanco and Laura Martínez, tackled this preschool and primary school by considering the scale of chidren of Villares de la Reina, a municipality in the Salamanca county of La Armuña...

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‘Norman Foster. Common Futures’ at Telefónica Foundation in Madrid
09/10/2017

‘Norman Foster. Common Futures’ at Telefónica Foundation in Madrid

Curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the exhibition is on view through 4 February 2018. In this interview Foster talks about the exhibition, social architecture, technology, social networks, the creative process, the future, and his relationship with Spain.

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‘Arniches y Domínguez. La arquitectura y la vida’
05/10/2017

‘Arniches y Domínguez. La arquitectura y la vida’

Until 21 January 2018, the Museo ICO in Madrid devotes an exhibition to the life and works of Carlos Arniches and Martín Domínguez, developed both independently and jointly. Curated by Pablo Rabasco and Martín Domínguez Ruz, the exhibition gathers...

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Photo gallery of the exhibition ‘Norman Foster. Futuros comunes’
05/10/2017

Photo gallery of the exhibition ‘Norman Foster. Futuros comunes’

‘Norman Foster. Futuros comunes’ intends to bring the work of the architect and his vision of the future closer to the public, showing his sources of inspiration. The exhibition underlines the continuity of his concerns and highlights the variety of his interests. 

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Ceramic lattices for the Virolai Petit creche in Barcelona
29/09/2017

Ceramic lattices for the Virolai Petit creche in Barcelona

A work of the Catalan firms Sarrablo & Colom + Roviros & Castelao, the Virolai Petit creche in Barcelona is wrapped in a ceramic lattice that uses the Flexbrick system conceived by Vicente Serrablo.

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Francisco Mangado, Convention Center in Palma de Mallorca
22/09/2017

Francisco Mangado, Convention Center in Palma de Mallorca

The official opening of Francisco Mangado's Convention Center and Hotel in Palma de Mallorca is set for 25 September. Stretching almost 500 meters, the huge building sits on a site of irregular geometry, very elongated, and strikes a visual dialogue with the sea...

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Aranguren & Gallegos, Oak House in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)
14/09/2017

Aranguren & Gallegos, Oak House in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

For a clearing in the pine forest of the southern slope of Monte Abantos, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Madrid practice of María José Aranguren and José González Gallegos has designed a private dwelling with privileged views of the plain that stretches...

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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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