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Friday, April 28, 2017
AleaOlea, Church in Vilanova de la Barca (Lleida)
28/04/2017

AleaOlea, Church in Vilanova de la Barca (Lleida)

The Gothic church of Santa María de la Barca, dating back to the 13th century, was much destroyed by bombings in 1936, at the start of the Spanish Civil War. All that remained were the front part of the temple, fragments of the naves, and the facade...

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Shigeru Ban: La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
27/04/2017

Shigeru Ban: La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

A large glass spheroid goes up at the end of Seguin Island, by the River Seine, marking a new cultural landmark west of the metropolitan area of Paris. These grounds, birthplace of the automobile industry in France, are transformed into the flagship of an area known...

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Under construction:‘Vessel’ by Thomas Heatherwick
26/04/2017

Under construction:‘Vessel’ by Thomas Heatherwick

With its 2,400 steps and a budget of 15 million dollars (13,422,750 euros), ‘Vessel’ the installation designed by the British Thomas Heatherwick is the centerpiece of a public square in Manhattan's Hudson Yards urban development.

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João Tiago Aguiar, Restelo House in Lisbon
26/04/2017

João Tiago Aguiar, Restelo House in Lisbon

Located in a residential neighborhood of Lisbon, the Restelo House covers its rear facade, which opens up to a private courtyard, with a lattice that filters sunlight, gives the interior spaces privacy, and also functions as a lightweight protective screen...

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Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York's Times Square
21/04/2017

Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York's Times Square

The area known as ‘the Bowtie’ is the heart of Times Square, between Broadway and 7th Avenue, and is part of the larger efforts of the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Transportation to rebuild and pedestrianize...

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ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17
20/04/2017

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart have completed a new research pavilion exploring building-scale fabrication of glass and carbon...

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Lotte World Tower opens in Seoul
20/04/2017

Lotte World Tower opens in Seoul

CNN

After six years of construction, the 555-meter-tall Lotte World Tower opened in April, setting three world records and redefining the Seoul skyline...

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Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura, Social housing in Cuetzalan (Mexico)
19/04/2017

Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura, Social housing in Cuetzalan (Mexico)

The Mexican studio Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura – founded by Mariana Ordóñez and Abraham Aragón – and the Tosepan Titataniske union of indigenous cooperatives decided to develop a prototype dwelling that complied with regulations updated...

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Opening of new parliament of the Canton of Vaud, by Bonell i Gil
17/04/2017

Opening of new parliament of the Canton of Vaud, by Bonell i Gil

The new seat of the parliament of the Canton of Vaud, in Switzerland, opens its doors in the historic quarter of Lausanne, between the cathedral founded in the 12th century, reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th, and a castle built in the 14th. A fire destroyed...

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Studio MK27, Jungle House in Guarujá (Brazil)
13/04/2017

Studio MK27, Jungle House in Guarujá (Brazil)

As if it were a hut for postmodern beaux sauvages, the house appears in the clearing of a rainforest in the Brazil’s São Paulo region. But the mountainous topography and the dense vegetation, which could have inspired easy metaphors, do not determine...

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Gradolí & Sanz / Martínez Gregori: Pavilion in Picanya (Valencia)
12/04/2017

Gradolí & Sanz / Martínez Gregori: Pavilion in Picanya (Valencia)

The project adds a new multipurpose space to Escola Gavina, in the Valencian municipality of Picanya. The main building of this learning institution was designed in 1980 by the architect Manuel Portaceli – author also of the extension undertaken...

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Souto de Moura, Hotel São Lourenço do Barrocal in Monsaraz (Portugal)
11/04/2017

Souto de Moura, Hotel São Lourenço do Barrocal in Monsaraz (Portugal)

Surrounded by vineyards and oak and olive trees, this old family estate dating back to the 19th century is located in Monsaraz, a parish in Portugal’s Alentejo región, near the Spanish border. The Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura...

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BIG's Serpentine Pavilion in Vancouver
07/04/2017

BIG's Serpentine Pavilion in Vancouver

Daily Hive

London's 'Unzipped Wall' designed by Bjarke Ingels Group for the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission finds new permanent home in Vancouver...

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Herzog & de Meuron: Beirut Terraces in Beirut (Lebanon)
07/04/2017

Herzog & de Meuron: Beirut Terraces in Beirut (Lebanon)

Beirut lies in the heart of the developing Middle East. Having always been a cosmopolitan city, it is a focal point as a cultural and geographical link between Europe and the Middle East. The history of Beirut could hardly be more diverse...

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Comas-Pont, Psychopedagogical Medical Center of Osono in Vic
05/04/2017

Comas-Pont, Psychopedagogical Medical Center of Osono in Vic

Outside the Barcelona municipality of Vic, capital of the county of Osona, is this facility specialized in psychopedagogical medical care, a work of the local firm headed by Jordi Comas and Anna Pont. The program is organized in 1,657 square meters of usable...

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How malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable
03/04/2017

How malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable

The Guardian

Suburban malls may be a dying breed, but in cities from New York to Hong Kong, new malls are thriving by seamlessly blending into the urban fabric...

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Snøhetta: Lascaux IV Caves Museum in Montignac
03/04/2017

Snøhetta: Lascaux IV Caves Museum in Montignac

The museum, designed by Snøhetta and scenographers Casson Mann, is located in the Bordeaux region of southwest France, at the boundary of two divergent landscapes: a dense woodland, and the agricultural land of Vézère valley...

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Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, Workshop AWEL in Andelfingen (Switzerland)
31/03/2017

Rossetti + Wyss Architekten, Workshop AWEL in Andelfingen (Switzerland)

The Swiss firm of Nathalie Rossetti and Mark Aurel Wyss has built this elementary structure in Andelfingen, in the Canton of Zurich, drawing inspiration from traditional agricultural constructions. This workshop will be a storage for vehicles and machines...

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 Vo Trong Nghia, Panasonic showroom in Hanoi (Vietnam)
30/03/2017

Vo Trong Nghia, Panasonic showroom in Hanoi (Vietnam)

Located in the Dong Da district of the Vietnamese capital, the four-story prismatic building harbors complementary programs: on the one hand, a showroom for the lighting products of an electronics company; on the other hand, a gallery and a work space for architects...

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Cadaval & Solà-Morales, MA House in Tepoztlán (Mexico)
29/03/2017

Cadaval & Solà-Morales, MA House in Tepoztlán (Mexico)

Working from offices in Barcelona and Mexico City, Eduardo Cadaval and Claro Solà-Morales were commissioned to build this residence with natural stone as the main material. The stone would be economical because it is common in the area...

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Arnaud-Bello + Riestra + Von Werz: Galería OMR in Mexico City
27/03/2017

Arnaud-Bello + Riestra + Von Werz: Galería OMR in Mexico City

The architects José Arnaud-Bello (Oaxaca, 1976), Mateo Riestra (Mexico City, 1980), and Max von Werz (Montreal, 1977) have designed a new building for Galería OMR, a contemporary art gallery founded in 1983, in the Mexican capital...

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Cristián Izquierdo, house in Morrillos (Chile)
24/03/2017

Cristián Izquierdo, house in Morrillos (Chile)

The floor plan of this house designed by Cristián Izquierdo, sitting on a dune facing the sea in Morrillos (Chile), adopts a cross-shaped arrangement that allows using it in different ways during the year. Sometimes it is a large vacation residence for a single family...

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A Secret Little Glass Home in the Heart of New York
24/03/2017

A Secret Little Glass Home in the Heart of New York

The New York Times

On a quiet block in the East 50s in Manhattan sits a discreet, Modernist marvel: Philip Johnson’s 1950 Rockefeller Guest House...

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BBGK Architekci, Katyn Museum in Warsaw
23/03/2017

BBGK Architekci, Katyn Museum in Warsaw

In the southern part of the Warsaw Citadel stands the museum that commemorates the massacre of Katyn Forest, near the Russian city of Smolensk. A total of 21,768 Poles, mostly military officers, were executed by the NKVD, the Soviet Secret Police...

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OMA completes Concrete at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai
22/03/2017

OMA completes Concrete at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai

The Rotterdam-based Office for Metropolitan Architecture of Rem Koolhaas – which has branches in New York, Hong Kong, Doha, and Dubai – has finished its first building in the United Arab Emirates. A former warehouse has been turned into a cultural center...

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Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace near Cannes
21/03/2017

Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace near Cannes

The Guardian

Straight lines were anathema to architect Antti Lovag, and you will not find a single one in this complex of domes overlooking the Med being sold by the fashion designer...

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Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Sayama Forest Chapel in Saitama (Japan)
20/03/2017

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Sayama Forest Chapel in Saitama (Japan)

In the cemetery of Lake Sayama – which supplies water to Tokyo – stands this chapel amid the trees of a dense forest, echoing its context as much in its geometry as in its materials. Without subscribing to any particular denomination...

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Architect builds giant wind-turbine-temple for Shaolin monks
17/03/2017

Architect builds giant wind-turbine-temple for Shaolin monks

Curbed

That’s right: The Shaolin Flying Monks Temple enables the monks to fight in mid-air. The first Shaolin temple was built as far back as 495 AD...

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anako architecture, ‘fortress house’ in Savièse (Switzerland)
16/03/2017

anako architecture, ‘fortress house’ in Savièse (Switzerland)

In Savièse, a town in Switzerland’s canton of Valais, stands this hermetic dwelling of rough concrete, a work of the Swiss firm anako architecture. There are other buildings around close by, so in the manner of a fortress while respecting the scale of the place...

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Craig Ellwood’s Smith House, now on the market
15/03/2017

Craig Ellwood’s Smith House, now on the market

Located in Crestwood Hills, in Los Angeles, California, Craig Ellwood's Smith House is as dramatic as it is iconic. In 1960, Architectural Review wrote: Periodically there comes to light a building that-whatever its other merits-seizes...

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