Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Barceló Balanzó, Postgraduate Studies Center at the UIB in Palma
01/08/2017

Barceló Balanzó, Postgraduate Studies Center at the UIB in Palma

The Postgraduate Studies Center at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) in Palma has recently received the first prize in the Public or Collective Buildings category of the Architecture Awards of Mallorca. The awards are convened by the Architect’s Association...

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García-Germán Arquitectos, Desert City in San Sebastián de los Reyes
27/07/2017

García-Germán Arquitectos, Desert City in San Sebastián de los Reyes

At kilometer 25 along the A-1 motorway – in San Sebastián de los Reyes, a municipality of Greater Madrid – is Desert City, an enclave for xerophytic species, with 400 specimens from all over the world, 250 of which are cacti. A place that was empty ground...

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BAAS + Espinet Ubach, facilities for Vall d’Hebron Hospital
24/07/2017

BAAS + Espinet Ubach, facilities for Vall d’Hebron Hospital

The team formed by the Catalan firms BAAS arquitectura and EspinetUbach Arquitectes has won the competition to refurbish the Vall d’Hebron hospital campus in Barcelona and add a research institute. The main objective is to make the complex more accessible...

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Padilla Nicás, enlargement of EDAR wastewater purification plant in Oviedo
19/07/2017

Padilla Nicás, enlargement of EDAR wastewater purification plant in Oviedo

The Madrid firm of Francisco José Padilla and Juan Manuel Nicás has beren commissioned to enlarge the EDAR wastwater purification plant of San Claudio, in the Asturian capital. The volumes are integrated into the rural environment, reducing their visual impact...

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Lake Verea at La Caja Negra
18/07/2017

Lake Verea at La Caja Negra

On view through 28 July at the Madrid gallery La Caja Negra is ‘Paparazza Moderna Chapter II: Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra in California,’ an exhibition of the artistic duo formed by Francisca Rivero-Lake Cortina (Mexico City, 1973) and Carla Verea...

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'Bill Viola: A Retrospective'
14/07/2017

'Bill Viola: A Retrospective'

The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao presents the 40-year career of the video artist Bill Viola through 27 works that will be on view through 9 November.

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Roldán + Berengué, Espai Bombers in Barcelona
11/07/2017

Roldán + Berengué, Espai Bombers in Barcelona

The project transforms the old fire station on Lleida Street in Barcelona, built for the 1929 International Exposition, including it in the cultural network known as ‘Montjuïc, Museum Mountain.’ The original building – the first raised for this purpose in Spain –, included...

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Gaztelu Jerez, pavilions for guarding sites of cultural interest
11/07/2017

Gaztelu Jerez, pavilions for guarding sites of cultural interest

To protect and watch over sites of cultural interest in the Castilla y León region, many of which are located in rural areas and in the wild, cabins will be built close to them, for which the studio of Koldo Fdez. Gaztelu and Enrique Jerez Abajo...

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árgola arquitectos, restoration of church in Prádena del Rincón (Madrid)
10/07/2017

árgola arquitectos, restoration of church in Prádena del Rincón (Madrid)

Javier Alau and Ignacio M. Revuelta of the Madrid studio árgola arquitectos are the authors of the project to fix up the Church of Santo Domingo de Silos in Prádena del Rincón, in Madrid’s Sierra Norte. Declared a Site of Cultural Interest, the temple has been subjected...

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Royal Collections Museum in Madrid wins FAD Award
29/06/2017

Royal Collections Museum in Madrid wins FAD Award

The FAD Award for Architecture in 2017 goes to the Royal Collections Museum in Madrid, a work of Mansilla + Tuñón. According to the jury, chaired by Belén Moneo, it “masterfully delivers an architecture which is timeless and sedate, executed with precision...

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Time Builds Too
29/06/2017

Time Builds Too

Emilio Tuñón

Time is the guiding thread of this article which explains the concept of the new Royal Collections Museum. Originally published in Arquitectura Viva 183, April 2016.

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AH Asociados, refurbishment and extension of San Juan de Dios Hospital
28/06/2017

AH Asociados, refurbishment and extension of San Juan de Dios Hospital

The old hospital building, raised by Víctor Eúsa in the 1940s, used to be outside Pamplona’s urban core, on a hill overlooking the Arga riverbed. There were functionality-related difficulties caused by a series of interventions, as well as problems with the surroundings...

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MAIO: 110 rooms, apartment building in Barcelona
26/06/2017

MAIO: 110 rooms, apartment building in Barcelona

MAIO Architects – Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López, and Anna Puigjaner – has designed this apartment building on Calle Provenza of the Catalonian capital, drawing inspiration from the traditional domestic typology of the Eixamble, Barcelona’s...

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Selgascano, auditorium and convention center of Plasencia (Cáceres)
23/06/2017

Selgascano, auditorium and convention center of Plasencia (Cáceres)

A full day of open doors and a concert of the Extremadura Orchestra marked the official opening, on 22 June, of the city of Plasencia’s convention center, a work of the Madrid studio of José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Completed in 2013, the building is located...

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Luis Vidal, Centro Botín
22/06/2017

Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Luis Vidal, Centro Botín

The Centro Botín, a space for art, culture and education, projecting into the Bay of Santander, was strongly supported by Emilio Botín (1934-2014), president of Banco Santander and financed by the Botín Foundation, one of the most important private...

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New intermodal transport station in Ourense (Spain)
20/06/2017

New intermodal transport station in Ourense (Spain)

The plans for the refurbishment and extension of the railway station of Ourense, drawn up by the firm of Norman Foster and the local architect Juan Carlos Cabanelas, have been unveiled. The design that won a 2011 competition for the intermodal station...

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Abalo Alonso, Caramoniña Orchards in Santiago de Compostela
16/06/2017

Abalo Alonso, Caramoniña Orchards in Santiago de Compostela

The historical quarter of Santiago de Compostela was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985, but degraded areas remain in the city, and Caramoniña is one of these places. It is located between the green belt that surrounds the old town and the alley...

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RCR arquitectes & Pau Llimona, Enigma Restaurant in Barcelona
14/06/2017

RCR arquitectes & Pau Llimona, Enigma Restaurant in Barcelona

The winners of this year’s Pritzker Prize – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of RCR arquitectes – and Pau Llimona designed this restaurant for the prestigious chef Albert Adrià, and it has been built in collaboration with the studio Sánchez Guiisado...

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Dugo, Egea, and Raso, restoration of Portocarrero Palace in Palma del Río
13/06/2017

Dugo, Egea, and Raso, restoration of Portocarrero Palace in Palma del Río

Pedro Dugo, César Egea, and Antonio Raso have revamped Portocarrero Palace in Palma del Río, a municipality of Córdoba province, located 60 kilometers from Córdoba city. It is a land of citrus fruit plantations in the Vega del Guadalquivir...

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Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor (Mallorca)
12/06/2017

Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor (Mallorca)

Manacor, birthplace of Rafa Nadal, who has just won his tenth French Open trophy, is the city that the tennis champion has chosen as home to a huge high-competition sports center specialized in technical training for young athletes. As announced some...

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City of health and well-being in Aldeamayor de San Martín
06/06/2017

City of health and well-being in Aldeamayor de San Martín

In the province of Valladolid, 20% of the population is over 65, and 38% is in the 50-65 age range. In the larger region of Castilla y León, these percentages rise to 23% and 46%, respectively. The clear rise in aging rates warrants an ambitious project...

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‘Future is Now’, Norman Foster Foundation opens
01/06/2017

‘Future is Now’, Norman Foster Foundation opens

On 1 June Madrid’s Royal Theater was the venue of ‘Future is Now,’ a forum that brought together leading personalities from the economic, technological, and artistic fields will be participating, from the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest financial...

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Gabriele Basilico: entropy and urban space
31/05/2017

Gabriele Basilico: entropy and urban space

On view at the ICO Museum in Madrid through 10 September is a retrospective on one of the leading urban landscape portrayers of the last decades, Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013), who studied to be an architect but became...

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RAW/deAbajoGarcía: Impluvium, community center in Reinosa (Cantabria)
30/05/2017

RAW/deAbajoGarcía: Impluvium, community center in Reinosa (Cantabria)

The Madrid practice of Begoña de Abajo (León, 1986) and Carlos García (Cangas del Narcea, Asturias, 1982) has built a social and cultural center over the remains of an old market, demolished after a fire, on Plaza Abastos in Reinosa, a city in the Cantabrian...

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José M. Sánchez García, renovation of San Sebastián Hospital in Badajoz
29/05/2017

José M. Sánchez García, renovation of San Sebastián Hospital in Badajoz

The Extremaduran architect José María Sánchez García (Don Benito, 1975), working from his practice in Madrid, is the author of a competition-winning project to renovate the old San Sebastián Hospital in the old quarter of Badajoz. It conceives the building...

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Flores & Prats + Duch-Pizá, Casal Balaguer Cultural Center
15/05/2017

Flores & Prats + Duch-Pizá, Casal Balaguer Cultural Center

The Casal Balaguer is a large aristocratic house built in the heart of Palma de Mallorca in the 14th century, renovated in the 16th, and enlarged in the 18th. At the end of the 20th, City Hall decided to convert it into a cultural center...

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Ferran Vizoso, old church of Corbera d’Ebre (Tarragona)
05/05/2017

Ferran Vizoso, old church of Corbera d’Ebre (Tarragona)

Destroyed in the Battle of the Ebro in 1938, the town church of Corbera d’Ebre became an icon of what the population had to endure. It has now been transformed into a multipurpose hall, but in a way that preserves the memory of the Spanish Civil War...

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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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Joaquín Bérchez photographs Jaén Cathedral
25/04/2017

Joaquín Bérchez photographs Jaén Cathedral

On view until 30 June in the exhibition hall of the old Teacher Training School of the University of Jaén is the installation ‘Gozar de toda su hermosura. Catedral de Jaén’ (Enjoying Jaén Cathedral in All Its Beauty)...

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Estudio Seguí + Mendoza Partida win competition for ‘Astoria-Victoria’
18/04/2017

Estudio Seguí + Mendoza Partida win competition for ‘Astoria-Victoria’

Designed by the practice headed by José Segui – which works from offices in Madrid and Málaga – in collaboration with the Barcelona firm Mendoza Partida, the project ‘Ecos Urbanos’ has been selected out of seventy entries to the competition for ideas for regenerating...

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