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Sunday, October 22, 2017
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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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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‘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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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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El proyecto PLANTA se presenta en Chicago
14/09/2017

El proyecto PLANTA se presenta en Chicago

Promoted by Sorigué and its foundation, the PLANTA project of the Madrid-based architectural firm Ábalos + Sentkiewicz will be presented at the second Chicago Architecture Biennial, open from 15 September to 7 January 2018...

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Rafael Moneo, Praemium Imperiale 2017
12/09/2017

Rafael Moneo, Praemium Imperiale 2017

The new winners of the Praemium Imperiale have been announced. This arts prize has been awarded annually since 1989, by the Imperial House of Japan and the Japan Art Association, to five artists in the categories of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music...

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Creus & Carrasco, refurbishment of old prison in Lugo
11/09/2017

Creus & Carrasco, refurbishment of old prison in Lugo

The Galician practice of Juan Creus and Covadonga Carrasco has transformed an old jail into a cultural center. The separate units of the prison facilities are compartmentalized with varying degrees of openness, giving importance to the concept of the void...

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Competition for redevelopment of Vallcarca neighborhood in Barcelona
05/09/2017

Competition for redevelopment of Vallcarca neighborhood in Barcelona

Carles Enrich ha resultado ganador del concurso de ideas convocado por el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona para modificar el Plan General Metropolitano (PGM) Hospital Militar-Vallcarca. La nueva ordenación para este barrio deteriorado del distrito de Gracia...

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The Spanish holiday home as an architectural collectible
29/08/2017

The Spanish holiday home as an architectural collectible

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

In rural Aragon, the Solo Houses project is giving international architects free rein to create the buildings of their imagination...

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López Rivera Arquitectes, Lattice House in Palafrugell (Girona)
24/08/2017

López Rivera Arquitectes, Lattice House in Palafrugell (Girona)

This house designed by the Catalan practice of Emiliano López and Mónica Rivera stands on a hill in the coastal range of Les Gavarres, a scarcely urbanized zone of pine, cork, and oak trees belonging to the municipality of Palagrugell, in Girona province...

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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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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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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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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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