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Monday, September 16, 2019
Luis Diego Barahona, Tirrases Center in Costa Rica
29/11/2018

Luis Diego Barahona, Tirrases Center in Costa Rica

With the aim of generating urban operations that optimize financial resources and stimulate sustainable development, the Costa Rican architect Luis Diego Barahona (San José, 1978) has planned a series of interventions for the Tirasses district, in the Curridabat...

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Patrick Schweitzer & Associés, architecture school in Kigali (Rwanda)
29/11/2018

Patrick Schweitzer & Associés, architecture school in Kigali (Rwanda)

Learn from what’s built. Such was the strategy pursued by the French studio of Patrick Schweitzer in designing the new faculty of architecture in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. After an analysis of the place and its history, up went a complex of two levels...

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Ole Scheeren, MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok (Thailand)
28/11/2018

Ole Scheeren, MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok (Thailand)

The German firm of Ole Scheeren has completed this residential skyscraper in the Thai capital. Named MahaNakhon (great metropolis), its 314-meter-tall volume is carved to form a pixelated composition that opens up to the city with an ‘eroded’ spiral crack presenting terraces...

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Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 lists for $3.6m
28/11/2018

Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 lists for $3.6m

The Spaces

A piece of classic midcentury architecture is up for sale in Los Angeles, as Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House 21 hits the market...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow (Russia)
27/11/2018

Herzog & de Meuron, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow (Russia)

Skolkovo is the Russian government initiative for a new urban community at the 3rd ring of Moscow, 17 km west from the Kremlin. Built ex nihilo, the aim of Skolkovo is to create a globally reputed center for innovative technology. The original masterplan aims to create urban...

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Studio Velocity, Kowa apartments  in Mihama (Japan)
23/11/2018

Studio Velocity, Kowa apartments in Mihama (Japan)

In the 1950s, the Japanese firm Studio Velocity, headed by Kentaro Kurihara and Miho Iwatsuki, reconstructed a residential development in Mihama, a coastal city in Aichi Prefecture. The substantial deterioration of the structure led to the demolition of some of the two-story...

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Jean Nouvel, office tower in Marseilles (France)
22/11/2018

Jean Nouvel, office tower in Marseilles (France)

The recently opened tower named Marsellesa rises 135 meters at Quais d'Arenc, close to the 142-meter headquarters of the French shipping company CMA CGM, built by Zaha Hadid Architects. The unique design of the gridded facade of concrete presents a gradation...

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Miró Rivera, Vista Residence in Austin (Texas)
21/11/2018

Miró Rivera, Vista Residence in Austin (Texas)

Tucked into a hillside in West Austin, the building is organized around a three-story sculptural staircase that acts as the hinge point of the house, with rooms and hallways unfolding from it on every floor. The practice of the Spaniard Juan Miró and the Puerto Rican Miguel Rivera...

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The Menil Drawing Institute’s New $40 Million Building Opens in Houston
17/11/2018

The Menil Drawing Institute’s New $40 Million Building Opens in Houston

artnet

Designed by Los Angeles-based architects Johnston Marklee, the airy $40 million building subtly announces its devotion to drawing...

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Bourgeois / Lechasseur, accommodations in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (Canadá)
16/11/2018

Bourgeois / Lechasseur, accommodations in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François (Canadá)

Close to the Le Massif de Charlevoix ski range, on a mountain of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, a municipality in the province of Quebec, are the new accommodations that the Canadian architectural practice of Olivier Bourgeois and Régis Lechasseur has designed for...

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A6A, Maison à Pontaillac in Royan (Francia)
14/11/2018

A6A, Maison à Pontaillac in Royan (Francia)

The French firm atelier 6 architecture designed this one-family residence in Pontaillac, a residential zone of Royan, a town in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The conception of this two-story house comes from lessons learned from examples of modern architecture...

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Sanjay Puri Architects, student hostel in Mathura (India)
14/11/2018

Sanjay Puri Architects, student hostel in Mathura (India)

The campus of Ganeshi Lal Agrawal University in Mathura – a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 150 kilometers south of New Delhi – includes this student hostel designed by the Mumbai-based practice of Sanjay Puri. Offering 800 rooms, the five four-story buildings...

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OMA, Innovation Tower in Stockholm
13/11/2018

OMA, Innovation Tower in Stockholm

The Dutch practice OMA – headed by Rem Koolhaas – has carried out its first work in Sweden, following a project of Reinier de Graaf. The Innovation Tower is the tallest residential building in the center of Stockholm – rising 125 meters in 26 floors offering 182 apartments...

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Palace for Mexican Music in Mérida
12/11/2018

Palace for Mexican Music in Mérida

The firms Alejandro Medina Arquitectura, Reyes Ríos + Larraín arquitectos, Muñoz arquitectos, and Quesnel arquitectos have together raised this building in the historic center of Mérida, capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Respecting the architectural heritage...

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Sabín-Blanco arquitectos, house in Mera (A Coruña)
09/11/2018

Sabín-Blanco arquitectos, house in Mera (A Coruña)

The Galician practice headed by Patricia Sabín and Enrique M. Blanco built this one-family vacation home on the coastal town of Mera, following a design based on a pure form, a square with 12.4-meter sides.

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Architecture studio by Nelson Resende in Arada (Portugal)
09/11/2018

Architecture studio by Nelson Resende in Arada (Portugal)

The Portuguese architect Nelson Resende has designed his own office in Arada, a municipality in Aveiro District. Located in a rural environment dotted with one-family houses, the project presents two spaces in distinctly separate volumes connected by corridors...

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Central Library of Calgary, by Snøhetta and Dialog, opens to the public
07/11/2018

Central Library of Calgary, by Snøhetta and Dialog, opens to the public

After the 2013 competition and a process in which citizens took part, the firms Snøhetta (Norway) and Dialog (Canada) have completed a new public facility for Calgary, about half of whose inhabitants are active users of libraries. Containing over 22,000 square meters...

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Peter Zumthor, rural house in Chivelstone (UK)
06/11/2018

Peter Zumthor, rural house in Chivelstone (UK)

Through large windows and glass panes, the rental vacation house designed by Peter Zumthor frames spectacular views of the southern English landscape, in Devon County. What is the Swiss architect’s first permanent construction in the United Kingdom is part of a series...

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New Banknote Design for Norges Bank
05/11/2018

New Banknote Design for Norges Bank

In 2014, The Central Bank of Norway appointed Snøhetta and Metric Design/Terje Tønnessen to develop the design proposal for its new paper currency. The new 50 and 500 notes have now gone into circulation...

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RPBW, The Forum in New York
05/11/2018

RPBW, The Forum in New York

Renzo Piano has completed his third construction for Columbia University's new Manhattanville Campus in Harlem, which with three other academic buildings is part of the first phase of the masterplan that the Italian architect drew up in collaboration with SOM...

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Construction to start on Morocco's record-breaking skyscraper
02/11/2018

Construction to start on Morocco's record-breaking skyscraper

CNN

Designed by Rafael de La-Hoz and Hakim Benjelloun, the Bank of Africa tower in Rabat will stand at 250 meters tall, and become the second-highest skyscraper on the continent...

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Tadao Ando-designed exhibition space opens in Chicago
02/11/2018

Tadao Ando-designed exhibition space opens in Chicago

Curbed

Wrightwood 659 is a new venue which officially opened with the inaugural exhibition ‘Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture’...

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H Arquitectes, Lleialtat Santsenca Civic Center in Barcelona in Barcelona
01/11/2018

H Arquitectes, Lleialtat Santsenca Civic Center in Barcelona in Barcelona

The project takes off from three fundamental premises: understanding the value of the history of Lleialtat Santsenca (1928), an old workers’ cooperative; knowing with precision the material state of the building; and taking stock of the entire collaborative process...

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Nua arquitectures, Gon-Gar Workshops in Benisanet (Tarragona)
31/10/2018

Nua arquitectures, Gon-Gar Workshops in Benisanet (Tarragona)

For almost five decades now, the agricultural machinery repais company Gon-Gar has been located in the compact urban area of Benisanet, a town in Catalonia’s Ribera d’Ebre county. The Catalan firm Nua arquitectures – Ferran Tiñena, Arnau Tiñena, and Maria Rius...

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Idom, University of Navarre Clinic in Madrid
30/10/2018

Idom, University of Navarre Clinic in Madrid

Directed by Jesús María Susperregui Virto, Idom’s project follows a high specialization, teaching and research hospital model, focused on patient care. With 35,000 m2 dedicated to healthcare purposes, the compact building is designed to minimize distances and maximize...

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Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yards shopping district in London
29/10/2018

Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yards shopping district in London

The London-based studio of Thomas Heatherwick has refurbished two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s to create a new shopping district in King’s Cross. The old cast-iron and brick buildings served different uses over the years, but became partially abandoned...

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'Disneyland for adults': John Portman's dizzying interior legacy
28/10/2018

'Disneyland for adults': John Portman's dizzying interior legacy

The Guardian

John Portman, the Atlanta architect known for his ‘Jesus moments’ – when visitors would look up and exclaim ‘Jesus!’ – remade his home town in ways few get to...

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Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas, house in Rota (Cádiz)
26/10/2018

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas, house in Rota (Cádiz)

The project involved enlarging a house built by the Americans in the vicinity of the US military base at Rota, on the coast of the southern Spanish province of Cádiz. The urban development it is located in responds to a typically Anglo-Saxon set of tastes: plots clustered...

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Teopanzolco Cultural Center, Oscar Niemeyer Prize 2018
25/10/2018

Teopanzolco Cultural Center, Oscar Niemeyer Prize 2018

REDBAAL (Latin American network of architecture biennials) has bestowed its Oscar Niemeyer Prize on Teopanzolco Cultural Center in Cuernavaca (Mexico), by Isaac Broid and Productora. In the second edition of the biennial prize, the jurors – Jean Pierre Crousse...

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Rahul Mehrotra, three-court house in Alibag (India)
23/10/2018

Rahul Mehrotra, three-court house in Alibag (India)

In Alibag, a coastal town in the Indian state of Maharashtra, stands this house fragmeted into three modules, a work of the Mumbai firm RMA Architects of Rahul Mehrotra. Organized around an exterior courtyard, these modules work autonomously but are connected, both physically...

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