Arquitectura Viva
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Chrysler Building Is for Sale
23/01/2019

The Chrysler Building Is for Sale

The New York Times

The building lacks the light and efficiency of contemporary working spaces, and it is hugely expensive and time-consuming to repair and modernize...

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West-line Studio, Cultural Center in Chetian (China)
18/01/2019

West-line Studio, Cultural Center in Chetian (China)

Located in Chetian, a small rural village in southwestern China well known for its stone houses, built with local materials, the cultural center rises with the mission of preserving the ancestral knowledge and historical legacy of the Miao people, one of the...

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Guilherme Machado Vaz,  house in Afife (Portugal)
16/01/2019

Guilherme Machado Vaz, house in Afife (Portugal)

Designed by Guilherme Machado Vaz (1974, Porto), the compact white volume takes inspiration from the architectural tradition of Portugal's Minho region. The house's width (8.6 meters) is determined by the topography of the place.

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Josean Ruiz Esquiroz / Marta Muñoz, CRTL+Green (Madrid)
15/01/2019

Josean Ruiz Esquiroz / Marta Muñoz, CRTL+Green (Madrid)

This conversion of an industrial space into a studio-house is located in the vicinity of Madrid Río. Because of lack of thermal insulation, the first decision was to create a second enclosure of glass, separate from the outer wall. The resulting passable gallery would do much...

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stpmj, five-floor one-family house in Seoul (South Korea)
11/01/2019

stpmj, five-floor one-family house in Seoul (South Korea)

Designed by the firm stpmj, founded by Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim and working from offices in New York and Seoul, this vertical house rises on a small plot of land in the densely populated South Korean capital. The program stacks different zones in accordance...

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Aulaterra, extension of the school of Korase (Ghana)
10/01/2019

Aulaterra, extension of the school of Korase (Ghana)

In the summer of 2018, the association Aulaterra – with European volunteers and local workers – raised a pavilion for the school of Korase, a village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The construction process is documented in these photographs. The workshop...

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Josep Lluís Mateo, central axis of the multimodal hub of Nice Grand Arénas
09/01/2019

Josep Lluís Mateo, central axis of the multimodal hub of Nice Grand Arénas

A work of the Barcelona practice of Josep Lluís Mateo, this axis in the southern French city of Nice – which takes up a built area of 21,200 square meters – concentrates different kinds of traffic flows (trams, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians), in accordance with the site’s new...

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Harquitectes, 1413 House in Ullastret (Gerona)
07/01/2019

Harquitectes, 1413 House in Ullastret (Gerona)

Instead of placing the house in the middle of the garden, the project proposes surrounding it: a house that functions as a fence. A house-wall permits recovering the urban continuity and also experimenting with a new, very elongated type, everything on one level, adapted...

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Archi-Union Architects, Daoming Bamboo Craft Village in Chengdú (China)
04/01/2019

Archi-Union Architects, Daoming Bamboo Craft Village in Chengdú (China)

Located more than 50 kilometers away from the Chinese city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the Bamboo Craft Village is conceived as a natural, artisanal, and socioeconomic utopia. Natural because it recreates the rural life atmosphere of the area, is in close connection...

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Anne Holtrop, Museum Fort Vechten in Utrecht (Netherlands)
03/01/2019

Anne Holtrop, Museum Fort Vechten in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Fort Vechten is the second largest of 48 fortresses that were erected along the New Dutch Waterline, a military barrier that started to go up back in the 18th century, consisting of an 85-kilometer-long ring that could be flooded to keep the enemy at bay. Formed by dykes, locks...

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Langarita Navarro, Penthouse H in Madrid
02/01/2019

Langarita Navarro, Penthouse H in Madrid

Located in Madrid’s Salamanca neighborhood and originally meant to be a painting school, this penthouse presents a main volume with a gabled roof that offers generous headroom, 7 meters up to the ridge, and a large iron-framed window facing north to ensure a...

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Junya Ishigami, house and restaurant in Yamaguchi (Japón)
31/12/2018

Junya Ishigami, house and restaurant in Yamaguchi (Japón)

Taking inspiration from the dark and humid atmosphere of wineries, this cave-house evokes the passage of time reflected through the process of sedimentation and erosion; it is also evocative of the world of labyrinthine galleries excavated by worms; and, because of its...

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The architects who built Palm Springs: William Cody
29/12/2018

The architects who built Palm Springs: William Cody

Wallpaper

Palm Springs is one of the global epicentres of tasteful big ‘m’ modernism, a sprawling desert city where the dreams of architecture’s new generation came to glorious fruition...

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Specific Architects / Unit Architects, Astronomical Park in Suzhou (China)
28/12/2018

Specific Architects / Unit Architects, Astronomical Park in Suzhou (China)

Located on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Shuzou, the campus of Zhenze High School includes a new astronomical park that combines two seemingly contradictory conditions: on one hand the static nature of sky observation facilities, and on the other the...

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Revised Nomination Submitted for Inscription to World Heritage List
27/12/2018

Revised Nomination Submitted for Inscription to World Heritage List

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

The nomination includes a group of eight major works designed by Wright: Unity Temple, the Frederick C. Robie House, Taliesin, Hollyhock House, Fallingwater, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Taliesin West and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum...

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Botteri-Connell, tree house in Buenos Aires
26/12/2018

Botteri-Connell, tree house in Buenos Aires

The Argentinian practice of Sofia Botteri and Patricio Connell designed this house for a young family with two children, located in a country club in the province of Buenos Aires. Surrounded by trees, the 180-square-meter modular structure is defined by a composition...

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Atelier Deshaus, Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum(China)
24/12/2018

Atelier Deshaus, Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum(China)

Located in Taizhou, this contemporary art museum is another example of the conversion  projects that are becoming more frequent in China, whereby obsolete industrial buildings are transformed into cultural facilities. The museum is a key piece in the Shamen Grain...

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Proarh, Issa Megaron House in Vis (Croatia)
21/12/2018

Proarh, Issa Megaron House in Vis (Croatia)

On the Croatian island of Vis, in a Mediterranean environment, the Issa Grotto Hill House was conceived as a temporary family retreat that must through a high degree of formal and energetic autonomy deal with the near absence of infrastructures, a situation endemic...

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Network of Architecture, winter retreats in the Seiser Alm (Italy)
20/12/2018

Network of Architecture, winter retreats in the Seiser Alm (Italy)

The firm Network of Architecture (NIA) – headed by Lukas Rungger and Stefan Rier and based in Bolzano and Berlin – has updated and extended the Zallinger resort, situated in Seiser Alm, a Dolomite plateau in Italy's South Tyrol province. The project adds seven chalets...

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Open Architecture, UCCA Dune Art Museum in Qinhuangdao (China)
14/12/2018

Open Architecture, UCCA Dune Art Museum in Qinhuangdao (China)

In the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, between sea and sand, a series of underground concrete galleries gives form to a museum for the UCCA, a leading Chinese independent institution of contemporary art. Designed by Open Architecture, the Beijing firm founded...

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Studio Paul Kaloustian, COAF Center in Debet (Armenia)
12/12/2018

Studio Paul Kaloustian, COAF Center in Debet (Armenia)

The Lebanese firm of Paul Kaloustian has designed new facilities for COAF (Children of Armenia Fund) in the northern Armenian province of Lori. The complex adapts to the slope of the terrain by snaking its way in the landscape with a respectful contemporary architectural...

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Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects opens in Helsinki
11/12/2018

Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects opens in Helsinki

ALA Architects – headed by Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, and Samuli Woolston – has built a new central library for Helsinki in the Töölönlahti cultural district, opposite the Finnish Parliament. A competition was held for the purpose in 2013 and brought in 545 entries...

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Emilio Tuñón + Carlos Martínez Albornoz,  Stone House in Cáceres
07/12/2018

Emilio Tuñón + Carlos Martínez Albornoz, Stone House in Cáceres

The house is a simple prismatic volume with a square floor plan of 16-meter sides, and each of the four facades is perforated by three windows. The stretches of wall have been constructed with local quartzite stone, and the windows are framed...

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Studio Velocity, enlargement of a university center in Okazaki (Japan)
05/12/2018

Studio Velocity, enlargement of a university center in Okazaki (Japan)

Aichi Sangyo University commissioned Studio Velocity to design new facilities on its campus in Okazaki – a city in Aichi Prefecture – that would include rest areas, a cafeteria, laboratories, and a bus shelter. The plot was larger than necessary for the program, but the...

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C.F. Møller, ‘The Heart in Ikast (Denmark)
04/12/2018

C.F. Møller, ‘The Heart in Ikast (Denmark)

The Scandinavian firm C.F. Møller has completed new facilities for the International School Ikast-Brande in Ikast, a Danish town in the Central Jutland Region. Surrounded by outdoor sports areas, ‘The Heart’ is a building formed by a series of blocks clad in wood...

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Church of the Main Seminary of the Pontifical University of Comillas
03/12/2018

Church of the Main Seminary of the Pontifical University of Comillas

Fernández-Abascal + Muruzabal, Alonso / Barrientos and Pesquera Ulargui arquitectos have carried out an overhaul of the Church of the Main Seminary  of the Pontifical University of Comillas (Cantabria). Construction of the seminary began in 1881 and it fell into...

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Tadao Ando, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago
02/12/2018

Tadao Ando, Wrightwood 659 in Chicago

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has turned an old residential block of brick in Chicago into the Wrightwood 659 exhibition space. Locate in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the building dates back to the late 1920s. To transform it, the interior was demolished...

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Foster+Partners: Apple Champs-Élysées
01/12/2018

Foster+Partners: Apple Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world. It is a celebration of Parisian urban life and epitomizes the timeless spirit of this great city...

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Inside 520 West 28th, by Zaha Hadid Architects
01/12/2018

Inside 520 West 28th, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Currently valued at 45 million euros, this three-level penthouse crowns 520 West 28th, a luxury condominium building in Manhattan that is the first work carried out by ZahaHadid in New York City.

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WCY Regional Studio, Tian Han Cultural Park in Changsha (China)
30/11/2018

WCY Regional Studio, Tian Han Cultural Park in Changsha (China)

Tian Han (1898-1968) was a Chinese writer and playright who was one of the promoters of modern drama arts in his country, and he wrote the lyrics of its national anthem. The local government of his native city, Changsha, has inaugurated a cultural park to commemorate...

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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. 
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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