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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
García-Germán Arquitectos, House in Ánaz (Cantabria)
20/01/2020

García-Germán Arquitectos, House in Ánaz (Cantabria)

Ánaz is a locality belonging to the municipality of Medio Cudeyo, in Spain’s Cantabria region, and there, in an enclave near Torreánaz Palace, the architectural practice of Javier García-Germán has built this reinterpretation of nearby mountain homes. The compact volume...

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Steven Chilton Architects, Taihu Show Theatre in Wuxi (China)
17/01/2020

Steven Chilton Architects, Taihu Show Theatre in Wuxi (China)

Drawing inspiration from the nearby Sea of Bamboo Park of Yixing, this theater of the city of Wuxi rises close to Lake Taihu as a permanente venue for The House of Dancing Water, a show written and directed by Franco Dragone...

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Miró Rivera Architects, Citica development in Monterrey (Mexico)
16/01/2020

Miró Rivera Architects, Citica development in Monterrey (Mexico)

A work of the Texas-based practice of Juan Miró from Spain and Miguel Rivera from Puerto Rico, in association with the Mexican firm Ibarra Aragón Arquitectura, this complex of mixed uses – apartments, offices, and retail – stands 95 meters on a plot in downtown...

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Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon
16/01/2020

Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

In a departure from the gothic image of English private schools, Brighton College’s new building, designed by OMA, is an expression of global ambition (Photo gallery)...

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Carles Enrich Studio, restoration of Merola Tower in Puigreig (Barcelona)
13/01/2020

Carles Enrich Studio, restoration of Merola Tower in Puigreig (Barcelona)

The Barcelona practice of Carles Enrich undertook the restoration of one of the two faces of the defense tower at the castle of Merola, the only remnants of the 13th-century construction in Puigreig, a municipality of the comarca of Berguedà...

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Agenda + Dellekamp Schleich, Parque el Higuerón community center
08/01/2020

Agenda + Dellekamp Schleich, Parque el Higuerón community center

Jojutla in the Mexican state of Morelos is the location of this community center envisioned as part of the plan to restructure the municipality’s main public buildings, damaged by an earthquake that shook the area on 19 September 2017...

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E2A, Taz Neubau Publishing House in Berlin
03/01/2020

E2A, Taz Neubau Publishing House in Berlin

Rising on a site of urban importance, the building through its form and position mediates between the traditional Berlin of city blocks and the modern one of isolated blocks. The structure of the building, lacking an apparent hierarchy and achieving stability through the sum...

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Vector Architects, Seashore Restaurant, Beidaihe (China)
02/01/2020

Vector Architects, Seashore Restaurant, Beidaihe (China)

The restaurant is situated behind the library by the same architects, very close to the sea. We initiated the design process by investigating how best to create a coexisting relationship with the massive and solid library volume. The idea was that, instead of the seascape being...

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M. Hulot’s Visit I Interpretation Center of Romanesque
02/01/2020

M. Hulot’s Visit I Interpretation Center of Romanesque

The film unfolds around the curious and meticulous eye of Monsieur Hulot, who touches and experiences every detail and guide the spectator inside the Interpretation Center of Romanesque by spaceworkers and its exhibition...

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Ensamble Studio, Ca’n Terra in Mahón (Menorca)
31/12/2019

Ensamble Studio, Ca’n Terra in Mahón (Menorca)

Ensamble Studio, the firm led by Antón García-Abril (1969) and Débora Mesa (1981), works across disciplines to explore the most innovative approaches, focusing on the processes rather than on the results. Their projects fuse reality and imagination, studying...

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Vector Architects, Suochengli Neighborhood Library in Yantai (China)
27/12/2019

Vector Architects, Suochengli Neighborhood Library in Yantai (China)

Inserted into a typical Chinese courtyard-block, the library is located at the northwest corner of the historical district of Yantai, a port city in northern China. The enclave appeared cluttered or messy, with structures added by residents over the years, but these superpositions...

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Architecture Club, Atelier Monika Sosnowska in Warsaw (Poland)
26/12/2019

Architecture Club, Atelier Monika Sosnowska in Warsaw (Poland)

This atelier for the Polish sculptor Monika Sosnowska is the first built work of the Swiss firm Architecture Club, set up in 2017 by Karolina Slawecka (Warsaw, 1980) and Pawel Krzeminski (Warsaw, 1981), who had previously worked in the offices of Peter Zumthor and H&deM...

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vaumm architects, renovation of Aircraft Carrier building in San Sebastián
23/12/2019

vaumm architects, renovation of Aircraft Carrier building in San Sebastián

The Basque firm vaumm has renovated the pavilion that Luis Tolosa built in 1943 at San Sebastián’s port. It was a storage for the wooden boxes used by the fishing fleet. Because of the cantilevered roof deck – where fishing nets were repaired, cleaned...

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Studio Studio Studio - Edoardo Tresoldi, Gharfa installation in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
20/12/2019

Studio Studio Studio - Edoardo Tresoldi, Gharfa installation in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

The artist Edoardo Tresoldi (Cambiago, 1987) is the founder and creative director of Studio Studio Studio, a new interdisciplinary lab that seeks to create cultural hybdrids. The recently dedicated installation called Gharfa is part of Diriyah Oasis, a temporary leisure...

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Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Hofmann House in Rocafort (Valencia)
19/12/2019

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Hofmann House in Rocafort (Valencia)

Rocafort, a municipality in Horta Nord, a comarca of the Valencian community, is the location of this house whose distinguishing feature is a T-shaped roof. For this work the Valencia practice of Fran Silvestre and Andrés Alfaro Hofmann has been named the 2020 winner...

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Caballero Colón, Can Canyís in Capdepera (Majorca)
16/12/2019

Caballero Colón, Can Canyís in Capdepera (Majorca)

A work of the firm of Paula Caballero and Diego Colón, which runs offices in Madrid and Palma, this one-family residence sits on a steep rocky slope in Cañamel, in the Majorcan municipality of Capdepera, surrounded by vegetation. The 240-square-meter complex presents...

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LLLab., Hotel San Sa in Beijing (China)
13/12/2019

LLLab., Hotel San Sa in Beijing (China)

Near the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, in Beigou Village, within the boundaries of the city of Beijing, is this hotel conceived as a small village by LLLab., a firm running offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart, and Porto, headed by Hanxiao Liu, Luís Ricardo...

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Ignacio José Peña Peñaranda, Quincho Moholy in Pucón (Chile)
12/12/2019

Ignacio José Peña Peñaranda, Quincho Moholy in Pucón (Chile)

At the foot of the Villarica volcano – located near Pucón, in the Province of Cautín, southern Chile – we find this 42-square-meter construction designed by Ignacio Peña Peñaranda. This addition to the house on the site was commissioned as a place for reflection...

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Aires Mateus / AAVP Architecture, 170 Units of Housing in Batignolles, Paris
09/12/2019

Aires Mateus / AAVP Architecture, 170 Units of Housing in Batignolles, Paris

With a composition of series, encounters, and indentations that make the facade a dazzling urban altarpiece, the building rises fifty meters over the horizon of Paris. At strategic points, the repetitive scheme of the facade is interrupted by large voids inside which...

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Andrés Jaque, Run Run Run Restaurant in Madrid
06/12/2019

Andrés Jaque, Run Run Run Restaurant in Madrid

Conceived as an ‘urban technofarm,’ Run Run Run is a politically driven infrastructure that seeks to turn the street into a “playing and training field” and provoke human encounters in places and activities traditionally belonging to the realm of the domestic and individual...

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Frank Gehry creates a miniature Fondation Louis Vuitton in Seoul
01/12/2019

Frank Gehry creates a miniature Fondation Louis Vuitton in Seoul

The Spaces

It’s Frank Gehry’s first project in South Korea, and was created in partnership with Peter Marino – who’s overseen the interiors, including a dramatic lobby with a soaring 12-metre ceiling...

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Botter + Bressan, congress and exhibition center in Agordo (Italy)
29/11/2019

Botter + Bressan, congress and exhibition center in Agordo (Italy)

The Italian studios led by Andrea Botter and Emanuele Bressan together designed this congress and exhibition center in the municipality of Agordo, in the Veneto region. Reinterpreting the Alpine landscape, the roof’s play of inclinations is prolonged by cantilevers...

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OMA wins of the competition to redevelop VDMA in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
28/11/2019

OMA wins of the competition to redevelop VDMA in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Drawn up by an OMA design team led by David Gianotten and Mariano Sagasta, the masterplan for reurbanizing the VDMA site in the center of Eindhoven transforms the area into a mixed-use hub, with housing, offices, and public spaces distributed...

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MAD, Hutong Bubble 218 in Beijing
26/11/2019

MAD, Hutong Bubble 218 in Beijing

With offices in Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, and Rome, Ma Yansong’s firm MAD has finished renovating a house in an old hutong, revitalizing the Chinese capital’s traditional alley where dwellings are arranged around courtyards and toilets are often shared...

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Carmody Groarke, Windermere Jetty Museum in England
25/11/2019

Carmody Groarke, Windermere Jetty Museum in England

The London firm of Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke designed this museum that harbors a boat collection on the shores of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, in Cumbria County’s Lake District National Park. Outside the town of Windermere, the site was previously...

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I.M. Pei’s stunning Sutton Place townhome lists for $8M
24/11/2019

I.M. Pei’s stunning Sutton Place townhome lists for $8M

Curbed

The legendary architect’s airy Manhattan home, where he lived with his wife Eileen for more than 45 years, has a spiral staircase and a private garden...

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Mecanoo, villa in Vught (Netherlands)
22/11/2019

Mecanoo, villa in Vught (Netherlands)

A work of Mecanoo, the Delft studio led by founding partner Francine Houben, this residence cum cooking school drew inspiration from the traditional Dutch farming hoeve, where constructions are clustered around a central open space. A circular path surrounds three volumes...

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Leeza SOHO tower of Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Beijing
21/11/2019

Leeza SOHO tower of Zaha Hadid Architects opens in Beijing

Designed by Zaha Hadid before she died on March 2016, Leeza SOHO contains the world’s tallest atrium (194,16 meters), which whirls around the building upward. Rising in the Chinese capital’s Fengtai business district, the tower contains 172,800 square meters...

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Megalo-MoMA
19/11/2019

Megalo-MoMA

The New York Review of Books / Martin Filler

Among the plethora of disturbingly disproportionate, super-tall, super-thin condominium towers that have spiked the New York City skyline since the turn of the millennium...

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De Villar Chacón Arquitectos, Kinder Park in Mexicali (Mexico)
19/11/2019

De Villar Chacón Arquitectos, Kinder Park in Mexicali (Mexico)

The firm of the Madrid architects José de Villar and Carlos Chacón won the competition to design a park included in the plan for Valle del Puebla in Mexicali, capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California. Spaces of different scales interconnect forming closed geometries...

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