Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, September 23, 2018
By the Way House (Robert Konieczny KWK Promes)
20/09/2018

By the Way House (Robert Konieczny KWK Promes)

The design for this house in Poland connects the acess road, the building, and a nearby river by means of a 'white tape' that wraps the construction, twisting to form its walls and roof.

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Glasgow Art School's Mackintosh building 'will be rebuilt'
19/09/2018

Glasgow Art School's Mackintosh building 'will be rebuilt'

BBC

The building was gutted by fire in June, following another blaze in 2014. The future of the GSA has faced speculation that it could be demolished or turned into a museum...

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Sergio Sebastián Franco, MM House in Leciñena (Zaragoza)
18/09/2018

Sergio Sebastián Franco, MM House in Leciñena (Zaragoza)

The traditional model of rural dwellings in the Aragon region is characterized by the use of large wooden doors on the facade that protected the interior spaces from dust and were entrances for the carriages and horses used in the cultivation of cereal. Respecting...

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Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, Tea House in Bisei (Japan)
18/09/2018

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, Tea House in Bisei (Japan)

The Tokyo practice of Moriyuki Ochiai designed these colorful pavilions where one can take part in the tea ceremony while stargazing. Located in Okayama Prefecture, the town of Bisei (which means beautiful stars) has an astronomical observatory and is the birthplace...

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Jorge Mealha, house in Sátão (Portugal)
17/09/2018

Jorge Mealha, house in Sátão (Portugal)

The objective of the Portuguese practice of Jorge Mealha is to restore and enlarge a house in Sátão, in the Viseu district, the construction for which the client’s father carefully selected the stones. The old dwelling collapsed, and the new project used those same stones...

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The world’s most spectacular staircases
16/09/2018

The world’s most spectacular staircases

The Guardian

There are two Bramante staircases in the Vatican Museums in Italy but only the newer (1932) one is generally open to the public...

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Henning Larsen, Town Hall of Eysturkommuna in the Faroe Islands
14/09/2018

Henning Larsen, Town Hall of Eysturkommuna in the Faroe Islands

This building for the municipality of Eystur dilutes its edges amid nature with a passable green roof that crosses the river. The designer is Osbjørn Jacobsen, Faroese partner of the Scandinavian firm Henning Larsen, and author too, of the Harpa Concert Hall...

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Daniel Valle Architects, Maebong Daycare Center in Seoul (South Korea)
13/09/2018

Daniel Valle Architects, Maebong Daycare Center in Seoul (South Korea)

Reduce the scale of the building so that the children can better relate with the construction. With this idea as starting point, the Madrid practice of Daniel Valle fragments the child center in the South Korean capital into five volumes that differ in geometry, materials...

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Kengo Kuma & Associates, V&A Museum of Design in Dundee
12/09/2018

Kengo Kuma & Associates, V&A Museum of Design in Dundee

The Victoria & Albert Museum of Design is the first British building by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and the only museum dedicated exclusively to design in Scotland. On the banks of the Tay River, with a budget of 80 million pounds, it will host important...

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Estudio fi, Instituto Alumnos in Mexico City
10/09/2018

Estudio fi, Instituto Alumnos in Mexico City

An obsolete industrial structure in the Mexican capital, formerly used as a warehouse, has been turned into an art foundation center by the local firm estudio fi, headed by Fernando Ituarte. Located in the Jardines del Pedregal residential district, the cultural venue...

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BIG, Shenzhen Energy Mansion in China
08/09/2018

BIG, Shenzhen Energy Mansion in China

The new home of the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company addresses the need to provide comfortable work spaces in tropical climate while reducing energy consumption. The 96,000m2 development consists of two office towers, rising 220m to the north and...

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Ares Partners, Miya | Lostvilla resort in Huchen (China)
07/09/2018

Ares Partners, Miya | Lostvilla resort in Huchen (China)

A Shanghai firm headed by Helen Wang, Ares Partners has transformed a former granary station into a rural hotel. Surrounded by mountainous landscapes, it is located in the small town of Huchen, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, and it seeks to strike...

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Sga-studio, Taksila Roots primary school in Akbarpur (India)
06/09/2018

Sga-studio, Taksila Roots primary school in Akbarpur (India)

The architect Shaily Gupta, founder of the Indian firm sga-studio, has designed a primary school for Akbarpur, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India. The building presents a series of blocks with structures of concrete, freestanding around a main...

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NL Architects, Club House Varkenoord in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
05/09/2018

NL Architects, Club House Varkenoord in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

This sport center in Rotterdam combines the facilities of three clubs: two for football, one for hockey. This is made possible by the interior layout and the construction solutions applied in the external enclosure. Designed by the Dutch firm NL Architects, the building...

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Facebook grows its headquarters in Menlo Park (California)
05/09/2018

Facebook grows its headquarters in Menlo Park (California)

Designed by Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months, MPK 21 is a highly sustainable building with a 3.6-acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway. The Town Square is a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees...

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Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)
05/09/2018

Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)

The Valencian firm Ramón Esteve Estudio built this house in Moraira, within the municipality of Teulada (Alicante), on a long narrow plot of land surrounded by vegetation and benefiting from distant sea views...

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Europe's tallest skyscraper nears completion
04/09/2018

Europe's tallest skyscraper nears completion

Daily Mail

The RMJM-designed Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg is Russia and Europe's tallest building – standing 462 metres high...

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Aranguren + Gallegos, refurbishment of Palencia courthouse
04/09/2018

Aranguren + Gallegos, refurbishment of Palencia courthouse

The Madrid practice of María José Aranguren and José González Gallegos has completely renovated and refurbished Palencia’s provincial courthouse. Their intervention involves two major modifications: the roof and the third floor have given way to a lighter volume...

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Zaha Hadid Architects, high-speed railway station in Naples (Italy)
04/09/2018

Zaha Hadid Architects, high-speed railway station in Naples (Italy)

Inaugurated on 6 June 2017, phase one of the Napoli Afragola high-speed railway station designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has been photographed by Hufton + Crow to celebrate its first year of train services. The last phase is programmed to be completed in 2022.

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Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker
03/09/2018

Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This curious landscape of humps and funnels signals the arrival of Amos Rex, a €50m art museum for the Finnish capital, designed by JKMM, opened last week...

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How Le Corbusier Became Big in Japan
01/09/2018

How Le Corbusier Became Big in Japan

The New York Times

His legacy seems to be one building in Tokyo. But most of the country’s Modernism can be traced back to him — and the struggle to place his ideas into Japanese identity...

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In Zurich, a Building That Dances
01/09/2018

In Zurich, a Building That Dances

The New York Times

Dubbed Ballet Mécanique, the Zurich apartment building recently designed by the Basel-based architect Manuel Herz...

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Monoarchi, rural hut in Zhongcun (China)
31/08/2018

Monoarchi, rural hut in Zhongcun (China)

The firm Monoarchi, based in Rotterdam and Shanghai, has built a wooden hut at the foot of Siming Mountain, in the remote Chinese township of Zhongcun (Zheijiang province). An undulating roof governs its interior-exterior interaction as it opens and closes...

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Dundee's Victoria & Albert days before opening
31/08/2018

Dundee's Victoria & Albert days before opening

A work of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Scottish branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to open on 15 September. A video taken from a drone takes us along the exterior of the building inspired by the cliffs of Scotland's east coast.

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Flavio Castro, Box House in São Paulo (Brazil)
30/08/2018

Flavio Castro, Box House in São Paulo (Brazil)

The Brazilian architect Flavio Castro has built a house for himself in the city of São Paulo. The main challenge was to ensure privacy in the face of the proximity of the neighbors. The rectangular volume is fragmented into two parts, one on top of the other. The upper one...

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Miró Rivera Architects, Hill Country House in Wimberley (Texas)
27/08/2018

Miró Rivera Architects, Hill Country House in Wimberley (Texas)

This building was conceived as a prototype for a sustainable rural community. The Texan firm in charge of the project, headed by Juan Miró of Spain and Miguel Rivera from Puerto Rico, sought to design flexible spaces that could equally accommodate community...

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OLA Studio, Lemur Exhibit at Melbourne Zoo (Australia)
24/08/2018

OLA Studio, Lemur Exhibit at Melbourne Zoo (Australia)

The new space for lemurs – the smallest existing primates, originally from the African island of Madagascar – was to encourage controlled interaction between these animals and visitors to Melbourne Zoo. With this in mind, the project relied on two important elements...

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Mendaro Corsini Arquitectos, Historical Archive in Oaxaca (Mexico)
24/08/2018

Mendaro Corsini Arquitectos, Historical Archive in Oaxaca (Mexico)

In order to preserve and protect a dispersed, disorganized, and partly destroyed treasure of documents, the new historical archive of Oaxaca is located in the Canteras park, a symbolic place for the city. The building seeks to respect the environment it is inserted...

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Green Roofs Around the World
23/08/2018

Green Roofs Around the World

The Guardian

Green spaces have a demonstrable effect in mitigating the urban heat island effect. Cities nowadays use their rooftops to place them...

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Tato Architects, Miyamoto House in Osaka (Japan)
23/08/2018

Tato Architects, Miyamoto House in Osaka (Japan)

The Miyamoto house, located in the city of Osaka, is the result of addressing a highly radical assignment: to give shelter to a family of three without resorting to the usual mechanisms of the conventional house, such as private bedrooms, wall partitions, and closets and...

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