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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)
07/04/2020

Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)

Located atop a hill and facing a beach, Playa Zicatela, the design of Casa Zicatela arose from the idea of fleeing Mexico City and quitting the habits and routines of big cities for a place of peace and quiet, to rest and enjoy proximity to the Pacific...

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Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice
06/04/2020

Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice

The new cultural district includes the complete metamorphosis of a 17th-century convent and the construction of a museum on the cultural inheritance of the 20th century. The main spatial strategy for the new museum was to create a footpath that traverses the complex...

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Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)
01/04/2020

Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)

The project involved converting old train tracks between Rosheim and Saint Nabor into a walkway equipped with open-air facilities and pavilions. Besides transporting commuters, the railway served industry. This duality was maintained in the conversion, which combines...

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Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)
31/03/2020

Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)

With its large undulating timber roof cantilevering 7,5 meters, this private house designed by Norman Foster’s firm is partly embedded into the terrain close to the Aegean Sea, in the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla. Carefully inserted into a rugged natural...

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Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation
30/03/2020

Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has converted Paris’s historical Bourse de commerce building into a museum housing François Pinault’s contemporary art collection. It was to open this spring but the spread of COVID-19 has moved the inauguration to September.

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OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)
27/03/2020

OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)

With a petrous skin interrupted by a bulging loop of faceted glass, this department store stands at the heart of Gwanggyo, a new town close to Seoul. The building is by Rem Koolhaas's Rotterdam-based OMA, with Chris van Duijn leading the project. Surrounded...

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Estudio Herreros & MIM-A, apartment building in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona)
23/03/2020

Estudio Herreros & MIM-A, apartment building in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona)

This block by the Madrid practice Estudio Herreros in collaboration with the local firm MIM-A combines state-protected and free-market housing efficiently, pragmatically, and simply. A standard floor of twelve apartments puts the service core at the center, with two...

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Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo
21/03/2020

Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo

Situated next to Yoyogi Park in the Tokyo ward Shibuya, the Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto temple dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his consort, Emperor Shôken (1849-1914). Blending with the surrounding trees, the new museum...

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MVRDV, Tainan Spring (Taiwan)
19/03/2020

MVRDV, Tainan Spring (Taiwan)

The Rotterdam firm MVRDV has turned a shopping mall built in the 1980s into a public space with a swimming pool in Tainan, a city in the south of the island of Taiwan. Tainan Spring, as the faciity is called, is part of a larger plan to regenerate the area. The bathing zone is...

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Cubo Rojo Arquitectura, Casa Guanajal in Estación Pedrito (Mexico)
18/03/2020

Cubo Rojo Arquitectura, Casa Guanajal in Estación Pedrito (Mexico)

In the state of Jalisco, specifically within the municipality of Union de San Antonio, is Estación Pedrito, the small locality where we find this house built by the Mexican firm Cubo Rojo Arquitectura. In a play of solids and voids in dialogue with the rural surroundings, the design...

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Oliveras Boix Arquitectes, Ateneu de Fabricació (Barcelona)
17/03/2020

Oliveras Boix Arquitectes, Ateneu de Fabricació (Barcelona)

Situated between party walls in the Gràcia neighborhood, an early 20th-century warehouse was transformed into a facility modeled after the FabLab, which gives citizens access to digital fabrication tools and the training they require to be able to develop prototypes...

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GRX Arquitectos, Calixto House in Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada)
13/03/2020

GRX Arquitectos, Calixto House in Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada)

Bordering with Albacete, Murcia, and Almeria bot located within Granada province, the municipality of Puebla de Don Fadrique belongs to the comarca of Huéscar, at the foot of La Sagra peak. The Granada-based GRX Arquitectos – Álvaro Gor, Carlos Gor, and Agustín Gor...

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External Reference & Uroz, Jané Winestore in Comarruga (Tarragona)
11/03/2020

External Reference & Uroz, Jané Winestore in Comarruga (Tarragona)

Carmelo Zappulla of External Reference Architects and Chu Uroz renovated this liquor store in a 700-square-meter space located at kilometer 1187 along the N-340 road leading from Vendrell to Comarruga, in the Lower Penedes region. With verbal information...

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Lucas y Hernández-Gil, A12 House in Madrid
10/03/2020

Lucas y Hernández-Gil, A12 House in Madrid

Occupying what used to be a store, with direct access from the street, this dwelling is conceived as a mix between the Mediterranean house – introverted and spilling out into a courtyard – and the phenomenological house as described by Gaston Bachelard: a space...

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Neri & Hu, Junshan Cultural Center in Beijing
06/03/2020

Neri & Hu, Junshan Cultural Center in Beijing

The Shanghai firm headed by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu were tasked to renovate an old brick building containing two levels of offices, to combine this use with a cultural center including a library, an exhibition hall, and a multipurpose space for 100 people...

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Zaha Hadid Architects, Torre One Thousand Museum in Miami (Florida)
02/03/2020

Zaha Hadid Architects, Torre One Thousand Museum in Miami (Florida)

Rising 216 meters and 62 floors, this residential skyscraper is located on Biscayne Boulevard, opposite Museum Park, site of Miami’s new museums. Designed by Zaha Hadid before she died in 2016, the building presents a curved exoskeleton of concrete that structures...

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Jun Aoki & Associates + Peter Marino, Louis Vuitton store in Osaka (Japan)
28/02/2020

Jun Aoki & Associates + Peter Marino, Louis Vuitton store in Osaka (Japan)

Inspiration for the curving glass facade of the Louis Vuitton store in Osaka, designed by Jun Aoki & Associates and Peter Marino, came from the sails of old Japanese merchant vessels, in reference to the history of a city defined by the importance of its port....

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Amann, Cánovas y Maruri + AMM, housing in Luxembourg
26/02/2020

Amann, Cánovas y Maruri + AMM, housing in Luxembourg

A 2013 competition involving three residential buildings for the Société Nationale des Habitations à Bon Marché, in Luxembourg’s Kirchberg quarter, was won by the Madrid practice of Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri – in collaboration with...

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Judge orders condo tower 200 Amsterdam Ave. to remove floors
24/02/2020

Judge orders condo tower 200 Amsterdam Ave. to remove floors

New York Post

The developers of the nearly-completed, 55-story condo tower, designed by Elkus Manfredi, must remove a yet-determined number of floors because the structure exceeds zoning limits...

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Marià Castelló, Ca l'Amo in Sant Mateu d’Albarca (Ibiza)
24/02/2020

Marià Castelló, Ca l'Amo in Sant Mateu d’Albarca (Ibiza)

The Formentera practice of Marià Castelló designed this house where five volumes are longitudinally arranged on a terrace in a steeply sloping area of Sant Mateu d’Albarca, a small village on the island of Ibiza. Between two preexisting retaining walls of stone, the complex...

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Toshiko Mori, school and teachers’ residence in Fass (Senegal)
21/02/2020

Toshiko Mori, school and teachers’ residence in Fass (Senegal)

The New York practice of architect Toshiko Mori was commissioned by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the non-profit organization American Friends of Le Korsa (AFLK) to give the remote Senegalese town of Fass a school that can serve 300 children...

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Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules
20/02/2020

Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

UK-based architects Space Popular have a reputation for clashing colours and computer game imagery. Now the rising duo have built their first house – and it’s been confusing the locals...

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Reconstruction of primary school in Fuwen (China)
19/02/2020

Reconstruction of primary school in Fuwen (China)

The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art has in the countryside renovated an education center in the image of a village, with stacked volumes combining prefabricated elements, pitched roofs, and transparencies and colores.

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Nomo Studio, Bridge House in Mercadal (Menorca)
18/02/2020

Nomo Studio, Bridge House in Mercadal (Menorca)

A work of Nomo Studio, the Barcelona firm of Alicia Casals and Karl Nyqvist, this private residence is located on the north coast of the island of Menorca, in the Coves Noves development of the municipality of Mercadal. Containing a total of 360 square meters...

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Barkow Leibinger, Trumpf Day-Care Center in Ditzingen (Germany)
17/02/2020

Barkow Leibinger, Trumpf Day-Care Center in Ditzingen (Germany)

A work of the practice of the American Frank Barkow and the German Regine Leibinger, with offices in Berlin and New York, this daycare for children of employees of the machine-tool and medical-equipment manufacturer Trumpf is located within the firm’s campus...

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Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazil
15/02/2020

Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazil

The Guardian

As Brasília turns 60, it’s time to reassess the legendary modernist architect on a visit to the Brazilian capital and Rio de Janeiro...

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Ramón Ruiz Marrodán, renovation of church in Vico en Arnedo
11/02/2020

Ramón Ruiz Marrodán, renovation of church in Vico en Arnedo

In Arnedo, a municipality in Spain’s La Rioja region, the church of the Monastery of Our Lady of Vico – inhabited by nuns of the Cistercian Order – was refurbished on the basis of a project drawn up by the local practice of Ramón Ruiz Marrodán. The intervention involved...

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Malu de Miguel González, MS5 single-family home in Boadilla del Monte
10/02/2020

Malu de Miguel González, MS5 single-family home in Boadilla del Monte

At Monte Sollube 5 – in Boadilla del Monte, a municipality of Madrid’s metropolitan area – stands this two-floor house built for three generations of the family its architect, Malu (María Luisa) de Miguel (Gran Canaria, 1987). The dwelling proper contains 315 square...

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Grafton Architects, building for Kingston University in London
07/02/2020

Grafton Architects, building for Kingston University in London

Named Town House, this is an educational building by the Dublin practice of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, recipients of the 2020 RIBA Gold Medal. Acting as a front door for Kingston University and as a gateway o the Greater London borough of Kingston upon...

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Andrea Frapolli, Casa Marzi in Prosito (Italy)
06/02/2020

Andrea Frapolli, Casa Marzi in Prosito (Italy)

Located in a rugged terrain, the residence came about from combining three preexisting elements – the actual house, the stable, and the walls – with a new piece of contemporary cut. Despite the poor state of conservation of the old constructions, the architect and the...

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