Arquitectura Viva 262: Lina Ghotmeh

Arquitectura Viva 262: Lina Ghotmeh


Lina Ghotmeh, Hermès Workshops in Louviers

Material Stories. Lina Ghotmeh has lived an itinerant life between East and West, going from the Beirut of her birth and education to the Paris where she set up a practice characterized by an inevitable international profile but also a sensitivity to contexts and materials. Arquitectura Viva takes stock of this through four examples: the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, the Stone Garden residential tower in Beirut, the Hermés workshops in Louviers, and the Serpentine Gallery’s 2023 pavilion in London.

For its part, this issue’s dossier presents three interventions carried out on the built heritage of a country with a particularly dense fabric of historical complexes, the Czech Republic: the PLATO gallery in Ostrava by KWK Promes; the revitalization of the Vltava riverfront in Prague by petrjanda/brainwork, and the reconstruction of Helfštýn Castle in Týn nad Bečvou by Atelier-r.

In the Art and Culture section, Esperanza Guillén offers a biographical sketch of Eduardo de Adaro, the architect of the Bank of Spain edifice, on the pretext of the exhibition she has curated for the institution; while Javier García-Gutiérrez Mosteiro goes over the work of Antonio Palacios, in observance of his 150th birth anniversary. On a different note, Iñaki Bergera recalls the adventure of the new towns of Franco’s Spain, the theme of an exhibition on view at Museo ICO. And the usual News and Books sections are complemented with a piece in which Ricardo Aroca, in the wake of the recent fire in Valencia, reflects on the hazards of buildings.

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