Museu Casa Ayora in Almussafes (Valencia)
09/04/2021

Museu Casa Ayora in Almussafes (Valencia)

Trazia   Spain   The Valencia-based firm Trazia, headed by Carlos Pardo and Lucía Hernández, has renovated Casa Ayora – on Calle Mayor in Almussafes, a municipality in the comarca Ribera Baja – for museum use. Set between party walls, the building was a Dominican convent and then a private residence, home of Dolores Ayora Olcina (1878-1958)...

Highlights

09/04/2021

House prices in the rich world are booming

The Economist   On a sunny afternoon in Kingsmere, a new suburb of Bicester, a town 50 miles (80km) north of London, the streets are abuzz with people strolling and children playing. In ten years 1,600 homes have been built on...

06/04/2021

‘Urban architecture’ stamps series

On 28 September 2020, Spain’s postal service officially issued a stamp with an image of the Wanda Metropolitan stadium, home to the Atlético de Madrid football club and a work of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. The second...

02/04/2021

Cryptoart and Cryptocurrencies

Luis Fernández-Galiano   The NFT bubble is already comparable to the tulip mania in the Netherlands of the 17th century. Non-fungible tokens are digital files such as images, videos, text or code authenticated through blockchain technology, and which are now reaching...

Series 'Retratos'

OMA

The eighteen works selected – from the Qatar National Library to the Axel Springer Campus, by way of the Timmerhuis or MEETT – were designed and built by OMA during the period between the financial crisis of 2008 and the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020.These were times of change at the office itself, after establishing an organizational model based on a more collective and diverse notion of the architectural profession. Each one of the eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long – keeps their own profile within the kaleidoscopic OMA. 

Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei

The architecture of the German firm headed by Arno Lederer, Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, and Marc Oei turns back to the tradition of solid walls and clearly marked enclosures; it seeks to enrich the spatial experience by means of a tactile sensuality. In the Art/Culture section, Simón Marchán writes on the artist and graphic designer Alberto Corazón, recently deceased, and Rafael Moneo presents the fundamentals of the architecture of Carme Pinós, in time with the exhibition on her lifework now on view at Museo ICO in Madrid. The magazine’s dossier looks at Norman Foster’s InnHUb complex in Switzerland.

David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield Architects develops very diverse projects, from the refurbishment of abandoned complexes to new buildings in different European cities. The issue features two recent competitions for the city of Madrid: the new Metropolitan Forest; and the renewal of AZCA, presenting the winning project by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with b720. The following section gathers four coworkings. The construction section features the renovation by SANAA of La Samaritaine department store in Paris. Lastly, the pilot, architect and photographer Jon Tugores shows some of his photographs taken from aircrafts, and where the atmosphere is the main actor.

Other publications

19/03/2021

Ivorypress at Twenty-Five

Luis Fernández-Galiano   Ivorypress celebrates its 25th anniversary with three exquisite volumes, living up to its eminent trajectory in the artistic and editorial sphere. Since the classical world, anything made with gold and ivory has been called chryselephantine...

23/02/2021

On Guastavino and Gaudí

Eduardo Prieto   One attribute of the genius is falling into oblivion. The temporary oblivion to which figures now gracing Olympus descended, from Velázquez to Lautréamont, Borromini to Tesla...

19/01/2021

Sugar Molecules in SARS-CoV-2

SciTechDaily   As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are working overtime to develop vaccines and therapies to thwart SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the...

Interiors

31/03/2021

Shenzhen Maritime Museum

SANAA   China   The Japanese firm SANAA, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, has won the competition to build the Maritime Museum in the Dapeng area of the city of Shenzhen. Its scheme, titled ‘The Cloud on the Ocean...

25/03/2021

Shenzhen Opera House

Jean Nouvel   China   The practice of the French architect Jean Nouvel has with its ‘Light of the Sea’ scheme won the invitational competition to build the new opera house of the Chinese city of Shenzhen, carrying the day over firms like BIG...

Questioning Merit

Luis Fernández-Galiano   The current critique of meritocracy questions merit itself. Until very recently, the rejection of technocracy censored the one-dimensional character of its politics, but did not question technique itself...

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates   When I worked at Microsoft, it was always a thrill to see a product we’d been working on for years finally get released to the public. I’m feeling the same sense of anticipation today. My new book on climate change is available now...

The World after the Pandemic

Norman Foster   The history of cities and the buildings that comprise them is inextricably linked to the ever-recurring pattern of disease and issues of public health. There are countless examples. The Cholera outbreak of the 1850s...

03/02/2021

Jansen, ‘building with steel and style’

There has has been plenty of incentive, through refurbishments and renovations, to adapt buildings to the general need for energy efficiency and sustainability, and of late also to gear domestic spaces for periods of pandemic...

02/02/2021

Living by Santos

Headquartered in A Coruña and with 60 years of experience to show for, the firm Santos – manufacturer of high-quality kitchen furniture – presents Living, a modular line intended for the fitting out of...

26/01/2021

A new way to create your home in the city

Designable   Established by Andrés Perales and Pablo Bertolín, the Valencian firm Designable designs and raises customized residential buildings in city centers with the aim of creating communities of people united by sustainability values...

07/01/2021

Ernesto Gismondi (1931-2020)

Artemide   Ernesto Gismondi was the founder of Artemide Group. In 1957 he gained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic...