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The new facilities for Barcelona’s Nou Barris and Sant Andreu districts seek to blend into the context, creating a system of green spaces for the zone that emphasize pedestrian routes. The envelope is materialized in brick, playing with openwork and
Located on O'Connell Street, in the heart of the southern Irish city of Limerick, the International Rugby Experience building is respectfully inserted amid historical constructions. Reaching a maximum height close to 34 meters and a total area of 2,1
From its original location, the University of Limerick has expanded over the years and is now situated on both sides of the River Shannon, the longest and largest in Ireland. The University’s expansion provided the location for the new Medical School
On the northwestern edge of the Belfield campus of the University College Dublin, the Urban Institute joins an original collection of mainly 19th century Masonic School buildings – now called Richview – which are loosely organized around a lime tree
Capital City. Symbolically the most important urban space in Dublin, it was widened in the 18th century and rebuilt after the destruction caused in the uprising of 1916 and the Civil War of 1922. O’Connell Street as a whole has existed in a constant
In the 1960s, the construction of the head offices for the National Electricity Supply Board involved demolishing sixteen 18th century houses. This was a controversial act since the continuity of the unique ‘Georgian mile’ of Fitzwilliam Street facad
The Polish firm Jeju Studio, led by Iwo Borkowicz and Adam Siemaskiewicz, was commissioned by the Wayair Foundation to build a preschool and primary school in the refugee settlement of Ulyankulu, in western Tanzania. The inhabitants of Ulyankulu fled
K House forms part of the western edge to the English Garden in the center of Munich, which, historically, was defined by a border of 18th-century villas. Hence the new building combines a varied programme into a volume that is an interpretation of t
An everyday universe with echoes of Taoist cosmology and Confucian hierarchy, the Chinese courtyard-house has for thousands of years been the archetype that organizes family life. Although in the last century it had detractors who found it obsolete a
Located on the historic College Hill, the RISD campus is scattered, which underscores the quality of the buildings while boosting urban life. The plot for Chace Center was located in the area around Memorial Hall, where the domestic character of Bene
Following a long selection process, the Davis Museum was Moneo’s first commission outside Spain. It was received with great joy because, having decided to return to Madrid after five years as chairman of architecture at Harvard, Moneo would be able t
The bankinter headquarters go up by the palace of the Marquis of Mudela, a work of the architect Álvarez Capra, and it is the first case, in the process of transformation of the Paseo de la Castellana, where the building volume permitted by regulatio
The kamwokya informal settlement, located among the hills of Kampala’s central district, is one of the most indigent areas of the capital, with a high dwelling density, scarce infrastructures, and poor health conditions. Surprisingly, it hides the on
Surrounded by trees and vineyards, the school has a porch that gives shelter and shade to the kindergarten and primary-level children enrolled. The outcome of a 2018 competition, the new school is located in El Montmell, the largest municipality of t
The building seeks to reconcile the history of the city with its inhabitants, opening up to its environs through a facade raised with bright red bricks that pays tribute to what in the past was one of the most important textile factories of Tampere..
The precision needed for traditional hand-crafted leather goods is reflected in the building’s making. Large brick arches shape both the outer perimeter and the facade onto the courtyard, creating generous windows that fill workshops with sunlight...
The house is located in one of the neighborhoods that had been part of the lands making up the greenbelt of the Argentinian city of Córdoba. The objective was to maintain the trees existing on the site, for the solar protection that clusters of trees
Semi-circular piers of red brick rhythmically order the facade in bays of various width that function as mediating elements between two urban realities: the traditional row of buildings and the modern, large-scale developments...
The brick house is built on a plot qualified by a group of tall pine trees, located at its northeast corner, and by the silent proximity of Monte del Pardo, along its north face. The complex is organized around three independent volumes: the cubic v
A work of the London practice of Niall McLaughlin, the new library in the historical setting of Cambridge University has for 2022 won the Stirling Prize, awarded by Royal Institute od British Architects (RIBA). The ensemble of simple brick volumes re
There is no doubt that we live surrounded by what Debord acidly called the marchandise vedette, articles that compete to be displayed in the most irresistible way possible, appealing to our senses and our wallets. In architecture, this dictate of pub
The architecture practice of Juan Antonio Serrano and Paloma Baquero was commissioned to build a house that would evoke the owners’ childhood memories of the Vega de Granada, the comarca where the town of Albolote is located. Different elements of lo
The history of many a city is tied up with that of its principal church. Lund Cathedral’s story begins with its construction in the 11th century – with the help of a troll, as the legend goes – and to it we owe what is the oldest primary school in al
Nothing is timeless, still less in architecture, but if one had to look for a material to represent the notion of permanence, it would be brick. Wood was perhaps the first ever to be used by humans, and will perhaps continue to be the one most widely
One hundred years after Anni and Josef Albers met, their work, philosophy and funding clout have made possible a stunning hospital that is saving lives in one of the hottest places on Earth. When Anni Albers began weaving at the Bauhaus in the 1920s,
Peter Barber’s work offers a chance for a meeting of minds. On mcgrath road, a side street in Stratford, east London, a 26-dwelling modernist terrace in mustard-coloured brick surrounds a square. The development (pictured) is hard to pigeonhole. Pete
In the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, the New Delhi-based firm Studio Lotus has built new offices for the Department of Agriculture. As a government building it was conceived at the outset strictly for official use, but the architects propose
On marshland where lotus plants abound, a pair of mid-20th-century granaries that were in disuse have been brought back to life as a 2,448-square-meter art exhibition gallery, thanks to a project carried out by the Shanghai-based firm Roarc Renew, wh
The Beijing studio Zhu-Pei has built a museum adjacent to what is left of the thousand-year-old imperial pottery-making complex of the prefectural city of Jingdezhen, a porcelain capital of the world, China’s Sevrès. The building is composed of a ser
In 2020, six winners were awarded in five categories: Sharing Public Spaces (University of Silesia, Faculty of Radio and Television, by BAAS Arquitectura), Feeling at Home (Can Jaime I nIsabelle, by TEdA arquitectes), Living Together..
Libraries have been one of the symbols of bourgeois society. Originally confined to monasterios and palaces, distant havens of elitist knowledge, libraries eventually became quintessential public spaces in the capitalist and increasingly democratic c
Empty the building, leave its sculptural brick enclosure exactly the way it is, and implant in it a massive heart of concrete. This was the strategy followed by Tadao Ando when he transformed an old residential block in the city of Chicago into the n
In the work of Eladio Dieste, whose birth has been one hundred years, technical ingenuity was placed at the service of the social program and Catholic fervor.
Architecture is moving from bling to bareness. The economic devastation left by the crisis and the symbolic decay of emblematic works have favored the rise of a new attitude. In contrast to the dazzling glare of the architectures of social-opulence –
The firm Paredes Pedrosa – founded and headed by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa and based in Madrid – was announced the winner of the contest to build The Spanish Institute in the campus of Mohammed V University in Rabat. The project, c
In the humble words ‘brick’ and ‘tile’ lies the simplicity, only apparent, of a material that has come down to our days with very specific technological variations. Nevertheless, the modest nature habitually attributed to brick is quickly proven wron
The expressionist dream of the glass pavilion drawn by figures like Bruno Taut, Wenzel Hablik, or the Luckhardt brothers has had to wait a hundred years to come true, but at least it has come true in Germany, and big time. After a decade of construct
The contorted pyramid rose behind the brick cliff and hundreds of people laid siege on the building, eager to contemplate the new spaces and the new collection: the enlarged Tate Modern opened its doors just as the country’s polls were being readied
Gone at 84 years of age, the Mexican architect devoted a lifetime to studying brick as both a structural material and an element of composition.
A material used in diverse periods and civilizations, modular and warm at the same time, brick has been discredited by modernity but maintains its place in contemporary architecture.
Brick is the Esperanto of construction. While a few cultures may ignore its grammar, those that command its vocabulary are legion, expressing physical needs and immaterial yearnings through the essential language of ceramic prisms. Versatile as no ot
This brick house in Buenos Aires has two theoretical references. On one hand, Kenneth Frampton’s definition of tectonics, which he considers not only a “mere disclosure of the construction technique, but, rather, its expressive potential.” To Frampto
During the late 1980s, the German architect Hans Kollhoff designed and carried out works of great material force, among them Piraeus – a vast flexing brick apartment block located in one of the dockland sites of Amsterdam – and the ascetic mass housi
In the olden days, when bricks were brought out of the kiln where they were baked, the pieces closest to the focus of heat – and therefore overbaked – were discarded on account of their dark burnt tone and their rough volcanic texture. At the start o
Recientemente terminado, el centro cívico-cultural proyectado por el estudio madrileño Exit Architects, puede concebirse como una especie de palimpsesto en el que conviven lenguajes arquitectónicos distintos. Surgida de la rehabilitación del edificio