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In the comarca of Baix Llobregat, specifically in the Barcelona municipality of Sant Vicenç dels Horts, stands this house on a plot delimited by an openwork brick wall. On the pilastered base of the same material, which contains the clayey earth
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
Located in the Marina del Prat Vermell neighborhood, this complex contains 32 apartments and spaces for collective use by the Llar Jove Marina Prat Vermel SCCL cooperative. Barcelona City Hall has ceded the site to it for 75 years minimum. The to-be-
The project consists of 85 social housingunits on a plot previously occupied by the emblematic Cinema Pisa in the city of Cornellà de Llobregat. It is a five-story freestanding building with a wood structure, resting on a ground level with a concrete
The town of Moià, some 60 kilometers north of Barcelona, needed to urgently renew its fire station, so in 2016 it called a competition which asked for an industrialized structure that could be built faster. The winning project proposed a light struct
“Una casa come me” was the instruction that Curzio Malaparte gave Adalberto Libera when he contracted him to build the villa in Capri that Brigitte Bardot would immortalize walking down its stepped roof, wrapped in a bathrobe, in the Godard film. Equ
In the wake of research conducted in collaboration with Catalonia’s health system, the Barcelona firm PMMT was commissioned to design a prototype to be built close to hospitals as reinforcement for the regional medical network, in response to the pan
The old church of Santa Eulàlia in Gironella was built in the mid-14th century and since then it has been repurposed several times. In 1907 the building acquired a civil use and suffered a series of alterations derived from its different activities –
The town of Vilajuïga is in a privileged location, between Serra de Verdera and Cap de Creus natural park, and is well connected to the rest of the region. With a population slightly over 1,000 inhabitants, Vilajuïga has a long food and wine traditio
The project involved renovating two constructions raised late in the 19th century in the Rec neighborhood of Igualada, near Barcelona, that contained a small textile factory and a residence. The area, once industrial, is undergoing an urban transform
Since its birth in 1878, the Can Batlló compound and La Bordeta quarter share a long history of growth and transformation with Barcelona. The city’s industrial heyday saw the complex expand and new buildings rise. Over time, however, these fell into
The Barcelona practice of Carles Enrich undertook the restoration of one of the two faces of the defense tower at the castle of Merola, the only remnants of the 13th-century construction in Puig-reig, a municipality of the comarca of Berguedà. The 20
The Barcelona firm Ágora – set up in 2014 by Joan Casals Pañella and José Luis Cisneros – built this hut on a small plot in a camping area of the Catalan Pyrenees, at the confluence of the rivers Durán and Segre and the road that connects Bellver de
The building had gone through many different stages –construction as a workers’ cooperative in 1924, renovation in 1954, abandonment in the 1980s and 1990s, okupa center – and each of them had left a mark. The intervention to create a new dramaturgy
The flow of stairs and stacked rooms shows on the outside as a series of elongated openings that have the effect of reinforcing the vertical character of the preexisting domestic tower.
The competition brief that set the guidelines for this project called for a generic container whose interiors would remain throughout the year at temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius. The proposal involved modifying the initial planning, ma
This public facility houses an adult education center, a language standardization consortium, and a hotel on a triangular plot in the Les Corts district. Two of the three sides of the site are defined by the heritage-listed frontage of the former Pla
The construction of a winery and the winemaking process are closely attached to an experience with the land. Wine is the aroma, color, taste, body, and essence of the grape. This combination of senses and perceptions needs to be accompanied by a plac
Sitting at the foot of Collserola mountain, the Montbau-Albert Pérez Baró Library was set up by the neighbors in the 1980s as a public library, occupying two of the three buildings of an old school complex built at the end of the 1950s. The passage
The 2nd century BC Roman site in Montmeló (Barcelona) is brought out in all its splendor through simple but aesthetically powerful means: gabion walls with rusted scrap metal and tubes.
Part og Barcelona's industrial periphery, this sector of Mollet del Vallés will be another major access into the city once the planned changes in the traffic system are carried out. Set in a frontier territory whose urban conditions have yet to be de
Este proyecto de viviendas sociales para Reus pertenece al programa de promoción del organismo autónomo. El Departamento de Vivienda de la Generalitat realiza la obra de promoción pública mediante encargos directos a arquitectos no funcionarios, segú
The youngest generations of architects have demonstrated that Catalan architecture can well pursue courses deviating from the cosmopolitanism of disseny and Barcelona. It is true that the teaching and practice of the profession in Catalonia has to a
Tying up the histories of Catalonia and Scotland from the 15th century to the present, John Elliott has written a book that is both topical and timeless. It is comparative history in the most genuine way – like his studies of Richelieu and Olivares o
Harquitectes is a collective that represents well a way of doing in today’s context. A small collective with a clear focus on an issue at once broad and narrow, and that we could sum up in two words: matter and air. Their work includes an interesting
A well-known Barcelona architect, when introducing Harquitectes during a recent seminar, referred to the new aesthetic proposed by “that school of Vallès.” That “vallesana” imagery is not coincidental, but in fact emerges from an approximation to for
The work of Harquitectes encourages to propose a new version of the Vitruvian triad. Instead of the Latin terms that have carved in stone the message of the Augustan architect, a carefree formulation in plain language: appropriate, attractive, afford
Defining features of young Catalan architecture include a toned down air, the small scale, a penchant for working with the preexisting, and an aesthetic strong in materials and sustainability.
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 book by Juan Benet is already fifty years old. A half-century has passed during which the nation Spain has gone from bimillenial to bicentennial and ended up a mythical space not unlike the novelist’s Región or Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha. Myt
Founder of Grupo R and part of a generation marked by the Spanish Civil War, Sostres remained committed to the principles of modernity.
Why do the best architects build for the worst regimes? This is the question that Richard Lacayo raises in Foreign Policy. Illustrating his article with works of Norman Foster and Rem Kool-haas in Russia and China, the critic of Time magazine br
A diferencia de la pintura, las obras arquitectónicas aún no han llegado a la época de su reproductibilidad técnica, aunque quizás poco les falte. Hasta que ese día llegue, todavía hay que desplazarse y peregrinar hasta lugares concretos para conocer
The promise and the risk of global culture have been expressed in Spain through three cosmopolitan feasts and a parochial funeral. The inauguration of the Domus in La Coruña, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona and the metro of Bilbao contras
The elections in Catalonia choose not only individuals, but also ideas about regional planning, town development and urban design.
Siza, Meier y Gehry construyen en España tres nuevos museos que expresan una voluntad de legitimación simbólica a través de las instituciones del arte de vanguardia.
Such was Oscar Tusquets’s comment on the news that his housing project at Fukuoka was the favorite of Japanese housewives —even above those of the country’s own architects—, and it has become a slogan of his attitudes toward design and architecture.
Of all the facets of the figure of Oscar Tusquets, the most attractive one may well be his very personality. Charming, self-centered and unique, the personage he has decided to represent provokes corrosive envies and heated criticisms. Great connoiss
Al fifty, Oscar Tusquets has the retina of an old man and the reflexes of an adolescent; in the contrast between elderly sight and young muscle lie both his weakness and his genius. His visual culture is sparkling and panoramic: the product of a pupi
Basta con hacer un poco de turismo para comprobarlo: la destrucción de la costa levantina y catalana no es sólo consecuencia de la barbarie y la explotación de guante blanco, es también un expolio que sólo puede darse allí donde apenas hay resistenci
Los inicios Lógicamente, los inicios de la preocupación por la búsqueda de una arquitectura nacional entre los arquitectos catalanes se producirán como efecto de las corrientes romanticistas y nacionalistas definidas por el pensamiento alemán, que re
Los cambios ocurridos en los órganos de gestión de la política de vivienda en España con la reordenación autonómica han de traducirse en la arquitectura, y ello sin que se dé desde su inicio una búsqueda expresa de una arquitectura nacional. En Catal