The first phase of the project to transform the large urban vacuum of 6,000 m² into a new public space consists in building a structure of corrugated steel rods that restore the geometry of the original cavea through its guidelines and generatrices..
Three starting points: understanding the historic value of Lleialtat Santsenca (1928), an old working class cooperative in the Sants neighborhood; knowing to the detail the building’s (physical) state to maintain as much as possible; and being sensit
In a semi-desert landscape between the Nile and Atbara rivers, the remains of the city of the Kushites in Meroe – a powerful dynasty that reigned from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD – were declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2011. Located ab
The restoration of the Nasrid tower of Huércal-Overa, built in the 14th century, has in theoretical terms pursued a dichotomy between the timeless solidity of a preexisting, medieval construction and the lightweight, provisional character of a contem
The castle of Santa Cruz is a modest building which is part of a series of small forts, watchtowers, and fachos that were erected in the 17th and 18th centuries along the banks of the river Miño as border strongholds. Santa Cruz does not stand out in
The unearthing of the Rei Martí water storage deposit, built late in the 19th century, was accidental. The old cistern of the estate of the Torre Bellesguard, a work of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona’s Sarrià-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, had been hidden ben
The project for an architectural studio at Calle San Jerónimo 17, just a few meters from the church of the same name, in the city of Granada, involved a radical transformation of a commercial space that had served different purposes in the course of
Destroyed in the Battle of the Ebro in 1938, the town church of Corbera d’Ebre became an icon of what the population had to endure. It has now been transformed into a multipurpose hall, but in a way that preserves the memory of the Spanish Civil War,
The Hermitage of the Holy Sepulcher in the Extremaduran town of Jarandilla de la Vera, built in the 17th century, was used as a prison in the 19th and as an elementary school in the 20th, after losing its roof. The intervention has involved consolida
The architectural site that has reached our days is part of a group of 11th-century buildings around a Benedictine monastery outside the city of Burgos, a crossing point in the Way of Saint James. The church, with three naves and several chapels,
Santa María de Vilanova de la Barca is a Gothic church of the 13th century that was partially destroyed in 1936 during Civil War bombings. Since then the building has remained in a state of neglect and only the east facade, some fragments of the aisl
In the historic center of Palma, Casal Balaguer is a large noble house from the 14th century, refurbished in the 16th and extended in the 18th. At the end of the past century, the City Council decided to convert it into a cultural center, making the
Characterized by its exquisite deference to the surroundings, the intervention on the Pavilion Dufour at the Palace of Versailles manifests itself externally only through a discreet, delicate staircase.
Fulvio Irace “I think it is very possible that just as you cannot be critical of oxygen, you cannot be critical of shopping. Shopping for me is another word for modernization.” In 2001, when Rem Koolhaas disseminated his manifesto on shopping as “the
The location is a plot that was originally occupied by three small dwellings embedded in the old wall of the castle of Oropesa, a town in the central Spanish province of Toledo, and serving as a nexus between the castle and the Church of Our Lady of
In the project designed to protect the archaeological site of La Olmeda, ancient times coexist with modernity and architecture is set in contrast with the landscape. These concepts wish to make visitors aware of the unitary character that these fragm
The new headquarters of the Property Registration Office is located in the historic center of the city and remodels a space previously occupied by four old domestic buildings. Following refurbishment, restructuring, and partial replacement strategies
Winner in the competition held in 2007, the proposal takes the overall evaluation of the urban fabric as point of departure, including the two historical buildings that harbored the museum up to now – Velarde Palace and Casa Oviedo-Portal –, and prop
All that remained of the primitive, 12th-century building was the church, whose walls now have a zinc cladding. A pavilion of glass and pine and chestnut wood erected over the ruins completes the complex.
The thick walls of a World War II bunker now shelter public facilities and a plant for the production of energy by cogeneration that is to supply power to the surrounding district.
Although a good part of the loss of Germany’s monumental heritage can rightly be attributed to the massive devastation inflicted during World War II, there are certain instances where the destruction took place centuries back. In the case of the medi
The recently restored castle in the county of Warwickshire is a placid ‘collage’ of contrasting languages where the brick walls of old continue to be the dominant element.
Fifteen years after it was closed and following a careful restoration process, the Zarzuela Hippodrome of Madrid, icon of Spain’s first budding of modernity, has again opened its doors.
Cartagena’s designation as a military base led to a major spurt of urban transformation in the 18th century. Economic growth and the development of industry connected to the port brought a huge flow of people into a city in expansion, doubling the po
With the intention of bringing together under one same roof the entire collection of the extinct Museum of Artistic Reproductions, the National Sculpture Museum made a call for competition that would result in a project to fit out the Renaissance pal
The enlargement of the Museo dellOpera del Duomo and of the Ospedale degli Innocenti are fine models of heritage integration.
Time continuously stores information in matter, making it a document. That by reading matter we can understand time is something well familiar to archaeologists, voracious exegetes of the remains of past civilizations, interpreters of those entropic
The early moderns saw the past as a hindrance to eliminate or at least transcend and ‘go beyond.’ But as modernity matured, becoming less and less ‘modern,’ the past tended to shed its bad reputation and eventually carved an actual niche for itself i
Perhaps like us, buildings live in time and perish in space. They are built over years or decades and often last centuries, suffering the ravages of weather, use or conflict, experimenting metamorphoses or changes and in the end being demolished or c
Dead stones are very much alive. We think about ruins as residues or traces of past activities, and fail to appreciate the fertility of these material remains, which store both the thermodynamic capital of their transport, preparation, and assembly,
Modern Movement architecture was born amid manifestos and controversies, and from the very start came with an impressive retinue of manuals and monographs. Orthodox history itself and the genealogies of modern architecture took off with force in 1923
A joke. The latest outlandish idea in an election period. Madness. Benidorm’s bid for a place in Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites, in the twin category of Good Culture and Good Nature, was made public this week, and been lambasted and parodied.
The earthquake that struck Nepal at 11:56 on the morning of 25 April, marking 7.8 on the Richter scale, killed over 7,000 people, injured over 16,000, and left about 450,000 homeless. This human tragedy is also economic (it is estimated that reconstr
The raging cruelty waged by the Islamic State’s henchmen on its prisoners and population of the regions it occupies has been eclipsing the brutality of their attacks on the architectural and artistic footprints of the past, but these latter actions a
Buildings have many lives, because their functional erosion is often faster than their physical ruin. The stubborn persistence of their shells, where the materials, energy and knowledge used in their construction are deposited – what we now would cal
Tourists traveling today to the great city of Istanbul will be finding it harder to frame with their cameras and mobile phones the image that the age-old city has had up to very recently: that of a vast, dense, and ancient hamlet marked by the vertic
Partly because of the economic crisis, which has particularly affected architects, work on heritage has returned to the forefront, seen as a professional opportunity at a moment when, paradoxically, indifference to history in an operational sense and
It sometimes happens that a work of restoration does not exalt heritage, but is an alibi for subjecting it to the dictates of the modern language.
Like palimpsests, buildings that outlive their inhabitants or users preserve the traces of different presences. The possible examples are legion but I would mention ancient temples successively occupied by people of new creeds and cultures, or cities
Arquitectura Viva transforms itself, becoming monthly and bilingual starting with this issue, and it seemed appropriate to mark the occasion with a crop of transformed architectures. Eighteen projects in total, all of them in Spain, which adapt exist
The first victim of wars is usually truth; in the Balkans, the first casualty has been memory. Physical and genetic genocide goes with urban and cultural genocide; the extermination of populations and mass deportations happen in simultaneity with the
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