The transformation of a residential tower into a hotel has been completed with a metal skin wrapping the structure of exposed concrete, thus adding a new layer to the building’s history. While the entrance tries not to stand out amid alleys, the vert
The Chinese architecture and design practice Wutopia Lab has raised this copper-clad cultural center in Shanghai’s Pudong district as a venue for exhibitions, conferences, and other events. The original vaulted construction, from which the project to
As part of its mission to engage the public in science, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known by its French acronym, CERN) is launching the Science Gateway, a new facility for scientific education and outreach. The purpose of the proj
The metal roof, a reinterpretation of the Greek agora, presides the garden and marks the start of the stoa, which functions as an axis through the park, the existing building, the historic courtyards, and the exhibition spaces...
This residential building made of shipping containers, meant for young users, is a 1,400-square-meter, 4-floor construction raised with 6 prefabricated blocks of stairs and 70 recycled containers, which dynamically alternate to form little balconies.
The Julia Powell Hall is a sports and multipurpose space on the campus of Runnymede College in Alcobendas, a municipality of the Madrid metropolitan area. The starting point of the project was taking advantage of the existing foundation: the basement
- Two Madrid practices – the studio of Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri on the one hand, and AMM-Adelino Magalhaes on the other – have in collaboration with João Nunes and Carlos Ribas of the Lisbon-based landscape architecture firm PRO
The plaza is designed as a series of concentric circles which, inspired by the European Parliament’s Hemicycle, continue in the surrounding paving. The iconic roof structure of the central pavilion reflects the square and the people below...
The firm Vaillo+Irigaray Architects has won the competition to give the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) a new building in San Sebastián. The research center wants a unique, immediately recognizable image that will also serve to organize
This compact volume of 38 square meters contains a room whose single-slope roof incorporates a skylight. Next to a food garden, it is annexed to a 17th-century house which is listed as a piece of heritage, with a porch in between, saving the vegetati
The CEU campus Moncloa includes several university buildings raised at different times for education and research. The new Faculty of Humanities and Communication Sciences is located on a triangular site in Madrid’s Colonia Metropolitana. The plot’s
At the boundary between the residential and industrial areas of Vilablareix, a municipality in the eastern Catalonian comarca of Girónés, stands this educational center. A compact volume aligned with the street Marie Curie optimizes the orientation o
In 1995, with the opening of the new Mario Botta-designed building of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the museum led a profound transformation of the South of Market disctrict, a neighborhood which soon became the cultural hub of the
Standing through a key moment in history, the building of the Unió de Cooperadors came to being in 1934 with the initiative of workers in factories and different industries, which joined the cooperative movement and decided to hire Josep Lluís Sert a
The library is conceived as a gate of access to the Jardines de la Agricultura (Agriculture Gardens), which it joins and becomes part of. In order to adapt to the historic layout of the 18th century gardens and to respect the existing trees, the buil
Buildings can have many lives: someone builds them with a purpose, but time eventually imposes others, even though the forms stubbornly tend to persist. This is the case of an old construction in Ljubljana, which was a sugar refinery before a devasta
The Upper East Side in Manhattan is known since the early 20th century as the luxury residential area of culture. The project, located on the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue with Gramercy Park, remodels a penthouse gallery on the top floor of a
Farming tasks are interwoven with educational initiatives and research projects in a facility that focuses on the challenges that agriculture has to confront in the face of climate change. The different programs are arranged in a linear scheme along
This office block was designed by the practice of Manuel Bailo and Rosa Rull, with the advice of the project management consulting firm H.A.U.S. Healthy Buildings. Containing an area of 15,411 square meters and taking up the entire length of the site
A bundle of slender metal diagonals breaks the traditional hierarchy of pillars and beams, altogether altering the Cartesian space inside the prism by offering fragmented views...
The pavilion’s premises flank a large void that serves to give continuity to the public circulation route, conceived as a meeting place under the protection of an ethereal roof structure.
Located on the slope of the Loma del Peyé, in Cartagena, the megaschool for the Pies Descalzos Foundation was conceived as an architectural and urban project with a significant social impact and the capacity to become a strong motor for change for t
The project is located in altos de Cazucá, a neighborhood in the municipality of Soacha, a peripheral conurbation of the city of Bogotá. Socioeconomically it is a highly depressed area, lacking public infrastructure of any nature. It is notorious for
The past and present of an unfairly ignored building material. Down the deep lanes that lead to Dartmoor’s granite uplands, in England's West Country, a weather-beaten gap has grown in the hedge marking a Saxon field boundary. One day this winter a
Visitors to the structure, located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards complex, will no longer be able to enter alone, but its protective barriers will not be raised. The Vessel, the labyrinth of staircases at Hudson Yards that closed four months ago after s
The architect Frank Gehry will unveil his latest blockbuster building—a soaring twisting geometric tower covered with 11,000 stainless steel panels—at Luma Arles this summer, the 27-acre cultural campus in the southern French town of Arles spearheade
Aluminum is a complex material whose many virtues do not quite compensate for all its defects. Among its strengths is the capacity to take on a wide diversity of forms, colors, and finishes, and the fact that it lends itself to mechanization in nearl
Based in Palma de Mallorca, the young studio TEd’A arquitectes – headed by Jaume Mayol and Irene Pérez, recent recipient of the FAD Award for Interiors – has finished a school in the small Swiss locality of Orsonnens, fifty kilometers from Bern. The
If there is a material that clearly illustrates how technological progress is applied to architecture, it is aluminum. Despite this metal’s presence in numerous areas of everyday life, it is, from a historical perspective, very recent. Not until the
Ever since human beings began to handle metals around 6,000 B.C., the development of metallurgy has been associated with humanity’s revolutions – not only the technological, but also the economic, social, and cultural ones.
The use of thin sheets of malleable metals to solve the problem of waterproofing roofs is a deep-rooted, centuries-old practice in western construction, especially in countries of plenty of rain. Because they are so easy to bend and fold, building tr
Maybe it was chance, not the consequence of a premeditated search, but over 3,000 years ago, man found a way to make iron more resistant: by mixing it with carbon. Thus was born the alloy that metallurgical engineering calls steel. The oldest known a
To build is to choose. Architectural design is a crucible of objectives, data, and criteria, all merging in a single proposal. The step toward materialization, always implicit, is just one more turn of the screw in the routine of rejection and select
Although its walls have yet to be decked with drawings, oil paintings, engravings, and other works of art, one can already get a good idea of the spaces contained in the newly completed Soulages Museum, designed by the firm RCR and built in collabora
Since 7,000 years ago, when man managed to smelt and shape it into a wide range of utensils, tools, and weapons, putting an end to the Stone Age, and into the Industrial Revolution, when its fine threads made transmission of electric currents and tel
There was a time in our evolving society when the making of things was considered not only honourable but was inextricably linked to their aesthetics. Perhaps, in retrospect, that is why we see integrity and consistency in the work of those individua
Jean Prouvé drew, shaped, manufactured and built a lot but, as is common in the world of builders, left few writings. In the few that exist, often transcribed conversations, Prouvé recurrently spoke of the material-transformation relation; that is, o
Initial Workshops: from Apprentice to Master Jean Prouvé was born in Paris in 1901, son of a painter and a pianist, but his creative life is tied to the craft tradition of Nancy, centered on wrought ironwork, furniture and glass. The École de Nancy
Jean Prouvé was not the first to construct buildings entirely of metal (he was preceded by Eiffel, Gropius/Hirsch, Fillod…); but he was perhaps one of the first (with Hausermann) to produce movable sheet metal partitioning, and one of the first (with
En 2002 cayó, víctima de aluminosis, el teatro Atlántida de Vic; ocho años después, Josep Llinás, Josep Llobet, Pedro Ayesta y Laia Vives han terminado el nuevo conjunto que lo sustituye, bautizado como Centro de Artes Escénicas de Osona, la comarca
Después de una década dedicados a la experimentación y al desarrollo de nuevos mecanismos de diseño, Cristina Díaz Moreno y Efrén García Grinda han construido, desde su estudio madrileño AMID [cero9] un edificio de programa híbrido para una empresa d
Un revestimiento de planchas de acero cortén perforadas con láser distingue el primer hotel de cinco estrellas de la ciudad califal, firmado por el equipo de Alfonso Casares en colaboración con el estudio Isasi y Pieltain, sobre el solar del antiguo
En el municipio madrileño de Rivas Vaciamadrid se ha consagrado el centro parroquial de Santa Mónica, obra de Ignacio Vicens y José Antonio Ramos cuyo volumen expresionista en acero cortén contrasta subversivamente con el continuo de unifamiliares qu
Placing the starting point of Dominique Perrault’s architecture in the concern for materiality seems obvious. The architect has clear preferences: the list of materials used can be reduced to metal, in all its forms, and, of course, glass. There is n
On April 21, the legendary date of the founding of Rome, two of the three theaters in Rome’s new Auditorium complex, or Parco della Musica, were inaugurated, inspiring intense feelings of wonder. The uncanny scarab-shaped hoods of the three halls pro
Metal is the material of industry. Smelted, rolled, hardened, and polished, metal is like a parallel of glass and like its antimatter: resistent and opaque, but sensitive to water and air. As if to please a postmodernity interested in superficial att