Pedro Pitarch's firm designed the communal and lounge zones of the 42nd edition of ARCO, the contemporary art fair held at Madrid's IFEMA trade fair and exhibitions grounds, held this year from 22 to 26 February. For Pitarch, ARCOmadrid is envisioned
As part of the first TAC! Urban Architecture Festival, this temporary pavilion made of sackcloth rises inside a scaffolding on the Plaza del Humilladero in Granada. P+S estudio de arquitectura (Francisco Javier Parada and Laura R. Salvador) built an
Office for Political Innovation is the name of the international architectural practice founded by Andrés Jaque – recently appointed Dean of Columbia GSAPP – in 2003. The studio, based in Madrid and New York, works at the intersection of design, rese
An undertaking of the foundation that sees to the care of Castilla y León region's natural heritage, the new Peñas Llanas viewing point replaces one which was already much deteriorated. Perched on a high rock overlooking a valley, within the recreati
This retrofit project breathes new life into a historic industrial building in Madrid, creating a sustainable exemplar of building reuse and revitalizing the surrounding area. With over 10,000 square meters of new office space, the project unifies a
The project to remodel the old headquarters of Páginas Amarillas (phone book company) in the Hortaleza district, in northern Madrid, proposed a deep and radical transformation of the existing building. The new one had to be an efficient, representati
In 2016 the architecture studio elii won the competition to transform a building of the Save the Children Foundation – located in the San Diego quarter of Vallecas, in Madrid – into a childcare center. The proposal is based on the addition of a new
Desert City is a multifunctional complex devoted to xerophyte plants and the production of a whole culture of interests around this species. It is a sustainable and ecological center, where different activities going from exhibition, breeding, and sa
This skyscraper soaring 250 meters above street level rises as a contradiction to the anonymity, uniformity, and repetition that reigns among the residential towers which have been going up in recent years, proposing instead a return to the individua
Sanchinarro is a large and relatively new residential area on the outskirts of Madrid. Its urban tissue is configured as closed blocks rising six to eight stories high, except for the main roundabout, where the Mirador was developed as a reference po
The plot where this residential building goes up is located in the city of Seville, within the perimeter of its historic center, and more specifically in the east sector – between the Jardines de Murillo and the San Bernardo quarter. Its main facade
Inspired in the traditional tobacco drying sheds, La Gota Cultural Center is constructed as a set of five stacked boxes that are clad in a permeable ceramic skin. The project wishes to create a new urban center in Navalmoral de la Mata – capital of t
Put together in the factory, the bars that form the tree-like lattice were taken from recycled camera tripods, and they hold up a dense canopy of bicycle rims and umbrellas of different colors.
The coil of standard plastic cubes forms a circuit which in successive phases enables the natural and ecological purification of the water; a sensor collects data and sends it to an online reader in real time.
Located in Vereda de los Estudiantes, a neighborhood in the southern part of Leganés, this kindergarten is a place for play and for learning amid large urban blocks. The scheme resorts to elementary geometrical figures; the c
Located on the site of the former training grounds of the Real Madrid, the Cepsa Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Spain, with 34 floors of offices and rising 250 metres high. Initially promoted by Repsol YPF, which began construction works in
The building addresses its surroundings with a volume contour evoking the pitched roofs of traditional houses and a colorful envelope conceived like a work of ‘op-art’.
With its enclosure of recycled wood and polycarbonate panels, the building is formed by industrialized modules organized around an inner garden courtyard.
Fragmented into small pavilions whose outlines adapt to the trees of a dense pine forest, the house was built using an industrialized system of counter-laminated wood.
While the interior of the new university campus stands out for its breadth, the exterior is fragmented to adapt to the small scale of the place, located on the old outskirts of the city of Segovia.
The refurbishment of Matadero is one of the most ambitious cultural projects launched in the city over the last years. Converted into a contemporary art center, it develops a stable activity since 2007. Its comprehensive program and varied activities
Not without irony, diverse intentions come together in the conversion of an old sawmill of Serrería Belga into the Medialab-Prado. One coexistence arises from institutional schizophrenia. While the ‘Paseo del Arte’ promenade became Madrid City Hall’s
Designed in 1717 by Pedro de Ribera to accommodate the 600 soldiers and 400 horses forming the Royal Guard, the complex has maintained its old structure despite major fires that left it in a state of ruin in the second half of the 19th century. The s
The castle of Garcimuñoz is located in the municipality of the same name, southwest of the province of Cuenca – some 70 kilometers from the capital, at kilometer 156 of the A-3 highway. It goes up on the southern side of a hill, which is not too tall
A work of Brut Deluxe / Ben Busche + Miguel de Guzmán, Ring is a light installation created for Lichtfest Leipzig 21 and has been set up in the heart of the German city, at Burgplatz. The Leipzig Festival of Lights commemorates the demonstrations tha
The facade free of structural constraints postulated by Le Corbusier in his five points towards a new architecture was the logical consequence of the open plan. The liberation of the two families of planes – perpendicular or parallel to the ground –
With or without optimism, the panorama that the Spanish architect has to face continues to be discouraging. Protracted and profound, both economic and ideological, perhaps systemic, the crisis, which came suddenly and devastatingly, has taken on near
The obsession for upscale apartments has reached a new peak in New York City with the tower at 432 Park Avenue that the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly (with offices in New York, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, and Buenos Aires) recently
Designed by Miguel de Guzmán and the studio Veidimanna Protum, the single-family house is located in El Espinar, a small town in the mountains north of Madrid. The plot has a privileged location, on the boundary of the town next to the Natural Park o
Inspirándose en el rico pasado prehistórico del subsuelo de la provincia, el equipo formado por Mi5 Arquitectos y PKMN ha construido en la plaza de Domingo Gascón de Teruel una singular dotación de 5.000 metros cuadrados de superficie, Teruel-zilla,
Salpicado de bloques residenciales a medio habitar y paralizado por la crisis, el ensanche de Móstoles tiene un nuevo y singular vecino: el centro de servicios sociales construido por el estudio madrileño Dosmasuno (Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro
Construir en los nuevos ensanches no es lo mismo que trabajar en tramas consolidadas: estas exigen el respeto al hecho urbano; aquellos piden códigos más libres que trascienden los convencionales de la arquitectura, apelando a los de otras disciplina
Inspirado en la dualidad existente entre el mundo de los adultos y el de los niños que describe la célebre novela de Lewis Carroll, el proyecto para una escuela infantil en Alcorcón (ver AV Monografías 147-148), diseñado por los madrileños María Jos
Una vivienda bien diseñada es un espacio privado que no pierde el contacto con el exterior». Esta ha sido la máxima que los madrileños Néstor Montenegro, Ignacio Borrego y Lina Toro han seguido en la Casa Syntes, construida en Pinto (Madrid). La rest
En un entorno de callejuelas y pequeñas plazas, rodeado por un caserío irregular, el teatro municipal de Zafra, al sur de Badajoz, está inmerso en el espacio intermedio donde la trama del centro histórico confluye con las nuevas áreas de expansión.
Viendo los titulares con los que a algunos ‘periodistas de arquitectura’ les gusta exhortar en los últimos tiempos, puede haber quien piense que la arquitectura contemporánea y la moderna se han llevado bien con la controversia, incluso la han buscad
En la avenida de la Peseta, eje del nuevo ensanche del barrio madrileño de Carabanchel se alza un bloque semejante a un apilamiento de contenedores metálicos de colores brillantes. Se trata de las 82 viviendas de protección pública construidas por el
El estudio de Julio Grijalba, Alberto Grijalba, Paloma Gil, Eduardo Carazo y Víctor Ruiz han completado el Centro de Recursos Ambientales en Valladolid. Construido con materiales reciclados y diseñado para aprovechar las inercias térmicas, el volume
Juan Miguel Hernández León deposita una lámina de caliza casi blanca sobre la piedra de un ocre verdeado de las murallas, y esa fina lámina reviste la totalidad de las superficies horizontales: plantas y remates superiores de los muros. De esas lumin