A lover of design objects of all kinds needs a storage space in which to live with a collection that over the years has overflowed the storage capacity of a family home. The diversity of sizes, themes and materials is considerable and the need for ar
In the heart of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem stands this research facility for the scientific exploration of the brain. The upper three levels are shaded by an aluminum screen with patterns representing drawings by the Spanish neuroscientist Sa
This 518-square-meter industrial building is located in Las Torres de Cotillas, a municipality in the comarca Vega Media del Segura, and is home to Prefabricados de hormigón Montalbán y Rodríguez, combining two uses: offices and a showroom for the fi
Up to 17 May, World Recycling Day, Plaza Juan Goytisolo in Madrid – in front of the Reina Sofía Museum – hosts a pavilion made of prefabricated plastic elements that will later be entirely reused and recycled. A work of the Madrid practice of Ignacio
Located in Molinete Archaeological Park, in the historic center of Cartagena, the museum occupies the ground level and basement of the health center. The project was drafted – with the building of the Roman Curia already excavated –, with the intenti
The classics believed that places have memory, and that their own character is custodied by a protecting spirit, the ‘genius loci.’ The Vallehermoso Athletics Stadium in Madrid is an example, a place that has gone through many phases. It was here, in
Under the motto ‘Better City, Better Life,’ the Universal Expo of Shanghai 2010 gathered over 200 countries, inviting them to reflect on issues like urban development, well-being, and sustainable growth. Aside from the usual requisites, one of the br
Inspirado en el Fun Palace de Cedric Price, el centro para artistas ‘The Shed’ responde a las exigencias de flexibilidad espacial mediante su gran cubierta de ETFE telescópica.
Located on the outskirts of Paris, the École Centrale is one of the oldest engineering schools in the country. Within an internal restructuring program, the school called a competition in 2012 to build a new school. Under the concept of ‘Lab City,’ t
By the east gate of the Forbidden City, in the heart of Beijing, an old siheyuan-style house is renovated with four types of modular polyethylene blocks that let natural light pass through and fill the interior spaces.
A succession of translucent acrylic cylinders resting on wooden bars surround the different spaces of the Nacrée restaurant and serve as support for bouquets of flowers that seem to float on the air.
According to statistics gathered by the World Health Organization, as much as 93% of the children of the world are constantly breathing in polluted air. Airbubble is a project developed by the London firm ecologicStudio that endeavors to address this
The project for a memory box like the Molinete Archaeology Museum in the center of Cartagena, recently completed by the Madrid-based practice of Atxu Amman, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri, had to be tackled with a difficult, two-pronged objective
HOOP is a pre-established element in the place, but reversible, respectful, which guarantees the total enjoyment of beaches and parks in a safe way, ensuring the social distance of the users and controlling the capacity of these places...
We call it Earth, but we could have named it Water. More than two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, which interact with the earth’s biosphere and the atmosphere to influence climate and intervene in the carbon cycle. The widespread use of fo
Located at Hudson Yards in New York, very close to Thomas Heatherwick’s The Vessel (see Arquitectura Viva 213), rises The Shed, another major hybrid of architecture and sculpture, this time by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. While the theme of the ludic mo
Twenty years ago now, the MoMA in New York – and later the MACBA in Barcelona – hosted a magnificent architecture exhibition titled ‘Light Construction.’ Architects of the caliber of Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron, Tschumi, Zumthor, Holl, Ito, Sejima
Inflatable architectures (coined ‘inflatoestructuras’ in Spanish by architect Prada Poole) invite us to look for the means, the way to build space forms that provide alternatives to the strict architectural paths that we found so disappointing when w
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
Designed by the Murcia-based architecture studio Adhoc msl, the Prefab Home draws inspiration from the typical cottages found on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, which are quite successful at addressing the basic dwelling requirements. This system ai
The future lies in small things. Aware as they are that the days of the technological and productive model associated with conventional materials (plastic, silicon) are numbered, scientists are like bygone alchemists in search of the philosopher’s st
Today there are several kinds of organic materials that are being developed in search of options to replace petroleum-derived plastic. MycoBond is an example of this innovative type of product. Developed by the New York-based company Ecovative, MycoB