The firm MAAV, headed by Guillermo Avanzini Alcibar (Bilbao, 1989) and Adrián Martínez Muñoz (Seville, 1989) has refurbished an abandoned farming-equipment storehouse in Ojacastro and turned it into a dwelling. With just 40 square meters of space wit
Located in the countryside close to Guangzhou in the south of China, the Mirrored Gardens project wishes to create a space where contemporary art, daily life, and agriculture come together and overlap. Being immerse in the countryside, far from the c
Founded by Rocío García (Bilbao, 1998) and Pedro Torres (Albacete, 1987), Madrid-based Bizna studio has designed this meeting space for residents of Noviercas, a municipality in the comarca of Moncayo, in Soria province. Shortlisted in the Architectu
Inspired in the old farm that used to be on the site, the complex is organized around a large courtyard, protected from strong winds by the four buildings. The design gives a family of three generations a place to spend time together but also live in
In a rural environment, two hours from Stockholm, the residence sits on a hill and becomes a focal point in the landscape, like a beacon. The strict geometry of the house permits organizing the program in large spaces, separating public and private a
At Puente Blanco, a remote spot in the Argentinian Patagonia, close to the southern border with Chile, we find this stockbreeding estate that has been renovated and expanded by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes (RDR architectes), the firm
The hotel sits in the picturesque Li River valley of Yangshuo, surrounded by the region’s characteristic karst mountain scenery. In this unique context, the project intervenes on an old sugar mill built in the 1960s, which had been beautifully preser
The renovation of this dwelling in Miraflores, a small locality in Muros (A Coruña), was first and foremost based on utmost respect for the place. This necessitated paying close attention to realities like the scale of the house’s surroundings, to pr
On a plot with a 2.2-meter facade, the use of a paving of pressed clay taken from the edges of the slabs generates a latticework in which the alternating arrangement of the ceramic module with rope and sardinel filters incoming light.
The geometry of this house designed by the Belgian practice of Kersten Geers and David van Severen and located in Matarraña (Teruel) originates from the idea of maximizing enjoyment of the surrounding natural landscape through a panoptic, 360º view.
With a population of 3000 inhabitants, Gando is a small village in the southern plains of burkina faso. It is located 200 kilometers from Ouagadougou, the country´s capital. In 1998, Francis Kéré launched a project to build a school in his native vil
After 20 years of frantic city-building, rustic China is in a death spiral. Now architects are helping to reverse the exodus – with inspirational tofu factories, rice wine distilleries and lotus tea plants. In the remote Chinese village of Caizhai, a
In his sarcastic evocation of Spain, Mario Praz described it as an anti-romantic “pentagonal peninsula,” in a geometrical metaphor that could be completed in this way: “Pentagonal peninsula whose center and sides are full, but which is otherwise bare
The astonishing ease with which an imported microscopic virus is bringing our current wellbeing and the global economy down on their knees is making us rethink our way of living and reconsider our priorities. It is starting to look less like just a s
We need emptiness as we need silence. The tiring ‘empty Spain’ controversy draws our attention to the depopulation of vast territories, but does not explain the advantages of having geographical spaces not colonized by sprawl. Some activists prefer t
We used to be fascinated with the future and newness, we are now scared of it and comforted by nostalgia. Before, we were obsessed with crafting beautiful objects and buildings, today we are much more concerned with raising issues and creating social
While today the countryside is largely off (our) radar, an ignored realm, considering its condition and future was a priority as recently as the last century – the Soviet Union, the New Deal, Nazi Germany, Mao, and the EU were experimenting with vast
The modern world is preoccupied with cities. More than half of mankind is now urban, which has been the pretext for an almost exclusive focus on the city. They are seen as the engines of economy, of emancipation, of the ultimate ‘lifestyle’. Since De
Xitou Village, hidden in the green hills and clear waters of Baoxi Town, Longquan City (Zhejiang Province), is one of the birthplaces of the Celadon ceramic culture. Inconvenient transportation somewhat shields it from the influence of rapid urbaniza
The exhibition at the Architekturmuseum in Munich on the work of Francis Kéré, ‘Radically Simple’ serves to remember his long relationship with Spain.
It may be a good idea to map out the country I call empty Spain. The first thing one notices is that it is a sealess country. Roughly it constitutes what is geographically the peninsular tableland plus the depression of the Ebro. By European standard