Manuel Herz Architects

Jewish Community Center . Mainz

source: Manuel Herz Architects . photos: Iwan Baan . more: archdaily

Few Jewish communities used to surpass the one of Mainz in importance and tradition. During the Middle Ages being the major center of religious teaching, this importance can be traced back to a series of influential Rabbis, especially Gershom ben Judah (960 to 1040) whose teachings and legal decisions had impact on Judaism at large. His wisdom was deemed to be so large that he was given the name ‘Light of Diaspora’. The new Jewish Community Center of Mainz attempts to draw out this tradition.

Wildrich Hien architekten

Neubau eines Einfamilienhauses .  Kärnten

OMA . KILO architectures

The National Museum of Archeology and Earth Sciences (MNAST) . Rabat

source: OMA . KILO

The National Museum of Archeology and Earth Sciences (MNAST) is located on one of Rabat's highest points: the gardens of the Lyautey Residence, which used to house Morocco’s French administrator. The MNAST will act as a catalyst for Rabat’s development, its innovative architecture reinforcing its urban and cultural attraction.


Elogio De La Luz: Alberto Campo Baeza

video completo: RTVE 

Bach arquitectes

Edificio de viviendas . Casp 74 . Barcelona

origen: gracias a Bach arquitectes . fotos: José Hevia

Proyectar un edificio de viviendas en pleno Ensanche de Barcelona 150 años después de la aplicación del Plan Cerdá  obliga a hacer una reflexión sobre cómo concebirlo y a la vez, sobre cómo deben ser las fachadas de un edificio que se adapte a las necesidades del siglo XXI y así mismo dialogue y respete tantos años de historia.

Junya Ishigami

Yohji Yamamoto Gansevoortstore . New York

source: Junya Ishigami . photos: courtesy of darwinism . more


more: ¿btbW/Architecture

Fredy Massad and Alicia Guerrero Yeste founded ¿btbW/Architecture in 1996, devoting their joint work to the critical research on contemporary architecture. This blog compiles their texts published in Spanish media.


Hospedería de turismo .  Herrera del Duque

origen: gracias a dosmasunoarquitectos

Erase una vez...
Como en los cuentos, el dragón se ha reencontrado con su castillo. Ha buscado un pequeño rincón donde descansar enroscado y desde el que vigilar desde la distancia el devenir de la atalaya.

Enrique Krahe

Teatro . Zafra

Bonnard Woeffray Architectes

Complexe multi affectations . Sion

NUG [Amadeu Santacana + Umberto Viotto]

Biblioteca Provincial . Barcelona

origen: gracias a NUG [Amadeu Santacana + Umberto Viotto]


Posición estratégica
La biblioteca se sitúa en la tangente del corredor verde que une el arco de triunfo con el mar.

Frei + Saarinen Architekten . Wildrich Hien Architekten

Wildrich Hien Architekten . Schule . Nidau

Robbrecht en Daem architecten

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen . Rotterdam


7th series "La Casa del aire" has been updated

more:  CIRCO

Sanaa . Cannatà & Fernandes


M A R K arhitekti

MuSeaUm Marine Museum . Liepaja

source: M A R K arhitekti . more

The project respects modern museum as one of wider cultural and entertainment establishments. Functionally museum space is made as one but allowing some of its parts to be divided. Advantage of such solution is possibility to realize contextual and technological requirements of exhibition by separating the space within a necessity for several qualitative exposure or measures at the same time. Such a space dividing model has its economical aspects like rental possibility for specific project needs. The large and shared space provides free event scenography.

Shohei Shigematsu

OMA partner and director of the New York office, lectures in Quebec City

source: OMA

Shohei Shigematsu, OMA partner and director of the New York office, lectures in Quebec City on architectural thinking in the financial crisis, and OMA's design for a new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The lecture, on 30 September, took place at the Musée de la civilisation as part of the University Laval School of Architecture's 2010-2011 conference series. Recording via the Télé-Québec.

Akihisa Hirata

Alp . Kita

Peter St John


We are interested in the emotional effect that buildings can have. We are interested in how buildings have been built in the past and how new constructions can achieve an equivalent formal and material presence. We are confused by the laissez faire state of contemporary architecture.

full text: Caruso St John Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects

Project Čulenova . Bratislava

gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos

Centro Polivalente Valle de Salazar . Iciz

origen: gracias a gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos

ante la incertidumbre de los usos definitivos y ante la implantación de una nueva tipología en el Valle, se proyecta un edificio compacto, con continuidad espacial entre los distintos usos, buscando la mayor flexibilidad en el futuro. Se propone una organización en bandas, agrupando en una primera banda de 7m de luz el programa de comercio, administración, sala multifuncional y servicios comunes, tanto para los usuarios de los programas de explotación, como para los habitantes del Valle.

Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

Museo ABC de Dibujo e Ilustración . Madrid


Art Foundation . Lleida

source: NO.MAD . model photos: Gilberto Ruiz . Miguel de Guzmán

Matthieu . Guido

Rome City Vision architecture competition

source: cityvision . design team: Gabay Matthieu . Maciocci Guido . more

Matter Architecture

Ecotopia: the second ICP triennial of photography and video

more: Matter Architecture

Ecotopiaries provided the setting for this exhibition showcasing contemporary views of the natural world in this era of undeniable climatic change. The project was installed within two weeks, on a stringent budget, using techniques tolerancing a non-professional construction crew.

Part commentary on America’s dependencies on oil, Ecotopiaries are fabricated out of a non-biodegradable, yet 100% recyclable, petroleum-based polyethylene foam. This single material was repurposed and recombined to create cost-effective A/V viewing rooms, light-diffusing screens, seating, and a/v monitor pods.

Through full-scale prototyping, MATTER innovated ‘woven’ skin panels that could be mass-produced and tolerate tiling into a variety of configurations on-site. The density and direction of the ‘weave’ caused the panels to naturally bow outward, creating the desired forms and requiring minimal structure for support.

The pods are consciously reminiscent of topiary, wryly referencing man’s strange attempts to shape natural growth into stylized constructions.

Wolfgang Kergaßner Architects

Z-Up Office Building . Stuttgart

source: Wolfgang Kergaßner Architects . photos: courtesy of bcmng

El Croquis 151

Sou Fujimoto

más: El Croquis

Ermolli . Fritschi

Europan 10 . Terracity . Valverde

origen: Europan . architects: Gian-Paolo Ermolli . Jonas Fritschi

Studio Banana TV

Ole Bouman, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI)

source: Studio Banana TV

Ole Bouman has been director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) since April 2007. Before taking up that position he was editor-in-chief of the periodical Volume, a cooperative venture of Stichting Archis, AMO (the research bureau of OMA/Rem Koolhaas) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. He has curated a series of public events for the reconstruction of the public domain in cities that have been hit by disasters, such as Ramallah, Mexico City, Beirut and Prishtina. Bouman has been lecturing Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) is more than a museum of architecture. It is above all a cultural institute which is open to the public and which uses a variety of methods for communicating about the shaping of human space. The NAI has one of the largest architecture collections in the world; eighteen kilometres of shelves containing drawings, sketches, models, photographs, books, journals and other materials. The NAI presents architecture, urban design, interior design and landscape architecture in more than twenty exhibitions it organizes every year. It also devotes a great deal of attention to developments in industrial and graphic design and other aspects of the designed environment. As a study center, the NAI generates many kinds of publication. NAI Publishers is an independent publishing house affiliated with the NAI. Some of its publications, such as exhibition catalogues, are linked to ongoing NAI activities.

Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas, Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

Rietveld Landscape, the office appointed by the NAI to curate the Dutch presentation in Venice, decided to emphasize the vacancy of the pavilion during the architecture biennale. The exhibition is a call for the intelligent reuse of temporarily vacant buildings around the world in promoting creative enterprise. Thousands of buildings in the Netherlands lie vacant. Some of them for a week or a few months, many even for years. During the twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Rietveld Landscape will highlight the huge potential of all that temporarily unoccupied space.

Ediciones Asimétricas



Observatorio del medio ambiente . Alicante


CBD Trees . Shenzhen

source: MVRDV


Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement

more: MOMA

Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement (October 3, 2010–January 3, 2011) presents eleven building projects on five continents that bring innovative architecture to underserved communities. The featured architects address the functional requirements of their designs but also aim to have a broad positive effect on the communities they work in, as partners in social, economic, and political transformation beyond the boundaries of their often modest sites. In addition to new modes of participatory design, the projects on display incorporate pioneering site-specific ecological and socially sustainable practices, including the exploration of both new and traditional materials. Populations that have previously rarely enjoyed the attention of architects are engaged in designs incorporating innovation worthy of the broadest attention. The renewed commitment of these architects and many of their colleagues to socially responsible architecture is reminiscent of the ideals of twentieth-century masters, but these designers eschew their predecessors’ utopian, wholesale blueprints for change imposed from above. Small Scale, Big Change presents radically pragmatic, “acupunctural” projects—limited interventions with wide-reaching effects.

Three Internet-based networks—forums in which community leaders, architects, and nongovernmental organizations share information and experience—are also featured in the exhibition, extending its scope beyond the individual projects to include stakeholders in various areas of practice around the world.

These projects have been selected from an increasingly large number of similar initiatives around the world because they exemplify the degree to which architects can orchestrate change, prioritizing work that has social impact but also balances very real concerns of cost, program, and aesthetics. They succeed in providing communities not only with physical spaces but with opportunities for self-determination and an enhanced sense of identity. As a result, these architects are both designers of buildings and moderators of change. Their integrative methodologies could serve as models for the profession at large.

Organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, and Margot Weller, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is supported in part by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Research and travel support was provided by the Patricia Cisneros Travel Fund for Latin America.


Équipement scolaire et public Les Cropettes . Genève

more: LRS


Dark Rift . Ponte de Lima International Garden Festival

more: Oglo

Josep Roselló i Til

Comissaria . Salt

origen: gisa

Bureau SLA

National Glass Museum . Leerdam

source: Bureau SLA . more: dezeen . photos: Jeroen Musch

Emilio García Navarro

Centro cívico Ajerquía . Córdoba

origen: gracias a Emilio García Navarro

El objetivo del proyecto es trasladar el carácter público y agradable de la plaza de San Agustín al interior de la intervención, extendiendo el pavimento de la plaza al interior del edificio diluyendo la transición a las actividades que en el se realizan.
 "La plaza, la calle y las circulaciones del edificio son de la ciudad, se pasean y se descansan..."


STRATEGY PUBLIC. Landscape Urbanism Strategies

origen:  a+t  ediciones

42 Architects

East Mountain restaurant . Östersund


Nueva Biblioteca pública . Bressanone

origen: gracias of ETB

El casco histórico de Bressanone representa, para quien lo recorre, un verdadero salto en la historia y en la cultura del lugar, testimoniado por cada piedra y cada edificio de la ciudad; historia que se manifiesta a través del lenguaje de los espacios urbanos, de la arquitectura, de las formas y los materiales que la construyen.

atelier do cardoso

Boabab House. A house in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion.
Lisbon Architecture Triennale

source: courtesy of atelier do cardoso

Searching for a concept to an African house, came up the image of the circular straw matting that provided shelter on African landscape next to the baobab trees.
As we where investigating types of African and Angolan houses with circular plan and the way people live there, we found out that most activities are conducted on the outside, under the protection of a porch. There people work, cook and socialize. The interior is just a shelter. The rooms are situated along the outer wall and common area serves as the central distribution area.

Peter Zumthor

Kunsthaus . Bregenz

source: photos: courtesy of © Sasha Cisar . plans: archdaily