José María Sánchez García

Europan 11 . MONTHEY

José María Sánchez García . europan

The proposal is bornt from an interpretation of the place as the footprint of the industries prior to urbanization. Existing traces define our schedule.
The conceptual idea is based on the density distribution of the program throughout the place, focusing on program bands that alternate density variable green outdoor spaces and covered spaces where the construction program focuses.

Rosângela Rennó

Imemorial . 1994

+ Rosângela Rennó

In her series Immemorial (1994), Rosângela Rennó showed an installation of fifty photographs that yield dark portraits of workers and children who built Brasília, the capital whose architectural design was championed for its utopian vision. In a warehouse of the Public Archive of the Federal District, Rennó found suitcases of more than 15,000 files concerning the employees of the government construction company Novacap. In Immemorial, she uses stories that told of a massacre in the workers’ barracks and of dozens of workers who had died in the building of Brasília and been buried in the foundations. In the archives, these workers were classified under the heading ‘dismissed due death’.


Kimball Art Center . Park City . UT


In approaching the design for the new Kimball Art Center, we found great inspiration in the urban development of Park City, the Kimball site, and the city’s mining heritage. We feel the form of the new Kimball Art Center emerges where these rich stories overlap.
We were particularly moved when a long-time resident of Park City spoke nostalgically about the former Coalition Building, which once stood just south of the Kimball site. It stood 80 feet tall for 80 years as an iconic landmark for Park City and a monument to the mining heritage, until a fire tragically brought it down in 1982. We wanted to recreate some of its attributes in the new Kimball Art Center - not only the proportions and materiality but the history it represented.

Herzog & de Meuron

Museu Blau . Museum of Natural Sciences . Barcelona

renders: Herzog & de Meuron . Museu Blau . fotos interior: miquel del río . + fotos: 1 . 2 . video

Relocating the Museum of Natural Sciences into the Forum Barcelona building signals the beginning of a new life cycle for both institutions: one where each mutually benefits from the space, program and potential of the other. With its large exterior and interior spaces and its reference to natural processes and shapes, the architecture of the Forum is a particularly appropriate new home for the relocated Museum. And the Museum of Natural Science promises to energetically revitalise the existing building, replacing vacant space with intense new public activities.
The open public space that marks the approach from the Diagonal and extends under the triangular body of the building is now diversified and activated, engaging with the life of the city. The corner addressing the city centre retains its function as the main public approach. This is enhanced by the three existing pavilions which are reconfigured to provide meeting places for groups and general information along the approach to the museum entrance. The second corner, further along the Diagonal is enlivened with lush external planting and the basin under the water patio. And finally, the corner addressing the sea is activated by a new exterior dining area for students and groups, adjacent to a bar which opens onto the plaza. The interior of the elevated triangular building, which is like a vast interior landscape, structured by patios, creates a specific space well suited to an exhibition of Natural science and to the Museum’s demand for growth and need to display more of its outstanding collection.


Se acabó la fiesta

+ rtve

Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos

Archaeological Site Protection Project and Musealization . Séviac

Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos . + archdaily

Ryue Nishizawa

Garden & House . Tokyo

Ryue Nishizawa . Photos Iwan Baan . + domus

Lebbeus Woods

Experimental Space and Architecture . Lecture. 2006

PKMN [pac-man]

masj [arts municipal museum] . Alcázar de San Juan

PKMN [pac-man]

La ampliación y reforma del Museo Municipal de Alcázar de San Juan se construye en torno a tres principios fundamentales: la gestión ecológica de los recursos públicos, la polivalencia y flexibilidad de los espacios expositivos y la continuidad activa de la identidad a través de la memoria del lugar.

Carlos Granés

El puño invisible . Arte, revolución y un siglo de cambios culturales

+ editorial taurus

Valerio Olgiati

Auditorio Plantahof . Landquart

foto: Joan Massagué Sánchez . + HIC*

Bourreau . Fabre . Coltier

Europan 11 . Toulouse

courtesy of RNDM Architrecture > Estelle Bourreau . Aurélie Fabre . Jb Coltier

Between the canal and the railway, the area is enclosed.
Our project strives to reconnect it with the city.
That is why we rely on strong structural elements to both organize the territory and make it attractive:
le Mail commerçant (spine of the site)
le Quai équipé (It will be a « buffer » space between the rails and the new neighborhood and a true sign of the city entrance from the train.)
la Halle culturelle (memory of the site)
le Parvis minéral (place of recreation, leisure and interaction)
la Prairie urbaine (green space of the area)
le Quartier résidentiel (Dense and lively)

standard architecture

The 'Social Theatre' Housing . 2011 Shenzhen Biennale

+ standard architecture

Javier de las Heras Solé

museo de la escultura . Leganés

gracias a Javier de las Heras Solé

Cinco estrategias:
-    Conservar, reutilizar:
Apropiarse del lugar y su realidad física e incorporarla al nuevo proyecto.
No eliminar ni un solo árbol, no demoler… sumar capas de tiempos y arquitecturas.

-    Pieza perimetral:
Paralelo al edificio existente una pantalla –gruesa, densa- resuelve todo el programa y se convierte en filtro, barrera acústica y visual, otorgando una nueva imagen para un nuevo museo.

-    Lucernarios:
Esta nueva fachada se resuelve con dos lucernarios que se convertirán en superficie expositiva, anuncio y reclamo hacia el espectador. Hitos en el paisaje urbano reconocibles desde la distancia produciendo un cambio de escala, asumiendo su condición de borde junto a una carretera y siendo consciente de la velocidad de los coches y su punto de vista en movimiento.

-    Patio:
A modo de corredor un patio separa la nueva ampliación creando una banda activa de luz y renovación de aire teniendo en cuenta el mejor comportamiento a nivel de la eficiencia energética. Espacio intermedio-vacío.

-    Puentes:
La unión entre la ampliación y el edificio existente se realizará por medio de puentes, pasos, puertas… que nos permiten tener diferentes visiones del patio lineal.

Maaria Wirkkala

Vietato Lo Sbarco – Landing Prohibited . 2007

Maaria Wirkkala

Maciej SIUDA

XYZ Structure


The XYZ dimensional structure is a system to design a building in the most crowded parts of densely populated cities that are deprived of public, green and people-friendly places. It can be built on any location, where the small size of the plot doesn’t allow a large public square, a backyard, or a playground for kids. It is a multifunctional independent structure, which facilitates various public functions, such as cafés, restaurants, ice-cream shops, backyards, small football pitches or basketball courts, streets, footpaths, green squares, lawns or parks. An applied system of working with only one element and various incisions in different places allows us to devote every part to an independent function and, at the same time, obtain changeable sections. The result is not only an interesting architectural form, full of spaces of different proportions, measurements, heights, lengths or widths, with different quantities of light and shadow, but also something which seems to be impossible – an open and common public space, despite being limited by walls and ceilings. On the one hand, the various sections and gaps formed between stores combine them visually and, on the other, they allow all the sounds and scents to flow freely through the interior, so that one can hear the sound of children playing in playgrounds, or a ball bouncing on a basketball court in every part of the building. It can be built to every scale and size, from a small architectural intervention or house-size form to a skyscraper. It is a concept, a system, a way of thinking about architecture in extremely dense districts, rather than a finished solution. The scale is less important than the concept, the space and the architecture itself.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Renia Ehrenfeucht

Sidewalks . Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space

+ the mit press

Gerhard Richter

Baader-Meinhof . 1988

Gerhard Richter . + tate

Gerhard Richter’s cycle October 18, 1977 consists of 15 paintings and was created between March and November 1988. The paintings are the result of his fascination with terrorist group the Red Army Faction (RAF), which had been active in Germany since the beginning of the 1970s. The group tried to draw attention to their grievances about capitalist society by means of armed robberies and bomb attacks. The leading members of the first generation of the group were arrested in 1972. Their terrorist activities, their unparalleled pursuit by the police force and their joint suicides provoked heated discussion in Germany for a long time.
Joe Hage

Aires Mateus

House . Aroeira

Aires Mateus . foto © Francisco Caseiro . + archdaily . FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura

Due to the absence of fences, the hexagonal shape of the plot is not clear and the ground blends with the surrounding pinewoods. The house occupies the maximal area of construction, concentric to the six-sided plot. Disposed round a courtyard to which every space converges, its peculiar form finds a precise boundary in the outline of a canopy. Service areas provide geometry and stability to the main spaces.

Manuel Ocaña

Casa Mediterráneo . Benalúa

Manuel Ocaña . foto © Manuel Ocaña . + archdaily

studio velocity

Law School . Nishi Mikawa

studio velocity


Josep Llinás Auditorio Atlántida Vic



Facultad de Ciencias Gastronómicas . Mondragón

gracias a VAUMM . fotos © FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura . +

nl architects

siloo o . Amsterdam

+ nl architects

Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL)

Meicang Waterfront . Shanghai

Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL)

Shanghai encapsulates the essence of glamor, refinement and modernity. The sound of the Paris of the Orient resonates in this proposal for the Meicang site. It brings together local history, optimism and an essential emergent style in an elemental, sophisticated, and site-specific design strategy.
The four distinct existing structures – the silo building, the corridor structure, the Japanese villa and the No. 2 building – will be unified through a language of modernist abstraction.

Each building is examined on its own merits. The design enhances the essential qualities of each respective building. Through material and sheen, abstract detailing and programmatic intervention, the buildings come together as a relational network, unified in style.

The remarkable structure of the industrial silo building supports shimmering new cladding for the art museum. It stands as the central jewel on the grounds, reflecting the magnificent view of the Shanghai waterfront. A light-filled kaleidoscopic journey along the corridor structure is created on the upper level of the original structure. Underneath, one finds a shaded landscape of retail, cafes and outside seating.

fmau . VTA

Europan 11 . AIGLE

fmau . VTA . architects:  Frédéric MARTINET Arquitecto . Vincent TRARIEUX Arquitecto . engineers: Arnaud FAUCHER Officina AJI . Julien BARGUE Oficina AJI . student: Simon PORTELAS  

We all need a place for nothing. A beautiful place, well built, permanent and changeable, generous and mysterious. Two thousand four hundred square meters of white marble and softness.

Paco Sánchez


GALERÍA TORO . + Paco Sánchez

Esin Yurekli

TIRE APT. student housing project . Istanbul

more: architizer

Iñaqui Carnicero

Museo de esculturas . Leganés

Iñaqui Carnicero . Museo de esculturas


Mikado residential towers . Wuhan

+ jds

Pulido+Piriz. CUAC. Arquitectura . Serrano . Baquero . Ruiz


gracias a Pulido+Piriz. CUAC. Arquitectura 

NIEU WAter gaRDEN, un nuevo paisaje de agua, encuentro entre el tejido urbano y el agrícola.
La propuesta NIEU WAter gaRDEN surge gracias al encuentro de tres materiales principales: agua, ciudad y terreno agrícola. En un enclave paisajístico de especial importancia para la ciudad de Leeuwarden un adecuado equilibrio entre estos materiales permite pensar en un paisaje híbrido que establezca una transición entre el campo y lo urbano.
Surgirá así un nuevo entorno en el que elementos de la ciudad (la tradicional y la presente) establezcan un adecuado diálogo con la trama agrícola existente y sus infraestructuras asociadas.

Autores: Pulido+Piriz. CUAC. Arquitectura(Javier Castellano Pulido+Tomás García Píriz)/Juan Antonio Serrano García/ Paloma Baquero Massats/Luis Miguel Ruiz Aviles
Colaboradores: Cristóbal Adrián García Almeida, José Enrique Iniesta Molina, Alejandro Pedro López Fernández, Alejandro Carlos Galindo Durán, María de Lara Ruiz, Juan Bachs Rubio, Elena Maria Lucena Guerrero

Gabriel Sierra

Sin título. Unidad para lección de matemáticas . 2007

+ galeria luisa strina . galeria casas riegner

Born in San Juan Nepomuceno Bolivar, Colombia, Gabriel Sierra lives and works in Bogotá.

Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos . MC2 arquitectos . D+

Teatro Regional del Biobio . Concepción

gracias a Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos . MC2 arquitectos . D+

La convocatoria del concurso contiene dos grandes temas de arquitectura. Por una parte resolver de forma prototípica y económica (en términos espaciales y funcionales) un programa que pretende implantarse en el país, dedicado a las artes escénicas. Del mismo debe resaltarse la dificultad técnica que implica la Sala Principal, que debe atender a requerimientos acústicos y espaciales diferenciados (teatro, música sinfónica, ópera). Se trata de un tema que demanda la máxima racionalidad y a la vez sensibilidad para atender a cada una de las actividades de forma apropiada.

Por otra parte, el edificio debe dar una respuesta espacial a un lugar ambivalente: a la vez que dotado de una belleza singular, de especial intensidad paisajística y simbólica, el lugar queda aislado de la vida urbana por su localización cruzada por infraestructuras (que a su vez lo hacen accesible desde la región). Curiosamente, lo más valioso de su ubicación, las vistas escenográficas, se corresponde escasamente con el carácter introvertido implícito a un centro de artes escénicas por lo que de poner ambos en relación se transforma en un aspecto proyectual decisivo.



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Melendo Parrón arquitectos

Europan 11 . Würzburg

Europan Alemania . + fundación arquia . autores: Francisco Parrón Ortiz . Domingo Melendo Arancón . colaborador: Fernando López Barrientos

The construction of a natural landscape and the insertion of another one in turn is proposed (a long green strip populated of housing and equipment) that contorts itself inside the site and is interwoven with the continuous mass of trees. The project bases the construction of this landscape on a system of withdrawal, storage and recycling of the water that allows its maintenance and in addition generates spaces with ideal conditions of dampness of freshness. From a global strategy of the management of the water by means of the use of the natural local resources and a suitable selection of the open spaces, it will appear a palette of materials for the base fabric generating a new landscape. Inside, the introduction of the strip of houses allows the creation of a public space halfway between a living forest and artificial urban fabric. Intestitial spaces that lie between and under the strip thus become an intense part of the project.

Laura Lima

O Puxador . 2011

Biennale de Lyon . Bonnierskonsthall

In the work of Brazilian artist Laura Lima, the body “retains a firm grip on the imagination”. It is a body exposed to interpretation, pushed to its limits, “condemned to endless repetitions or impeded and interrupted gestures”. Lima articulates connections and obstacles between bodies and objects. In her work, the body is undifferentiated from things. It is a mouldable object; it is flesh. It has no specific character or identity, but is everyone, condemned obsessively to repeat situations and gestures as if it had no other purpose than to underline the impossibility of transcendence, the failure of communication.
Ana Sanchez-Colberg

Gonzalo del Val

Neu-Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten . Berlin

Gonzalo del Val . archiprix

Las ciudades se han convertido en el motor de la economía, han crecido convirtiéndose en mega-regiones y su producción no para de aumentar. Con lo que  se concede cada vez mayor importancia a la acumulación de talento y la capacidad de innovación. ¿Cómo podríamos potenciar la innovación y la cultura creativa? ¿Sería posible que una concentración híbrida de programa privado y programa público trabajase como un gran catalizador creativo? ¿Podría abarcar las diferentes escalas urbanas y territoriales?

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Extension Kastner & Öhler department store . Graz

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos . Photos: Gerhard Hagen . + mapolis magazin

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Extension Kastner & Öhler department store . Graz

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos . + mapolis magazin

Philippe Rahm architectes

Das große Interieur


A special contribution by Philippe Rahm architectes for the swiss architecture magazine "Hochparterre" with "Das große Interieur" published in March 2011

Vitamin P2

New Perspectives in Painting

+ phaidon

Rojkind Arquitectos

Liverpool Department Store . Mexico

Rojkind Arquitectos . + archdaily

DUPLEX architekten

East Side | Kunz Areal Windisch

DUPLEX architekten

Auf dem Gelände östlich der alten Spinnerei in Windisch sieht der Gestaltungsplan von Atelier WW vier zeilenförmige Baufelder für neue Wohnbauten vor. Wir wagen eine freie Interpretation innerhalb der Regeln des Masterplans und bilden ein eigenes inneres Zentrum aus, einen Quartierhof mit privaten Gärten, der das Spinnereigebäude räumlich miteinbezieht. Die Zeilen werden in 7 klar definierte Einzelkörper geteilt, um lange Gassen zu vermeiden, ihre streng serielle Grammatik gewährleistet eine wirtschaftliche Umsetzung. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit erfährt das Attikageschoss: Je vier 4 1/2 Zimmer-Maisonette verschränken sich derart, dass jede Wohnung 3-seitig ausgerichtet ist. Über grosszügige Terrassen treten die Wohnungen mit der Weite des ehemaligen Industrieareals und seinem angrenzenden Flussraum in Verbindung.

Carme Pinós

IOA SLIVER lecture .14.06.11

The Institute of Architecture (IOA)


Gifu Kitagata Apartment Building

SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa) . photos courtesy of shoogazing . raphael franca . plans:

The apartment building is part of a large scale public housing reconstruction project located about 15 minutes from Gifu City by car. Four women architects were selected under the coordination of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki to execute the projects. This L-shaped Wing designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima sits on the south-east part of the site where the idea for the overall layout of the development was to run the buildings around the perimeter.

Philippe Rahm architectes

Convective apartments . Hamburg

Philippe Rahm architectes

The design of this condominium building is based on the natural law of Archimedes that makes warm air rise and cold air drop. Very often in an apartment, a real difference of temperature can be measured between the floor and the ceiling, a difference that could sometimes even be 10 °C. Depending on our physical activities and the thickness of our clothes, the temperature doesn’t have to be the same in every room of the apartment. If we are protected by a blanket in bed, the temperature of the bedroom could be reduced to 16° C. In the kitchen, if we are dressed and physically active, we could have a temperature of 18°C. The living room is often 20°C because we are dressed without moving, motionless on the sofa. The bathroom is the warmest space of the apartment because here we are naked. Keeping these precise temperatures in these specific areas could economize a lot of energy by reducing the temperature to our exact needs. Related to these physical and behavioural thermal figures, we propose to shape the apartment into different depths and heights: the space where we sleep will be lower while the bathroom will be higher. The apartment would become a thermal landscape with different temperatures, where the inhabitant could wander around like in a natural landscape, looking for specific thermal qualities related to the season or the moment of the day. By deforming the horizontal slabs of the floors, different heights of the spaces are created with different temperatures. The deformation of the slabs also gives the building its outward appearance.

Charles-Henri Tachon

Rue du Nord . Paris

Charles-Henri Tachon . photo © Kristen Pelou . + archdaily


Coastal Architectural Projects for Seaside Facilities

NO.MAD . + archdaily

XDGA Xaveer De Geyter Architects

Fives hotel school . Lille


Antonini + Darmon Architectes

M3A2 Cultural and Community Tower . Paris

Antonini + Darmon Architectes . photos: Luc Boegly

The buildings of the cultural and community premises of Paris Diderot University fit into the undeveloped, southwest area of the Flour Market which was recently converted by Nicolas Michelin and Associates Agency. A break between the Flour Market and the new building is preserved. It respects the existing building and accentuates the slenderness of the tower. The two, independent buildings coexist completely. The signal-like extension stands out of its context by means of its evolving shape. It is a sensitive, delicate object, treated simply to avoid rivalry with the strong presence of the Flour Market. On the contrary it acts as a light, gravitational counterpoint. An architectural dialectic and emulation come into play much like a castle and its keep, both intrinsically inseparable.

Kimihiko Okada

Toda House . Hiroshima

photos Toshiyuki Yano . + Kimihiko Okada

Aaron Betsky

showing architecture


AllesWirdGut . FCP

WIFI Technology Center . St. Pölten

courtesy of + AllesWirdGut . visualization

Christ + Gantenbein

Roche office building . Grenzach

Christ + Gantenbein . photos Walter Mair . + baunetz

The regional bank of the Swiss canton of Baselland is
setting up a new and representative commercial building on the station square in Liestal, a town on the outskirts of Basel. The prominent volume, a contorted ashlar narrowing on the base, receives its shape from the triangular lot of land it is set upon. Towards the station side, the façade is cut out to open up to a generous canopied area. It provides a roof for waiting passengers from the station and for the shoppers on the
ground floor level. A modular façade grid embraces the building’s top floors and traces the volume’s distortion
at the bottom. Each façade panel relates to an office axis inside and forms a small oriel.