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Barcelona's Meteorology Center by Álvaro Siza, Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

15:58 - 19 May, 2017

In this photoset by Fernando Guerra, the photographer turns his lenses to a little-known project by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, Meteorology Center in Barcelona. 

See Barcelona Through an Architect's Eyes

06:00 - 19 May, 2017

Barcelona is an amazing city.  With its vast amount of cultural offerings, the number of places to visit is almost infinite. If there is one thing that really sets Barcelona apart from other big cities is its architecture. Like in so many other cities, the best way to intimately get know a new place is to simply take a walk through its streets. This is what Barcelona Architecture Walks is all about, a specialized route hitting all the architectural must-see spots of Barcelona.

This is a series of urban walking tours organized by architects which allow you to discover the city through the buildings and lessons of their great masters. They are a must for every tourist who wants to do something different in Barcelona, while still getting the real Barcelona experience. Of course, if you're an architect, you have no excuse. Through six differently themed walks, you can experience firsthand these examples of architecture that often get lost in the tangle of tourists taking selfies. 

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Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

03:00 - 19 May, 2017
Solo House / OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, © Bas Princen
© Bas Princen

© Bas Princen © Bas Princen © Bas Princen © Bas Princen + 20

Cs House / Antonio Altarriba Comes

13:00 - 17 May, 2017
© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo + 16

Catalan Church Restored Using Ingenious Tensioning System

12:00 - 14 May, 2017
Catalan Church Restored Using Ingenious Tensioning System, © Santi Prats i Rocavert
© Santi Prats i Rocavert

The object of this architectural restoration is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Vistabella, the work of Catalan architect Josep Maria Jujol (16 September 1879 – 1 May 1949). The original design dates from 1917 with the construction completed in 1923. The building is a magnificent and personal work of Catalan architecture.

The simplicity of the materials used—basically brick, mortar, and stone—contrasts with the spectacular formal richness of the structural solutions: columns, arches, and vaults that generate a complex, rich, and surreal interior space typical of the mysticism of Jujol.

© Santi Prats i Rocavert   © Santi Prats i Rocavert   © Santi Prats i Rocavert   © Santi Prats i Rocavert   + 23

RCR Arquitectes to Design Catalan Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale

11:01 - 12 May, 2017
RCR Arquitectes to Design Catalan Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale, Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez
Rafael Aranda (left), Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, founders of RCR Arquitectes and 2017 Pritzker Prize winners. Image © Javier Lorenzo Domínguez

The winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, RCR Arquitectes, has been selected to lead the proposal and design of the Catalan pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. The news was announced yesterday by Santi Vila, Minister of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia, during the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale of Art.

Rice Club - Brassa de Mar / Francesc Rifé studio

11:00 - 12 May, 2017
Rice Club - Brassa de Mar / Francesc Rifé studio, © David Zarzoso
© David Zarzoso

© David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso © David Zarzoso + 17

Canodròm / Dear Design Studio

11:00 - 11 May, 2017
Canodròm / Dear Design Studio, © Aitor Estevez
© Aitor Estevez

© Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez © Aitor Estevez + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de la Riera d'Horta, 3, 08027 Barcelona, Spain
  • Creative Director

    Ignasi Llauradó
  • Area

    2312.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Gaudí's First-Ever House to Open as a Museum Following Major Restoration

12:15 - 10 May, 2017
© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms
© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms

Antoni Gaudí’s first ever house, Casa Vicens, is set to open to the public this autumn following a major restoration effort. Located in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, the house was originally built for broker Manuel Vicens from 1883 to 1885 – helping to define Gaudí’s signature style and helping to usher in the era of Art Nouveau architecture in Catalonia.

© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms © Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Photo by: Pol Viladoms + 25

Psychopedagogical Medical Center / Comas-Pont arquitectos

05:00 - 10 May, 2017
Psychopedagogical Medical Center  / Comas-Pont arquitectos, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

© Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula © Adrià Goula + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer de Josep Maria Selva, 08500 Vic, Barcelona, España
  • Architect in Charge

    Comas-Pont arquitectos
  • Area

    1657.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

La Tallada House Refurbishment / ARQUITECTURA-G

15:00 - 9 May, 2017
La Tallada House Refurbishment  / ARQUITECTURA-G, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Tallada d'Empordà, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta)
  • Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas

04:00 - 9 May, 2017
AD Classics: Kafka's Castle / Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitecturas, © Ricardo Bofill
© Ricardo Bofill

Standing on a rise overlooking the Spanish Mediterranean coast, there is an odd structure which could easily be mistaken for an vast pile of forgotten blocks. Kafka’s Castle, built in 1968, was one of the earlier projects completed by Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish Postmodern architect known for apartment buildings as monumental as they were thought-provoking. While his later work indulged in Postmodern historicism, the modular and mathematically-derived Kafka’s Castle was an unabashed break from any local or global tradition – as much the case now as it was in the 1960s.

© Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill © Ricardo Bofill Once the physical model of Kafka’s Castle was completed, RBTA managed to condense all necessary construction information into only five drawings. Image© Ricardo Bofill + 19

"See You in Court!": 9 of Architecture’s Nastiest Lawsuits

09:30 - 8 May, 2017
© <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/16868722144/'>Flickr user diversey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-2.0</a>
© Flickr user diversey licensed under CC BY-2.0

What did Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry get when he designed the Stata Center, an exuberantly whimsical academic complex for MIT? A very large check, plus a major lawsuit, alleging negligence and breach of contract due to rampant leaks, mold, cracks, drainage problems and sliding ice. Sometimes the most inspired designs can go awry. And when they do, some clients lawyer up. Here are 9 fascinating examples.

Industrialized Ceramic Elements That Create a Variety of Urban Furnishings

08:00 - 7 May, 2017
Industrialized Ceramic Elements That Create a Variety of Urban Furnishings, © Javier de Paz García
© Javier de Paz García

In 1855 the German machinery manufacturer Carl Schlickeysen issued the patent he had recently created, the "Universal Patent Brickmaking machine", the first machine created to manufacture bricks by extrusión as an industrial process. 

SCHLICKEYSEN is a modular furniture system based on two types of modular metal supports and standard-sized ceramic curved vaults. All kinds of settings can be configured from the combination of these three elements; picnic tables, continuous benches, grandstands, topographies, and many more typologies can be achieved by just stacking the metal supports and using the ceramic vaults as a horizontal supporting surface. 

© Javier de Paz García © Javier de Paz García © Javier de Paz García © Javier de Paz García + 22

COCA.17 MediActions

11:40 - 4 May, 2017
COCA.17 MediActions

COCA.17: The First International Architectural Communication Congress

The first Architectural Communication Congress (COCA.17), under the title MediActions [Mediations + Actions], will be celebrated from the 17th to the 19th of May in Madrid.
This congress is framed within the Architectural Communication Master’s Degree (MACA) of the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) and within it participate the Hypermedia Research and Innovation Group and the Department of Architectural Graphical Ideation (IGA) in collaboration with the Architectural and Design Doctoral School of the Università degli Studi di Genova (ADD).
It seeks to create common spaces between multiple disciplines and social agents. With the

CID Center / NGNP arquitectos

05:00 - 3 May, 2017
CID Center / NGNP arquitectos, © Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ctra. Sevilla, 06810 Calamonte, Badajoz, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    José Antonio Plaza, Juan Carlos Herrera, Fernando Garrido
  • Area

    789.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

  • Technical Architect

    Antonio Vallejo
  • Facility Design

    Estanislao Fernández
  • Structure

    María Luisa Lorenzo

Lano Fruits Office / Laura Ortín

03:00 - 28 April, 2017
Lano Fruits Office / Laura Ortín, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos + 19

Ultzama Summer School

13:01 - 27 April, 2017
Ultzama Summer School

The Summer School will be held in two parts. Students will work with three professors in developing a single project based on the program set. The idea is to give the students the opportunity to work in a set-up resembling that of a real-life practice tasked with a commission, under the supervision of the professors. Emphasis will be on “with,” rather than on “for,” simulating the intensity and efficiency of team work in an architectural office as well as the journey through the various phases of a project, from design to execution.