Solar Tower / Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

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Architects: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos
Location: Sociópolis, Valencia,
Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz
Project Team: Alfonso Miguel (coordination), Laura Torres, Jorge Álvarez-Builla, Víctor Garzón, Pablo de la Hoz, Ismael Martín, Luis Matanzo, Jens Richter, David Sobrino, José Rodríguez
Area: 10,080 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia

AD Interviews: Iñaki Abalos

Yesterday, Iñaki Abalos was announced as the new Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD; he will begin on July 1st, 2013.

Abalos is a renowned Spanish architect, with much experience in both the academy and the professional field. He started his career together with Juan Herreros at the highly acclaimed firm Abalos + Herreros (1984-2006), and has been working since 2006 with Renata Sentkiewicz at Abalos+Sentkiewicz.

Highspeed Train Station in / Abalos+Sentkiewicz © Jose Hevia

His work always tries to find a balance between technical precision and the integration with the environment and landscape. This has evolved into the concept of “Thermodynamic Beauty”, a concept embodied in his buildings and constantly evolving throughout his academic efforts, which have included the authorship of several books and professorships at the ESTA Madrid, Harvard, Columbia, EPF Laussane, Princeton, Cornell and the BIArch . At the GSD he was acting as Professor in Residence, leading studios, lectures, and seminars related to his focus on technology and history, the thermal properties of architecture and the integration of natural elements.

Abalos will soon lead one of the most influential architecture schools in the world, a tremendous responsibility given the challenges of architecture education, which we discuss in this interview. He also talks about how architects lost their authority after post-modernism, and suggests that we could get it back by cultivating a problem solving expertise on the world’s greatest challenges: climate change, the high density of the cities, and more.

‘Spotlight on Design’: Abalos + Sentkiewicz Lecture

Atelier Albert Oehlen. Photo couretsy

Taking place 6:30pm-8:00pm on Tuesday, October 30, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will be presenting a lecture by Madrid-based studio Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos. The event, which is part of the ‘Spotlight on Design’ series, focuses on their integration between architecture, environment, and landscape. This “thermodynamic beauty” is seen in a variety of international projects, including the Highspeed Rail Station in Logrono, Spain; Atelier Albert Oehlen in Bühler, Switzerland; and plans for a performing arts center in Taipei. Presented with the Embassy of Spain as part of Preview: Spain Art and Culture. The ‘Spotlight on Design’ speaker series is sponsored by Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, with additional support from the American Institute of Architects. For more information on the event, please visit here.

High Speed Train Station in Logroño / Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos

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Architects: Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos
Location: , Rioja,
Project Director: Francisco Cifuentes (Ineco), Pelayo Suárez (Sener)
Architectural Project Directors: ñaki Ábalos, Alfonso Miguel, Renata Sentkiewicz
Project Team: Jorge Álvarez-Builla, Yeray Brito, Aaron Forest, Victor Garzón, Pablo de la Hoz, Ismael Martín, Laura Torres, Rodrigo Rieiro, José Rodríguez
Works Management: INECO (Eduardo Muñoz) TYPSA (Ricardo Castejón)
Year: 2009
Area: 145,000 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

Architecture City Guide: Madrid

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Madrid. As the third largest city in the European Union, Madrid is the economic and political capital of . The streets and neighborhoods for the most part remains historic, but the city is punctuated with moments of engaging and interesting contemporary architecture. For those who have followed our city guides, you will have noticed that this is our second stop in . That said, Madrid is distinctly different from . The differences between the two are manifested in their architecture, both old and new. Our lists only cover relatively recent projects, but a quick glance at the two will give you a sense of the differing cultures and lifestyles (Barcelona’s City Guide). Both lists are far from complete and we are looking to add to them in the near future. In the meantime add more of your favorites to the comment section below.

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide  page.

The Architecture City Guide: Madrid list and corresponding map after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Barcelona

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . We recently featured an engaging video where half jokingly said Barcelona is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished Barcelona is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion.

Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies / Abalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

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Architects: Ábalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos
Location: ,
Project Director: Iñaki Ábalos
Collaborators: Víctor Garzón, Renata Sentkiewicz, Alfonso Miguel, Ismael Martín, Elena Cuerda, Haizea Aguirre
Client: Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Structure: BOMA (Agustí Obiol, Javier Asensio)
Contractor: SAPIC
Technical Architect: CASOBI (Eduard Casanovas)
Lighting: SPAILLUM (Jose Mª Civil)
Furniture: MAIREA
Project Area: 4,150 sqm
Budget: 8,000,000 €
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: José Hevia

Orfila Housing, Store & Garage / Abalos + Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

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Architects: Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos
Location: Calle Orfila 7, ,
Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz
Project Team: Víctor Garzón, Elena Cuerda, Juan José González, Ismael Martín, Luis Matanzo, Alfredo Muñoz
Client: OLABE S.L
Structural Engineer: NB35
M/E: Pedro Blanco
Constructor: CYR Proyectos y Obras
Quality Surveyor: Ramón Paradinas
Rendering: Jens Richter
Built Area: 1,984 sqm
Budget: 810,360€
Project Year: 2003-2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos

‘Landform Buildings’ lecture at Roma Tre Universitá

\StudioPUBLICACIONESDIFUSION PROYECTOSPRESENTACION A2101_ToOn october 9, and Renata Sentkiewicz will give the lecture ‘Landform Buildings’ at Roma Tre Universitá (Aula Urbano VIII, Via della Madonna dei Monti 40, Rome). The lecture will take place at 4:30pm.

After the lecture, an exhibition of Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos will be opened including projects as Perfoming Art Center, Seville’s Caixaforum, Valdebebas Park, Tour Port de La Chapelle, Elche viewpoint and Orange County Museum of Art amog others.

The exhibition will take place at the same Campus.

Abalos+Sentkiewicz project for the Taipei Performing Arts Centre

The two-phase international competition for the new Performing Arts Centre in included more than 100 offices from around the world. The competition was won by OMA, and generated an intense discussion on ArchDaily.

Now we bring you a proposal from the 2nd phase by spanish architects  Ábalos + Sentkiewicz. We´ll try to get more projects so you can have the whole picture on this competition.

UPDATE: You can read Architect’s description after the break.