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Rural Hotel Complex / ideo arquitectura

05:00 - 7 October, 2016
Rural Hotel Complex  / ideo arquitectura, © Imagen Subliminal
© Imagen Subliminal

© Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal © Imagen Subliminal +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Mayte Barrios
  • Principal Design

    Virginia del Barco
  • Area

    90.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

White Elephants: Over-Budget, Unsuccessful, and Embarrassing Architecture Projects From Around the World

09:50 - 26 September, 2016
White Elephants: Over-Budget, Unsuccessful, and Embarrassing Architecture Projects From Around the World, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Not every piece of architecture can be an economic and social success. But there is one dreaded term reserved for only the mot wasteful of projects: "white elephants." The term comes from a story of the kings of Siam, now Thailand, who would reportedly gift sacred albino elephants to courtiers they didn't like. Refusing the gift from the king would have been unacceptable, but being sacred, these animals were forbidden from work, leading the courtier to financial ruin—a fact the kings knew all too well.

Of course, in architecture the term "white elephant" is used frequently to disparage certain projects, and whether a project is deserving of such infamy is usually a matter of perspective. Often eyesores or reminders of poorly spent funds, these projects refuse to be forgotten despite few wanting to remember them. Dotted around the world and across history, they all have the same thing in common: although they may (or may not) have once looked good on paper, they probably should have just stayed on paper.

Public Housing VPO in Ciudad Real / Rojo/Fernández-Shaw

10:00 - 3 May, 2015
Public Housing VPO in Ciudad Real  / Rojo/Fernández-Shaw , Courtesy of Rojo/Fernández-Shaw
Courtesy of Rojo/Fernández-Shaw

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Fuensanta House / MUKA Arquitectura

01:00 - 4 February, 2015
Fuensanta House / MUKA Arquitectura, © Javier Callejas
© Javier Callejas

© Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas +25

Health Center Of Ciudad Real / Arquitecnica

01:00 - 2 March, 2012
Health Center Of Ciudad Real / Arquitecnica, © Aitor Estevez Olaizola
© Aitor Estevez Olaizola

© Aitor Estevez Olaizola © Aitor Estevez Olaizola © Aitor Estevez Olaizola © Aitor Estevez Olaizola +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ciudad Real, Spain
  • Architects

    Arquitecnica - Roberto Moreno Klemming & Peru Cañada Omagogeascoa
  • Collaborators

    Laura Fernandez Muñoz, Isabel Dominguez Segura, Nuria Martin Alcaraz
  • Quanity Surveyors

    Oscar Bernedo Antoñanzas
  • Client

    Sescam
  • Constructor

    Ploder
  • Photographs