Yellow Hotel / PLAN Associated Architects

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Architects: PLAN Associated Architects
Location: Meia Praia, , Algarve,
Project:  Yellow Hotel Meia Praia  – 5 star hotel
Building Area: 22 298,28 sqm
Design Team: Armando Daniel Dos Reis (Principal Architect), Jenny da Costa Marcos, Ricardo Galego Silva, Quirio Ramalhinho, Liliana de Sousa, Luis Caetano, Hugo Fonseca, Joana Fernandes, Inês Martins, José Martins, Ana Paula Costa, Filipa Monteiro, Matias dos Reis
Client: Iberotel Group
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexandre da Luz Mendes, Ricardo Cabeços, Hugo Fonseca

Portuguese architect Paulo David selected as 2012 Alvar Aalto Medal recipient

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Paulo David has been announced as the eleventh recipient of the – a prestigious honor awarded to an architect or architectural firm that has provided significant contributions to the field of architecture. “In an era where the profession is obsessed with computer-generated patterns, ‘design’ in many practices has become greatly interested in manipulating forms rather than place making and the making of architecture.” The jury honors David for his ability to create timeless architecture that plays a significant role in his hometown island of Madeira. David’s respect for history, time, place, culture and technology has allowed him to stand out from the current trend of “desperately interesting architecture” and create a new, meaningful layer within the historic volcanic landscapes of Madeira.

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‘Frozen Trees’ Installation / Like Architects

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Designed by Like Architects, Frozen Trees is a temporary installation for Christmas lighting in D. Pedro IV square in . It builds an illuminated, frozen and fractal Christmas landscape that affects and alters the path of passers by as thirty cylinders – structured, self-sufficient streetlights – are placed throughout the square, drawing a new landscape and context and inviting the visitors to new spatial experiences. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renovation And Extension Of The German School In Lisbon / JLCG Arquitectos

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Architects: JLCG Arquitectos / João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Location: Lisbon,
Project Team: Francisco Freire, Paulo Costa, Joanna Malitski, Vera Schmidberger, Paula Miranda, Marcos Roque, Raquel Morais, Luis Cordeiro, Vanessa Pimenta, architect; Nuno Pinto, drawing
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: New construction: 4,500 sqm; Existing intervention: 7,500 sqm; Outer spaces: 30,200 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

European Workshop of Waterfront and Urban Design 2012 Workshop

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Organized by a commission of professors and students from the ULHT’s (Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias) School of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI), European Workshop of Waterfront and Urban Design Workshop 2012 will take place from March 18-31. Held at ISCAD on ’s Waterfront, where students can work all day, EWWUD’s previous editions gathered about 80 students from several European and North American universities, who worked together for two weeks. More information on the event after the break.

‘Polikatoikea’ / Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

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Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the open ideas competition organized by Origami Competitions. The competition focused on an empty plot in Oporto, , where they were asked to develop a fresh and contemporary residential proposal that could be spread through the city. ‘Polikatoikea’ does just that in seeking a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Casa dos Cubos / EMBAIXADA arquitectura

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Architect: EMBAIXADA arquitectura
Location: Praceta Alves Redol, 2300 Tomar,
Project Team: Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina Mendonça, Luis Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Sofia Antunes
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 980,34 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of EMBAIXADA arquitectura

Gruta das Torres Visitor Centre / SAMI-architectos

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Architects: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: Criação Velha, Pico Island, ,
Property, Owner of the building: Governo Regional dos Açores. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Direcção Regional do Ambiente
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

Spinpark / Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

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Architects: Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos
Location: Caldas das Taipas, ,
Client: Avepark, Parque de Ciências e Tecnologia
Project Area: 4.484 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Interpretation Centre of World Heritage Landscape / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architect: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location : Stª. Luzia, Pico Island, , Portugal
Owner of the building: Governo Regional dos Açores. Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar. Direcção Regional do Ambiente
Project Team: 2nd Phase Andreia Luís, Rita Maria Pinto
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

House C:Z / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architect: SAMI-arquitectos – Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Location: São Roque do Pico, Ilha do Pico, Açores,
Team: João do Vale Martins, Inês Martins, Daniel Mentech
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG + SG architectural photography

Private House In Barcelos / Rui Grazina

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Architect: Rui Grazina
Location: Cambeses, ,
Area: 300 sqm
Total area: 290 sqm
Gross building area: 3300 sqm total plot area
Completion: 2011
Construction: Engiaço Construções Técnicas, Braga
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

   

Garducho Biological Center / Ventura Trindade Architects

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Architect: Ventura Trindade Architects
Location: , Portugal
Design team: Chiara Ternullo, Nuno Marcos, André Monteiro Rosa, Adelaide Neves, Lourenço van Innis, Filipe Carvalho, Susana Medeiros, Jorge Vicente, Liliana César Rodrigues, Filipe Nunes, Rita Figueiredo, Nélson Rodrigues
Structural Engineering: PRPC – engenheiros, Paulo Cardoso, Pedro Romano com Hugo Veríssimo, Carlos Crespo
Technical Energy: João Mira, Rui Batista
Client: Ceai, Centro de Estudo da Avifauna Iberica, Carla Janeiro, Tiago Ferro
Built area: 545 sqm (gross)
Cost: 675.000 EUROS
Completion: 2009
Maximum height of the building: 6,5 m
Photographs: Courtesy of Ventura Trindade Architects

”Taste The Slope” Proposal / Active City Transformation

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A garden is not just a beautiful place; it is a place for enjoyment, a place of admiration and a place where we come in contact with and learn about nature, especially food. A garden is also a workplace, where one’s hard efforts are rewarded with a bountiful harvest. In recognition of the intense relationship between growing and eating a garden, Taste the Slope, the winning proposal in the International Garden Festival by Active City Transformation, strives to create a more meaningful public connection to the foods we grow and where they are eaten; a local, hands-on garden café of sorts. More images and architects description after the break.

MIMA House / Mima Architects

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Architects:
Location: Viana do Castelo,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 36 sqm
Photographs: Jose Campos

MIMA started with the intention of planning a dwelling that responds directly to the lifestyle of nowadays’ societies. How can architecture adapt to the quick life changes and ambitions of a well informed and increasingly exigent society? MIMA architects researched for years to design a fast produced, flexible, light and cheap yet good quality product, wrapped up with a pleasant clean design.

Bluetube Bar / DOSE

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Architect: DOSE
Location: Porto,
Project Team: António Martins, Carlos Foyedo, Luís Grilo.
Client: Ae FAUP
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 9 sqm
Photographs: DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

 

HILTI headquarters / metroquadrado®

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Architects: metroquadrado® architects & designers
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1600 sqm
Photographs: Bernardo Portugal | Susana Saraiva for metroquadrado®

Fabrica Ceramitur / NLA

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Architect: NLA-Nuno Leonidas Arquitectos, Lda
Location: Lagos,
Project Team: Nuno Leonidas, Vasco Leonidas, Duarte Tenera
Client: Ceramitur, SA
Landscape Architecture: Topiaris – Estudos e Projectos de Arquitectura Paisagista, Lda.
Construction: Neocivil – Construcoes do Algarve, S.A.
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG , Sergio Guerra