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From Seville to San Francisco: 3 Pelli Clarke Pelli Projects in Progress

US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is renowned for their iconic and sustainable designs, having won numerous awards, including the AIA’s Firm Award. They currently have several projects under construction, ranging from a transit center in San Francisco to an office and retail tower in Seville, Spain. Read on after the break for an overview of three of their current projects, all in various states of completion.

Sports Facilities in Island of Cartuaja / Cayuela Marqués Architects

© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada
  • Architects: Cayuela Marqués Architects
  • Location: Isla de La Cartuja, 41092 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Project Architects: María Cayuela, Paco Marqués
  • Project Area: 2830.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Reforma de planta baja Residencia Universitaria Flora Tristán / José Luis Sainz-Pardo + Plácido González + Miguel Ángel Chaves

  • Architects: José Luis Sainz-Pardo, Plácido González, Miguel Ángel Chaves
  • Location: Sevilla, Spain
  • Technical Architects: Domingo Pozo Morón, Luis Domínguez Álvarez
  • Project Area: 1210 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Seville Convention Center / Vázquez Consuegra

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” Pierre Cuypers, the building's original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam's Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed 'improvements': intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: 'Continue with Cuypers'. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the 'ruin'. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap's restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper's original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

Courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Image © John Lewis Marshall Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Great Hall. Image © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Gallery of Honour. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Cuyper's Library Restored. Image © Iwan Baan

Alamillo Health Center / Suárez Corchete

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Municipal Center for Citizen Activities / Sección B Arquitectura

  • Architects: Sección B Arquitectura
  • Location: Plaza los Luceros, 9B, 41019 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Project Architects: Oscar Benítez Carmona, Eduardo Fernández de Alba, Vidal Gómez Martínez
  • Technical Architect: Blanca Cruz Naranjo
  • Project Area: 1624.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Andalusian Institute of Biotechnology / Sol89

  • Architects: Sol89
  • Location: Calle Charles Darwin, 41092 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Project Architects: María González, Juanjo López de la Cruz + Francisco González, Salvador Méndez
  • Technical Architect: Víctor Baztán Cascales
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Seville University Residence Hall / Donaire Arquitectos + SSW Arquitectos

  • Architects: Donaire Arquitectos, SSW Arquitectos
  • Location: Calle Flor de Azalea, 41020 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero, Miguel Ángel de la Cova Morillo Velarde, Javier Arroyo Yanes
  • Design Team: Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Jesús Núñez Bootello, Delia Pacheco Donaire, José Francisco García Gutiérrez, Hilario José García González, Oscar Manuel Ortega Pacheco, Pablo Baruc García Gómez
  • Area: 1864.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Housing Complex in Sevilla / DL+A Arquitectos Asociados

  • Architects: DL+A Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: Ramon Carande, 7, 41013 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Jose Maria De Lapuerta, Carlos Asensio, Paloma Campo Ruano
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Eastern District of Seville Police Station / Paredes Pedrosa

  • Architects: Paredes Pedrosa / Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa
  • Location: Avenida de Emilio Lemos, 22, 41020 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Area: 3178.0 m2
  • Year: 2009
  • Photography: Roland Halbe, Luis Asín

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Luis Asín © Luis Asín

University Hospital Cafeteria / Sol89

  • Architects: Sol89
  • Location: Calle San Juan de Ribera, 1, 41009 Seville, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: María González García y Juanjo López de la Cruz junto a Silvia Escamilla y Francisco González
  • Quantity Surveyor: Víctor Baztán Cascales
  • Structure: Alejandro Cabanas
  • Building Service: Insur JG
  • Contractors: Seinsa 2000 S.A. y Astreo S.L
  • Area: 1152.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Airport Industrial Park / EDDEA

  • Architects: EDDEA
  • Location: Seville
  • Architect: José Mª de Cárdenas, Ignacio Laguillo, Harald Schönegger
  • Design Team: Covadonga Varela,Ignacio Orellana, Felipe Clemente, Norberto Bueno, Salvador Sánchez, Raúl Toledo
  • Area: 13897.0 m2
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Jesus Granada

© Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada © Jesus Granada

Enterprise Park in Arte Sacro / Suárez Santas Arquitectos

  • Architects: Suárez Santas Arquitectos
  • Location: Av. Ingeniería, s/n Sevilla 41091, Spain
  • Design Team: Asier Santas Torres, Luis Suárez Mansilla
  • Client: Sevilla Global. Ayuntamiento de Sevilla
  • Area: 19970.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Luis Asín Lapique

© Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique

Seville 24/7 Center Proposal / Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng

The Seville 24/7 center, proposed by Ayrat Khusnutdinov & Zhang Liheng, adopts the famous Spanish traditions of street life. Their project would create a retreat from the harsh sun of Andalucia, Spain and extend the street life to 24 hours of the day and 7 days of the week. Seville 24/7 is not only about holiday or cultural side of Seville, but more importantly, everyday human interaction. More images and architects’ description after the break.