Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

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Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences has taken a starring role in Tomorrowland, Disney’s latest blockbuster. Located in the former riverbed of the Turia in Valencia, Spain, the City of Arts and Sciences comprises a cinema (L’Hemisfèric), a landscaped walk and sculpture garden (L’Umbracle), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the largest aquarium in Europe (L’Oceanográfico), and the renowned Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The complex was constructed in stages commencing in July 1996, and opened to the public in October 2005. Unique and strikingly futuristic, the iconic group of buildings caught the eye of Tomorrowland producer Jeffrey Chernov, who spoke effusively of the building at a recent press conference for the film.

“Calatrava’s architecture is just phenomenal and inventive and exciting. It’s very skeletal, like you’re looking at the vertebrae of a dinosaur or prehistoric fish,” said Chernov. “You walk into that place and you never want to leave. That’s the vibe we wanted for Tomorrowland.”

Rehabilitation Ancient Royal Butcher XVI Century in Porcuna / Pablo Manuel Millán Millán

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Location: 23790 , Jaén, Spain
Year: 2014
Photographs: Javier Callejas

Finlandia Dwellings / Lluís Corbella

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Architects: Lluís Corbella
Location: Sants, Barcelona, Barcelona,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Lluís Corbella

Aguirre House in Bayona / Carrascal•Blas

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Architects: Carrascal•Blas
Location: , Pontevedra, Spain
Architect In Charge: Sergio Martín Blas, Gabriel Carrascal
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lluìs Casals

Almohade Wall Refurbishment / Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo

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Architects: Antonio Raso, César Egea, Luis Gala y Pedro Dugo
Location: 14700 , Córdoba, Spain
Year: 2015
Photographs: Javier Orive

New Arquia Banca Office in Girona / Javier de las Heras Solé

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Architects: Javier de las Heras Solé
Location: Plaça del Vi, 4, 17004 , ,
Area: 186.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Fine Arts Museum of Asturias / Francisco Mangado

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Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: Calle Santa ANA, 1, 33003 , Asturias,
Work Direction: Francisco Mangado
Area: 11142.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Home Back Home: An Architectural Response to Moving Back in With Your Parents

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Moving back home with your parents after living independently can often create spatial tension, as the furniture and rooms that sufficed for your teenage years may no longer serve the needs of young adult life. Spanish firm PKMN [pacman] Architectures’ latest project Home Back Home, seeks to provide an architectural and spatial solution for the temporary living spaces that result from moving back home.

With it becoming increasingly common in for young adults between the ages of 25 and 40 to move back into their parents’ homes, PKMN sought to answer the question: What are the domestic models resulting from this change of paradigm and economic collapse? To answer this question and develop their Home Back Home project, the studio carried out two case studies. Learn more about their proposal and see their spatial solutions, after the break.

Barcelona Sur Power Generation Plant / Forgas Arquitectes

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Architects: Forgas Arquitectes
Location: Zona Franca, 08040 , ,
Project Architects: Joan Forgas, Dolors Ylla-Català
Project Area: 9435.0 m2
Photographs: Simón García

Orona Ideo / Barrutieta + Goikoetxea + delaFuente + Perez

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Architects: , , delaFuente, Perez
Location: Hernani, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Architects In Charge: Orona Architecture & Facilities (Xabier Barrutieta, Eneko Gokoetxea), LKSingenieria (Javier de la Fuente, Santi Perez)
Area: 50000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Agustín Sagasti

Morgue in Xirivella Renovation / In_Arquitectura

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Architects: In_Arquitectura
Location: , Valencia, Spain
Site Director: Inés Esteve Sebastia, Nuria Moya Llorens
Collaborators: Vicente Calabuig Montesinos, Teresa Huesa
Project Area: 602.0 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: David Zarzoso

G House / Esaú Acosta

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Architects: Esaú Acosta
Location: , Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Area: 240.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Esau Acosta

Ham on Wheels / External Reference Architects

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Architects: External Reference Architects
Location: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol, 8, 08002 , ,
Area: 40.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Lorenzo Patuzzo

House in Front of a Stream / 05 AM Arquitectura

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Architects: 05 AM Arquitectura
Location: 17244 , Girona, Spain
Architect In Charge: Carme Muñoz, Joan Arnau
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Casa del Lector / Ensamble Studio

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Architects: Ensamble Studio
Location: Arganzuela, , , Spain
Architect In Charge: Antón García- Abril, Débora Mesa Molina
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Courtesy of

AD Classics: National Museum of Roman Art / Rafael Moneo

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Arches have long been used to mark the greatest achievements of Roman civilization. Constantine, Titus, and Septimus Severus built them to commemorate their military victories. Engineers at Segovia and Nîmes incorporated them into their revolutionary aqueducts. And fifteen hundred years after the Fall of Rome, Rafael Moneo gave a modern touch to the ancient structure in Mérida’s breathtaking National Museum of Roman Art, located on the site of the former Iberian outpost of Emerita Augusta. Soaring arcades of simple, semi-circular arches merge historicity and contemporary design, creating a striking yet sensitive point of entry to the remains of one of the Roman Empire’s greatest cities.

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

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Architects: Rojo/Fernández-Shaw
Location: Calle Gregorio Marañón, , , Spain
Architects In Charge: Begoña Fernández-Shaw, Luis Rojo de Castro, Basic AAP slp arquitectos
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Rojo/Fernández-Shaw

Raval of the Sea Hotel / VVArquitectura

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Architects: VVArquitectura
Location: , Tarragona, Spain
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joan Guillamat