Venice Biennale 2012: Catalan and Balearic Islands Pavilion

Restoration of Can Ribas Factory / Jaime J. Ferrer Forés; © José Hevia

This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and for the first time, the Institut Ramon Llull will be presenting an exhibition dedicated to Catalan and Balearic architecture entitled “Vogadors”, featuring nine projects from nine different architects that epitomize the contemporary and avant-garde works from the regions. The exhibition is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, which is the main geographical feature of the regions, and by the words of Jorge Oteiza, “He who forges ahead creating something new does so like an oarsman, moving forward but back-paddling, looking behind him, towards the past, towards what exists, so as to be able to reinvent its underpinnings.”

Follow us after the break to see the projects to be featured at the exhibit.


Store reform / A-cero

© Juan Sánchez

Architects: A-cero
Location: Calle de los Mesones, 51, 18001 ,
Architect In Charge: Joaquin Torres, Rafael Llamazares
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 48.0 sqm
Photographs: Juan Sánchez

Fuencarral-El Pardo Police Station / Voluar Arquitectura

© Ángel Baltanás

Architects: Voluar Arquitectura S.L.P
Location: Calle del Mirador de la Reina, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Pablo Rodríguez Mesa, Borja Lomas Rodríguez
Work Team: Teresa Gómez Benito, Alfredo Diez Torre, Noemí Martínez Pozo, Lorenza Grandi, Juan Carlos Argüello
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 6,770 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás, Courtesy of Voluar Arquitectura

Seven Modular Housing in Covas / Salgado e Liñares Architects

© Héctor Santos-Díez

Architects: Salgado e Liñares Architects
Location: Bertamiráns, Ames,
Architect In Charge: Alfonso Salgado Suárez, Francisco X. Liñares Túñez
Project Management: Alfonso Salgado, Francisco Liñares
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Héctor Santos-Díez

Radio Museum Expansion / VAUMM Arkitekturak + Taperstudio

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The expansion project for the Radio Museum in Ponferrada, Spain is built around a new courtyard, which houses the entrance to the building and provides support for “sound” connection with the old museum. Designed by VAUMM arkitekturak and Taperstudio, the piece is inserted in the historic center offering a renewed image from the traditional imaginary. The connection of the volumes at the end of the courtyard and the inner spatial distribution, organizing servant and served spaces, enable a clear and easy travel throughout the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rooms and Sports Facilities in a Park / GANA Arquitectura

© Jesús

Architects: GANA Arquitectura
Location: Vélez-Málaga, Spain
Design Team: Antonio Galisteo, Álvaro Fernández Navarro
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,897.61 sqm
Photographs: Jesús Granada

Variation Guggenheim 3 / Joaquín Alvado Bañón


Architects: Joaquín Alvado Bañón
Location: Daya Vieja, Alicante,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: David Frutos

Convent de Sant Francesc / David Closes

© Jordi Surroca

Architects: David Closes
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 950.0 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Surroca

Expansion of the Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura

© Jordi Canosa

Architects: Estudi PSP Arquitectura
Location: Parc del Taulí, , Spain
Client: Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí
General Constructor:  COPCISA
Structure Consultant: Rafel Bellmunt, Laura Bellmunt (Bb Arquitectura)
Project Year: 2009
Gross Floor Area: 15,641 sqm
Project Area: 1,098 sqm
Photographs: Jordi Canosa,

Parc Pintor Vila Closes / David Closes

© Jose Hevia

Architects: David Closes
Location: Manresa,
Design Team: Núria Bayó, Carles Jaén
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Hevia

Residential Center Cugat Natura / JF Arquitectes

© Xavi Gálvez

Architects: JF Arquitectes
Location: ,
Architect in charge: Jordi Frontons
Architects associates: Xavi Durán – Pau Frontons
Technical architect: Carlos Arilla
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17.9 sqm
Photographs: Xavi Gálvez

Moritz Brewery / Jean Nouvel

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre

Spanish photographer Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre just shared with us these beautiful photos of one of Jean Nouvel‘s latest project in Barcelona, : A gastronomy and cultural center for Catalan beer company Moritz.

Some more photographs after the break.

Radio Nacional de España Headquarters / Ravetllat-Ribas

© Roger Casas

Architects: Ravetllat-Ribas
Location: Barcelona,
Architect In Charge: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas
Design Team: Olga Schimd, Carles Oliver, Miguel Ángel Sánchez
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Casas

Sport Residence – Campus Cerdanya / + MMASS Architects

© Gabriele Lombardo

Architects: + MMASS Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Gabriele Lombardo

Reorganization of the Victoria Kent Park / Antonio Blanco Montero

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Antonio Blanco Montero
Location: , Spain
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Etseib C’ Departamental Building / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

© Roger Casas

Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: BarcelonaSpain
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 2,166 sqm
Photographs: Roger Casas

Ants’ House / Espegel – Fisac

© Joaquín Mosquera

Architects: Espegel – Fisac
Location: 28400 ,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joaquín Mosquera

Krea Arts Centre / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Portal de Betoño, , Spain
Design Team: Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo
Proyect Year: 2007
Project Area: 9,899 sqm
Photographs: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura