Iñaki Ábalos’ Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: “Interior”

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By focusing on the architecture of interiors, Inaki Ábalos, the curator of this year’s Spanish Pavilion, highlights the spaces within 12 Spanish buildings. These projects, mostly completed within the past three years, serve as specifically important instances of refurbishment and regeneration of ’s built heritage. The exhibition is a study not only of the architecture itself, but of the cultural material that gave rise to the specific forms. Through large-scale photographs and sections of each of the presented spaces, Interior seeks “the place where life unfolds, the central theme of architecture.” Read on to find the rest of the curator’s statement.

El Palmeral of Surprises / Junquera Arquitectos

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Architects: Junquera Arquitectos
Location: Málaga,
Architect In Charge: Jerónimo Junquera García Del Diestro, Jerónimo Junquera González-Bueno, Ana Junquera González-Bueno, Liliana Obal
Area: 6,675 sqm
Year Project: 2011
Photography: Cemex, Jesús Granada, Heliopol

GG Bioclimatic House / Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
Location: , Barcelona, Spain
Project Architects: Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa, Xavier Morell
Project Area: 111 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Casa Juncal & Rodney / Pepe Gascon Arquitectura

© José Hevia

Architects: Pepe Gascon Arquitectura
Location: Carrer dels Torradors, , Girona,
Area: 361 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Hevia

IGC Tremp / Oikosvia Arqutiectura

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Architects: Oikosvia Arqutiectura
Location: Passeig Pompeu Fabra, 19, 25620 Tremp, Lleida,
Architect In Charge: Manuel Ortiz Alba, Jorge Urbano Salido, Javier Peña Arribas, Marc Edo Cruces, Albert Altisent Tirbió
Area: 1234.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Oikosvia Arquitectura

Biblioteca Angel Gonzalez / Carlos de Riaño Lozano

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Architects: Carlos de Riaño Lozano
Location: , Spain
Year: 2010
Photographs: Miguel de Guzman

Environmental Recovery of the Llobregat River / Battle I Roig Arquitectes

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Architects: Battle I Roig Arquitectes
Location: , Spain
Architects In Charge: Enric Batlle, Joan Roig, architects
Area: 1540000.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Jordi Puig

Studio for Arranz Bravo / Garcés – De Seta – Bonet

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Garcés – De Seta – Bonet
Location: Túnels de Vallvidrera, ,
Architect In Charge: Jordi Garcés
Area: 167 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrià Goula

House in Isla Fuerteventura / Ilya Escario

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Location: Fuerteventura,
Area: 221 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Carl Lang

Reforma y Rehabilitación de la Nave Industrial Can Minguell / Toni Gironès

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Architects: Toni Gironès
Location: ,
Area: 2100.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Atlantida Auditorium / UTE Llinàs-Llobet-Ayesta-Vives

© Filippo Poli

Location: Vic, Barcelona,
Director Architect: Josep Llinàs
Associates Architects: Josep Llobet, Pedro Ayesta, Laia Vives
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Filippo Poli

Tupper Home / Andrés Jaque

© Miguel de Guzmán

Architects: Andrés Jaque
Location: Madrid,
Design Team: , Pedro Pinto-Correia, Teresa del Pino, Helena Bartosova, Sarah Caperos, Rebecca Frisoli, Iris Hutinger, Pedro Pinto-Correia, Jorge Ruano
Year: 2007
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Gordailu Building / Astigarraga y Lasarte

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Architects: Astigarraga y Lasarte
Location: , Gipuzkoa,
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Jorge Allende

House In Costa Brava / Garcés – De Seta – Bonet

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Garcés – De Seta – Bonet
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Centro Cultural Casal Balaguer / Flores & Prats + Duch-Pizá

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Architects: Flores & Prats, Duch-Pizá
Location: , Balearic Islands,
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Flores & Prats + Duch-Pizá

80 Social Housing Apartments in Salou / Toni Gironès

© José Hevia

Architects: Toni Gironès
Location: , Tarragona,
Area: 8,672 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: José Hevia, Courtesy of Toni Gironès

Conference: Social Housing in Spain

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Social Housing in is intended to be the first of a series of international programs by the AIANY Housing Committee, highlighting exemplary housing design around the world. For the first program of the series, AIANY have invited three leading architects from who are currently teaching in the tri-state area: Carmen Espegel, Iñaqui Carnicero, and María Hurtado de Mendoza. The panelists will present and comment upon innovative projects that follow the country’s strong social commitment to housing.

The first decade of the XXI century was a landmark of quality and diversity in social housing in Spain.During those years, Spain built more collective housing than the production of England, France, and Germany combined. Approximately 4 million of units were built between 2000 and 2008. The municipal housing companies promoted, by means of open design competitions, a large number of significant works that championed research to new ways of living, hybrid typologies, construction systems linked to prefabrication and industrialization methods, and towards finding new explorations of shared space for new communities. The right to housing is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution. Publicly protected housing in Spain represents a peculiarity compared to social housing models in other EU countries, in that it is housing provided almost entirely for owner-occupation.

Title: Conference: Social Housing in Spain
Website: http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=7055
Organizers: AIANY Housing Committee
From: Thu, 29 May 2014 18:00
Until: Thu, 29 May 2014 20:00
Venue: Center For Architecture
Address: 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012,

The Muskiz Municipal Sports Centre Extension / G&C Arquitectos

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Architects: G&C Arquitectos
Location: , Biscay,
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of G&C arquitectos, Jorge Allende