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Architecture Classics: Torres de Satélite / Luis Barragán

In the context of the ambitious project Satellite City in the outskirts of Mexico City, led by architect Mario Pani in the mid-20th century, Luis Barragán received from Pani the commission to make a fountain in 1958 that would serve as a distinctive motif of the entrance through the main road access to the master plan.

The renowned Mexican architect, together with the sculptor Mathias Goeritz, projected five concrete towers, with a triangular plan and different colors and heights, reaching up to 52 meters (170 feet). The towers are totally sculptural and the authors expected they could stand out viewed even from afar and in motion.

© Suriel Ramzal | Shutterstock© Adlai Pulido© <a href="https://flickr.com/photos/jubilo/">júbilo haku</a> under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a> license© <a href="https://flickr.com/photos/jubilo/">júbilo haku</a> under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a> license+ 6

Altamira Building / Rafael Iglesia

© Gustavo Frittegotto © Gustavo Frittegotto © Manuel Cucurell© Manuel Cucurell+ 26

  • Architects: Rafael Iglesia
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1180
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2001

Isozaki Atea Building / IA+B

© Aitor Ortíz© Aitor Ortíz© Aitor Ortíz© Aitor Ortíz+ 20

  • Architects: IA+B
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  79321
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BANDALUX

Global Marketing Corp. Headquarters / D4 Arquitectos

Courtesy of D4 Arquitectos
Courtesy of D4 Arquitectos

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FHE Headquarters / MGS - Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados

© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti© Leonardo Finotti+ 53

  • Architects: MGS
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Library and School for Adults / estudi grv arquitectes

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Happy Birthday Lina Bo Bardi!

“Architecture is created, 'invented anew,' by each man who attempts her, who roams her space, climbs a stair, rests on a balustrade, lifts his head to look, open, close a door, who sits down or gets up and makes intimate contact with - and at the same time create 'forms' in - the space [...] This intimate, fiery, contact, that which was perceived by man at the beginning, is today forgotten. Routine and communal places made man forget the natural beauty of "moving in space," of his conscious movement, of those little gestures…” -- Lina Bo Bardi

We're celebrating the life and work of renowned Italian-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi, who would have turned 99 today.

Discover more about this icon and proponent of humanist modern architecture, after the break...

255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

© Hisao Suzuki© Carlos LozanoCourtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos ArquitectosCourtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos+ 23

Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain

Municipal Center for Citizen Activities / Sección B Arquitectura

© Jesús Granada© Jesús Granada© Jesús Granada© Jesús Granada+ 29

O. Fournier Winery / Bórmida & Yanzón

© García & Betancourt© García & Betancourt© García & Betancourt© García & Betancourt+ 42

La Consulta, Argentina

Villa El Sol School / Gubbins Arquitectos

© Cortesía de Gubbins Arquitectos© Cortesía de Gubbins Arquitectos© Cortesía de Gubbins Arquitectos© Cortesía de Gubbins Arquitectos+ 28

Santiago, Chile

63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar

© César San Millán© César San Millán© César San Millán© César San Millán+ 24

Vitoria, Spain

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

“My interest has always been in an architecture which reflects the modernity of our epoch as opposed to the rethinking of historical references. My work deals with what is happening now—our techniques and materials, what we are capable of doing today.”

Today is the 69th birthday of the great French architect and designer, Jean Nouvel. The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions, resulting in a variety of projects that - while strikingly different - always demonstrate an interesting use of light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. More on the Pritzker-winning architect, after the break.

His variety of work can be seen in such acclaimed works as the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Fondation Cartier and. Nouvel also has a series of notable projects currently in the works, such as the New Louvre in Abu Dhabi and the National Art Museum of China.

© Ricardo Vidal©  Paris Architecture Website© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault© Jean Nouvel Ateliers+ 8

CL House / BAM! arquitectura

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House in San Prudencio Norte / Patxi Cortazar

© César San Millán© César San Millán© César San Millán© César San Millán+ 36

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Panguipulli Hotel / GA estudio

Panguipulli, Chile
  • Architects: GA estudio
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Altos de San Antonio Clubhouse / Dutari Viale Arquitectos

© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
  • Architects: Dutari Viale Arquitectos
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

© SP-Gustavo Sosa Pinilla© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos+ 24

La Corredoria Health Center / díaz|rojo arquitectos

© Kike Llamas
© Kike Llamas

© Cortesía de díaz|rojo arquitectos© Kike Llamas© Kike Llamas© Kike Llamas+ 19