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Galicia Publishes a Guide to Colors and Materials Of Its Traditional Architecture

Last October 23, in the small Galician city of Ares (Spain), the "Guide of colors and materials" was publicly presented, with which the administration of the Galician community - in collaboration with the Galicia College of Architects (COAG) - aims to establish aesthetic criteria and recommendations in the search for a better image and urban quality of Galician populations. 

This document is composed of fourteen volumes and its publication was made possible by a laborious process in which, for a year, architects, historians, and graduates of Fine Arts, had analyzed more than 3,800 buildings in rural, urban and peri-urban areas, as well as in industrial properties in the four Galician provinces.

AGi Wins Competition to Transform Galician Roman Ruins into Sensory Museum

AGi Architects has won a competition to transform 18 ancient Roman sites into a natural museum in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. The winning proposal, entitled In Natura Veritas, was selected from 26 submissions in a competition organized by the Spanish Ministry of Public Works. The AGi scheme, due to be realized in the coming months, aims to preserve the memory of the natural environment chosen as a living place by the Roman settlers hundreds of years ago and to treat the visitor to a multi-sensory journey through the 18 sites across the Pontevedra landscape.

Courtesy of AGi Architects Courtesy of AGi Architects Light, sounds, scents and textures change throughout the journey. Image Courtesy of AGi Architects An archaeological grid structures the landscape. Image Courtesy of AGi Architects + 12

Confederación Hidrográfica del Miño-Sil Office Building Proposal / VAUMM + Taperstudio

Courtesy of VAUMM + Taperstudio
Courtesy of VAUMM + Taperstudio

Located where two rivers come together, the Confederación Hidrográfica Miño and Sil office building will be protected by the official use the building serves. Designed by VAUMM + Taperstudio, their compact and geometrically absolute design aims to turn the new equipment into a reference able to articulate that piece of city. Its pyramidal shape is due to programmatic, functional and corporation itself requirements. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A Barrela Health Center / Manuel Vázquez Muíño

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© Santos-Díez

Architects: Manuel Vázquez Muíño Location: Carballedo, Galicia, Spain Architect: Manuel Vázquez Muíño Technical Architect: Visitación Mouzo Souto Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Santos-Díez

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Cultural Centre / Díaz y Díaz Architects

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Courtesy of Díaz y Díaz Architects

Carefully studying the circulation of the Cros Old factory buildings and in knowing, that when considered together, the three existent buildings have a great value for its urban and architectural system, volumetric plastic qualities and spatial configuration, Díaz y Díaz Architects sought an integration of architectural space. In doing so, their design is perceived as a unified whole. More images and architects’ description after the break.