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Architect Day: Gigon / Guyer

Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, for more than 20 years, make a solid and elegant architecture. They gained notoriety by qualifying the urban landscapes of Switzerland, a country where good architecture can be seen easily. Gigon / Guyer are certainly a great source of inspiration for architects and enthusiasts. Photos from Mike Guyer born in Ohio, United States in 1958, and Annette Gigon, born in Herisau, Switzerland in 1959, studied together at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Both received their diplomas in 1984. After graduating they worked in large architectural offices, which certainly brought a lot of experience and concepts to their own work. Gigon worked for Marbach & Rüegg Architects offices in Zurich, and Herzog & de Meuron Architects in Basel, while Guyer worked at OMA Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and was assistant professor Hans Kollhoff at ETH Zurich. Detached House, Küsnacht, Switzerland Detached House, Canton Grisons, Switzerland Both Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer worked as freelance professionals and in 1989, signed a partnership and joined their knowledge to form the office Gigon / Guyer Architekten located in Zurich. With little time and significant works, the partnership was seen as a reference for the young Swiss architects. Today, Gigon and Guyer have won several international competitions for both residential and public buildings, becoming a great source of inspiration for architects worldwide. Sports Centre Davos, Switzerland Workshop Building, Davos, Switzerland Auditorium, University of Zurich, Switzerland Residence du Pré-Babel, Geneva, Switzerland Housing Complex Brunnenhof, Zurich, Switzerland Residential and Retail Building, Almere, The Netherlands Housing Project Park Grünenberg, Wädenswil, Switzerland Three Single Family Row Houses, Rüschlikon, Switzerland Housing Complex and renovation Pflegi-Areal Zurich, Switzerland Housing Project, Zurich, Switzerland Housing Complex Broëlberg I, Kilchberg, Switzerland Road Transport Hall, Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland Entrance Building, Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, Switzerland Donation Albers-Honegger EAC, Mouans Sartoux, France Archaeological Museum and Parc Kalkriese, Osnabrück, Germany Museum Liner Appenzell, Switzerland Photographer: Pieter Rolies Vinikus Restaurant, Davos, Switzerland Kirchner Museum Davos, Switzerland

Buama House - a Modern Renovation Project

Buama House is a renovation project from GAD, an Istanbul and New York based company, which performs architectural practice, research and concept design since 1994. The Buama renovation was a project for a young couple living in Beykoz, a suburb of Istanbul. The idea was to insert a new structure in the existing one without loosing the main elements of it. The result is pretty awesome, a mix of styles, textures and materials that make a really modern house. I was browsing around last week when I found this house and really liked some elements of it. The big spaces, heights, the mix of materials... the tiles in the walls, the cement floor, the wooden tables, many things and the way they got mixed got my attention and I hope it gets yours too. Check out GAD's website for more about this and other cool projects. Enjoy. =) "The smooth and endless lines reference infinite space, as there is no clear distinction between the floors & walls, or between the walls & ceiling. Light scatters on the organic surface in a way that seems almost limitlessness." "The furniture is selectively chosen to unite many different styles. The young couple has a collection of beautiful antique pieces, and desired to combine the new furniture with this collection. These pieces attract attention in contrast to the smooth surface of the white walls and ceilings."

Architect Day: Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza is one of the great exponents of world architecture. To visit one of his works is certainly a great experience--feeling a little into the mind of a master of architecture that enhances the design on a large scale until the minimal detail. Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in 1933 in Matosinhos near the city of Porto in Portugal. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Porto in 1955 after 6 years of study, later teaching there between 1966 and 1969. He always had an admiration for the works of Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, but early on was able to establish his own language, based not only on the international modernist references as well as the strong building tradition of Portugal. Thus, Alvaro Siza, presents unique works in the modern Portuguese scenery. " There are two different words in portuguese that mean 'to look' and 'to see and understand'. The tool of an architect is to be able to see.” Álvaro Siza Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal Siza established a very important relationship with architect Fernando Tavora, his teacher and principal reference to the School of Porto, with whom he developed a strong friendship and creative complicity. He created true milestones in Portuguese architecture, influencing many other architects. His architecture, combining formal complexity and apparent simplicity of design, won the world over after some time with works in America and Asia, through major points of architecture, like the USA, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. He has deservedly received the Pritzker prize and the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects. "I am against this idea of specialization. I like to diversify my work, and I've done a bit of everything. You can not make a good housing estate or a museum without having done houses. The architecture is only one. The hands that draw and the hands that build are always the same.” Álvaro Siza Galician Museum of Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain Quinta da Malagueira, Évora, Portugal Aveiro Library, Aveiro, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Casa Vieira de Castro, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Faculty of Architecture, Porto, Portugal Church of Marco Canaveses, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Leça Swimming Pools, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Portugal Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal Armanda Passos House, Porto, Portugal Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom Sports Center Llobregat, Spain Anyang Pavillion, Korea Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba SAAL Bouça Housing, Porto, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Summer House, Sintra, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Biblioteca Municipal de Viana do Castelo, Portugal Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Photographer: Duccio Malagamba House in Mallorca, Spain Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture Photographer: FG+SG Photography of Architecture

One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen

I'm absolutely sure that this house is one of the most incredible houses I've ever seen. Of course, the pictures help a lot, but the shapes, the straight lines, the use of a few materials, elements that I believe are main points on the contemporary architecture, are all too evident on that house in La Finca, Spain. This is just one of hundreds of houses inside a complex and exclusive house development. A place with lots of green areas, lakes and wonderful houses designed by A-cero, an architecture studio in Madri. A-cero did a particular great job on this house: with simple and rectangular shapes working together with huge windows they have built a perfect exemple of modern architecture. And what to say about the interior?! Each bedroom following the same style with strong colors and the same space composition. And to complete this architectonic poetry, water mirrors and a beautiful pool help turn make pleasant every space on this house and easy to contemplate the emotions that a good architecture can transmit. Thanks ArchiDaily for the tip!

Architect Day: MVRDV

MVRDV gives us a good insight into the path that architecture can lead. With a new vision, they have a wide variety of topics in their large number of projects carried out, showing high quality in all of them. Fotos via Winy Maas, born in 1959 in Schijndel, Jacob van Rijs born in Amsterdam in 1965, and Nathalie de Vries, born in Appingedam in 1965, joined together to form MVRDV in 1991. Some projects from the beginning of their career, such as the center of Villa VPRO television and houses for elderly Wozoco, brought international recognition to the office and took them to the level of the great new architecture firms in the world. Today, with nearly 20 years on the road they have already accumulated numerous international awards. "MVRDV pursues a fascination for radical methodical research: on density and on public realms. Through investigation and use of the complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary design processes, spaces are shaped methodically..” MVRDV Design Statement Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands Calveen, Amersfoort, The Netherlands MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam and today has more than 60 architects and team members. A wide variety of topics of their projects allow them to show all their repertoire of new ideas, clear concepts and exemplary architecture. Their projects are private and mark a new architecture for Europe. We hope that their work can be seen everywhere in the world, with the assurance that there is much to be added to the landscape of many cities. Parkrand Building, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cancer Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands Pyjama Garden Medical Center Extension, Veldhoven, The Netherlands Gyre, Tokyo, Japan Didden Village, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Borneo, Amsterdam Porters Lodges, Hoge Veluwe National Park, The Netherlands Mirador, Madrid, Spain Wozoco, Amsterdam-Osdorp, The Netherlands Ypenburg Masterplan, The Hague, The Netherlands Villa VPRO, Hilversum, The Netherlands UPV Munich, Germany Matsudai, Matsudai Niigata prefecture, Japan Haus Am Hang, Stuttgart, Germany Anyang Peak, Anyang, South Korea De Effenaar Pop Centre, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Gemini Residences - Frosilo, Copenhagen, Denmark Barcode House, Munich, Germany Expo 2000 NL Pavilion, Hannover, Germany

One Shelley Street, The Macquarie Group Offices

One Shelley Street is an impressive place. Planned to break all kinds of space composition paradigms, Clive Wilkinson Architects implemented the project for the Macquarie Group, creating a modern environment to a investment company. Placed in Sydney, Australia, the project was conceived as a small villa, One Shelley Street abuses of enormous and flexible spaces with many functions, common areas are integrated to work environments and meeting rooms with panoramic views. A place with simple and modern lines, white in its majority but mixed with vibrant colors. A project that will be a referral point to the construction of sustainable offices buildings. Definitely a place that even Google would like to own! One Shelley Street has been designed to the highest levels of green star or LEED efficiency, using revolutionary technologies like harbor water cooling, chilled beams and zone controlled lighting. The business benefit of ABW is the elimination of ‘churn’—the cost of moving groups and redefining spaces. Investing now meant savings in the future and Macquarie is providing an unmatched quality of life for its employees—benefiting clients, investors, shareholders and the environment. For further information about this great project go to:

Architect Day: Bruno Erpicum

Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum is a great inspiration. His designs are very elegant and well resolved, both in their created areas and in their functionality in relation to integration of landscape. Photos from site Bruno studied at Erpicum ISASLB - Institute of Architecture Saint Luc Brussels in Belgium between 1978 and 1983. In 1986, along with François de Montivault and Marc Timmermans, he created the office Bureau d'Estudes GMT. After 10 years the office was divided into 2 areas: All Projects led by Montivault and Concept by Erpicum GMT. In 2001, it was renamed Atelier d'Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners (AABE). "Integration is the ability to endorse the setting qualities.” Bruno Erpicum House Roly, Belgium. Photographer: Jean-Luc Laloux House Roly, Belgium. Photographer: Jean-Luc Laloux His designs feature a wide variety of detail, with clean and elegant solutions to the interior, constantly connecting with the outside and its strengths through the visual and landscape. His works are simply breathtaking, be it by the delicacy of the lines drawn or the magnificent look at the context, taking advantage of where they are integrated. "Esthetics are defined by proportion.” Bruno Erpicum House Can BB, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Can 9, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Light Breeze, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Orban, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Helena, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Sigue 25, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House IXOS, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Labacaho, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House KM5, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux House Ibicaelum, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels Jo Pauwels House AIBS, Spain Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Les Heures Claires, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Garage du Parc, Belgium Loft 11, Belgium Loft 1, Belgium Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Loft Kelle, Belgium Loft Dusseldorf, Germany Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Jean-Luc Laloux Copel Office Building, Belgium

The Incredible NoPattern Office

Now I can understand why Chuck Anderson has this amazing mind to create pieces of art that are so impressive. His office is incredible, those places where we can work and live, for sure. And you must be imagining that lots of people work there, right? But NoPattern is a one person company, yes, Chuck Anderson enjoy all this alone! The guy work for the biggest companies in the world, in a workspace absolutely inspiring. The use of wood and brick with some apparent metal tubes bring a industrial and very modern feel. Besides the natural light and the wide space that make this office so cozy, the illustrations give personality to the place. The choice of the mobiles seem to be done randomly, with no concern, but all of them are complementary. And to finish this list, one especial piece call my attention, is a Herman Muller chair, this is what I can call chair! For me Chuck was very happy when design this stylish and cool workspace, a perfect place to work! Thank you OfficeSpanshot for this amazing tip!

30 Fantastic Architecture Renders

If there is something that can bring value for a project even before it's done I can say that are the renders. It's a way to show to the client how it will be the final result or at least show him something near to the real thing. I love this feature, but some people abuse of it, and have the gift to transform simply renders in realistic photos! There are lots of render softwares today, but to reach a good result, just choosing some elements, textures and colors it's not enough. Like the photos, the use of light and angle of the render I believe that are the key points to get a beautiful and realistic image. And as a huge a fan of 3D and architecture I selected 30 images from several styles that are the most impressive renders I've ever seen!

Architect Day: Octavio Mestre

Professor of architecture in Barcelona, Octavio Mestre, who has provided numerous services to the Catalan city, now has major projects in Spain and is already present in other European countries with homes and housing of high quality. Photos from site Octavio Mestre graduated with honors from the Higher Technical School of Architecture in Barcelona, Spain. After going through numerous schools in several European countries, he was a professor in the Department of Theory and Composition and municipal architect of Barcelona in the Planning Services between 1987 and 1990. Clinica de Aresa, Spain After, he decided to completely follow through with professional practice. Correspondent for various magazines and author of numerous articles, the views within Mestre's work stands out in his residential projects like the house Cubelles, for instance. Octavio was a visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design during the Spring Semester in 1994, and a founding member of the School of Architecture of the UIC where he taught design between 1996 and 2001. Since the 1997 he is professor at the School Elisava in Barcelona. Restaurante Le Mex, Barcelona, Spain Sede Mutua Madrilena, Madrid, Spain Sede Mutua Madrilena, Barcelona, Spain El Palacete, Barcelona, Spain Viviendas en Sabadell, Spain Reforma Edificio en Calle Segur, Spain Viviendas en el Port d'aro Viviendas en Riera Sant Miquel, Spain Viviendas en Terrassa, Spain Edificio Viviendas en Calle Homero, Spain Vivienda en Sant Cugat, Spain Vivienda en Tamariu, Spain Vivienda en Pineda de Mar, Spain Vivienda en Coma-Ruga, Spain Vivienda en Arenys de Mar, Spain Vivienda en Andratx, Spain Vivienda en Goyrans, France Vivienda en el Maresme, Spain Vivienda en Valldoreix, Spain Vivienda en Cubelles, Spain

Lucien Rose Complex in France

This housing complex in Rennes, France, was a project idealized by Edmond Herve, Rennes' mayor from 1977 until 2008. Last year, 2009, the project was finally conceived by Atelier du Pont Architects as an example of modern and social architecture. The Lucien Rose complex was built keeping the historic and the identity of its neighborhood, the Thabor Botanical Gardens. The complex consists in 81 housing units splited into 6 buildings carefully projected, with great care with the materials, colors and scale. All that to perfectly insert the building into the city context. Everything matches and create a feeling of unity between the buildings and the urban space. Besides the worries with the aesthetic of these buildings, the group of architects also offered a library to the local community, a building with cool singularities witch abuses of natural lightening and the contrast among neutral and vibrant colors. Besides being a cultural space well inserted in an area with a great flow of people. And to complete the awesomeness of the project, they used sustainable elements. Solar energy, water re-usage, plants that demand less water, solar heating to piped water and further details that make this space a reason of proud to the community of Rennes. Photographs: Luc Boegly Thanks for the tip!

Architect Day: Murdock Young

Shea Murdock and Robert Young are the creators of office Murdock Young Architects. With a little more than 10 years behind them they have an interesting portfolio of work in the United States, with highlights on residential projects and art galleries. Photos from site Founded in 1999 by Shea Murdock and Robert Young, the office Murdock Young presents very interesting works of architecture. Their residential projects show the harmony of the materials used and a balance in volume, reaching a great end result. Allied to this, the beauty and simplicity of the internal spaces, which can also be seen in their galleries, are important aspects in their works. "Architecture is produced by great teams, working together in creative and productive collaboration towards common goals.” MYA Cutler Loft, New York, USA Prior to forming Murdock Young Architects, Shea Murdock Parker worked in offices in Germany and in New York, working with large-scale buildings. Robert Henry Young worked as intern in offices in Barcelona, Boston and New York, the offices of Mathias Thoenes and Keenen / Riley. Today, in their own office, each one leads a project at a time with the support of the other, where the leader is responsible for the design, documentation, construction and customer relationship, while the other is part of the project team. With just over 10 years, the office Murdock Young has won prizes for some of its projects, such as the Cultler House in Montauk, New York, which has been published by several magazines and books. 66 Gloucester, New York, USA Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, USA George Adams Gallery, New York, USA Chelsea Art Building, New York, USA Stefansky Residence, New Jersey, USA Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, USA Kettle Hole House , New York, USA Cutler Townhouse, New York, USA Further Lane Bathrooms, New York, USA Cutler Residence, Montauk, USA Multipurpose Building, Greenwich, USA Lake House, Montauk, USA Friedman Beda, New York, USA

Creative State Offices

This studio we'll show you today is from Oklahoma, USA, more specifically in Tulsa, a small city that has the honor to have the headquarters of a creative mind group, this is the Creative State. The office is basically a big saloon with a meeting and conferences room placed in the center of it. Sounds weird? Well, I loved it. The appropriate choose of colors and materials, a dark sealing and a bright floor, gave the glass cube a really stylish look. The spaces with the work stations surrounding this cube are simple but very cozy. The highlight of this office is for sure its lightening. All the spaces have a great illumination showing that the lighting was very well applied in this project. The points of light in the dark sealing and the lamps in the walls are samples of this and show that a nice lightening project can transform a place. Creative State is a blank canvas. An empty piece of paper. An untouched block of wood. It gives you the ability to start fresh, with new perspective and a revived spirit. Now, you can create whatever you want. You can bring your idea to life. Creative State To check everything about Creative State, check their site out at Thanks Office Snapshots for the tip!

Vitrahaus, The 12 Houses in One

Try to imagine a lot of houses built overlapped, 12 houses, one over another. Well, this is the project Vitrahaus, designed by Herzog e De Meuron to the Vitra's showroom, a beautiful sample of deconstruction and modernity. Located at the Weil Am Rhein, between Switzerland and Germany, will be latest architectural addition at the Vitra Campus complex, which already features buildings by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Tadao Ando, among others. The house is a piece of art, built with concrete walls and huge windows, allowing you to have an amazing view form the campus during the day, becoming big 'store windows' at night, showing the pieces inside of it. Inside the Vitrahaus the architects achieve success on their mission to treat the minimalism and simplicity to bring even more value to the colors and shapes to each chair, each sofa, each Vitra mobil. To be honest, the designs are complementary, and the visitor's eyes are delighted by both architecture and the furniture showroom. The “VitraHaus“ is a direct, architectural rendition of the ur-type of house, as found in the immediate vicinity of Vitra and, indeed, all over the world. The products that will be on display are designed primarily for the private home and, as such, should not be presented in the neutral atmosphere of the conventional hall or museum but rather in an environment suited to their character and use. mage © designboom mage © designboom Herzog & De Meuron / VitraHaus from 0300TV on Vimeo Sources: and

Architect Day: OMA

Office for Metropolitan Architecture is an office that relies on collaborative partnerships. Rem Koolhaas, founder of the OMA, created AMO, which also does a great job with great brands, attending events and doing exhibitions and publications, producing a work "not architectural" within an architectural firm. Photos from site In the early 70's, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis began working together in the Architectural Association, a school of architecture in London, where Rem studied and Elia was an instructor. Together they made some projects, all located in Manhattan, but none built. In 1975, Rem Koolhaas, Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp and founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, OMA. Soon after its founding, the firm was one of 10 winners of the architectural competition for the new building of the Dutch parliament in The Hague. This project was widely discussed and published, but the OMA was not responsible to run the project, a fact that has happened again several times in the early 80's. In this decade, however, they began to gain momentum to carry out the projects in The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin and Paris. . Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany "Our office acts like a kind of educational establishment and we are very careful who we educate.” Rem Koolhaas Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, Japan The leadership of the OMA is organized as collaborative partnerships. It is divided into offices in Rotterdam, New York, and Beijing and will soon open one in Hong Kong to accommodate new projects in Asia. Today, besides Koolhaas, there is partner Ole Scheeren leading the office in Beijing, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, and Victor van der Chijs and Shohei Shigematsu who head the office in New York. In 1998 Koolhaas founded the AMO, a space within the OMA dedicated to producing work "not architectural" as special events, exhibitions, campaigns and trade publications. The AMO has participated in the Venice Biennale, has been guest editor of Wired and Domus, and has also done work for Universal Studios, Harvard University, Heineken, and Ikea. "Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture." Rem Koolhaas Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands Lille Grand Palais, Lille, France Dutch House, Netherlands Educatorium, Utrecht, Netherlands Bart van Damme De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands Maison à Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Breda Carré Building, Breda, Netherlands Prada New York, New York, USA Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany IIT – Mccormick Tribune Campus Center, Chicago, USA Dee And Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas, USA Leeum Museum, Seoul, South Korea Souterrain Tram Tunnel, The Hague, Netherlands Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, London, UK Zollverein Kohlenwäsche, Essen, Germany Prada Transformer, Seoul, South Korea

The Organic Caja Vital Kutxa in Spain

Maybe it a little too late to show this project, but as our architecture cycle here at Abduzeedo started after its construction, we can do this. Since its inauguration in 2008 I was impressed by this architecture, so I think the construction deserve an exclusive article showing its beauty. I'm talking about the Caja Vital Kutxa, in Spain. The project is from Mozas Aguirre Arquitectos, and it's a building for a local bank from Madri. The shapes represent the woods and trees that surround the building, a park from Natura 2000 Networking Programme. This idea was created with strong metallic structures covered with steal panels. In the hall of the building, a big polyurethane panel was created, a amazing art piece hand painted. The idea of this project, from its concept to its external shapes, is to treat the building as a life organism in movement. © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego © Carlos Casariego

Jo Rin Hun, Modern and Tradition in Korea

Some villages in Korea are in the process of modernization. This house shows the power of architecture in confronting modern with tradition, the shapes and materials in this construction shows that the strong culture position was destroyed. The project from IROJE KHM Architects, built in Seoul, was an efective proof of cost management, using cheap materials as concrete and choosing for simplicity during the construction process. The house is made of metallic translucence plaques and glass, to soften the light, the wind and even the sounds from the street, creating a calm and special place. And you can also see all the project concept, idea and the traditional korean contrapoint about the modernization of architecture in a great text in their website: IROJE KHM Architects. I expect Jo Rin Hun, un-architectural architecture, to be a 'light house of city' that always lightens the neighborhood and to be a place where record and preserve the historic character of the site. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim The city and architecture are endowed with strong mutual response and finally this mass become to carry the un-architectural property of matter of transparence introversively, translucence extrorsely. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim Section