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Collective Housing Units - By LAN Architecture

This project is a new sustainable social housing complex, built in Begles, France. It's a great architectural approach, a project with a diversity of architectural propositions and communal and private spaces. The brain behind this project is LAN Architecture, they tryied to invent a new urban lifestyle, witch I think it was amazing. I love the way they used the shapes and the holes on those huge walls. As they say "the first stage was to ‘sculpt’ the volumes in order to exploit their urban potential and intrinsic spatial qualities". The principle underlying our approach was that of stacking containers, and careful study of habitat modes, climatic conditions and the sun’s trajectory throughout the year suggested the way to organise this. The idea of variable compactness introduced the notion of a housing unit’s adaptability to seasons and times of day. All residents have the possibility of using their exterior space as a windbreak, a mini-greenhouse or, conversely, as a means of cooling or ventilating. More about it on designboom.com.

Qatar Convention Center, a 'Crazy' & 'Green' Building

The building will be open only in 2011 but the project of the Qatar Convention Center already deserve being featured here. The organic shapes and structural solutions explore limits of imagination and transform a simple convention center in a master piece, a landmark of the Education City. The QNCC is a projects from the japanese from Yamasaki Architects. They are the responsible for bringing the inovation beyond arquitectural shapes, and that is why the QNCC is the first construction of this kind to receive the Gold Certification from U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). One of the reasons for this is the concerning with the energy generation, where 12,5% from all of the generated energy will be handle by solar plaques. QNCC’s spans over three levels consisting of: - 40, 000 m2 of exhibition space - Conference hall for 4,000 delegates - 2,300-seat lyric style theatre - Three additional tiered auditoriums - Theatre-style seating, banquet space for up to 10,000 in exhibition halls - Total of 57 meeting rooms - Spacious pre-function, exhibition foyers - Luxurious lounges, hospitality suites - Dedicated registration desks, business centre, media rooms QNCC is located alongside elite universities, research and technology institutions in Education City, a new global hub of ideas and innovation. It is only 20 minutes away from the central business district. More about the QNCC qatarconvention.com.

Architect Day: David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield is an architect who serves as inspiration for many artists. His eye on all aspects of architecture and design is fascinated by the intensity and feeling that his projects present. Photos from site davidchipperfield.co.uk. Sir David Alan Chipperfield was born in London in 1953. He studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduation he worked in large offices such as Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, which he had a great experience acquiring extensive knowledge, certainly serving as inspiration for his own work. In 1984 he founded his own firm, David Chipperfield Architects and has accumulated more than 40 national and international competitions, behind them the RIBA, RFAC, AIWA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007. He now has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and a representative in Shanghai. Ernsting Service Centre, Germany. Photography: Christian Richters "I relish the enjoyment of daily rituals, whether this is taking a bath in a beautiful bathroom, eating breakfast from a simple oak table or reading by a perfect lamp. In my designs, I try to make simple, beautiful and functional objects." House in Berlin, Germany. Photography: Stefan Muller / Christian Richters David Chipperfield has is his projects a high standard of finish and clean lines and sketches, leading to very elegant and functional results. His concept can be seen both as a great work in a small object design. He has a long list of projects underway and being built. In 2008, David Alan Chipperfield was awarded for his services to architecture in the United Kingdom and Germany. "I wanted people to be able to find their way about but also to be able to lose themselves." River and Rowing Museum, Henley-in-Thames, UK Dennis Gilbert / Richard Bryant Private Apartment in Kensington, London, UK Helene Binet Helene Binet Private House in Richmond, Surrey, UK Helene Binet / Dennis Gilbert Helene Binet / Dennis Gilbert Private House in Corrubedo, Galicia, Spain Helene Binet Helene Binet Helene Binet Gormley Studio, London, UK Richard Bryant Richard Bryant Figge Art Museum, Iowa, USA Christian Richters Christian Richters Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar, Germany Christian Richters / Joerg von Bruchhausen Christian Richters / Joerg von Bruchhausen Christian Richters / Joerg von Bruchhausen Des Moines Public Library, Iowa, USA David Chipperfield Architects and Des Moines Public Library / Farshid Assassi David Chipperfield Architects and Des Moines Public Library / Farshid Assassi BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, UK Peter Cook Peter Cook Peter Cook America’s Cup Building ‘Veles e Vents”, Valencia, Spain Christian Richters / Hisao Suzuki / Francesco Ferri Christian Richters / Hisao Suzuki / Francesco Ferri Christian Richters / Hisao Suzuki / Francesco Ferri Liangzhu Museum, Liangzhu Cultural Village, China Christian Richters Christian Richters Am Kupfergraben 10, Berlin, Germany Iona Marinescu Iona Marinescu Ninetree Village, Hangzhou, China Christian Richters / Shu Re Christian Richters / Shu Re Christian Richters / Shu Re MW Orthopaedic Centre, Munich, Germany Thomas Weinberger Thomas Weinberger Kivik Art Centre Pavillon, Kivik, Sweden Gerry Johansson Gerry Johansson Campus Audiovisual, Barcelona, Spain Duccio Malagamba Duccio Malagamba Townhouse O-10, Berlin, Germany Joerg von Bruchhausen / Ute Zscharnt Joerg von Bruchhausen / Ute Zscharnt Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska, USA Christian Richters / David Chipperfield Architects Christian Richters / David Chipperfield Architects Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany Christian Richters Christian Richters Christian Richters

Wonderful Ateliers at City of Arts

Today our architecture inspiration comes from Cordoba, Argentina. It's a campus with ateliers to several art classes, such as painting, sculpture, photography and music. I can say that the mix of colors and the vibrant forms are amazing, and I can imagine how all this architecture can influence each one who study in there! The project was made by Lucio Morini architects, they abused the double height making each studio a 2 store unit. And to bring even more light inside the ateliers, the building has glass on the both sides, north and south. We can realize a strip with vertical red walls separating each studio. The north facade is cover with perforated-metal, which vary in transparency depending on the light conditions and position. The beautiful photos are by Lucio Morini and Sosa Pinilla. Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Lucio Morini e Sosa Pinilla © Floor Plans

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava adds to his architecture the art and of power engineering. After years of study in these areas, he can bring large structures to existence, giving life to his paintings. Photos from site calatrava.com. Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951 in Valencia, Spain. At age 8 he began to draw and paint in the Arts and Crafts School and at 13 he was an exchange student in France. Returning to Valencia, he entered the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, where he graduated and attended a post-graduate degree in Urban Planning. Even without a direction to follow in his career, Calatrava decided to continue his studies in another area with which he was fascinated by: Engineering. Then in 1975, he entered the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, receiving his Ph.D. in 1979. Having completed his studies, he worked with small engineering projects and began to participate in competitions. Ernsting’s Warehouse, Coesfeld, Germany In 1983 he won his first competition: Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, where he had set his office. A year later, his first bridge project, starting the worldwide recognition of his name attached to such construction. Stadelhofen Station, Zurich, Switzerland In 1989 he established his second office in Paris, and the third in Valencia in 1991. With all the studies and knowledge, Santiago Calatrava reconciles two materials that do not always come together easily: art and engineering, each taking the other aside. With a knowledge of modern engineering and its technologies, he can make his paintings and his inspiration become great works of art in form of large-scale sculptures. Lyon Airport Station, Lyon, France Montjuic Communication Tower, Barcelona, Spain Orient Station, Lisbon, Portugal Pfalzkeller Emergency Service Centre, St. Gallen, Switzerland Sondica Airport Terminal and Control Tower, Bilbao, Spain Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain Campo Volantin Bridge, Bilbao, Spain San Sebastian – La Guardia – Bodegas Ysios , Alava, Spain Valencia City of the Arts, Valencia, Spain High Rise Apartment Tower, Malmö, Sweden Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Athens, Greece Tenerife Opera House, Tenerife, Spain Bridge of Europe, Orleans, France Footbridge Puerto Mujer, Buenos Aires, Argentina Valencia Opera House, Valencia, Spain Some paintings

Old and New at the Novan & Vesson’s Architecture Office

Ok, today I think I'll let our young architect readers more than happy, and the office lovers also, of course! This is the Novan & Vesson’s office, a team of architects from Spain. A beautiful example of interior architecture mixing modern elements inside an old building. Simply wonderful! I believe that this office must be the dream of every architect. An old building, with walls carefully worked to integrate with the new materials, exposing the age of the original architecture and daring aesthetically with the new elements. The facade of the building is already a call for imagination, and when you enter the place, creativity pops even more in front of our eyes. Honestly, I would live in a place like this, really! Our work is characterized by the projection of sincerity, is a continuous process looking for the beauty in nakedness and in the power of truth. Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Santos-Díez © Photos via clicarq.com.

Beautiful White Houses

Today I'll start a post series talking about houses! I will show houses collections with something in common, like colors, materials, shapes, the location of the building and so on. And to start this series, today we will see only white houses, made with several materials and from the whole world. Beautiful, elegant and white houses! Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. Le Corbusier Y House Jorge Sousa Santos - Arelho, Óbidos, Portugal B20 PK Arkitektar - Garðabær, Iceland Swan Street Residence Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects - Perth, Australia House in Binningen Luca Selva Architects - Binningen, Switzerland Hill House Johnston Marklee & Associates - California, USA Aveleda’s House Manuel Ribeiro - Braga, Portugal Townhouse Elding Oscarson - Landskrona, Sweden Caverhill Residence Studio Pali Fekete architects - Los Angeles, CA, USA Mizoe House Takashi Seisho and Akinari Tanaka - Hakodate, Japan Villa Daniel Libeskind - Germany Maison du Béton Atelier st - Los Angeles, Cainsdorf, Germany House S Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten - Breda, The Netherlands House of Diffusion FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects - Shiga, Japan House in Casa de Campo A-cero / Joaquin Torres - Dominican Republic Pontoporia House Architect Clorindo Testa & Architect Ezequiel Rivarola - Buenos Aires, Argentina Satish Nayak Residence The Design Firm - Shiga, Japan SkyCottage Archimania - Memphis, TN, USA Wide Open Villa KLab architecture - Ekali, Athens, Greece House in Foz António Sérgio Koch - Oporto, Portugal Aluminium House Arhitektid Muru & Pere - Tallinn, Estonia

Architect Day: Marcio Kogan

With a discerning eye for detail, Marcio Kogan leads a generation that brings a new concept of architecture to Brazil. With exciting projects, he works wonderfully well with the textures of materials, creating spaces where every detail leads to perfection. Photos via marciokogan.com. Marcio Kogan was born in São Paulo and graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from Mackenzie University in 1976. One of Kogan's greatest passions is cinema. Fan of Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini, he studied and served as director until he was 30, becoming a major influence on his architecture. The sensibility he has in designing spaces is shocking. Carefully gauged in all aspects of space, Marcio Kogan has in his works a perfect harmony and balance, where each perspective, each look, can be enjoyed as rich architecture in detail. And every detail seems to be thoroughly worked, making it flawless. Casa Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon The search for strong partnerships with major architects makes his work have a unique vision and the same great care of all the professionals involved. In their homes, the interior design is designed with the same particularity and details of the rest of the work. He won many awards for several of his projects and, like Isay Weinfeld, is now one of the best architecture firms in Brazil. And as we can see in his portfolio, his career will be increasingly recognized and admired, the fact being that today his works are already an inspiration to many. Casa 53, São Paulo, Brasil Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Museu de Microbiologia, São Paulo, Brasil Arnaldo Pappalardo Arnaldo Pappalardo Casa Concreta, São Paulo, Brasil Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Casa do Flamboyant, Brasil Reinaldo Coser Reinaldo Coser Casa LC, São Paulo, Brasil Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Bar Plug, São Paulo, Brasil Pedro Vannucchi Pedro Vannucchi Casa 16H1403, São Paulo, Brasil Romulo Fialdini Romulo Fialdini Casa do Quinta, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Hotel Fasano, São Paulo, Brasil Álvaro Póvoa Álvaro Póvoa Casa Gama Issa, São Paulo, Brasil Arnaldo Pappalardo Arnaldo Pappalardo Arnaldo Pappalardo Casa Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Casa Mirindibas, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Casa Osler, Brasilia, Brasil Pedro Vannucchi Pedro Vannucchi Pedro Vannucchi Casa Panamá, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Casa das Chaminés, Brasil Reinaldo Coser Reinaldo Coser Casa Corten, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Casa BR, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Micasa Volume B, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Prime Time, São Paulo, Brasil Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Nelson Kon Casa du Plessis, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Arnaldo Pappalardo Arnaldo Pappalardo Arnaldo Pappalardo

The Architecture Photographer Nelson Garrido

I've already published some architecture posts with amazing photos, and if you realize, a lot of them are from the same phtographer, he's the portuguese Nelson Garrido. His technique and style for photos like those are simply awesome. The lights and colors bring even more value to each project. And as this is not enough, he also has some experiments and food pictures that are also beautiful! Because of that I made a collection with some of his photos, definitely you should check how great photos turn good projects into awesome ones! Architecture Foods and Experiments For more information about Nelson Garrido visit ngphoto.com.pt.

The New Domino, The New Brooklyn

This is what I call an amazing urban revitalization! The way people interact with the space and how this space is designed to bring new emotions to them is a challenge on urbanism, and this particular project is a great example. The New Domino is an imaginative redevelopment planned for the former Domino Sugar site along the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. Rafael Vinoly Architects were commissioned to design a 2.8 million square foot residential complex on the site of the former domino sugar refinery and processing facilities, just north of the Williamsburg Bridge that separated Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighboorhood from the east river. The New Domino will create hundreds of high-quality affordable apartments; transform a vacant industrial site into an economically integrated mix of apartments, new shops and businesses, and community facilities; and provide physical and visual access to the dazzling Brooklyn waterfront. A nearly one acre open lawn, sited between the refinery and the river, anchors a new public waterfront esplanade, connected at its north end to grand ferry park and linking the development with the preexisting publics spaces in the community. For the first time in over 150 years, the site will provide Williamsburg residents with access to open riverfront space and wide views of Manhattan, the WilliamsburgBbridge and beyond the New York harbor. More about the New Domino visit thenewdomino.com. Photos via rvapc.com.

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters

I'm sure that architecture is made by emotion, a building should express sensations, rhythm and should put together art and use. A bit complex, but is this way I believe architecture must be, and I think I'm not alone, the people at Barbosa & Guimaraes agree with me, and they've shown that on the Vodafone Portugal project. Simply exciting! Called Oporto Vodafone Building, the construction has 8 floors, 3 of them are underground. The building is a shell of concrete irregular shapes, forming a kind of mosaic that plays with the acute forms of the glasses becoming a unique and formidable piece of art. The geometric forms full of movement seems to dance and convey the Vodafone idea: "Vodafone life, life in motion." This game with free-forms extends to the interior, witch was carefully planned to every single function, being a complete building, and like the architects said "monolithic building, bringing cohesion and unity to the set". © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido "In July 2006, when we were invated to the new building competition, through the media, radio, television and newspapers we could notice the following slogan: 'VODAFONE LIFE, LIFE IN MOTION.' This sentence reflects the attitude and philosophy of Vodafone. We believe that the new building should be faithful to this idea, adopting a dynamic image, conveying the sense of movement, challenging the static." Barbosa & Guimaraes © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido "The technical complexity of the building leads to a periphery structural solution, a shell of concrete, like an egg, reducing internal support to the two stairwells and three central pillars, allowing great versatility in its interior space use." Barbosa & Guimaraes © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido Photos by Nelson Garrido - ngphoto.com.pt

Architect Day: Sir Norman Foster

With a vast and fair amount of awards received, Sir Norman Foster, is one of the best portfolios of architecture in the world. His works are functional, well established and with a unique beauty, taking advantage of the brilliant and detailed structures used, reach a final result perfectly balanced. Photos via: fosterandpartners.com. Born on June 1st, 1935 in the town of Reddish, England. At 16 he left school and went to work at Manchester City Treasurer's Office, before joining National Service in the Royal Air Force. In 1956 he entered the Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning, graduating in 1961. He won the Henry Fellowship at Yale School of Architecture where he met Richard Rogers who would eventually become his business partner, and where he also got his master's degree. After that he traveled for a year around the United States before returning to the United Kingdom in 1963. StockleyPark Offices, Uxbridge, UK Influences He had always been a model student and his skills showed a remarkable flair for architecture. But he still always came under the influence of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. After his return from America, Norman Foster started a partnership with Richard Rogers and sisters Georgie and Wendy Cheesman, called Team 4. They quickly gained a reputation for industrial design high-tech. In 1967, he formed with Wendy the office Fosters Associates which quickly transformed into Fosters and Partners. A year later he began a long partnership with the American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, which only ended with the death of Fuller in 1983. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK Hong Kong and Shangai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, China “ My mission is to create a structure that is sensitive to the culture and climate of its place..” Works The project that generated the first major recognition of the firm Foster and Partners was the Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters in Ipswich in 1974. Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters, Ipswich, UK Today, Foster and Partners work with collaborating engineering to integrate complex computer systems with the most basic laws of physics. This allows you to create and develop complex structures, original and challenging, clearly seen in some of his works. Foster's career already has more than 470 awards and citations for excellence and has won over 86 national and international competitions. In 1990 he was awarded the Queen's Birthday Honors in 1997 and by that honor he became known as Lord Foster of Thames Bank. “Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.” Stansted Airport, Stansted, United Kingdom Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom Riverside Apartments and Studio, London, United Kingdom Albion Riverside, London, United Kingdom House in Japan, Tokyo, Japan Crescent Wing Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom Cranfield University Library, Cranfield, United Kingdom Century Tower, Tokyo, Japan Carré d´Art, Nimes, France Business Promotion Centre, Duisburg, Germany Bilbao Metro, Bilbao, Spain American Air Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom Faculty of Law, Cambridge, United Kingdom Expo Station, Singapore Essen Design Centre, Essen, Germany Eletronic Arts European Headquarters, Chertsey, United Kingdom Duisburg Housing, Duisburg, Germany Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney, Australia Clark Center, Stanford, USA City Hall, London, United Kingdom Swiss Re HQ, London, United Kingdom Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong, China Canary Wharf Undeground Station, United Kingdom McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, United Kingdom Addition to Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA Al Faisaliah Complex, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Chesa Futura, St. Moritz, Switzerland Centrica, Scottish Gas HQ, Edinburgh, Scotland Capital City Academy, London, United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom Millennium Bridge, London, United Kingdom Camp Nou Stadium for FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain California State University Channel Islands, Camarrillo, USA Budenberg Haus, Manchester, United Kingdom Boulogne Billancourt, Paris, France Beijing Airport, Beijing, China O escritório Foster + Partners está com uma extensa lista de grandes projetos em desenvolvimento, abaixo estão alguns deles. Riva Hotel, London, UK Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Kazakhstan Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA National Arena Scotland, Glasgow Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan

The Richmond Olympic Oval by Cannon Design

In last than 1 month Vancouver will be releasing the 2010 Winter Olympic. The event is almost ready and the venues are counting the days to begin breathe sports everywhere. And one of the biggest hotspots will be the Richmond Olympic Oval, a project by Cannon Design and definitely worth of attention by its beauty and design. The Richmond Oval was built to be a venue and is intended to function as a future venue for community events, not only for the Olympic Games. The way its concept was created is pretty impressive, and already receive the LEED Silver Certification, that certifies its concern about sustainability seeking a design solution that optimizes energy use, environmental health, and aesthetic value. © nick lehoux photography Every visit to the Richmond Olympic Oval is awe-inspiring. Much was said about the visual impact of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. While the exterior of these buildings was stunning, the interiors were rather pedestrian. The interior of the Oval is majestic. The use of wood and the vistas across the Fraser River to the mountains are utterly worldly. The unique integration of art and sustainable technologies in water collection and recycling is inspired. The Oval will remain a jewel of a legacy from the 2010 Games.” Chris Rudge, CEO & Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee You can check these amazing photos below, and if you want to see the Oval in action by yourself there's still time, the Olympic Games will begin in February 12! For more informations visit: vancouver2010.com. © nick lehoux photography © derek lepper photography © bob matheson © cannondesign.com © nick lehoux photography © hubert kang © hubert kang © hubert kang © cannondesign.com Thanks designboom.com for the tip.

Funky Architecture Photographs

As time goes by Architects try to innovate and create different structures away from the usual. That's when these funky architectures come to live instead of the simple building shapes that we are used to. You most likely to be impressed when you see these unusual architectures. Check it out! by Ray by okaypookie by Wonderiane by Jeremy N3o by Wonderiane by Steve9091 by Ir by Forstonsr by r0gue shad0w by krooooop by Surrealize by brewdroid by Sarah Jayne Brereton by Brian Matiash by Iy wylde by Cybergabi by Samer M by Gary Syrba by Mac Girl by Julia Claire Jackson by Scot James by Scot James by Scot James

The Amazing Cement Factory Loft by Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill is a Spanish Architect who was born in Barcelona and studied at the School of Architecture in Geneva, Switzerland. Son of an architect, Ricardo worked with his father until 1963, when he founded ‘Taller de Arquitectura’, a multi-disciplinary studio, which included other environmental and design professionals as well as architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers. Bofill's early work falls within the Neo-Expressionism and Neo-Realism of the Barcelona School. The style of his building are something awesome. A mix of textures, forms, materials and impressions. From the sixties until today he has accomplished constructions that stand out and have it's own style. The project we will show here, The Cement Factory, is a place Ricardo Bofill discovered in 1973. The factory was part of an industrial complex from the turn of the century, comprising over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms. Remodeling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements—stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air; in short, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic. The complex stands in the midst of gardens of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses. It also features Ricardo Bofill’s house and guest rooms. This place is really amazing... a loft full of style, great design/architectural elements and the part that I liked most, it has enormous spaces, windows and a stunning light quality. This is for sure a place I would live and work in!! I hope you enjoy. :) To be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture. The spirit of research and investigation has been one of the continuous elements that has kept the team going for more than 40 years. The team's quest for creativity is a process through a maximum freedom and independence. This spirit is present in "the old cement factory". Check out further great projects from Ricardo Bofill and his group at ricardobofill.com.

The Bold Building Axis Viana Hotel in Portugal

Portugal was presented with an hotel called Axis Viana Hotel, this building is a prove that architecture and enginnering can work togheter and create structures beyond the regular floor over floor. If you look at the side view you will understand what I'm talking about. This hotel has been built with materials like glass, aluminum and stone. When you see the front view it seems that it has no order in the windows, with different widths and spaces. And looking by the sides, it's like when you play with Lego, building the way you want no mather what is gonna happen. But in this case, the shape looks awesome and besides the fact of this huge pending floor, the team of engineers and architects made things happen and the building is standing up. Like David Basulto, from Archidaily said: "This Business & Spa Hotel is an ode to cantilevering". The contemporary project was designed by Jorge Albuquerque, from VHM, and is located in Viana de Castelo between the Lima's and Monte Santa Luzia's river, a few minutes from the historic center of Viana do Castelo. The Axis Viana Business & SPA Hotel, is the most recent unit of the group Axis Hotels and Golf. © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido More at: archdaily.com Photos by: Nelson Garrido - ngphoto.com.pt

Housing 137 by H Architects

I love those minimalist constructions, and I don't mean that should be a white building to be minimalist. Look this project by H Architects for an example, it is an apartment block in Barcelona, Spain, with an amazing shape, simple windows and looking at the whole thing, even the dark color seems minimalist. The building has been made with basalt stone, because of the fact that due to its porosity and texture, it constantly changes in colour and reflection according to the different degrees of humidity. The wood fibers and the gray color playing togheter brings the perfect composition of colors and materials. The three facades of the building become a single skin that, thank to the continuous use of the stone even in the shutters, unifies the volume and consolidates the characteristic predominance of the massive-wall facades in the old quarter. In the inside, the shutters are wood-panelled and, once open, evolve from their anonymous presence towards singularity. Photos by: H Architects More details at dezeen.com