Llibreria del Born by Jorge Pérez Val

We’ve just finished the interior design for a bookshop for Bestiari SCCL, group of catalonian bookshops, in the new Born Cultural Centre, placed in a magnificient cast-iron structure market of the late nineteenth century (1874-1876) in Born neighbourhood, a trendy area of Barcelona.

The cultural centre is builded around archeological remains founded during the refurbishment of the old marketplace. It consists of two exhibitions rooms, one multifunction room, one bar and one bookshop, besides the archeological remains.

We had the assignment to design the furniture, distribution and enlightenment for the bookshop. This was supposed to be a low-cost project because of the short-term franchise for the book-sellers company.

Old pictures of the former market with its commercial activity have inspired us to design this shop, pictures of workers carrying boxes, pictures of piles of boxes… This commercial activity remains in the bookshop nowadays.

We have used wooden boxes as furniture in a scenographic way. Boxes store and show books and objects instead of fruit and fish. We’ve tried to keep the market concept, the concept of bringing things in boxes and transferring it to someone else, we didn’t want to make a reproduction of an old market shop, …we just wanted to keep its spirit.

We like a minimalistic way of designing, just wood for furniture, and just one kind of box generates the different pieces of furniture that functional requests demand.

Furniture was manufactured by an industrial packaging company, achieving low-cost production fares. We have used standard solutions of packaging boxes to design furniture details. Most furniture is mobile and its position can be changed depending on functional requests.

Roseta y Ohiana, graphic design studio, has incorporated the graphic elements to the project.

Architect: Jorge Pérez Vale
Project: LLibreria del Born. Interior design. Bookshop at Born Cultural Centre
Opening: September 2013
Place: Born CC. El Born, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Photographer: Adrià Goula

source: jorgeperezvale.com

Dutch Consulate and NSBO by estudio KAW

The Honorary Consulate and the office NSBO represent Netherlands in Barcelona. The NBSO office is dedicated exclusively to the promotion of Dutch trade and investment. It is set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs specifically to support Dutch businesses in their international activities. Prestige and representativeness are the right words to describe a so-called command. It is a small project but with a great responsibility.

The most important feature of this design is transparency. Given the small size of the space, the offices have been divided by a translucent vinyl of a white tulip field fixed on glass partitions. This is a very representative image of the country. The somewhat informal atmosphere is monochromatic; white was used as predominant color. To regulate intense natural light, as well as support for a satisfying sound insulation, curtains of absorbent fibers have been used. The customer service desk meets the bulletproof required protective demands. The laminate flooring is a high resistance type considering the large public attendance at the office. The furniture that divides the workspace from the service areas is a multifunction piece, all in one, library-archive-telephone-printing-kitchenette.

project: Dutch Consulate and NSBO (Nederlands Support Business Office) in Barcelona
Architect: Ana Fernandez, estudio KAW
Client: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Program: Office refurbishment – Interior design
Area: 2×26 sqm
Construction costs: €81.340
Location: Barcelona City
Address: EDIFICIO PRISMA, Avenida Diagonal 611, 4º en 6º
Status: Accomplished project February 2012
Particularities: High Security Systeem
Photographer tulip field: Richard Zomerdijk
Photographer: Idoia Unzurrunzaga

source: estudiokaw.com

Rowing High Performance Centre by Alvaro Andradre

The Rowing High Performance Centre in Pocinho is located in one of the most beautiful and idyllic valleys in the world – the Douro valley – one of the places of choice for champions of this sport.
The project is structured into three key components: Social Zone, Housing and Training. The entire project fuses with the reinterpretation of two secular elements of landscape construction in Douro Valley: the walled terraced, a recurrent form of “inhabiting” this place, and the great white volumes of large production units, deployed along the terrain, are formally complex and diverse volumetrically.

Architecture: Alvaro Andradre
Coordination: MPT
Client: Vila Nova de Foz Côa Municipality
Contractor: Manuel Vieira e Irmãos Lda
Area: 8000 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Apartment refurbishment by estudio sinaldaba

A top floor in a late nineteenth S, located one of the central streets of A Coruña, in conditions very unfavorable maintenance, on a shoestring budget but with total freedom and trust from the client to choose the solutions have us believe appropriate.
The house has the classic spatial configuration Gothic plot: story elongated, narrow, narrow, multi confined spaces;? We all wanted?: Quite the opposite.

We propose completely empty early on the floor, keeping only the main stairwell. We got so a single space open, broad, bounded along a strip that houses furniture-kitchen-toilet-cabinet-study, ie a longitudinal continuous running along the floor and containing all needs, freeing the volume and providing a spatial and visual continuity to housing.

The solutions adopted for the realization of the idea happen to be fully reversible. basically reinforcing beams that need with metallic elements, fir wood is used for the longitudinal strip and repair the core of stairs and is painted white, providing a necessary luminosity, both the stone walls and floors and ceilings, as it is also the cheapest option.

The result is a neutral volume, white, bright, airy, acting as a container for a small wooden box for communications and other longitudinal collecting the necessary elements to inhabit.

LOCATION: A Coruña, Spain
PROJECT: estudio sinaldaba (Susana Vazquez Perez & Ignacio Reigada Cordido)
IMAGES: abraham viqueira
AREA: 55 m2
COMPLETION DATE: JUNE 2013

Easter Sculpture Museum by Exit Architects


An older building on a winding streetway of Hellín in Albacete province, Spain, was transformed by the native EXIT architects office into the Easter Sculpture Museum. The allotment is located in a southern part of Plaza de la Iglesia square with an historical church. What has originally been the Count’s residency is now completely renovated, except for the main façade with its trademark painting. This was reconstructed and translated into language of the new gallery.

The repaired façade is accompanied by a transparent glass volume which follows the scale of surrounding objects. The southern part of the gallery adapts its volume to the downward sloping terrain. Local stone was used for the construction of front face, thus integrating it into the character of the town. The exhibition spaces are lined with white concrete surfaces enriched with wooden platforms upon which the sculptures will rest.

photos: blog.leibal.com

“Low cost” house renovation by Quadratura arquitectos

The main premise when starting the project of this house was “Getting to do the work adapting to the tight budget of the available”. The challenge was to get a home with a stylish and functional design with a “low cost” budget.

Given that this was a complete reform of the house, which had to replace all the facilities and the existing furniture and kitchen, the task to be accomplished was not at all simple. We understood that it was absolutely necessary to spend a little more time analyzing the project and the real needs of the property in order to fine tune the budget without sacrificing a sleek, modern design.

The first task was to think how to improve the inside look of the house to get a more comfortable and brighter interior than it currently had, and bearing in mind that the public area of elongated proportions, had a unique window into one of their ends.

We decided to use white on the vertical surfaces, including painting the old brick terrace, letting light entering from the window at the back of the house bouncing off the walls above. To provide a greater sense of breadth and to have a large common area, we joined the kitchen to the living room, enlarging the area of occupation thereof by the invasion of the bar from the kitchen to the living room.

The large cabinet has been designed to promote the idea of this very unique place, generating a spatial continuity throughout its development, linking the entrance hall, kitchen, living room and dining space. To reduce production costs this furniture was made with MDF boards covered with white melamine, lowering largely the extra costs borne by it in wood panels lacquered in white. Thanks to this continuous plane at the side of the housing formed by the cabinet eliminates the residual spaces that existed in that area of the house and leave hidden and integrated facilities and different uses of necessary and useful storage in a house.

In the kitchen, we decided to replace the typical tiled finish of the walls for a painting effect “Board”, which besides getting a strong contrast with the other white walls, allows for playful creativity when painting as if they were the blackboards of the classrooms. This decision has not only lower costs of material execution of the works, but also allowed us to further integrate this room to the large common area, by the sharp contrast between black and white colors of their walls.

The parquet flooring plywood made with synthetic, allowed to maintain economic control of the work and also brought a touch of warmth to the rest of the house. This flooring has a special surface treatment to use it on the kitchen, offering all the guarantees necessary durability and strengthening the unification of the public housing area.

Name: “Low cost” house renovation
Type: Interior design
Location: Avd. América, Madrid, Madrid – Spain
Year: 2.012

Principal Architects: Tomás Fernández García, Luis Sánchez Blasco
Cliente: Private
Architecture: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Design: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Associates: Silvia Gómez Parra
Construction: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Interiorism: QUADRATURA arquitectos
Area: 60 sq. m
Photography: Lugermad

source: quadraturaarquitectos.com

Macarena Cybercentre by Mediomundo

In these times of computer mediated communication, the Spanish architects of Medio Mundo Arquitectos were asked by the municipality of Seville, Spain to create a centre of information technologies. This place should enable access to these technologies for people of the town and create a new space for friendly encounters. The project is surrounded a number of eight storey high block of flats, where a basketball court stood formerly.

For economic reasons, the architects meant to give the object the simplest form reflecting the unique function of the buildings. The centre is surrounded by patches of grass divided by walkways leading towards the entrance. A multifunctional hall and a caffee is located on the first floor. The second, clad in red painted steel is occupied by administrative spaces, storehouse and two additional multifunctional rooms. A huge terrace rests upon the roof of the building protected by red perforated metal sheets and offering pleasant views of a nearby river.

photos: tribotech.livejournal.com

Church in La Laguna by Menis Arquitectos

Designing and constructing a church has never been an easy task for architects. It is a challenge to create a space not meant for accomodation or further customization, but a space that has its own soul, gives an aura of serenity and conveys intimate spiritual experience. This particular church, completed in 2008 in a town La Laguna on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain), is a challenge well done by Fernando Menis of the Menis Arquitectos.

The building consists of four volumes, visually separated by rifts in the walls that align into cross on the front nave. Apart from the obvious symbolic function they allow the daylight into the interior which strengthens the calm meditative atmosphere. The whole structure takes up more than 1000 m² and cost 600,000 euro.

photos: tuhinternational.com

House in Paderne by Carlos Quintáns Arquitectos

Amidst the beautiful mountain nature, in the town of Paderne, Spain, an unique building has grown on the rubbles of an old house. Carlos Quintana is the author of this design, peacefully integrated into the atmosphere of its surroundings. He created the house entirely of natural materials. The layered wooden construction of the house rests upon the original stone walls. In order for the house to blend in with the other archaic houses in the area, Carlos chose slate as the material for the roof.

A point of interest – the house is closed off from three sides, but the fourth one opens up entirely towards the nature. The interior is quite modest – wooden with white plastering. The kitchen area is raised and accessed by a small staircase. Offering a relaxing place in the beautiful nature, this house is suited for temporary or seasonal accomodation.

photos: blog.gessato.com

Sant Andreu House by Ferrolan LAB

Ferronlan LAB came up with an unbelievable family house in the historical centre of Barcelona, Spain. This area is characteristic with its long and narrow parcels with mostly smaller buildings, which reads for this house as well. Width of the house is only 3.7m, length being 25m. Even the north-south orientation was not ideal, and maybe exactly these restrictions became a challenge for architects. The end result was excellent and disadvantages turned into virtues.

Bringing light to the interiors was very important and it was also managed thanks to glasscrete blocks, which comprise entire walls. On the ground floor is a cinema and a garage. Next floor with a courtyard has a kitchen on one side, and a dining hall on the other. The last level consists of bedrooms and a roof terrace with a swimming pool. The whole space is connected visually, partition of rooms is often only transparent.

source: hqroom.ru

Red Bull Music Academy by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos

The centre of contemporary art Matadero in Madrid, Spain, hosted an amazing musical event Red Bull Music Academy during the September and November 2011. It sheltered concerts, audiovisual projections and various other creative workshops. The spaces for this event were prepared by the young architects of Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos. A large object with steel framework, concrete facade and a working infrastructure ready for unexpected scenarios was dedicated for this purpose.

The architects created a design with suitable acoustic and technical conditions, which amplifies the artistic experience of the participants. Taking the restricted budget and time constrains into account, the architects strived for a simplistic solution, with further spatial reorganisation possibilities. The design consists of several pavillions, with walls made of bags of soil, which also serve as acoustic isolation and provide spaces for offices, rehearsal rooms, recording studio, conference rooms, radio station and a lounge with refreshment.

photo: legohead.blog.com

New Social Buildings in Stadium Casablanca

Stadion Casablanca in Zaragoza, Spain was recently extended by new social buildings. The stadion with all of its facilities lies on an area of ten hectares and is not only a sports club – but a social club with more than 25,000 members. Two companies, Cerrejon architects and Magen Arquitectos cooperated together in order to effectively and functionally design the new building to blend in and interconnect it with the existing ones and create outside spaces at the same time. Therefore, the execution was split into two phases.

The architects tackled this challenge and created desirable unique spaces. The facilities can be grouped into two main categories – sports and social. A characteristic trait of the project is its wavy facades, which dynamically envelop the entire buildings. The true highlight of this project is its incorporation of the former spaces and their integration with the central exterior square.

photo: plusmood.com

Museum of Vine and Wine by AH Asociados

A project by Spanish atelier AH Asociados deals with a renovation of a historical building in a winegrowing town Olite in Navarra province, Spain. The interior of the building was turned into a large space where the traditional wine of Navarra meets with modernity of viticulture. The face of the building, visible from the street, retains its historic look with its stone walls and wooden gutters.

Facade directed towards the inner courtyard, however is made of steel. In the old part of the building, visitors can find the entrance hall with historical reminders of the past. The new part is flexibly devoted to different functions, according to current needs. It is separated from the inner courtyard, where exhibitions and wine samplings often take place, by both transparent and opaque panels.

photos: plusmood.com

Siesta Twin Houses: Architecture meets Fashion Design

“…Zuccherodesign Architects, in collaboration with the Dutch textile designer Antje Paul-Kessel from iDress, has created a pristine all white scenario for these extremely colorful textiles played out in various shapes and forms. The fundamental color palette is neutral and monochromatic. Pops of color are introduced trough the soft furnishings of the sofa pillows and curtains. The design and textile choices together bring an exciting statement of sophistication to this ultra modern house in Ibiza.

Built on two identical existing structures, these three-storey glass cube Siesta Houses, were redesigned by the Ibiza based Zuccherodesign Architects who took inspiration from the breathtaking sunset of Santa Eulalia bay. In a small densely inhabited island such as Ibiza, it is a challenge to find a hilltop location near the sea that is free from daily tourist activities.

This tranquil feeling of seclusion was the first design objective when positioning the Siesta Houses. The second objective was to bring the feeling of the sea inside the house metaphorically painting the walls with delicate colors to reflect the sunlight. Constructed with open concept interiors (kitchen, dining-room and living-room plus master-suite, all in the main floor) and joining rectilinear forms that seemed to float on a cliff, these spaces feature spectacular views from every vantage point in their interior. A massive fire place is the only division in this pristine space while maintaining perfect dialog with the futuristic-shaped Moon System sofas designed by Zaha Hadid for B & B Italia. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall expands the conceptual impact of the living-room while offering direct access to the open-air terrace which features a hanging-pool. The house entrance is accomplished from a small private street approached from behind and connected by a bridge, allowing total privacy to the inhabitants. In the evening, the home’s slat-style facade allows the interior light to permeate and merge with the exterior lighting system, bathing the house in a dramatic and glowing aura of its own.

Architect Zucchero has honored the unique style that is typically Ibizian. This cosmopolitan approach to living in these exceptional spaces, presents an opportunity to truly realize an open and free experience leading the way to redefine the concept of the Mediterranean Maison…”

source: zuccherodesign.com

Music Hall and House in Algueña by Cor & Asociados

Spanish architects Cor & Asociados completed a pearlescent concert hall in the village Algueña, near Alicante, Spain. Multi-purpose auditorium with a capacity for 230 people is clad in shimmering porcelain facing and connected to a former civil guard headquarters, which now serves as a music centre. The two-storey U-shaped historical building contains rehearsal rooms for musicians. The annex encloses central atrium and thus creates an open air concert venue. The two buildings are connected by glass boxes with a central staircase.

photos: positive-magazine.com

Casa Cedeira – Spanish Prefab Home

A weekend home built quickly and effectively in the Cedeira town, near Galicia, Spain, is a good example how to create a sustainable and comfortable prefab house. Cedeira house, situated into the forest surrounded landscape with a view of the ocean, is one of the recent projects of the architectonic office MYCC from Madrid. Construction form is shaped as a simplified traditional house with a saddle roof. The shell of the construction is predominantly made of two materials, which harmonize with the surroundings.

Viroc is a non-toxic material made of a mixture of wood and cement. It was used as a roofing material and side facade casing. Pediment facades are made of cortene with perforated silhouettes of trees, which create a stunning interplay of light and shadows inside the house. Framework of the house is constructed of six prefabricated modules and creates two floors with flexible layouts.

photos: arqa.com

Institutional Winery La Grajera

A project by Virai Arquitectos finds a balance between the nature of Spanish countryside and a modern winery, by its fusion with the landscape. Individual volumes follow the changes in terrain and are interrupted by the line of a nearby forest – respecting the local vegetation. The largest of the building has a semi-basement foundation in sandstone and shelters the winery production spaces. It grows and bends, defining the shape of the complex, while blending in the terrain itself.

Except for this massive construction, there is an administrative building with a light, amplified body in glass and dark ceramic, designed by the authors of the project in a collaboration with Spanish Favetón company. A third volume, a small tower housing offices and residential spaces completes and closes the complex while setting apart a space for a square, that enables access to all of the winery buildings. A visitor can enjoy views of the forest, the landscape and the panorama of spanish villages while walking across the public space.

foto: architecturenewsplus.com

Young Disabled Modules and Workshop Pavillions by ///g.bang///

No one can pass by the new, bright red building of psychiatric centre in the Spanish Zaragoza, without having a closer look. The design by José Javier Gallard of the ///g.bang/// studio creates a new youth facilities connected with the original neuro-psychiatric centre, Nuestra Señora del Carmen, by an underground tunnel. The different pitches of roofs indicate different levels of mental activity that take place in those spaces. The steepest roofs house shared common rooms, the shallow gables shelter individual rooms of patients and staff quarters are located beneath flat roofs. The red powder-coated zinc sheets, which cover the whole facade, are interrupted only by frameless windows.

The historic ideas of strict separation of mental health facilities from the outside world are replaced by walls that can be opened up. A simple rectangular floor plan embodies a noble idea. A hospital – in latin “hospitare” means “to accept as a guest”. While highlighting the importance of groupwork and fellowship with people suffering from mental disorders, it strives for a seamless integration of its patients into society. The red color of the facility intentionally attracts attention and tries to break the prejudice, emphasize social work and, according to the author, makes the structure “more sexy”.

photos: archivenue.com