“Raumplan House” by Alberto Campo Baeza

Last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award resumes one of his leitmotifs: the diagonal space, used previusly in numerous works as Turegano House, Asencio House or Caja Granada, adding in this case a helicoidal movement to the operation.

 

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

 

“2+2+2 is much more than just 6. A Raumplan house” by the architect.

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines. At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid. From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also. Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views. (more…)

“Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture” at COAM Madrid

The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.

 

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

 

Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. (more…)

“Bauen” by Emilio Pemjean at Espaciofoto Madrid

The author first elaborates scale models of spaces (which no longer exist or have been processed), stripping them of all objects covering or decorating inside to then reconstruct them, photographing the “naked” space. This proposes a dialogue between real space and our perception of it, between the object and its representation or between three-dimensional space (architecture) and two-dimensional representation (photography). 

 

Bauen 8 + 9. "Housing for a couple without children." Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

Bauen 8 + 9. “Housing for a couple without children.” Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

The project is a reflection on the circle of action that occurs between a man and the spatial system that conforms around, about relationships or interactions between the subject and the occupied and built space. The domestic space, the shelter, the center of the world constitutes a sounding board.

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“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” at CentroCentro Madrid

The exhibition shows the design and construction processes and the use of the building projects, the experience of which is arranged and put on display. Exhibiting a process implies revealing the documents that are not always explicit, which were generated during the stages prior to or even subsequent to the architectural project itself.

 

"Architecture set: everyday life prepositions" © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

 

To arrange means to display, to place and exhibit in a space. If an architectural project is the deployment of actions and verbs through which a thought process is synthesised to generate a space, the prepositions position us within it: they construct a conscious position that relates the subjects to their situation in the space (in front, below, between, from, in, towards, as far as, above, behind, etc.) and, more importantly, they link the architecture to those which it implies (of, against, without, to, by, with, for, etc.) in order to create, design and transform our everyday surroundings. The prefix ‘pre’ refers to something that comes before, but it could also anticipate situations to come or future events. (more…)

“Architectus Omnibus?” at La Arqueria de Nuevos Ministerios Madrid

What impact does rapid urban growth and its subsequent economic, social and cultural transformations have on the understanding of Architecture today? How have responsibilities of architects changed facing new challenges and dwindling resources at the same time?

 

TallerDE2, Gutiérrez-DelaFuente: Daycare children centre © TallerDE2

TallerDE2, Gutiérrez-DelaFuente: Daycare children centre © TallerDE2

 

The Instituto Cervantes and the Goethe-Institute cordially invite to a dialog by the title of  “Architectus Omnibus?” which focuses on the understanding of architecture today and the increasing social responsibility of architects in the 21st century. It focuses on the transformations of a discipline that has to relocate itself between the real estate market and the claim of citizens’ participation, concetrating in Germany and Spain. (more…)

“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” at CentroCentro Madrid

The exhibition, which will be open from October 6 to January 10, 2016, reviews the buildings designed by the Spanish architect in the Canary Islands, an earthly paradise of sorts from which Higueras took full advantage creating a new allegorical, exotic lansdcape filled with massive concrete structures.

 

"Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas" © CentroCentro

“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” © CentroCentro

 

Fernando Higueras, one of the masters of the architecture of Madrid in the ’60s and’ 70s is currently back on the spotlight, as a renewed interest in his architecture has been growing for quite some time to which CentroCentro Cibeles is joining.

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“Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design” at CaixaForum Madrid

This major retrospective of this legendary architect analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, among them László Moholy- Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images.

 

Aino Aalto en una cadira Paimio, fotomuntatge, dècada del 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

Aino Aalto on a Paimio chair, circa 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

 

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architects of his generation and one of the chief proponents of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design.

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“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” at Museo ICO Madrid

The exhibition features over thirty projects by the British architect from all over the world. It is focused on the materiality of the physical models, as they are the only pieces which are impossible to access through other methods.

 

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

 

Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015 exhibition is a retrospective that brings together for the first time in Madrid over thirty years of the professional career of the renowned British architect David Chipperfield.

The exhibition, which will be open at the Museo ICO from 30 September to 24 January 2016, features the most relevant projects by David Chipperfield Architects in some of the most important cities in the world, and makes it possible to analyse David Chipperfield’s work from his early days, both individually and in the aggregate. (more…)

Discover the must-see architecture of Madrid at Open House Madrid 2015

For the first time the international festival of architecture and city, Open House, arrives to Madrid. The 26th and September 27th anyone will be allowed to visit nearly 100 buildings and urban areas of the capital, some of which are not usually accessible to the public.

 

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac.

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac

 

This is the case of the Bank of Spain. During the festival there are two kind of visits in this historic building. One of architectural character, in which you can tour the 100,000 m² building that contains interventions made by Rafael Moneo and Mansilla + Tuñón with the help of a guide; in the other visit you can see the art collection housed in the Bank.

 

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José Manuel Ballester “Museos en Blanco” at Ivorypress Madrid

The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future.

 

"Museos en blanco" © José Manuel Ballester

“Tunel Crosstrail” 2013 © José Manuel Ballester

 

On 8 September Ivorypress starts off the season with the opening of Museos en blanco by Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960). The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future. The visual resources employed by Ballester in these works change the viewer’s position towards the outside world and towards their own memory.  (more…)