‘Sala Beckett’ renovation of a theatrical space in Barcelona, by Flores y Prats

The project competition, which was won in 2011, led to years of research and design for the renovation and expansion of the existing spaces within the 1920’s original building. A unique project by Spanish architects Flores y Prats, photographed by Adrià Goula.

 

'Sala Beckett' Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

‘Sala Beckett’ Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

 

Barcelona-based architects Flores y Prats are the authors behind the impressive and comprehensive renovation project of ‘Sala Beckett‘, a theatre and drama space in Barcelona, located inside a 1920’s building. The architects’ aim was to maintain the building’s spatial design and decoration, preserving the unique qualities of a historical building, while proposing new usable, contemporary spaces for the ‘Obrador Internacional de Dramatùrgia’ who will be using the premises.  (more…)

National Museum Zurich extension by Christ & Gantenbein

The shape, volume and materiality of the building proposed by the Swiss Architects contrast and dialogue with the existing museum by Gustav Gull, built in 1898. The new wing will allocate a library, gallery spaces and an auditorium for the National Museum, but will also create an enclosed garden for visitors.

 

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

 

The new wing of National Museum Zurich, designed by Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein, has been finally unveiled after over 4 years of works in the building.

The existing museum, which houses one of the largest collections of historical objects in Switzerland, will be provided with new, ample spaces in order to host events and activities: exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a library, enclosed in an angular, robust concrete building attached to the existing stone building from the late 19th century. (more…)

Restoration of the market of El Ninot in Barcelona, by Mateo Arquitectura

The market, built in 1928, keeps its original metal-truss roof structure with the addition of a new metal-slatted façade, allowing for a bright and light interior.

 

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

El Ninot market restoration, by Mateo Arquitectura, 2015. Photo © Adrià Goula

 

On the 19th of May, the city of Barcelona finally inaugurated the market of El Ninot, a restoration of a modernist market of the 1920’s carried out by local architect Josep Lluís Mateo. Originally built in 1928 at the heart of the city’s famous Eixample district, the building remained closed since 2009, when the construction and restoration works began. (more…)

Urban and social housing renovation in Lormont, by LAN architects

Decisive in the concept was the renewal of the facade, read as an extension of the interiors. Initially designed to thermally insulate the building, it also opened up an opportunity to generate more space, additional rooms, loggias and spacious balconies.

 

Urban Renovation Lormont  Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

Urban Renovation Lormont Génicart, by LAN Architecture © Photography: Julien Lanoo, 2015

 

French team of architects LANBigMat ’13 France National Prizehave completed the urban renovation of a social housing neighbourhood in Lormont, holding almost half of the town’s population. The Génicart District, which comprises 10% of the city’s municipal territory, was built around the nineteen eighties and is part of a ambitious “residentialisation” plan, organized around the rehabilitation of four different housing estates in this district: Saint-Hilaire, Leroy, La Boétie and Villon. (more…)