“Hispania Nostra: Revisiting Spanish Heritage in Europe” at COAM

The exhibition is presented as a walkthrough of Hispania Nostra’s (Spanish association for the defense of natural and cultural heritage) work, celebrating the awards that Spain has received from Europe during the last four decades.

 

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arq. © Hispania Nostra

La Olmeda Roman House. Paredes Pedrosa Arch. © Hispania Nostra

 

The exhibition showcases 191 spanish projects regarding the country’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites that have received any of the Europa Nostra Awards in the last 40 years.

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Two houses among the walls of Oropesa, by Paredes&Pedrosa Architects

The project is defined by the strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a close attention to the new textures and materials superimposed to the original surfaces of the house.

 

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architectos  © Photo: Luis Asín

Two houses in Oropesa (2015) Paredes&Pedrosa Architects © Photo: Luis Asín

 

Spanish team of architects Paredes&Pedrosa (founded by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa) have recently completed one of their latest works: two small houses in Oropesa, Spain, inserted among the antique city walls of the 15th century. Designed for two brothers who wished to divide an old family house partially in ruins, the design is based on the introduction of a long and narrow patio in the existing plot.

The project is halfway between a strict restoration work, characterized by a strong decision to recuperate some of the elements in ruins and the original walls -which are part of the town’s historical heritage-, and a very contemporary approach seen in the textures and materials used in the interior and exterior surfaces of the houses, as well as in the treatment of the outside, partially public space. (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…)

“Viollet-le-Duc, a visionary architect” at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris

On the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, a retrospective exhibition presents the unique work of this great architect, theorist and restorer who was also the founder of the National Museum of French Monuments, where the exhibition is showing.

 

Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris Henri Le Secq (Jean Louis Henri Le Secq Des Tournelles, dit) (1818-1882), [1853?] / Contretype moderne d’après un négatif sur plaque de verre. Paris, Bibliothèque des arts décoratifs. © Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais /Henri Le Secq

Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier. Charles Marville (1813-1879) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe

 

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) is one of the few architects of the nineteenth century whose death did not drive him to oblivion, but quite on the contrary.

Despite the controversies, his restoration works have always been a reference for architecture professionals, and his genius has marked the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages. For a long time, historians have attempted to put his archeological science and his ideas on restoration into perspective. Then, from the 1970’s on, his ideas on architectural design were subject of study and controversy.

 

Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier Charles-François Bossu, dit Charles Marville (1813-1879) ; vers 1860 Photographie ; épreuve sur papier sec à partir d’un négatif verre au collodion sec. Paris, Musée d’Orsay, PHO 1985 200 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe

Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris. Henri Le Secq © Ministère de la Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine / Henri Le Secq

 

Now, thirty years after the last monographic exhibition was dedicated to him in Paris, it is the least known aspects and the most unexpected production of this talented artist which will be presented to the public, as a testimony of the richness and complexity of his personality.  We already know the rational nature of his approach to architectural practice: now is the turn to emphasize his work as a visionary of architecture. To illustrate, in other terms, the intimacy between the positivist system that Viollet-le-Duc represents, and his romantic delusions, the sources of his genius.  A personality which is  strange and complex, hyperactive and productive, relating his encyclopedic knowledge to the service of both a political and aesthetic plan.

The exhibition will be showing in the main venue of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris -at Place Trocadéro, 1- until March 9th, 2015.

 

Watch the online promotional video for the exhibition below.

 

Information translated from the original via Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine.
All images taken from the exhibition’s dossier, available here.

 

Rijksmuseum’s Philips Wing -“respectful collage” by Cruz y Ortiz

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Rembrandt museum par excellence, becomes completed after the restoration carried out in the last eleven years by Sevillian architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. Last October the last of the buildings that remained under construction, the so-called “Philips Wing”, was inaugurated.

 

© Rijksmuseum / Tilleman

© Rijksmuseum / Tilleman

 

Cruz y Ortiz concluded this way its work of more than a decade, arguably the most complex and the most important of his successful career. The restoration of the Rijksmuseum has consolidated them into the international architecture elite and it has made them won several awards, including the Abe Bonnema Prize, the Gouden AAP and The Icon award and FAD. This year also they have been honored as Knights of the Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion and appointed honorary members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Chicago. (more…)