Les Aigues Library, a respectful renovation of a former urban water deposit in Barcelona.

The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

Les Aigues Library, by Clotet+Aparicio © Simon García

 

Since 1999, the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona has had a new library, set up in a forgotten nineteenth-century water tank located in the heart of the city. The project, commisioned to architects Clotet and Paricio, uses prefabricated elements to locate rich and diverse spaces and reading areas along the 65meter-long vaulted structure. Originally built in 1874, the building is a roman-like construction with 12meter-high brickwork vaults.

 

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Atrio Relais-Châteaux by Mansilla+Tuñon, organic symbiosis with the ancient city

The new functional organism attaches to the irregularities of the perimeter of existing buildings, accepting them, and reflecting on how the city has grown.

 

© Luis Asin

© Luis Asin

 

The Atrio Relais & Châteaux Hotel and Restaurant in Cáceres, by Mansilla + Tuñón, was shortlisted among the 40 project  for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, and it won the BigMat ’13 Award Spain National Prize and Special Mention for Restoration of a Heritage Place. It is not the first time for the Madrid based firm, founded in Madrid in 1992 by Luis Moreno Mansilla (Madrid, 1959–2012) and Emilio Tuñón (Madrid, 1958), who in 2007  won the Mies van der Rohe Award with the MUSAC of León, perhaps their most famous work to date.

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2014 Tile of Spain Award Winners

The jury decided to award the first prize in the Architecture category to the project “House in Principe Real” (Lisbon ) by portuguese office CAMARIM Arquitectos, highlighting the project’s “brilliant interpretation of the use of ceramics in the historic centre of Lisbon. The five-storey house is presented to the street like a traditional ceramic plane, reinterpreted to display different textures”.

 

"Casa no Príncipe Real" by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.

“Casa no Príncipe Real” by CAMARIM Arquitectos. Photos by Nelson Garrido.

 

The 2014 Tile of Spain Awards were delivered on February 10, 2015 in CEVISAMA (Castellón) after the jury’s meeting, held last November, to make a verdict on the thirteenth edition of these acclaimed Spanish architecture awards.  The jury lead by Emilio Tuñón -winner of the English category of the 2013 BigMat Award– was made ​​up of six other architects of international success: Cino Zucchi , executive director of the Pritzker Prize and juror of the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award; Anupama Kundoo, José María Sánchez , Martha Thorne, Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Ramón Monfort .

 

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House 1014 by H arquitectes: inhabiting the courtyard

Small town in Catalonia holds a house in which a series of patios achieve not only climatic stability and energy saving, but also a wide range of domestic spaces.

 

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

House 1014 by H Arquitectes © Adrià Goula

 

House 1014, designed by H arquitectes –winners of the first edition of the Big Mat International Prize is a single-family home in the small town of Granollers, Spain. Located in a consolidated and compact urban fabric, the house works as a series of interlocked spaces revolving around the building’s courtyards. Ranging from darker, more private areas, to almost open-air living rooms, all the spaces within the house are designed to work as a whole, forming a complex system for climate control throughout the year, based on traditional passive technologies.

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Seasonless house, an “active playground” by Casos de Casas

The architects proposal for clients in Vinaroz, Castellón, is a house that consciously disassociates itself from its built environment in order to achieve one for itself –a landscape of domestic activities and possibilities on the inside of the house.

 

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

Seasonless house. Casos de Casas Ⓒ Jose Hevia

 

What do you expect of a house located on a Mediterranean resort city in which two different seasonal inhabitation models shift all year round? Spanish office’s Casos de Casas answer to this question is, actually, to propose a new way of living –a crossroads between compact, urban, high-density housing and laid-back, holiday home architecture. A seasonless house.

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Young Spanish practice SelgasCano to build Serpentine Pavilion 2015

Responsible for light, colourful, translucent structures, the Madrid-based architects anticipate next year’s pavilion will be made of “Transparency”.

 

SelgasCano Ⓒ All rights reserverd.

SelgasCano Ⓒ All rights reserverd.

The Serpentine Galleries have announced that Spanish architects SelgasCano will design 15th Serpentine Pavilion, which will stand on Kensington Gardens during the summer of 2015 as a multi-purpose space to host conferences and social meetings, and a café.

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