Estancia Morro Chico

Architecture - 02.04.2020

Estancia Morro Chico RDR Architectes

RDR Architectes remodels a livestock complex from the late nineteenth century through constructions inspired by the building tradition of Santa Cruz. At Puente Blanco, a remote spot in the Argentinian Patagonia, close to the southern border with Chile, we find this stockbreeding estate that has been renovated and expanded by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes (RDR architectes), the firm run by Jacques Richter and Ignacio Dahl Rocha from offices in Lausanne and Buenos Aires.Morro Chico Ranch was started by a late-19th-century Scottish immigrant who took part in the ‘great drove,’ when close to 5,000 sheep were herded over 2,000 kilometers across the Humid Pampas to vast tracts of land granted to settlers by the government.A century later their descendants commissioned RDR architectes to renovate the wool and meat production complex, which includes new constructions like a shed for shearing sheep, a depot for machinery and general storage, accommodations for staff and guests, and a family house.Wood dominates the house, but fades as the constructions become more utilitarian, altogether disappearing in the shear

Depósito del Rei Martí

Architecture - 19.03.2020

Depósito del Rei Martí


A space reappropriated. A salute to building with ceramic and to the historical origins of a water tank. Some construction work carried out in 2001 on the grounds of the Bellesguard Tower in Barcelona – built by Gaudí over the remains of the stronghold of King Martin I of Aragon, also known as Martin the Humane – unveiled the Depósito del Rei Martí, a 14th-century water tank that had been hidden under a pine grove.A budget was approved and the digging up of the tank began with the intention of keeping it as is, with no alternations. “There are spaces that surface unexpected… Such surprises quickly create a need to appropriate them and give them some use.” This prevents a new space from forming and attracting attention. The idea is to preserve the original as much as possible while giving access to it, for all to appreciate.Inside, the ceramic is the centerpiece, appearing in seven rows of arches and pillars, separated by Catalan vaults, that serve to organize the almost 600 square meters of space. The walls and floors are clad in wood

Gharfa Pavilion

Architecture - 16.03.2020

Gharfa Pavilion

Edoardo Tresoldi

A pavilion to showcase works of different artists under the Studio Studio Studio seal and to create a space for disconnection. Studio Studio Studio is a multidisciplinary laboratory created by Eduardo Tresoldi, an architect known for his efforts to blur physical limits through transparency of material, and for using industrial elements tos strike up a dialogue between art and the surroundings. This collaboration project involves artists, musicians, designers, architects, and filmmakers gifted with an unconventional imagination.The proximity to Riyadh’s Al-Turaif District (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is used as leverage in the design of the Gharfa Pavilion, and the architect works hand in hand with the musician Max Magaldi, the designer Arberonero, and the garden designer Matteo Foschi to come up with a space for encounters, meditation, and rest.The scheme works upon the ruins of the space, and reveals the different spaces through narrow passageways. The structure, resembling an old fortress, shows the Tresoldi seal by means of a cork-filled wire mesh rising 26 meters. The atmosphere created reflects an intimate

Funicular in Mogan

Style - 24.02.2020


A funicular for universal access to Hotel Riosol in Gran Canaria, with minimal ecological impact. Commissioned to renovate a 1970s hotel in Gran Canaria, the firm decided to address its unique location, 183 meters above sea level, by installing a funicular system. Choosing this transit system because it presented the possibility of spreading an ecological blanket also over the old roof, where obsolete uses and services have been replaced. Overall, the project sought to put special emphasis on the building’s sustainability.The new facilities include the funicular machinery, grounds for planting, and swimming pools that help reduce energy needs through the exchange that takes place between the heat of the water masses and the air conditioning systems, contributing to the ventilation and cooling of the interior spaces. Energy consumption inside the hotel is substantially diminished.Crowning the hill of Mogán, the funicular, with its 42º incline, manages to connect the hotel’s various levels, ensuring general accessibility. To enhance the user’s experie