Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque

Architecture - 14.05.2020

Interpretation Centre of the Romanesque Spaceworkers

A facility designed to show visitors the ties between Portuguese Romanesque and current architecture. Spaceworkers is a studio in Paredes, in northern Portugal, that likes to work out connections between emotion and forms through contemporary architecture. One project it is known for is the Information Center of the Romanesque Route, near the town of Lousada. Through its play of volumes the building maintains the town’s urban continuity, tying in closely with the church and square – the Church of Senhor dos Aflitos and the Praça das Pocinhas. It also tries to forge a link between current architecture and the Portuguese Romanesque tradition. Volumes varying in dimensions form a unity while showing the diversity of features typical of Romanesque style. Each one contains a distinct exhibition space and is entered from an inner courtyard, the roof of which is a glass structure that ensures natural lighting and further unifies the complex. Inside, the monumentality of the space and the finishes, with the ceilings of the various volumes taking on the forms of Romanesque roofs, all contribute to t

MS5

Architecture - 06.04.2020

MS5

Malu de Miguel González

A single-family home designed by Malu de Miguel González in Madrid to accommodate up to three generations of the same family. At Monte Sollube 5 – in Boadilla del Monte, a municipality of Madrid’s metropolitan area – stands this two-floor house built for three generations of the family its architect, Malu (María Luisa) de Miguel (Gran Canaria, 1987). The dwelling proper contains 315 square meters, complemented by 85 square meters for hallways and covered terraces. The construction really has two parts flanking the garage, the larger one harboring a double-height living room that connects the upstairs rooms. This configuration responds to the intention of the architect to generate a programme whose novelty is, paradoxically, to emphasize a concept as old as that of being able to accommodate a family: it replaces the habitual distribution of main or children's bedrooms, imposed by the house itself, with another more dynamic one in which the inhabitants can freely decide which rooms to occupy.

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

Ca'n Terra

Architecture - 13.02.2020

Ca'n Terra Ensamble Studio

Architecture and technology at the service of nature. An incursion in history devoted to contemplation. Ca’n Terra approaches nature by exploring the way of inhabiting the house. The dwelling is in an old Marais stone quarry, showing the typical rocky landscape of Menorca on the outside. To rescue it from neglect, Ensamble Studio uses technology to carry out a digital modelling of the cave’s interior projecting thousands of laser points on the surfaces, recording precise data about the structure. With these tools, the architect creates a new space starting out from small interventions that pursue maximizing the relationship with nature.In contrast to what’s usually been done in the past, the architecture remains in the background, letting the materiality of the place suggest the distribution of the house. In this way it avoids imposing itself on its context, proposing a journey to the interior of matter. As the project description says: “If the history of civilization has evolved to a great extent transcending the idea on site, in Ca’n Terra, the process is inverted