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MG08

MG08

BURR
Madrid, Spain

MG08 is an architectural intervention that yields a flexible dwelling, divisible into different units in accordance with the needs of the residents.

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The Madrid firm BURR proposes a departure from the deep-rooted concept of ‘building a home for a whole lifetime’ through a house that can be adapted to the owners’ changing socioeconomic circumstances and address their future needs. MG08 thus opens up a wide range of possible ways to occupy one same ground-level space that previously served various purposes (industrial, commercial, sports), the memory of which is deliberately evoked through the chosen gamut of materials.

María Guerrero is a house split into two. It currently harbors two dwellings, each with a patio of its own, enabling the proprietors to inhabit one half and rent out the other, and in that way shoulder the costs of acquisition and construction. In future the wall separating the two homes can be torn down, making the property a single residence with a large courtyard and a study-cum-bath opening out to the street; a larger house with two bathrooms and a small business space, ultimately a single home.

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Bitelhaus

Bitelhaus

Alric Galindez
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bitelhaus proposes a new concept of weekend houses, one where versatility, low maintenance, and openness to the exterior take priority.

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Photos: © Fernando Schapochnik

On the outskirts of Buenos Aires, the house by Alric Galindez is a bold and elegant single linear volume set perpendicularly to the street to get the best orientations and respect the mighty trees preexisting on the plot. The whole facade presents a system of mobile panels that ensures low maintenance and makes the building easy to open out to the garden and close up when not in use.

The linearity facilitates organization of the domestic program, allowing a half-covered space to be the house’s main room and distribution area, and maintaining indoor climate through cross ventilation. Continuous barrel vaults have different curvatures. This creates different environments, regulates the entrance of light and the flow of air, and generates a rhythm through the entire interior.

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S2 House

S2 House

Bellafilarquitectes
Girona, Spain

In L’Escala, a municipality in the Alt Empordà comarca of Girona province, stands this one-family residence designed by Bellafilarquitectes.

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With a built area of 204 square meters, it was designed in compliance with two mandates: respect the pine trees on the grounds; and keep the property unfenced but for a low, 50-centimeter stone wall. Just a stone’s throw away is the beach, so the path to the house is much used in summer. One challenge in the project was to protect the privacy of the occupants.

The structure presents 2.2-meter-tall walls of reinforced concrete holding up a roof made of semicircular vaults, glazed and colored green, that cantilever over the south facade. The concrete walls stretch on beyond the limits of the indoor spaces, creating two semicircular courtyards – one within the other – that also contribute to ensuring the family’s privacy.

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GES 2

GES 2

Renzo Piano
Moscow, Russia

Built between 1904 and 1908 in Bálchug (Bolotny óstrov), a river island in the heart of Moscow, GES-2 was a power station.

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The old plant is now a space conceived as an experience of going from visual to performing arts, via a welcoming civic space. The 20,000-square-meter building is the new headquarters of the V-A-C Foundation, and includes a library, an auditorium, exhibition halls, classrooms, and workshops. Parts that had been added to the industrial facility were removed in order to bring back the original volume and massing. Also, the central bay was stripped of all elements that made the whole length of this space difficult to perceive.

One of the main focuses of the project was preserving the historical metal structure. This called for chemical analysis and inspection of every time-damaged element to replace or repair. Four chimneys were maintained, but with brick giving way to steel, and they now capture clean air 70 meters above the ground, activating natural ventilation and reducing energy consumption. The project is based on two main concepts: a space where visitors feel guided by their own intuition, and fluid circulation in a ‘spatial sculpture.’

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Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen

MVRDV
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Storing over 151,000 artworks, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen opens to the public in Rotterdam (6 November 2021), a work of the Dutch firm MVRDV.

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The outcome of a competition held in 2014, the 15,000-square-meter construction rises in the north part of Rotterdam’s OMA-designed Museumpark. The curving facade comprises 6,609 square meters of glass subdivided into 1,664 mirrored panels, which, because they reflect the surroundings, help to mitigate the building’s visual impact. The compact, bowl-shaped volume has a small footprint and a generous rooftop terrace 35 meters above the ground.

Through crisscrossing stairs and display cases the central atrium offers a route up the depot, floor by floor, to give visitors a rare glimpse into how the museum takes care of and maintains its possessions, and connecting the galleries to the restoration workshops, storage spaces, and a restaurant. The museum’s collections will be kept and displayed in five microclimates, depending on the specific temperature and humidity requirements of the pieces and genres, produced with different materials.

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Mietis Store

Mietis Store

Evvo
Barcelona, Spain

The store reflects the brand’s captivating, colorful imagery and offers a creative experience catering to the particular interests of each customer.

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The new shop of the young fashion line is located in the up-and-coming Poblenou neighborhood. The design of Evvo starts off with respect for the preexisting, so leaves unaltered all the marks that the passage of time has left on the walls, as well as features that rooted the construction to the district. The new strokes are carried out like one more layer of a palimpsest.

The chosen color range of mild pastel tones and the use of industrial materials like aluminum and concrete stamp the brand’s identity onto the physical space, and create an eclectic universe of arches re-marked by the theatrical textures of the curtains. Retail aside, there is also a design studio, a workshop for personalizing items, and a gallery.

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The Hill in Front of the Glen

The Hill in Front of the Glen

HW Studio
Morelia, Mexico

A mountain shelter in continuity with the beauty around,
forming one more hill among many.

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The project is mimicked in the landscape, manifesting its presence only with concrete walls. Two to retain the soil, and the other two to form a path wide enough to pass through but narrow enough to do so in single file. The access to the house slopes downward slightly, conducive to reflection, interrupted only by a vigorous tree and culminating in a gentle vault that marks the entrance.

The public areas are placed left of the house and face a ravine, while on the other side the more private zones are organized around a courtyard from which one can gaze at the sky and the treetops. A reduced palette of materials – stone, wood, concrete, and steel – combines with strategies to conceal MEP services, electrical appliances, and light fittings, creating an ancestral atmosphere, the primitive mountain refuge.

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Barn into a House

Barn into a House

g+f arquitectos
Pozanco, Spain

An early 20th-century agricultural and livestock construction in a town of the Castilian plain has been transformed into a dwelling. 

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The intervention preserves the identity of the farming facility and the vernacular character of the construction. The bay of the barn harnesses thermal energy through the inertia of the adobe wall. The roof is insulated and waterproofed by means of a sandwich panel inserted between the old tiles and the frame of logs and wood-shake boards. Changing the corrugated panel for a polycarbonate one, a skylight over the stairs brightens up the spaces upstairs and down.

To take advantage of the free height without altering the original massing, a lightweight slab of exposed metal beams and sandwich panels is put in, but the total height is maintained at both ends of the barn, with the staircase on one side and a room on the other. The second bay, where the cellar was, had three timber trusses. Because of leaks, one of them had deteriorated. It was removed, and a central courtyard was created to form an outdoor space beside the kitchen.

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M+ Museum

M+ Museum

Herzog & de Meuron
Hong Kong

The Basel firm has opened a new cultural center for art, design, architecture, and the moving image.

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With the ambitious idea of giving Hong Kong a world-class artistic hub, the West Kowloon Cultural District envisions an enclave of new spaces for educational activities and the arts within a large park beside Victoria Harbour. Among them the M+ Museum, a work of Herzog & de Meuron, is the project’s flagship, and it finally opened to the public on 12 November.

This new center devoted to contemporary visual art is organized in a building that takes the shape of an inverted T. It features thirty-three galleries laid out within the huge base, a variety of multipurpose halls, a research center, and offices in the slender 12-floor block whose facade incorporates a system of LED that transforms the actual building into an enormous digital art medium.

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Daita

Daita

Suzuko Yamada Architects
Tokyo, Japan

Suzuko Yamada has designed a house inspired by Rwandan forests for a small corner lot in a Tokyo residential neighborhood.

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The house rose on the idea of something that would be easy to enlarge, refurbish, and revamp through a structure of steel bars serving as prelude to an intricate indoor forest of timber beams and pillars. All elements are exposed to view so that supports, bracings, pipings and the like are dispersed amid books, jardinières, and plants giving form to the scenes of everyday life.

The boundary between inside and outside is blurred, there is no clear built limit. The symbiosis between the garden and the house is such that the fruit trees and other plants are confused with the scheme of metal bars forming the porch, the stairs facilitate pruning, the walkways serve as guides for the vines, and the branches contribute to ensuring privacy indoors.

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