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Project • By Contell-Martínez ArquitectosCultural Centres


The Project aims to transform an old railway warehouse into a cultural facility within the new Valencia’s Central Park which nowadays covers the old railway tracks of the main city station. The shed was built in 1917 by Demetrio Ribes and it is a valuable example within the railway architecture of Valencia.    The design allows maximum flexibility of use so different activities can happen simultaneously while respecting the industrial character of the building.   The shed is divided into five bays, which will geometrically guide the project. This structural rhythm, as well as the possibility of developing two levels in height, are fundamental for the proposal.   The building has two entries. The front one, fo... More

Project • By OMAOffices

Rijnstraat 8

Upon its completion in 1992, Rijnstraat 8, the former Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) building represented both an innovative office typology – its atriums served as conservatories: the outside brought inside – and a leading example of sustainability. Today the building, designed by in the 1980s, no longer offers the flexibility and openness required of a contemporary office space. In collaboration with the original architect, Jan Hoogstad, and in the context of a Public Private Partnership under the name of PoortCentraal (consisting of BAM, ISS and OMA), OMA has developed an integrated concept for the building based on a renewal of its existing architectural qualities.   The transformatio... More

Project • By BEHF ArchitectsOffices


BEHF Architects has received five prestigious architecture awards for the Telegraf 7 project, a former telephone exchange of the K. u. K. Post- und Telegrafendirektion (postal and telegraphic administration) in Vienna: The “best architects 18 Award” in the category “Interior Design”, the Iconic Award 2017 in the “Architecture” category, the German Design Award 2018 in the “Architecture” category, and two additional awards in the categories “Architectural Design / Heritage Architecture” and “Restoration & Renovation”. Not only had the integral design of the listed building, which BEHF created in cooperation with the client JP Immobilien, made an excellent impression on the jury—the jurors were also convinced by their outstanding archit... More

Project • By Amos Goldreich ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Elfort Road House

This project, a Victorian terraced house in Islington, comprises of a side and roof extension, as well as extensive internal refurbishment. Featuring open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas on the ground and lower-ground floors, Elfort Road House has been transformed from dark and cluttered into light and spacious.Our clients, a young family of three, required a larger property with extensive space. The brief was to create a light, airy, family-friendly environment: an abode featuring sophisticated simplicity, clever uses of space, an open-plan feel for entertaining, contemporary touches, yet with a respect for the original period style and featuring high-quality, timeless design.The spaces for eating, living and working are arranged ove... More

Project • By O-office ArchitectsArt Galleries

Stone Art Gallery

Renovation of an abandoned factory building For the past decades, the Pearl River Delta Area (PRD) has experienced the ever fastest urbanization and grown into the so-call World Factory, producing more than 70% of the world’s daily products. Due to the large-scale urban sprawl plus the pressure from rapid industrial transition in this region, many of the former state industry were moved from the city to the outskirt of PRD. These abandoned industrial sites soon became some form of postmodern relics around PRD’s urban area, especially in its core city, Guangzhou. The Stone Art Gallery was one of the architectural experiments responding to the above reality. EMG Group, a local stone trading firm, collaborated with the architect to attempt... More

Project • By X&Collective Design(XCoD)Offices

Unfinished Space - UOOYAA Office

UOOYAA is a rising fashion brand of ladies apparels. The brand itself is a gift from the founding designer to his daughter, to inspire her, and every girl, to stay liberal, authentic, and fun. We hope to bring out the same brand spirit through the design of the office space. The venue used to be a warehouse of a former space factory. We kept the original structure of the warehouse, made only simple amendment and renovation to the original ceilings. We also added skylights when we reconstructed the factory area. We added second floor to part of the plant, and put most of the main office area and staff recreation area into this second floor. Working on the second floor, people can sit in the cozy work station, while enjoying the sunsh... More

Project • By Peter HaimerlHousing

Harbour me, Celia!

Harbour me, Celia! New building of a one family house in a ruinous Bavarian Forrest Farmhouse Celia The original farmhouse was built in 1840.The cadastral map excerpt documents several changes of the owner(sometimes it was signed with XXX), which increase to several heightenings and attachments to the house. In 1890 the truss was beeing lifted. The farmhouse Celia reflects the former rural life: barn inside the house ...the parlor as one of the exclusive warm core...a chamber in the north side of the building....the attic as a granary....heyloft under the construction and recycling materials. 1974 the last peasant Celia Sigl died. 1976 the production of the film „Drei sind einer zuviel“ with the actress Jutta Sp... More

Project • By David Closes ArchitectsCultural Centres

Auditorium in the church of Sant Francesc convent

The Sant Francesc convent, located in the small Catalan town of Santpedor, was built in the early 18th century by Franciscan priests. In 1835 the convent was sacked. Thereafter began the process of progressive deterioration of the building that ended with its demolition in 2000. Only the church remained standing, but in a completely ruinous state. The project was aimed to convert the Church into an auditorium and a multifunctional cultural facility. The intervention has consolidated the church without deleting the process of deterioration and collapse that the building had suffered. The project has maintained the dimensions of the church interior space and, also, the unusual entries of natural light produced by partial roof collapses. Ra... More

Project • By Personeni Raffaele Schärer ArchitectesPrivate Houses

Two shelters in the Alps

Transformation of a barn into asecondary residence. The refurbishement fits into the existing volume and preserves the external appearance of the barn. Construction on the same site of a tiny cottage serving as a guest room. Grange et Cabane, Vallée du Trient, Valais Transformation d’une grange en résidence secondaire. La nouvelle construction s’inscrit dans le volume existant et préserve l’aspect extérieur de la grange. Construction d’une cabane servant de chambre d’invités. More

Project • By Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor ABSupermarkets

Malmö Market Hall

The old freight depot west of Malmö was no more than a roofless shell when two siblings, Nina Totté Karyd och Martin Karyd, bought it to create a market hall. In 2013, Wingårdh Architects was commissioned to transform the ruin to a market place for around twenty vendors and restaurateurs. Initially, the project included only the brick shell and a small extension along the southern façade; however, it later evolved to utilize the entire site between the brick ruin and the parking garage in the southern part of the site. The finalized building mass became defined by a culvert system for stormwater directly below ground. Therefore, the building’s angular form represents the exact line of the culvert, with a perpendicular safety distance of... More

Project • By Contell-Martínez ArquitectosTrain stations

Rehabilitation of the old railway station of Burgo

The construction of the railway network and the travelers station by the Company of “Northern Railroads”, at the beginning of the Twentieth cen-tury, was a significant event for the city of Burgos due to the relevance of the equipment and the significance for the city planning, importance that, however, was lost with the passage of the years till its total ab-andonment. The project aims to rehabilitatethe Old Railway Station to accommodate a recreational and leisure programmeintended primarily for children and youth. The intervention extends, on one side,over the Station Square (former Travelers Courtyard) as a pedestrian and relationship space and, on the other side, a boulevard that is today where the railwaysused to be. In... More

Project • By Ruinelli Associati ArchitettiPrivate Houses

The Renovation of A House in Sils Maria

The project involves the renovation of part of a residential building in the square of Sils Maria that was originally a farmhouse. The recesses corresponding to the corners of the original stableare still visible and the project has restored the memory of its upright planks with stripsof larch and masonry. The house was ‘gutted’ preserving the external walls, insulated on the outside with a coating of plaster, and the still visible roof structure. It was re-partitioned with new cement slabs, a new staircase and the internal divisions necessaryfor the complex reorganization planned for the spaces. The rooms are of modest dimensions, but well-proportioned with loweredceilings and are carefully designed to exploit the available space to the fu... More

Project • By GSE Ingenieur-Gesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und PartnerExhibitions

Museum of Art Moritzburg

Can an image implicitly contain a space or an architectural idea? Can it hide the project that one day will have to transform that which it represents? Like some paintings that are represented themselves on the canvas, or like a book of books that could be the matrix of literature as a whole: can an architectural work act as a mirror of another work that it seizes? Our intervention in an old German castle stemmed from this strange fiction: an architecture as a text written (built) by others, in another time, for other uses, that nonetheless contains the laws for its own transformation. Two works displayed at the Moritzburg Museum marked the project’s start: an 1850 oil painting by Carl Triebel depicting the walls of the fortress in ruins, a... More

Project • By Duccio Grassi Architects Shops

Max Mara boutique on Madison Avenue

MAX MARA CELEBRATES THE REDESIGN OF THEIR FLAGSHIP BOUTIQUE ON MADISON AVENUE IN NEW YORK CITY Max Mara is pleased to announce the reopening of the redesigned flagship boutique in New York City. With approximately 5,000 square feet, the reimagined freestanding boutique is realized in a historical Victorian style building on Madison Avenue and 68th Street. Max Mara originally made this location their New York home in 1994 when it was adapted for commercial use with a restored neoclassical façade and exterior, which was awarded as the best renovation of the year in the Upper East Side. Duccio Grassi Architects lead the redesign of the space that truly embodies the essence of Max Mara’s Italian heritage and contemporary spirit. The underly... More

Project • By The Architectural Team Inc.Housing

Yarn Works

The 100+ year-old Nockege River Mill Building, formerly home to the Fitchburg Yarn Company, is situated on 7.4 acres on the banks of the Nashua River in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Its 182,500 square feet span three massive floors. The Architectural Team’s thoughtful restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic structure into Yarn Works creates 96 oversized, modern lofts, of which 57 are market-rate and 39 affordable at different levels of area median income (AMI). The building features more than 280, 8-foot by 10-foot windows to provide each unit with expansive views and an abundance of natural light. The unit mix comprises 29 one-bedroom, 58 two-bedroom, and nine three-bedroom apartments; amenities include a large community ro... More