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The new CaixaForum in Zaragoza by Carme Pinós, an sculptural yet dynamic building. And vast.

The renowned architecture studio Carme Pinós is behind the new cultural space CaixaForum in Zaragoza, Spain. The project was born in response to two specific challenges that the promoters set from the beginning. On one hand, to create a building capable of “making city” either due to its singularity or because of the public spaces it will generate; On the other hand, the second challenge was that the building will connect with remote perspectives when touring around, providing at the same time with certain introspection inside the exhibition rooms. In other words, a building that users will feel part of their town.

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Both requirements were solved by elevating the exhibition rooms, thus liberating the ground floor in order to place there the spaces more open to the street and light like the lobby and the shop.

By doing so, a new public space has been created since the nearby park converges now with the city through this part of the ground floor. Also, this space is illuminated at night by patterns perforated on the exterior skin of the building, an element that serves as well as a screen hiding the structure that supports the raised rooms.

Under the elevated rooms there is a half-buried garden that serves not only as a gateway for the auditorium but also as an entrance hall and an open-air catering zone. This way the auditorium, located on the underground and accessible from the lobby, can be considered directly connected to the city thanks to this garden.

The two suspended exhibition rooms are facing in different levels, so the views of the city are almost complete. Amongst the exhibition rooms several rest and relaxation zones are scattered. Both spaces are connected through escalators, generating routes with unique, distant views.

The cafeteria and the restaurant crown the building, offering again great views to the city. Located on the opposite side and as a result of the disparity of levels between the spaces, there is a terrace with delightful views to the Ranillas meander and the Zaragoza Expo premises.

The building, as a result of an exceptional structure, becomes an impressive sculpture amidst the park.

The architects intended to make of this building a symbol of technical progress and of the generosity of culture, a memory of the best of our times.


Photography by: Ricardo Santonja, courtesy of Carme Pinós studio.


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Technical sheet CaixaForum Zaragoza Former Portillo station Av. José Anselmo Clavé, 4 Zaragoza  obrasocial.lacaixa.es   Competition: 2008 Data construction: December 2010-March 2008 Building area: 7.062 sqm   CARME PINÓS STUDIO Architect: Carme Pinós Desplat Project manager-architect: Samuel Arriola Collaborating architects: Elsa Martí, Alberto Feijoo, Teresa Lluna, Alejandro Cano, Holger Hennefarth Infographics: Daniel Cano     IN COLLABORATION WITH   Structures: BOMA Impasa SL. Robert Brufau, Clara Bretón   Technical fixtures and quantity surveyor: INDUS Ingeniería y Arquitectura Fixtures: David Pedrerol Executive manager: Joan Mas Energy and sustainability: Belén García Legal engineering: Albert Olivas   Acoustics: Higini Arau   Project manager: IDOM Ingeniería y consultoría   Builder: UTE FORUM ZARAGOZA (Dragados-Arascón)  

More wood! Prefab, modular and sustainable house by Alventosa Morell Architects.

A reduced budget, a tight project deadline and an energetically efficient building. These were the premises under which Alventosa Morell Arquitectes worked to design this project, an entirely prefabricated and flexible modular wooden house in Santa María de Palautordera, in the Barcelona area.

The house, completely customized and adapted to its natural surroundings, consists of six modules obtained from the results of a bioclimatic study to improve comfort and comply with the energy demand (defined by the Passivhaus Edification Platform).

Each module adapts autonomously to the site, serving as a frame for the trees belonging to the plot and also binding the interstitial spaces together according to their users’ needs, providing a solar collector during the winter with a greenhouse effect which turns into an exterior covered terrace adjacent to the garden during the warmer days.

The use of wood as a prevailing material for the structure and the finishes has allowed the optimization of the construction details and building costs. At the same time the construction, although new, gracefully integrates with the natural environment of the Montseny sierra, known for its rich vegetation.

Inside, wood also dominates, giving to the space an air of warmth and closeness to the surroundings. Great windows allow light through and the enviable natural landscape bordering the house, gaining respect and a rich relation with the environment, one of the fundamental premises of the project.

Technical sheet Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes Josep Ma. Alventosa, Marc Alventosa and Xavier Morell Location: Santa Maria de Palautordera, Barcelona. Spain Building area: 111,60 sqm Quantity surveyor: Eli Camats Builder: Nix Profusta Photography by: Adrià Goula

San Ildefonso Market, a cosmopolitan place in Madrid of ready-to-eat food designed by Cousi.

It is located just a few meters from the place that hosted the first indoor food market in Madrid until its demolition in 1970. The new San Ildefonso Market is something between a foodhall and a street food market that reminds of other places of the kind in London, New York, Singapur or Bangkok. It has been developed by Grupo Nivel 29 together with the interior design firm Cousi Interiorismo, a new leisure and socialization concept that revolves around gastronomy.

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A one of a kind space designed as an elongation of the busy and cosmopolitan Fuencarral street where it is located, even paved in cobblestone as if it were a pedestrian roadway and completely open to the outside through large folding windows. But just as the historical market to which it owes its name, with a roof stretching over the entire space.

The new San Ildefonso Market is not an usual one. There are no colourful vegetable boxes, nor fresh meat and fish to cook at home. Its offer is mainly based on prepared food, some in its pure state but always ready to eat on the premises or while walking down the street.

It’s the perfect place for a break on a shopping day, as an after work meeting point, an alternative to the aperitif or just a place to hang out for neighbours, tourists and regulars between the districts of Malasaña, Chueca and Triball.

Along its almost 700 sqm distributed in three levels, San Ildefonso Market hosts 18 stands provided with a street aesthetic, three service bars (one per level), large high sharing tables with a few stools by their side and two terraces: the main one has wooden-lined walls giving a sense of being in one of the many hidden squares in the neighbourhood of Malasaña and the second one is a cozy spot surrounded by plants, like a small bucolic urban garden.

Cousi Interiorismo has chosen an industrial aesthetic for this space, using metal beams and exposed piping on the ceiling, keeping raw materials such as the brick and concrete of the party wall, and including other natural finishes in wood, copper or steel as well.

A bright neon sign and a great 8 meter high tree made of rope that dominates the main level are the two most eye-catching features.

High quality goods and singularity were the premises followed by San Ildefonso Market when selecting its gastronomic offer, with which they intended to escape from the impersonality of franchises.

Some of them are well-known names and others are young emerging entrepreneurs, all of them highly passionate about their business and successful professionals committed to offering the best in local food.

Consolidated brands such as the Iberian ham Arturo Sánchez, the cheese shop Poncelet, the canned anchovies Don Bocarte or the smoked salmon Ahumados Domínguez, share space here with new, small but successful brands run by enthusiast professionals.

The offer is rounded off with the Surprise Space, located on the upper level. It is a changing space dedicated to showcooking and avant garde cocktails, besides presenting itself as a showcase for seasonal products made by producer associations and regulating councils, amongst others, as well as national and international chefs. Without a doubt, a space that will not leave anyone indifferent and in which something new will always happen.

Nevertheless, San Ildefonso Market enjoys an outstanding and differentiated proposal but, as it is expected in a market, at reasonable prices capable of bringing together product and consumer.

San Ildefonso Market.  Fuencarral, 57 Madrid Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am. From Thursday to Saturday closing hours extend to 1:00 am.     

Bosco de Lobos, the secret restaurant inside the headquarters of the Madrid architects association.

Tomás Tarruella and Perico Cortés -founders of the restaurant group En Compañía de Lobos- recently opened Bosco de Lobos after the success of their Gallito restaurant in Barcelona and Ana La Santa in Madrid. The central patio of LaSede, the headquarters of the Madrid architects association COAM, is the perfect scenario for this Italian restaurant surrounded by a city garden.

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Its name tells everything: Bosco means forest in Italian. Hence, a green space with an italian name, just as the menu.

Entering Bosco de Lobos means also disconnecting from the city buzz and stepping into a luminous and open space, although hidden behind the premises of the professional association of architects.

The design of the restaurant, a concept set by En Compañía de Lobos and designed by Sandra Tarruella Interioristasinvites the passerby to come in, pry and feel at home inside.

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Bosco de Lobos is born with the aim of being a bar, a terrace, a meeting and working point, a brunch place and even a picnic area to enjoy during the weekends.

The great central bar offers the possibility to eat either a snack or tapas, as well as having just a beer while watching the cooking team at work.

The terrace and the surrounding garden invite the customers to sit down and enjoy this green space in the heart of Madrid.

The so-called architects’ room is connected to the restaurant, and it’s perfect to eat, work on the laptop, read, and enjoy the light and calmness of the landscape outside.

Bosco de Lobos ultimately has the kind of charm that can be sensed as soon as you enter, either because of its interior design or the green from the garden designed by landscaper Ana Esteve or even, of course, by the high quality of its menu.

About En Compañía de Lobos

En Compañía de Lobos is an international restaurant adventure in two continents. A group based upon honest concepts, great quality products, meticulous design and devoted service where every restaurant is a one of a kind experience, result of the individual interpretation of the local food and the atmospheres.

Soon, and with the collaboration of the award-winning architect Isay Weinfeld, two new restaurants will be launched in the city of Bogotá, Colombia: Juana la Loca and Luzia. Both projects are supported by the great success of the two restaurants of the company in Mexico: Cuines and Luzía, recently opened in february 2014. Their next openings in Latin America will be in San José del Cabo and Cartagena de Indias.

Photography: Olga Planas


Bosco de Lobos COAM – LaSede Hortaleza 63 28004 Madrid encompaniadelobos.com    

Villa CP: Zest Architecture updates a traditional Catalan farmhouse to the 21st century.

Zest Architecture, led by Dutch architect Co Govers, has carried out the renovation of this traditional Catalan farmhouse —called masía in the area—, attempting to create a 21st century house in an old, pre-existent stone structure.

Known as Villa CP, the enviable surroundings of this house located in a nature reserve of cork and oak trees in Girona with infinite views to the Mediterranean sea, connect to the inside thanks to the great openings to the landscape that break with the uniformity of the stone walls that compose it.

The project settles around two temporary concepts applied to the construction materials: the old and the new, united to form the house.

A few elements and beautiful scars of the previous structure can be noticed whilst the new materials were chosen due to the beauty of their irregularities and the traces that time will leave on them. Rain, wind, human use… will make this masía even more marvelous over the time.

Zest Architecture works under strong principles of sustainability, which have been applied to the house in the choice of materials and other elements such as a natural swimming pool with a filtering system based on gravel and plants, natural cork thermal insulation, clay and reed coverings on the inside and a geothermal system to generate energy, amongst others.

The interior layout is divided in two levels. The ground level mainly accommodates the socialising spaces: the kitchen, a great living room, a bathroom and a bedroom for people with reduced mobility. Furniture goes from design classics, such as the Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, to contemporary touches like the lighting system Slim by Vibia. Additionally, bespoke furniture is also mixed with pieces from Ikea.

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A lower floor, located under the street level, accommodates the bedrooms and their corresponding bathrooms. Furniture highlights here are the Starck 3 bathroom collection by Philippe Starck for Duravit, design classics such as the Tolomeo lamp by Michelle De Lucchi for Artemidethe Plastic Side chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra and the lamps by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen.

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This renovation project inspired also the installation Co Govers has presented at the Palazzo Mora during the Venice Architecture Biennale, as part of the “Time Space Existence” exhibition organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation.

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Photography: Jesús Granada


Meet the new lighting company Parachilna: luxury inspired by the Australian desert.

Parachilna is one of the last outposts of civilization. It’s a place at the edge of the Australian desert, almost removed from time and space; a place where all that remains is hope, faith and an abandoned railway line. Inspired by this timeless landscape, Parachilna is now as well a new luxury lighting brand from Spain with a philosophy built around honesty in design, an appreciation of the value of precious materials and a respect for handcrafted manufacturing methods.

Designers Jaime Hayon and Stephen Burks have contributed to the first collection of Parachilna, introduced during the last edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Not surprisingly, it was a resounding success.

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One of the highlights of Parachilna was Anwar, where Stephen Burks displayed his metallurgical virtuosity, welding 96 metal rods to become a stunning woven shell.

The result is three unique metal structures that may be used individually, or combined to create two distinctive units.

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Jaime Hayon demonstrated his design expertise with Aballs, a glamorous collection characterized by ceramics and blown glass. The Aballs collection is suitable for home or commercial spaces and comprises a chandelier, three pendant lamps of various sizes and two table lamps of different heights.

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Parachilna definitely takes lighting to another luxury dimension.


The sublime restoration of Sant Pau’s Hospital: a modernist treasure looking to the future.

After a complex restoration that started in 2009, Sant Pau’s Hospital —a city-garden inside the neighborhood of the Eixample in Barcelona and equivalent in size to nine city blocks— is once again what the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner projected between 1905 and 1930. Its original powerful architecture and ornamentation have recovered all of its glory in what is now the largest modernist architectural unit in Europe. And, inside the pavilions, highly damaged after eight decades of medical use, the restoration brings imaginative decoration solutions and the latest in technology, an effort that has mobilized more than 30 teams of architects and experts.

If you have time, we invite you to take a tour and enjoy of this superb restoration project. DiarioDESIGN had the privilege to do so thanks to Lutron, one of the companies involved.

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Photography by Robert Ramos, courtesy of Sant Pau’s Hospital.

Domènech i Montaner conceived Sant Pau over a century ago as a hospital composed of several pavilions, well-oriented, ventilated and surrounded by gardens. The actual restoration process of this modernist enclosure site with World Heritage status by Unesco started during the Autumn of 2009 when the medical services were centralized and transferred to the new premises built in the northeastern end of the architectural complex.

During the previous eight decades of medical activity, the modernist building had suffered multiple architectural changes affecting both its structure and the ornamental elements. Given the situation, in 2006 a Master Plan was drafted to evaluate the situation of the pavilions and set up a roadmap for its rehabilitation. The conclusion: the whole complex was in a critical condition.

The first restoration stage comprises a building area of 29.517 sqm, 31.052 sqm of outdoors space, 12 pavilions and 1 km of underground galleries, with a total budget of 100 M €.

Respect for the past, technology of the future

Before starting any work, the different teams of architects developed a very thorough historical investigation and documentation process to find out the original configuration of the buildings, the construction materials used and the layout of the ornamental elements. The ultimate goal was to guarantee consistency and harmony among all proceedings.

The restoration performed has set a reference in terms of quality, sustainability and energetic efficiency that has mobilized tens of architects and experts under the supervision of architect Frederic Crespo. The consideration of the heritage, the application of new technologies and the latest advances in energetic saving systems have been its main differentiating features. On this basis, the procedure was divided into three stages:

1. Recuperation of original volumes: elimination of structures and buildings added to the original premises.

2. Consolidation of structural elements: restoration of the internal iron framing of the pavilions, deteriorated due to time and the effects of corrosion.

3. Design of new installations and infrastructure: Construction of a perimeter ring and a network of underground rooms to accommodate the equipment, keeping the buildings intact and reducing at the same time the visual impact that these facilities could have on the heritage.

A sustainable and efficient space

The restoration of Sant Pau’s Hospital has been executed with another goal in mind: to turn the architectural complex by Domènech i Montaner into an efficient and sustainable space. In order to do so, the standards and solutions implemented have allowed to decrease the energy consumption and to maximize the water resources, among others.

This is evidenced by the geothermal air-conditioning system for all buildings —one of the most important works of this kind in the european continent— which optimizes the different temperatures of the inner layers of the Earth to heat or cool a closed water loop. On the exterior, all plants are native species and have an automated irrigation system.

Additionally, every building has been equipped with different systems to adjust the use of energy according to the users needs, such as presence sensors or central management and control systems. Proof that this restoration is energetically efficient is that there is not a single air-conditioning unit or radiator in any room.

Lighting control, provided by the company Lutron, is 100% domotic and is controlled via WiFi to avoid any wiring; even the switches are mobile to prevent any damage on walls or mosaics. The inner new layouts on each pavilion respect the original elements and any new division or workspace needed have been defined by overlapping or mobile structures.

New guests

Today, this Modernist complex has been transformed into an innovation and knowledge campus, so the renovated pavilions foster cutting-edge organizations in the areas of education, sustainability and health. The University of United NationsCasa Asia, the European Forest Institute, the Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance, the Resilient Cities Profile Program of UNHABITATGUNI and the World Health Organization are the first organizations to occupy the new pavilions.

The Management Pavilion

Created by Lluìs Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1910, during the hospital years it hosted various uses such as admissions, finance or customer services, Occupational Health Service, Historical Archive and the offices.

Today it hosts the headquarters of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau’s Hospital Private Foundation and the cultural branch, the Historical Archive, as well as the rental spaces service.

Building area: 6.840 sqm Restorated by: Joan Nogué (interior restoration and adaptation) 


Sant Leopold’s Pavilion

Built by Lluìs Domènech i Montaner between 1903 and 1918, the brick and stone ashlars and columns are the main construction elements of the facade. Inside, mosaic and stone as ornamental elements converted the space into a luminous and colourful space. Amongst the artistic attractive of the building, the work of sculptors Eusebio Arnau and Pau Gargallo are highlighted features as well as the mosaics of Mario Maragliano.

Its last medical use consisted of hosting services of Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Teaching, Organ Donation Coordination and Tissue Bank. Currently it hosts the headquarters of the European Forest Institute, UN-HABITAT and GUNI.

The interior project has extended the useful area by implementing a mezzanine in the central building. This structure, ephemeral and respectful towards the original framework of the pavilion, is formed by sets of spruce wooden laminated slats. Inside this space a series of offices and workspaces have been set, complementing the great open space that remains in the upper part of the mezzanine.

Wood and glass are the main elements in the new dividing panels, which have allowed to turned the level -1 of the pavilion into a spacious office area. Inside this space, natural light plays a prominent role thanks to the recuperation of the great original openings.

Building area: 1.571 sqm

Restoration by: Ramon Calonge (structural consolidation and restoration of facades, domes and terraces) and Xavier Guitart (interior restoration and adaptation).

To be continued…(stay tuned!)


Sant Pau’s Hospital Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 08025 Barcelona www.santpaubarcelona.org   Visiting hours: From 10 to 18:30 h. (until 16:30 from November to March). Sundays and holidays, from 10 to 14:30 h.  


El Huerto de Lucas: sustainable design and organic food for this new market in Madrid by More&Co.

Located in the very heart of Madrid, this new organic food market in the neighborhood of Chueca has been designed by the architecture studio More&Co. El Huerto de Lucas —or Lucas’ orchard— is a modern farmers market in which the stands have been carefully selected, offering only 100% organic products of the highest quality.

A bakery, a charcuterie, a fruit and vegetable stall, a butchery-poultry stand, a sprouts and juices kiosk, another selling coffee and tea, and even an ice cream shop gather in this renewal space of more than 450 sqm devoted to health and environment care through food.

There is also a stand only for seasonal products, a zone for pop-up markets and a family-friendly library. The stalls space in the inner court is organised around an organic canteen run by well-known chef Javier Muñoz-Calero, also behind MuñocaPerrito FalderoTartan Roof. His dishes can be enjoyed at the market or to take away.

Moreover El Huerto de Lucas is meant to act as a platform to promote a new environmentally conscious culture through exhibitions, lectures or workshops hosted by Dr. Pilar Muñoz-Calero, director of Fundación Alborada, a foundation dedicated to the development and dissemination of environmental medicine and the treatment of illnesses such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

The architect Paula Rosales, head of the Madrid-based More&Co studio, has conceived this one of a kind and 100% healthy space through a bio-design and a toxic-free construction. it is a sort of an urban oasis with a vertical garden in the entrance and overhanging plants in the interior courtyard that play an essential decorative role.

Local building materials have been preferred in the project and many others were reused, such is the case of the terrazzo flooring already found in the original building. Materials emanating chemical fumes that may be harmful to health have been avoided. The use of hemp, clay, wood or stone has been favored, going back to basics.

The colour palette used is neutral and luminous so that selling goods are more visible. To avoid a homogeneous and unitary appearance, the limits between individual stands have been highlighted. Each stand features a different plinth covered in tiles of diverse sizes and patterns. Canopies are placed over each stand, giving a cosier atmosphere and helping to control the noise. They also work as lamps at night.

Versatility has been a priority in the design process. All the elements, materials as well as vegetation placed in the center of the court have been thought to be easily modified and changed according to the use of the space: events, celebrations, workshops, lectures, market, leisure, etc.

The building has been minimized in terms of energy consumption as well, using advantageous ventilation systems and controlling the orientation of the skylight and the solar panels, in addition to the air-conditioning regulation and the reuse of the heat produced by the refrigeration appliances.

The icing on the cake is the astounding mobile ceiling, an intervention by artist Jerónimo Hagerman which acts as a vegetal cloud that invades the courtyard and interacts with the light coming in through the skylight.

This intervention was born from the idea of creating a suspended garden, a mobile ceiling made of plants growing from top to bottom, making us more conscious about our own existence, anchored to the floor. The work of Jeronimo Hagerman is built around the analysis of the relation between the human being and the outer space, emphasizing on how the emotional bonds are created among the individual and nature.

In the architectural project collaborated Alicia Velázquez (design consultant focusing on emotions), D-Fine (sustainable building consultants) and Ilumisa (lighting consultants).




El Huerto de Lucas Calle San Lucas, 13 28004 Madrid Tel (+34) 91 513 54 66


Shortlisted products for the Delta Awards, the celebrated industrial design prizes from Spain.

The Spanish association supporting design and architecture FAD has unveiled the 53 selected projects for the 37th edition of the Delta Awards, having as a commitment to promote the recognition of those innovative industrial design products that opt for a conceptual renovation, bring environmental consciousness and at the same time are exemplary models in terms of design and manufacturing quality.

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The Delta Awards are promoted by ADI-FAD, the industrial design FAD branch. In this edition the jury in charge of selecting the Gold and Silver Delta Awards, as well as the ADI Medal to the best final degree, masters or postgraduate projects, includes Eugeni QuitlletCatalan designer that started his career alongside Philippe Starck now based with his own design studio in Barcelona; Jorge Díez, an expert in automotive design currently head of exterior design at SEATChris Lefteri, a master professional in materials and their application in design; Joaquim Ruiz Millet, architect, editor and gallery owner who also donated some pieces to the Barcelona Museum of Design collection; Inga Sempé, celebrated french furniture and lighting designer; Johannes Carlström, co-founder and designer at Note Design Studio, one of the most influential studios in Scandinavia; and Gracia Cardona, co-founder and editor in chief of the online publication diarioDESIGN.

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The products selected belong to a wide range of categories: products for the people, for the habitat, for the workspace, for outdoors and even for mobility. For this reason amongst the long list of finalists there are from lamps to baby high chairs.

And the finalists for the Delta Awards 2014 are:

Aero kitchen, designed by José-Luis Domínguez Carranza. Manufactured by Mobalco (Stilinea cocinas).

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Akane lamp, designed by Pepe Llaudet. Manufactured by Faro Barcelona.

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Alma lamp, designed by Roger Vancells. Manufactured by Modiss.

Wild Forest perfume packaging for Armand Basi, designed by Estudi Arola (Antoni Arola and Enric Rodríguez). Manufactured by Idesa Parfums.

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Arne lamps, designed by Santa & Cole design team. Manufactured by Santa & Cole Neoseries.

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Aurae lamp, designed by Rubén Saldaña Acle. Manufactured by Arkoslight.

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Abellán Bottle, designed by Pablo Abellán Guillén. Manufactured by Vetroelite.

Tina chair, designed by Miralles Tagliabue EMBT – Benedetta Tagliabue. Manufactured by Expormim.

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Chandlo dressing table, designed by Doshi Levien. Manufactured by BD Barcelona Design.

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3.0 rugs collection, designed by díez + díez. Manufactured by Alfombras Veo Veo.

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Collage collection, designed by Dsignio (Alberto Bejerano and Patxi Cotarelo). Manufactured by Back to 1907.

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Gardenias outdoor collection, designed by Hayon Studio (Jaime Hayon). Manufactured by BD Barcelona.

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Cool lamp, designed and manufactured by Fluvia.

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Cret – Cret table, designed by Noviembre Estudio (Susana Sancho and Vicente Porres). Manufactured by Noviembre Estudio.

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EVA tea set, designed by Maia Ming Fong in collaboration with Claudi de José. Manufactured by Porcellanas KOM.

Flip shelving, designed by CrousCalogero Design Studio (Francesc Crous and Alessandro Calogero). Manufactured by Arlex.

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Fontal chair, designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca. Manufactured by Expormim.

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Geberit Sigma 70 bathroom collection, designed by Christoph Behling. Manufactured by Geberit.

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Gen 3D tiles, designed by Dsignio (Alberto Bejerano and Patxi Cotarelo). Manufactured by Harmony – Peronda.

Grasshopper table and bench, designed by Makoto Fukuda. Manufactured by Escofet.

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Roc planter box, designed by CAAS Arquitectes (Marc Casany Estrada). Manufactured by Durbanis.

Joystic Comfort Findus vibrator by Joydivision International.

Joystic Comfort Sailor vibrator by Joydivision International.

LaClasica chair, designed by Jesús Gasca. Manufactured by Stua.

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CF table lamp, designed by Diseño Ibérico (Carlos Ferrater Lambarri). Manufactured by Diseño Ibérico/Desenho Ibérico (Climar).

Lojamonero ham stand, designed by Diba studio. Manufactured by Lodiví.

M14 DUALFLOW® PLUS hand dryer, designed by Luis Sau and Jordi Solé. Manufactured by Mediclínics.

Nenúfar lamp, designed by Joan Gaspar. Manufactured by Marset.

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Offset table system, designed by Tomás Alonso Design Studio. Manufactured by Maxdesignl.

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Orgánica kitchen, designed by José-Luis Domínguez Carranza and Francisco Davila Luaces. Manufactured by Mobalco (Stilinea cocinas).

PET Lamps, designed by Álvaro Catalán de Ocón Studio. Manufactured by PET Lamps.

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Pop System accesories, designed by GR Industrial Design (Adrià Guiu and Iñaki Remiro). Manufactured by Plastisan.

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Liner signs, designed by Joan Liarte. Manufactured by Dlimit.

Max poles, designed by Joan Liarte. Manufactured by Dlimit.

Rabari rugs, designed by Doshi Levien. Manufactured by Nanimarquina.

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River Stone bathroom collection, designed by Dsignio (Patxi Cotadelo and Alberto Bejerano). Manufactured by Harmony – Peronda.

Sense electrical mechanism, designed and manufactured by Simon.

Sifón wall shower system, designed by Tribecraft. Manufactured by Geberit.

Detail 82 electrical mechanism, designed and manufactured by Simon.

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Sit – Up public seat, designed by Alòs idees (Marc Salvador and David de Sicart). Manufactured by Mago Urban.

Stack outdoor collection, designed by Borja Garcia Studio. Manufactured by Gandia Blasco.

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Polo lamp, designed by Joan Gaspar. Manufactured by Marset.

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Skyline out lamps, designed by Estudi Roselló Associats. Manufactured by Santa & Cole Neoseries.

Stram lamp, designed by Rubén Saldaña Acle. Manufactured by Arkoslight.

Tonburet Junior stool, designed by Aparentment (Josep Vila Capdevila). Manufactured by Aparentment.

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Toronto stool, designed by In-tenta with Daniela Seminara design (Manel Duró, Marta Gordillo and Daniela Seminara). Manufactured by Made Design Planning Sisplamo.

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Trace lamp, designed by Artec3 (Maurici Ginés). Manufactured by Lamp lighting.

Trick, Skira architectural lighting, designed by Dean Skira. Manufactured by iGuzzini Illuminazione.

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Oueat high chair, designed by nuun kids design (Bruna Vila Solà and Núria Motjé Terris). Manufactured by Nuun kids design.

Up upcycled textiles, designed and manufactured by DRT Team.

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Wakufu lamp, designed by Estudi Ribaudí (David Morera and Jordi Ribaudí). Manufactured by Dresslight Barcelona.

‘You and Me’ tennis table, designed by Antoni Pallejà Office (Toni Pallejà and Júlia Polbach). Manufactured by RS Barcelona.

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The awards ceremony will take place on july 10, 2014, as a part of the Barcelona design festival FADfest. During the event at the Disseny Hub Barcelona the ADI Medals will also be awarded. This ceremony will coincide as well with the Barcelona Design Festival closing celebration.

Full coverage of this year’s Barcelona Design Festival on diarioDESIGN.

All finalist products will be included in the 2014 Delta Awards catalogue and will take part on the “Best Design of the Year” exhibition, that includes finalists and winning projects from the different awards organised by the six FAD branches. It will be on show from June 25 in the premises of the Disseny Hub Barcelona building.

Read all about Delta Awards on diarioDESIGN.

Lesson of the day: How to make the most of the whole volume in a tiny flat by Arquitectura-G.

Arquitectura-G studio, formed by Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes and Igor Urdampileta, has renovated a flat with an unusual structure in the neighborhood of El Born in Barcelona: the load-bearing wall dividing the rooms far from being an issue it turned out the key of the design.

More projects by Arquitectura-G on diarioDESIGN.

Meeting the habitability and edification regulations and standards, this 34 sqm and 4,5 meters high flat is divided by a load-bearing wall that grants each of the two spaces the appropriate features to accommodate different functions.

One of the areas hosts the kitchen and a movable table that works as a counter, a side table for the kitchen and a dining table. This is a space with more of a social character which is connected to the entrance as well. The electric and TV installations have been improved so that its use can go further that the mere fact of cooking and eating.

The other zone responds to more intimate needs. This is the reason why the space is divided into different levels that provide a gradient of intimacy without losing visual connection between them thanks to a layout based on the height. Thus, the first platform occupying half of the area of this zone serves both as a dressing room and a studio area. The second platform features just a double bed, it is set at a higher level and spreads along a quarter of the area of the ground floor.

In order to solve this height layout scheme, bespoke furniture have been of particular importance. They adapt to the different spaces solving the imperative need of storage as well as the connection between levels.

Therefore, space has been built according to the volume and the intimacy required, contributing to a richness provided by the relationship generated by the different levels. In the words of the architects, “rather than setting spaces on top of or underneath, we also designed functional in-between spaces, side spaces and even spaces within spaces”.

Technical sheet Project: House renovation in El Born, Barcelona Architects: Arquitectura-G, (Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta) Collaborator: David Fernández Taboada Promoter: Sra. Santarelli Location: Barcelona (Spain) Renovated area: 34 m² Year: 2010 Building year: 2011 Budget: Low Photography: ©José Hevia


Delicacy and a graphic look in the new Arik Levy collections for the Spanish brand Inbani.

The company from Alicante Inbani has just launched two bathroom equipment collections created once again in collaboration with the israelite designer Arik Levy, who already worked in the previous line Structure. They are called Bowl and Fluent, the first has a very refined and eye-catching aesthetic whilst the latter has more practical and voluminous appearance.

Bowl is made of tubular structures. Conceived as a jewelry piece, it seeks beauty in every single detail, something that has been specially achieved through the use of Carrara marble and also by the Gloss Rose tone in which the tubular pieces are available, in addition to white.

These tubular structures generate all the furniture of the Bowl collection, from the sink to the mirror or the towel rack. All the elements stand out because of their strong graphic look, a recurring resource in the work of this  designer and artist from Israel based in Paris.

If the Bowl line has a decisively more ornamental character, the Fluent collection is more functional regarding storage needs. Its name honors its fluid transitions, merging forms just like flowing water, from circle to square, large to thin as well as from vertical to horizontal.

Both collections include sinks made of innovative materials that allow their atypical shapes, MineralMarmo in the case of Bowl and Cristalplant solid surface in the Fluent collection. Inbani, a brand with a strong technological focus when it comes to the development of their products, this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary.


More about Arik Levy on diarioDESIGN.


Shustov Bar: splendid massive use of barrel heads and brandy bottles by Denis Belenko.

Brandy Bar Shustov is located in Odessa, the third most important city in Ukraine with a busy commercial port just by the Black Sea. The team of Denis Belenko Design Band has been in charge of updating this bar and they did it through a project that highlights the original function of the place.

The space was a former popular brandy cellar, well-known for being the most advertised in the Russian territories. The stamp left behind by the old distillery has been chosen by Denis Belenko Design Band as the main inspiration for the interior design of the bar.

Therefore the walls of the two-story building have been covered in barrel heads in order to give an old-time but cozy look to the place, that also brings the casual and laid-back atmosphere of a cellar to this nightlife venue.

The upper floor has gained in luminosity due to another nod to the distillery: the ceiling has been covered with brandy bottles, creating a sort of glass carpeted ceiling that provides with transparency, beautiful lighting contrasts and a bar atmosphere. This space leads to the old stills and barrels, which have been preserved to give an idea on how the liquor was made.

The furniture chosen for the ground floor is made of oak wood in the same color as the barrel heads that cover the walls. On the other hand, the lighting pieces have a more industrial style.

Whilst the ground floor has been fitted with tables, the upper floor has small sofas to sit down and it is an open space designed to host large groups enjoying their drinks while standing up.

Photo credits: Belenko Design


Modulor, a tribute to Le Corbusier by Hisbalit and Zooco Studio at CasaDecor Madrid.

The glass mosaic company Hisbalit is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To commemorate such important date, the Spanish brand is not only launching a new collection but also paying tribute to acclaimed architects of that time. Its hommage to Le Corbusier is now on show at CasaDecor event in Madrid, a bedroom with arcades inspired by Modulor, the scale of measurement developed by the renowned architect. It has been a collaboration project made together with Zooco Estudio and uses the exclusive collection Identity Mosaic that allows the reproduction of pictures on the tiles surface.

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Modulor can be seen at CasaDecor Madrid until June 22. According to Hisbalit, “it breaks with the traditional layout and proposes the adaptation of the room to the user’s habits and not the other way around, allowing to order them according to their everyday needs.”

Just as its name suggests, the project pays tribute to the measurement system Modulor created by Le Corbusier with the same name in the 60s. The architect was also inspired by the Leonardo Da Vinci’s theory of establishing a direct relation between the proportions of building and human-beings.

The project consists of a wooden flooring, modular arcades paneled with glass mosaic and mirrored walls. The arcades close to the edges of the room run all over the walls whilst the inner ones are shorter and have been left open to the facade that lightens the space, allowing the distribution of different environments and providing “a multipurpose area that unifies the spaciousness of the whole”, said the firm.

The bown colour has been used in the sleeping zone to create an atmosphere of comfort and cozyness. The working, relax and dressing areas feature different tones of grey and neutral colours that relax your sight and encourage concentration, they say.

The result is a luminous and changing project in which colour plays an important role since it seeks to transmit emotions. To do so, Zooco studio has followed chromotherapy guidelines when using the Stone collection by Hisbalit, whose earthly tones and pure finishes reproduce the aspect of rock and stone. A palette that, according to chromotherapy, helps disconnect and relax.

More on CasaDecor Madrid here


New Castañer store in Barcelona: a flagship in line with the casual style of the espadrilles brand.

The new Castañer store in Barcelona smells of Summer, which by the way it’s around the corner. Concieved and brought to life in only 3 months by Benedetta Tagliabue studio, this small shop has an urban and at the same time mediterranean style, just as the Castañer espadrilles. Coming from the traditional Catalan countryside, this casual esparto shoe is making its way into the most exclusive catwalks around the world.

The recently opened flagship store is located in one of the busiest shopping areas of Barcelona downtown. It is a 100 sqm tube shaped space and almost with a pop-up store appearance. Indeed, it has been designed in a sort of temporary style so it could change in the nearby future.

Inside, the furniture is white and simple: a light tubular structure with MDF painted shelves works as a display system. The slightly weathered parquet floor splashed with orange toned tiles is a way of referring both to the natural and urban sources of inspiration. And more specifically, they are a tribute to certain icons of Barcelona such as Gaudí’s hexagonal tiles in the nearby Paseo de Gracia or the pixelated ceramic roof of the Santa Caterina Market -also a work by Tagliabue-. The colours yellow and orange, distinctive of the brand, are clear reference to the sun and the sand.

On the outside, some of those flooring tiles take over the facade wall gaining volume in order to create a composition for the shop’s sign. A few seasonal flower pots tell passersby that something fresh can be found inside.

Over the white of the walls and display units, the shoe and accessories collection in vibrant colors stands out even more. A small showcase exhibiting the raw materials used in the elaboration of the espadrilles and a wall with old black and white pictures of Hollywood stars wearing esparto shoes are the only decorative elements displayed inside. The seating furniture follows the same style of the shelving system, only with the addition of an antique upholstered sofa.

The espadrilles -espardenyes in Catalan- have become a must for all the urbanites wanting to enjoy the summer flair along the city streets in style. The sophistication and glamour these shoes have gained, formerly used by countrymen and women, have taken them to the most relevant catwalks in the world. It is a fresh, colourful, summery, affordable, warm and versatile footwear, and if made by Castañer, very chic in addition. The catalan brand delivers a piece of the Mediterranean Sea in each of its designs.

The Castañer store in Barcelona was launched to the public at the end of May in an event hosted by owner Cristina Castañer and architect Benedetta Tagliabue (the latter on the right in the picture below) and to which numerous VIP guests of the Catalan society attended.

Photo credits: Olga Planas

More about Castañer

Castañer is a family business whose work, commitment and long-term vision have built a great international footwear brand. With its mediterranean roots and cosmopolitan drive, the brand just celebrated its 85th anniversary, consolidating this way its position as a leader in the sector with a distinctive and unique style.

Their wide experience and traditional know-how, combined with an innovative spirit, have allowed Castañer to turn the popular espadrilles into a sophisticated footwear that shares space with the best brands in the market in shop windows all over the world. The use of natural materials, the passion for the art of great sewing and the love for well-done things have always distinguished this brand, that has learned how to reinvent itself decade after decade combining tradition and contemporaneity, always under the premise of authenticity and quality in a product 100% made in Spain.

Images of the new Spring-Summer 2014 collection


Cristina Castañer Roselló 230, Barcelona www.castaner.com    

FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards, the shortlisted projects from Spain and Portugal.

The Spanish association for promoting design and architecture FAD will release the winners of its Architecture and Interior Design Awards on 3 July. It will be during the celebration of the design festival FADfest that will take place in Barcelona from 25 June to 10 July. These awards convened by ARQUINFAD are celebrating its 56th edition and for the first time ever they include international projects. However we are going to start by reviewing the shortlist from the Iberian Peninsula. The jury has chosen 25 projects from Spain and Portugal: 11 in the category of Architecture, 6 in Interior Design, 3 in City and Landscape and 5 in Ephemeral Interventions. These are the selected projects and the jury statements:

1- Renovation of the parent’s house, L’Escala, Girona. OAB Office of Architecture in Barcelona SLP

Photography by Aleix Bagué

“The project required adding an extension to an existing structure. The solution has been solved by using a deliberately neutral and unpretentious architecture, restrained and saying just enough, interfacing unobtrusively with the immediate surroundings while managing neither to surrender a degree of autonomy nor to shirk challenges and compromise.”

2- Chao house, Corcubión, A Coruña. CREUS e CARRASCO architects

Photgraphy by Héctor Santos-Diéz

“Casa Chao goes beyond the perfect execution of a home, using simple and accessible resources. The house provides a clean and decisive solution to an urban problem of recovering a stripped dividing wall following the demolition of a building to open up a new street. The wall is built over with a structure just three meters deep, restoring the urban appearance, pavings, visuals, cornices and volumes in conversation with the townscape.”

3- Pati housing, Celrà, Girona. Bosch Capdeferro Architects

Photography by José Hevia

“A notable contribution to seeking the typology of an atrium house. The atrium as focus, as relating point, as shaper of a microclimate, as intimate public space, with all these functions fused into a single space. And ceramics as the materials that contextualize the intervention within its immediate surroundings and coordinate, using different colors and textures, even the furthest reaches of the house, while leaving the central role to the atrium, the epitome of architectural protagonism.”

4- Relocating houses in the heart of Pamplona. Pereda Pérez Arquitectos

Photography by Pedro Pegenaute

“Eschewing the use of mimetic language, historicism or picturesqueness, the project honestly and sensitively addresses the relationship between the new and the extant, using an architecture that manages to establish a fresh space and new feeling by means of a dialogue and coexistence between two presences, resorting when required to a novel language.”

5- Gafanha da Boa Hora School Centre, Vagos, Portugal. António Portugal, Manuel Reis, architects.

Photography by Luís Ferreira Alves

“The project rests on a dialogue with the surrounding landscape, where the school building and the pine woods are transformed into a new unified piece. Most notable of all is its ability to program simultaneously a public building and a place of architectural and environmental intimacy, achieved not just through the project’s defining gestures but also by the delicate choices of construction materials and style.”

6- Arranz Bravo Studio, Barcelona. Garcés-de Seta-Bonet, architects

Photography by Adrià Goula

“A contained volume in intelligent conversation with the architecture of Franco Bombelli amid a sloping garden, where the project understands and efficiently articulates the topography. A single exterior material that establishes a silence-filled architectural presence and a highly particular interior atmosphere managed by the skilful use of light.”

More about this project on diarioDESIGN.

7- Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya, Barcelona. Roldán+Berengué Architects

Photography by Jordi Surroca and Marcel Erminy

“Credit is given for the appropriateness of the building’s urban scale that makes up the square’s new frontage. The break in the south façade, divided by use of different scales, sets vertically the series of galleries which are the social core of the building and gives life to the square.”

8- Teacher-training centre, Granada. Ramón Fernández Alonso and associates, S. L. P.

Photography by Jesús Granada

“The building achieves a deliberate formal unity that develops from the structure through the composition of spaces, the subtle treatment of light and the texture of the ceramic skin, looking to integrate into a hostile urban context by means of the permeability of the spaces that complement the teaching program.”

9- El Born Cultural Centre, Barcelona. Enric Soria i Badia, Rafael de Cáceres, architects

Photography by Lluís Casals

“The success of this project comes from making respect for the morphology, construction method and materials of a historic shell compatible with the introduction of two new purposes – displaying the archeological remains and creating a new exhibition space – all done through an apposite layout for the halls and subtle use of materials.”

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10- Da Severa house, Lisboa. José Adrião architects

Photography by Hugo Santos Silva

“Notable for its synchronicity between planning strategies with a strong sociocultural impact and their architectural response, the project’s results are amplified thanks to its painstaking sensitivity and its programmatic effectiveness.”

11- Assisted pedestrian route from downtown to the Castelo de São Jorge, Lisboa. Falcão de Campos Arquitecto, LDA

Photography by José Manuel Rodrigues

“While this project’s aims are in themselves praiseworthy, bearing in mind its transformational power and the resources available, more notable yet is the rendering of this public work that manages to synthesize the virtues of rehabilitation with techniques resulting from a very considerable work of research and a strong sensitivity.”

12- Mas del Vent country house. Punt de Trobada, La Fosca, Palamós, Girona. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP

Photography by Pep Sau

“The elegance and sobriety of a single material, the bare minimum of elements added with precision, together with an impeccable restoration, all produce an appreciation of the essence of a traditional Catalan masía.”

13- Entremurs house, Olot, Girona. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP

Photography by Pep Sau

“The feeling perceived in this project is of a laboratory, of someone seeking, with almost scientific rigor, to construct poetry. The way in which the various explorations – both programmatic and constructional – blend in perfect synthesis is surprising, producing, above all else, a sense of the poetic.”

14- Aguirre house, Bayona, Pontevedra. Sergio Martín Blas, Gabriel Carrascal Aguirre architects

Photography by Lluís Casals

“Using timber as the sole material with which to dress the interior of an old stone house in Bayona’s historic center addresses both the distribution and the continuous nature of this interior, conceived as a single grand furniture piece. Respect for the old stone architecture and for the town is not a hindrance to producing a new architecture with a merit of its own.”

15- OAK showroom, Barcelona. Anna & Eugeni Bach

Photography by Eugeni Bach

“The most outstanding feature was the creation of a unified atmosphere from an irregular compartmentalized space that has been opened up into a fluid succession of displays through the continuity of flooring, ceiling and walls. With the appropriate use of timber, it achieves the warmth and quality sought by the program.”

16- Renovation of butcher’s shop Germans Soler, Celrà, Girona. Pau Sarquella Fàbregas, Architect

Photography by Joan Guillamat

“The most valued part of the hog is the ham, treated and cured with skill. The refurbishment of the butcher’s shop is an example of finely managed boldness, energy and provocation. It recovers traditional materials in bright colors and orthogonal floors cohabiting with implacably whitened irregular stonework. Its purpose is to display the star product – the hams – for sale within an area whose architecture is simple, clean and direct; the interior unwittingly ends up enhancing the exterior.”

17- Renovation of Alta Diagonal building, Barcelona. Jordi Badia Baas Architecture

Photography by Pedro Pegenaute, Manfred Zentsch and Joan Massagué

“An intervention on a practically contemporary existing architecture, executed with respect, sensitivity and intelligence, that manages to endow the building with fresh attributes and ambiances. A renewed image and new contents that enhance the original building’s appeal. Good use is made of the refurbishment to manage energy load and overall sustainability efficiently.”

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18- El Valle Trenzado, Phase 1B, Elche, Alicante. Aranea Group

Photography by Jesús Granada

“The obstacles encountered during the construction process of this work were not of a level to raise doubts as to the virtues of a clear strategy for the landscape – landscape in this instance referring to the town, its dwellers, the truest values of community living. A link between formerly disconnected places, now made more accessible and participative. The bridges, substantial engineering works in themselves, also provide the metaphor for the project.”

19- Intervention on the walls of Palma city: Baluard del Príncep, Mallorca. Martínez Lapeña – Torres Architects

Photography by Gabriel Ramon, Mazmen Fotografía CB, Estop, Ajuntament de Palma

“An apposite conversation between new materials and the existing ones, along with an artful employment of the geometry, succeed in an elegant reclamation of an area that relates ocean with city.”

20- Adaptation of access and columbarium in Robregordo, Madrid. Muka Architecture SLP

Photography by Ricardo Santonja

“Matching the columbarium’s volumes and tonalities with the backdrop of Madrid’s mountain range confronts the new unadorned architecture with the extant, while answering to both the program and the representative nature of this small funeral space. A well-judged use of materials – concrete and granite – speaks to both the landscape and the old cemetery.”

21- “Between silence and light”, Barcelona. Michela Mezzavilla, Roberto Eleuteri

Photography by Roberto Eleuteri

“This transformation of an urban space is achieved by making use of an essential resource to relate, with subtlety and elegance, the past events that have occurred in this place.”

22- “Núvol Daurat”, Olot, Girona. Unparelld’Arquitectes, Xevi Bayona Camó, Miquel Capdevila Bassols architects

Photography by Xavier Béjar, Joan Ginabreda, Marta Mateu, Eloïna Millán and Unparelld’Arquitectes

“A great golden anaconda and a group of musicians shivering from the cold have taken over the main square. The animal’s skin shines in a constant white luminescence that makes it light and supple for its length. The harmonious consistent diameter of the lamp – constructed from simple everyday materials – opens the way to the musicians composing themselves to breathe life into the cold night of the concert. The shimmering gold cloud is installed on a human and proximate scale, lighting up a space of sudden musicality.”

23- “Mosca”, Casa Sambola, Girona. Pau Sarquella Fàbregas, Carmen Torres González, architects

Photography by Joan Guillamat and Pau Sarquella

“A single resource and material, in the form of golden curtains that arrange and sift the spaces of this courtyard in Girona’s Jewish quarter, produces an effect of spatial discovery and appreciation of great richness. The curtains filter and dilute the space while deterring the flies with the smell of lavender.”

24- “Wild Furniture – The authentic chair of Barcelona”, Sant Cugat, Barcelona. Ariane Patout, multidisciplinary artist, René Müller, carpenter designer (Leña de Luxe)

Photography by Ariane Patout and René Müller

“The project refocuses the complications of the landscape through a natural metaphor, resurrecting lives that were thought extinguished. Art, landscape, architecture and design are just some of the areas of understanding and reflexion that find a fertile working ground in this project.”

25- “Crosswalk – Cross the pond”, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Constanze Sixt, Rafael Escobedo de la Riva, architects

Photography by Teresa Arozena, Jominaga and Sensograma

“An open square that has no other use than to transit through; a road marking as casual as a pedestrian crossing; a space that shares its protagonism with an honest, transparent, element. Paths that are intuited; the rediscovery of urban space; the fleeting cyclicity of water.”

FAD Thought and Critique award

This category has already winners, since it is relased over a month before the prize-giving ceremony. The jury of the FAD Thought and Critique award, formed by Antonio Pizza, Juan Calatrava and Moisés Puente, has already delivered its verdict. Six finalists were selected from the 20 submitted works for its originality, level of cultural reflection and thoroughness on the subjects, methodological strictness, and the innovative aspects within a concept of architectural culture unrelated to disciplinary barriers. Amongst them two ex aequo awards have been selected as well as two special mentions.

The honorees with the FAD award on Thought and Critique are:

La Tradición Innovada (Innovated tradition. Writing on regression and modernity). Author: Juan Domingo Santos. Publishing house: Caja de Arquitectos Foundation

Utopías domésticas (Domestic utopia. The house of the Future of Alison and Peter Smithson). Author : Nieves Fernández Villalobos. Publishing house: Cada de Arquitectos Foundation

All the details about the FAD awards on diarioDESIGN.

More information on the web of Arquinfad.


Caro Hotel: Francesc Rifé turns an ancient palace in Valencia into a hotel and a monument all in one.

The Palace of Marqués de Caro in Valencia is a contemporary style five star hotel. Since there are many, nothing remarkable except for a slight detail: it is an authentic museum of the history of Valencia, from the times of the Roman Empire until today. And not because ancient pieces have been placed on purpose, but because this old Gothic palace holds authentic archaeological treasures inside its walls. With the help of designer Francesc Rifé, the building has now turned into the first hotel-monument of the city.

Read more about Francesc Rifé on diarioDESIGN.

The story of Caro Hotel is as unique as that of the building, part of the Casas del Temple and listed as a protected building of the 20th century by the City of Valencia. It all started in 2005, when one of the descendants of the owners wished to transform the building into a hotel and, getting down to work, discovered the archaeological value housed inside.

Modernist staircases, 18th century tiles, coffered ceilings, Gothic arches, a section of the arab wall of Valencia dated 12th century, mosaics from the 1st century BC, and even column bases and other parts belonging to the Roman Circus of the city.

It was through a three years private archaeological campaign that all these elements were discovered. The owners decided therefore to maintain them and provide the hotel with such unique character. Then architect Francisco Jurado and interior designer Francesc Rifé were commissioned to give it a contemporary style.

The challenge was not easy. “What to preserve, what to transform, what to discard, what to show?” were the most important questions they had to face. Some of the recovered elements can be seen in the rooms, others are located in the common areas. But most of them are on their original site. 

Francesc Rifé has lightened the spaces and granted them with sobriety, as well as with a linear and proportional characteristics. The rooms, with their contemporary, geometric and minimal design, are the best example of that.

The balanced and sober decoration responds not only to the particular style of Rifé but it was as well necessary in order to respect and praise the substrates. Consequently, neutral materials that don’t steal the limelight from the archaeological treasures were used, merging nicely with the ancient elements.

Concerning the furniture and color palette, many of the walls feature the same colour of the flooring, although sometimes Rifé gave himself and the place a break by including a few contrasts between the neutral colour from the concrete and the earth, stone and brick tones or by mixing stained oak furniture with glossy lacquers.

The hotel has 26 rooms, each one of them different from the other due to the complexity of the spaces and the historical elements they host.

Furniture and lighting pieces have been exclusively designed for this project, but also in combination with well-known pieces such as the Parentesi lamp by Flos and the Fortuny lamp by Pallucco.

Nevertheless, the Caro Hotel is, possibly, the oldest inhabited building in Valencia.


Photos: Caro Hotel Caro Hotel Almirante, 14 Valencia T. 963 059 000 www.carohotel.com    

Mama Campo: a patchworklike interior design for a place devoted to organic food in Madrid.

Mama Campo is a new gastronomic initiative in Madrid that mixes three different spaces: a restaurant, a market and a zone dedicated to children. Located in the lively Olavide square, it specialises in organic food seeking to recover the original flavours of the Spanish cuisine.

The well-known photographer Manolo Yllera was in charge of leading the interior design of this project in which, beyond gastronomy, every single detail has been taken care of, in order to achieve a very special and consistent atmosphere.

The awnings by Juan Sánchez, el artesano espartero (the artisan of esparto) on the façade are without any doubt a brilliant way to give an accurate idea about the eco-friendly orientation of the business and the style of the decoration in the inside.

The bioconstruction cooperative Qatay has been behind of the artistic coverings on walls and ceilings of the restaurant. The main idea was to patch these surfaces with different textures and colours to create a diversity of eye-catching elements that would match at same time with the general aesthetics of the restaurant. To achieve so, environmental friendly materials were used: earth plaster, jute fibre, clay or silicate paints, cane, whitewash, mats…

A wooden floor runs throughout the space combined at times with the beautiful encaustic tiling Drops by studio Mut for Entic Designs.

Read more about the Drops series on diarioDESIGN.

Regarding the furniture, chairs and tables of different styles have been used. The mix includes pieces by well-known designers such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec or Dirk Van der Kooij together with newcomers like Wow EstudioInés Benavides or Pilar de Prada.

The same criteria has been followed for the lighting fixtures, including designs by Marre MoerelÁlvaro Catalán de Ocón or Txula Artesanía, among others.

Read more about Pet Lamps by Álvaro Catalán de Ocón on diarioDESIGN.

Social and environmental commitment is the unifying element of all these visually heterogeneous designs. Mama Campo also supports art, collaborating with numerous artist friends like Carlos Villoslada.

Staff outfits by Ecoalf and IOU Project, aprons by peSeta, tableware by Costa Nova and flower arrangement art by Llorens&Durán complete the atmosphere of this space devoted to the best traditional and organic gastronomy. 

Photo credits: © Manolo Yllera


Mama Campo Calle Trafalgar, 22 28010 Madrid Tel. 916 22 75 16 www.mamacampo.es    

New colourful suites by Patricia Urquiola for the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barcelona.

A must for every exclusive visitor in the city, the Mandarin Oriental hotel is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Barcelona with the opening of 17 new suites and 5 deluxe rooms located in an annexe to the luxurious premises of this establishment at the Paseo de Gràcia of the Catalonian capital.

As the rest of the hotel, the interior design of the extension was comissioned to the masterful Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who this time dared to play with warmer colors and also went further on the use of materials and furniture, including creations of her own as well as from other designers.

Read more about Barcelona Mandarin Oriental hotel on diarioDESIGN.

The new and exclusive suites stand out in special due to their spaciousness and high ceilings, oscillating between the 55 sqm of the junior suite and the 124 sqm of the premier, and also by the fact that they have natural light on both sides of the room, coming from the outside and the inner court of the building.

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The new designs is based on the Presidential Suite at the penthouse of the hotel and continues exploring the balance between european avant-garde and oriental tradition. In a tribute to the city it also introduces elements which reinterpret Catalan Modernism such as encaustic tiling or exclusive artworks on the walls showing everyday scenes of Barcelona.

To Mandarin Oriental it was essential that visitors of these new suites “feel the comfort of an own home, whilst being surrounded by a particular beauty and an excellent service”. A feeling that can be noticed upon entering the suite through a flexible, well-distributed space based on textile screens with graphic and natural textures evoking oriental latitudes, Tai-ping carpets and furniture pieces exclusively designed by Urquiola Studio for the Barcelona Mandarin Oriental collection.

Among the pieces of furniture and other decorative details, most of them created in the milanese studio for exclusive brands, a few are highly outstanding ones such as the Tatou lamp for Flos, the sofa and tables for Moroso, the Husk armchair for B&B, the Re-trouvé stool for EMU and the tiles for Mutina.

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All the suites have separate rooms for the dressing and studio areas, and of course the living room to host private parties or dinners. The Barcelona Suite is the most impressive, boasting a great terrace of 123 sqm with jacuzzi. Also, they all feature a bathroom that has a spa atmosphere surrounded by opaque glass, sometimes lightly tinted. Their generous space and enormous showers deserve a special mention.

Suites have either a terrace or a balcony which extend the interior design experience to the outdoor area. They have been conceived not as a mirador but as a space to be lived and in particular to feel the lovely Paseo de Gràcia. These comfortable and sophisticated exterior zones are also furnished with pieces by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.

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“We are delighted to have these new suites at Barcelona Mandarin Oriental”, said managing director Gérard Sintès. “This extension means a great added value to our hotel, positioning it among the best in Europe”.

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Barcelona Mandarin Oriental hotel Paseo de Gràcia, 38-40 08007 Barcelona    

Trends diarioDESIGN: The comeback of copper and brass definitely more than a fad.

Many designers and brands are recently introducing copper and brass on their latest creations. Actually, it has been one of the most highlighted trends seen during the last furniture fair in Milan.

The new metals are present in all kind of applications. Dornbracht for instance just added to their catalogue a new galvanized finish to their bathroom fittings series MEM and Tara for the kitchen.

It is called Cyprum, from the word Cuprum -copper in latin- and it is an 18-carat gold-based glossy finish made with authentic copper. Its pink-gold tone breaks with the prevalence on interior design seen over the last years of cold tones, from white to metallic. These new designs by Dornbracht allow a new style permeated with warmer tones and more elegant materials. Copper is in particular a colorful and modern, fine material that contributes to get an appearance of great quality and character.

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Besides of being in the bathroom, copper is also present in the kitchen. The prestigious firm La Cornue is celebrating this year their 50th anniversary of its crown jewel, the series Château, produced only by order and custom handcrafted according to the clients requests. Among its many finishes and colors, it is available in chrome, nickel, brass or copper.

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Also, most of brass and copper applications can be seen on all kind of home accessories. Scandinavian brand Menu has gone seriously for this trend on its last catalogue, full of proposals of this kind. Norm Architects, for instance, just sealed their partnership with the danish brand with a range of products that use brass or copper-toned finishes. This is the case of Wire, a trash bin as simple as attractive that can be purchased in different finishes and colors, or Beer Foamer, a copper-toned finished gadget to obtain a frothy beer.

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The danish studio is also behind Fire Hurricane, an antique style candleholder with a copper base combined with silver-finished glass.

Moreover, Menu has included copper flashes in other new products like the candleholder collection Chunk, designed by Andreas Engesvik by mixing marble and copper-finished steel.

The use of copper and brass is in Tom Dixon quite a feature rather than a trend. His most recent collection follows of course this line, including objects such as the bar accessory line Plum, combining hand-blown glass and copper.

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In addition, Etch is a collection of candleholders that beyond being made of brass, copper or stainless steel, feature a wooden-like texture and a pentagonal structure that projects delicate shadows.

Tom Dixon has also recently introduced the Form bowls, combining a handcrafted, thin copper sheet, and the brass-made centerpiece Bone, featuring geometrical lines.


On the lighting field there are many examples of this metallic comeback. Northern Lighting has relaunched the wall lamp Butterfly, a 1964 design by Sven I. Dysthe now also made with a copper shade which rusts and changes its color over time, something that turns each lamp into a unique design.

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Another brand that has decided to incorporate copper to its catalogue is &Tradition. One of their latest new products is the lamp series Flowerpot, designed by Verner Panton combining two semi-spheres made of lacquered copper and available in a natural tone finish or in multiple colors.

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&Tradition also produces the Utzon Lamp, in which architect Jørn Utzon -whose masterpiece is Sydney’s Opera House- projected his fascination for his father’s naval maps. This suspension lamp features a copper shade with finishes in white, copper or brass.

Finally, an interior design project in which metallic shine is the main source of inspiration. In 2012 Alfons Tost created a restaurant in Barcelona actually called Coure (copper in Catalan). The effect in the atmosphere was achieved thanks to the anodized aluminum and copper-toned screens by KriskaDecor.

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Torres Baldasano redesign a traditional house with a superb merging of a home and a family business.

Some buildings have more lives than a cat. This one located in the exclusive neighborhood of Sarriá (Barcelona) is a clear example. First it was a family residence. Later the ground floor was turned into a lighting factory and then a shop. Now there is another business on this floor and a house on the first level. The young studio Torres Baldasano has defined a project in which dividing lines are clear but integrated, preserving at the same time the traditional building style of the area.

Commanded by Sara Baldasano in collaboration with Sandra Torres, founders of the studio, the assigment consisted on renovating the house including an extension to gain more useful area. In order to do so, the back of the building was broadened and endowed with an underground level, intended for the Passage shop premises.

Integrating both spaces respecting the privacy of the house was the biggest challenge of this project. On the outside, Torres Baldasano opted to build a sort of vegetation lattice made of concrete on the back facade, serving as well as a screen that prevents from being able to see inside the house from the ground floor patio, which is part of the shop.

In general, the project seeks for recovering the original textures of the building. Stone and wood, therefore, are very present. Exposed brick and stone walls have been preserved, as well as the wooden beams on the ground floor’s ceilings. The other starring material is concrete. It has been used to build the back facade’s lattice and, specially, in the ground floor.

On the inside, the vertical panels of cross laminated timber in the shop allow to visually divide this space from the house. The environment also differs. Both spaces are open, but inside the shop a more eclectic style dominates while the house seeks for more clean, minimal lines.

The staircase connecting the first floor with the deck is as well a starring feature, serving as a kitchen, storage and living zone at the same time.

The aesthetics unification has been solved through the mix of the existing and new materials. In the house, wood has been combined with white walls, kitchen and living room furniture, and the staircase rail. “They harmonize with the original stone and brick walls of the building”, says the studio.

Another challenge of this project was to achieve the maximum light possible inside the house without compromising privacy. Therefore, in order to gain natural lighting they created a longitudinal opening in the roof that runs alongside the staircase. It  begins on the lower part of the building, ending up on the top and turning into a terrace.

The house has an open layout. The only closed spaces are the bathrooms and one large room that can be turned into two small bedrooms through a sliding panel. Transit areas are also used as a dressing zone for the bedrooms.


Photo credits: Pol Viladoms