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An industrial cabin lost in the woods of Madrid’s Sierra by architect Miguel De Guzmán.

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 11:05

The architect and noted photographer Miguel de Guzmán is behind this family home situated in Estación del Espinar – a small village on the northface of the Sierra de Madrid. It has a privileged position – on the outskirts of the village and bordering the Parque Natural La Panera.

The plot’s situation was key to the project, which aimed to take full advantage of the views of the mountain range and park to the north-east, as well as optimise natural light. The northfacing position needed to be taken into account, along with the plot’s graduation. The pre-existing huge old pines trees also needed to be considered.

This is why the structure is situated in the centre of the plot, with a perimeter that is conditioned by urbanistic boundaries along with position of the trees.

The facade has a triple skin. The interior layer is devised of sandwich panels made of osb sheets, extracted polystyrene (which has an insulating effect) and fibreboard which can be seen in the rooms and living areas.

The second exterior skin is made of polycarbonate panels which add extra insulation and amplifies the perimeter for a greenhouse. This captures heat during the winter and can be opened up the summer months, thus serving as both an additional indoor-outdoor space and a climate buffer.

Taut steel cables support hanging plants on three of the facades. These create the third skin –  one that is totally organic.

The use of steel framing, polycarbonate, dry construction techniques and the sandwich panels encasing cut down on construction time and costs and gave the building greater flexibility in terms of future alterations.

The walls are finished in industrial materials and the floors are made of a single layer of epoxy resin. Installations have been left unconcealed, facilitating flexibility, alterations and repairs.

The roof of the living area is covered in foliage – a ‘field’ that, in a certain way, substitutes the forest floor that has now been covered by the structure. It’s a space for enjoying the mountain views surrounded by the treetops.

Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán


Papila collective by Alberto Arza, food design for the experience of eating.

Mon, 02/09/2013 - 12:50

Papila is a platform created by the designer Alberto Arza that investigates new ways of enjoying the experience of eating. Designers collaborate with famous chefs to create products and make advances in the realm of food design. Some of these creations use edible substances as the principal material – a completely different approach in the world of design.

Sugarstick by Alberto Arza

A lolly-pop made of sugar that soaks up the flavour of whatever it is dipped in.

Dipit by Berta Riera

A biscuit with an extended point so you don’t get your fingers wet when ‘dunking’.

Teabath by Jungyou Choi

A teabag with a boat-shaped handle that ‘floats’ in the cup.

Breadbritte by Proyecta

A piece of bread in the from of a sponge, for ‘soaking up’ the sauce till the plate’s clean!

Chocolate jewels by Guillem Ferran

Bon-bons in the shape of precious stones. More about Guillem Ferran in diarioDESIGN.

Candy vegetables by Mr. Simon

How to make vegetables attractive to children – style them in the shape of sweets.

Chocolate souvenir by Alberto Arza

Chocolate souvenirs to take to friends and family back home.

Butter candle by Alberto Arza

Candle made of butter. When lit, the butter softens to a spreadable consistency and adds elegance to the table.

Solid Coffee by Alberto Arza

Solid coffee – a new concept that lets you have a java jolt whenever you like.

As well as the above, Papila has carried out projects developed in workshops that investigate new processes and ways of interacting with food substances. These are:

Citrus spray

By teaming up designers Alberto Arza and Joan Rojeski, Papila created the Citrus Spray for Lékué – a juicer-spray for citrus fruits that we have already covered in diarioDESIGN.


This enormous table and shelving unit is conceived for team research and working in large groups.


More about Alberto Arza in diarioDESIGN


Frankfurt Station, a new stop in Barcelona for a journey through space and time.

Fri, 30/08/2013 - 12:12

Frankfurt Station is a both a dual concept eatery and a clever play on words. German sausage and urb / Eating and travelling. A new restaurant in Barcelona where space-time and low-cost design come together within the same project. A fast food restaurant inspired by a train journey that stops at a vintage café within a public transport station.

The artifice behind this idea was conceived by interior design studio Egue y Seta in collaboration with Denys & von Arend, the internationally renowned studio whose trademark is the framing of dialogue between public and private spaces as well as different typologies, as is the case here between dining and transport.

Read more about Denys & von Arend in diarioDESIGN.

Read more about Egue and Seta in diarioDESIGN.

Frankfurt Station offers a culinary journey through time and geography: eating the celebrated German sausages while travelling back to the 1950s, but in an innovative way. Its design, just like the concept itself is also twofold, alternating on a formal and aesthetic level between light and shadow, between brightness and opacity, between colour and monochrome, image and text.

The type of food and the layout of the restaurant, an elongated space measuring 96 square metres, provided them with the idea of turning this restaurant into a platform and a wagon. The traveller/diner arrives at the ticket office/bar where they can consult the notice board/menus and choose a ticket/dish.

From there they can board the train/dining room, where the layout of the tables is inspired by a typical train wagon, double seats on either side and a row of individual seats down the centre.

And then of course the windows formed by back-lit timber shelves in which, instead of landscapes, travellers can enjoy the view of beers sourced from different parts of the world.

And since the place is also supposed to be a train station, there are plenty of other details such as wall clocks, the signage and normal illustrations found within a train station: schedules, advertising and in this case also the menus. But treated in such as way as to “create a more harmonious graphic environment”, according to its authors.

The time travel aspect meanwhile allows diners to visit a roadside cafe of the 50s evoked by the ceramic wall tiles and metal surfaces. The combination of wooden floors and tiling stands out against a dark grey background used for the ceilings and walls.

The typical timber cladding of this public space typology was also resuscitated. When considering public facilities of this nature such as a train station, the same design philosophy applies, the requirement for highly resistant finishes, low cost materials and easy maintenance. But at the same time providing warmth which is often missing in these types of spaces.

For the tiles, for instance, a retro tone of vintage green was used combined with an anthracite colour for the grouting and, “providing a more decorative, distinctive and singular quality.”

For the bathrooms unconventional colours and more unusual patterns were used making for a more vibrant approach.

Photograph: Víctor Hugo

Frankfurt Station Creu Cuberta, 35 Barcelona


Denys & von Arend Rambla Catalunya, 43, 4º 1ª 08007 Barcelona Tel: 934 879 850 barcelona@denysvonarend.com


Egue y Seta C/ Joaquín costa 24, locales – 4º 1ª a 08001 Barcelona C/ Pez, 27. Oficina 316 , 28004 MadridC/ Valera Silvari 12. 2º. 15001. A Coruña info@egueyseta.com


Delta Awards: Get to know more about the most prestigious Spanish design prizes.

Wed, 28/08/2013 - 11:53

Design always arises at a particular time, it’s not out of space and time. The activity of projecting and creating objects can not lack of contemporaneity. And the times we are living require of honesty, austerity, simplicity and sustainability, among many other things. This is the reason why the jury of the prestigious Delta Industrial Design Awards has honored the Headhat lamp with the gold award, signed by the design team of Santa & Cole. In the same way, the mat-carrycot Xai received the ADI Gold Medal for the best student design.

Delta are the most prestigious awards of industrial design in Spain, granted by ADI-FAD design association every two years for 36 editions now, whilst the ADI Medals are the sisters awards for students. The awards ceremony took place last June in the new building of the Design Hub Barcelona, during the FADfest festival.

For the Delta 2013 Awards the jury consisted of Johanna Agerman Ross, founder and editor-in-chief of the international design magazine Disegno and of the website www.disegnodaily.com; Tomás Alonso, industrial designer from Vigo based in London; Valérie Bergeron, architect and director of the Materfad’s materials library and this year acting as the chair of the jury; Jozeph Forakis, designer and critic based in Milan and New York who works in furniture, lighting, accessories and digital products; Robert Punkenhofer, founder and director of ART&IDEA and Trade Commissioner for Austria in Barcelona; Viviana Narotzky, design historian and chair of ADI-FAD; and Mike Zancan, the National Sales Director of Antares Iluminación and in charge of introducing Flos brand in Spain.

All the finalists shorlisted for both Delta Awards and ADI Medals are featured in the catalogue of the Delta Awards 2013 and take part in the exhibition El Mejor Diseño del Año – the best designs of the year. Read more on this exhibition in diarioDESIGN.

Among the 47 finalists, reviewed on diarioDESIGN here, these are the winners:

GOLD DELTA: Headhat by Santa & Cole design team.

Flexible system of pendant lamps using shades (Hats) of different sizes and materials that confer multiple uses to an ingenious light capsule (Head).

Read more on Headhat in diarioDESIGN

Jury statement: For its good resolution, because it is a simple, honest and flexible, leading LED lighting design that goes one step further, providing also with warmth to this type of lighting. For its minimalist design, which uses a classic and elegant language to incorporate new technology. Also because it consists of a few components which emphasizes sustainability and an intelligent form of production.

SILVER DELTA: Caliu barbecue. Designed by Jordi Bahí and Jordi Güell, manufactured by Bahí&Güell.

Caliu is a family of table barbecues where the style is defined by its simplicity, quality and easy use.

Jury statement: Because it is a very complete project in all aspects: design, production and materials research, which have led to a product with a strong identity and honesty that speaks the language of the materials used. Also for having a clean and contemporary aesthetics but at the same time with reminiscents of the tradition. For its business model, a young entrepreneurial team that is making an effort to work with local producers.

SILVER DELTA: h2o, designed by Noviembre Estudio for Botas de Vino Jesús Blasco.

The h2o is the reinvention of the traditional wineskin, adapting it to sport enjoyment and bringing it into urban everyday life.

Jury statement: A great example where design and craftsmanship team up to create a contemporary product. Because it rescues a traditional technology and creates a sensual object that ages well and also because it promotes, in a way, the idea of reuse and care for objects that could accompany us throughout the years.

SILVER DELTA: Mendori, designed by Issey Miyake for Artemide.

This product innovates in three different ways: it’s made of one piece of fabric, using a fiber obtained from treated PET bottles through a 2D initial folding process that turns into a 3D shade.

Jury statement: For being especially beautiful and poetic, paying homage to the Japanese tradition of paper lamps. It also an example of a good transition from fashion to industrial design, obtaining a result somewhere between art and design. A piece that seeks to be sustainable with the materials used, but also with other aspects such as volume, storage and transportation.

SILVER DELTA: Bench B. Designed by Konstantin Grcic for BD Barcelona Design.

Bench B is part of the Extrusions collection which makes use of aluminum extrusion as the base material for the development of various furniture pieces. It is a bench program either for public or domestic use, individual or up to 8 seats, for indoors or outdoors, with or without armrests, upholstered or in exposed aluminum extrusion.

Jury statement: for being an intelligent system that offers a great deal of variants through a single extruded piece plus two mold-made.

SILVER DELTA: Bicycle rack RIM CON. Designed by Moisés Martínez, Mariano de Gracia and Edu Sentís for EDSE Inventiva.

The beach is a leisure area suggesting a kind relation with its users and their bicycles. This design suits perfectly the demanding needs of such a location and to the manufacturing requirements.

Jury statement: Because it adapts to a specific context in a fun way, trying not to be a universal solution. For mixing a nautical aesthetic with a classic padlock look, providing as well with flexibility in the field of urban furniture at an affordable price.

SILVER DELTA: Slim by Josep Lluscà for Fluvià Concept.

Based on LED technology, the new SLIM collection represents technological innovation and high lighting performance applied to a wide range of light fittings for many types of spaces and work areas.

Read more about Slim in diarioDESIGN

Jury statement: For its elegant and beautiful design, its flexibility and adaptability to different environments and uses. For being a modular element which takes care of all the details, including the execution of the joints.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Control panel CWP. Designed by Guido Charosky for INDRA.

The CWP control panel is a workstation for air traffic controllers to visualize highly complex and constantly changing information.

Jury statement: For emphasizing that design can perfectly embrace a critical area such as safety. Because it provides with a good integration of digital control with a physical object, giving great ergonomics and adaptability to maintain the high level of concentration required at this type of work. For the integration of various parts in a single device easily accessible for maintenance and upgrade.

OPINION DELTA PRIZE: Cabinet, designed by Gerard Arqué and Miquel Tejero for Boo in Barcelona

Cabinet is a modular drawer that is flexible and adaptable to different environments and can be used as a side table, a bureau or chest of drawers, depending on its configuration. Friendly and comfortable, its trapezoidal shape provides stack ability. The set consists of a beech wood box with a push opening system, exterior and front in anodized aluminum, and a steel structure.

GOLD ADI MEDAL: Xai, designed by Genís Senén Gilabert from ESDI Escuela Superior de Diseño.

Xai is a sort of carpet for babies aged 0 to 9 months to play or relax. Furthermore, this mat can easily be turned into a basket or a small chair in seconds. Along with Xisqueta Obrador Association Genís Senén has created a product made of wool from the native sheep of the Pyrenees, Xisqueta, contributing thus to the preservation of jobs in the area.

Jury statement: For its sensitive choice of local materials, which gives a feeling of warmth, quality and safety to an object suitable for babies. A product of an interesting geometry that incorporates different uses in an elegant way. For its ability to mix traditional and new techniques to create a contemporary piece.

SILVER ADI MEDAL: Areniscos, designed by Víctor Castanera Peregrín from Elisava Escuela Superior de Diseño.

Areniscos tries to recover the relationship that should always exist between the human being and the environment: a collection of containers that come to life with Nature as a sort of doer.

Jury statement: For being an object that connects the human being with Nature in a creative and beautiful way. Because Its white fragile inner contrasts with the outer roughness of the sand, a reminder of the process. For its experimental side, simplicity and poetic features.

BRONZE ADI MEDAL: Sardines, by Estel Alcaraz Sancerni from the Escuela Municipal de Arte de Terrassa.

Folding wellingtons that take up very little of room. They are fully customizable and its flexible structure is made of TPU, a recyclable material. Its improved logistics management reduces the environmental impact of the distribution of Sardines.

Jury statement: For being a student project developed almost to a commercial level. For the consistency of the research process, the development of the design and the final resolution. For being a complete project that considers all aspects, including packaging, branding, naming, etc.


FInd more information on Delta Awards and ADI Medals in their own websites: Delta 2013 and Medallas ADI 2013.



David Torrents designs the limited edition Brompton City-inspired – starring Barcelona!

Mon, 26/08/2013 - 13:16

After last year’s London Brompton, the company has released a new limited edition inspired by a major city. In April a Barcelonese version was born. It was designed by the multidisciplinary David Torrents and its the most eye-catching Brompton to date.

More about David Torrents in diarioDESIGN.

Barcelona Brompton is an S6L model, with straight handlebars and executed in bright blue and orange – colours chosen by Torrents from the brand’s catalogue and thought to most represent the city’s image and vitality.

The bike comes with a personalised S Bag, whose flap represents the pavements and tiles that are emblematic of Barcelona – an inspiration for the designer along with the grid-like layout of the city’s Eixample district. “When I was young, I used to stroll through the city, observing all its ornamentation, the posters and street art,” says Torrents. “Now that I am older and move around by bike, I still see inspiration in the streets of Barcelona. I hope this is reflected in the project – a new Brompton inspired by my city – Barcelona.”

Paul Williams, the designer of the Brompton, worked alongside Torrents on the project. He has commented that “the result is spectacular in the way it has referenced the city as much as its daring and attractive design.”


The bicycle boasts all the ‘Brompton’ details – a bike that has become a must for urbanites who love to exercise and pedal around their city.

This limited edition City Brompton collection has only produced 400 models globally. The first, London Brompton, was released in 2012 – and designed by the illustrator Vic Lee. This years is Barcelona’s turn, an obvious choice given the popularity of the bicycles in the city, host to the first Brompton World Championship as well as in 2006 and 2007.


More information about Brompton in diarioDESIGN.

More about David Torrents at www.behance.net/torrents and www.torrents.info


Ferran Vizoso designs an intimate home in Menorca that communicates with its landscape.

Fri, 23/08/2013 - 11:37

“A house that is closed on the outside and open within.” That was the brief that architect Ferran Vizoso received when embarking on the design for this light-filled home situated in Port d’Addaia, Menorca. Architect Jesús Cardona Pons also collaborated on the project.

The clients wanted a home with closed facades in order to protect their privacy, but at the same time affording wide views of the verdant surroundings.

Four triangular porches were the answer to this difficult request, creating a ‘inverted funnel’ effect with the walls. It was a means to offer both wide vistas from the interior and massive facades on the exterior – a disarticulated geometric solution that provokes a rich visual relationship between the house and garden.

When the large sliding doors are open, they hide onto the walls, so the four triangular patios connect with each other and the entire interior converts into a huge porch.

From the inside, it’s like a large shadow space bounded by the three bedrooms and the lounge. It not only protects those areas from the changing sunlight but also, at the same time, it’s a way to open them to the garden.

In the bathrooms, triangular-shaped skylights, which have been embedded with mirrors on both sides, create a kaleidoscope of colours through the sunlight.

The result of all this is a comfortable home that has a ‘protected’ interior without ‘facing’ or ‘joining’ nature, but rather remaining completely surrounded by it.

Photographs: José Hevia



Seven Spanish studios shortlisted as finalists for the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Thu, 22/08/2013 - 11:27

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is the world’s only event dedicated exclusively to accolade the best projects on hospitality design. The winners will be announced on 12th September during a ceremony at London’s Farmiloe Building. Among the finalists there are seven Spanish design studios.

Ikibana restaurant by El Equipo Creativo, featured on diarioDESIGN here.

Three Spanish studios compete for the Europe Restaurant Award: Ikibana, by El Equipo Creativo; Nicky’s Food & Drinks, by Óscar Vidal, and Le Sergent Recruteur, a project in Paris by Jaime Hayon.

Nicky’s Food & Drink, by Óscar Vidal. Read our post here.

Le Sergent Recruteur by Jaime Hayon. Read more here.

Also Sandra Tarruella Interioristas is in luck, as her interior design for the ice-cream parlor of Roca brothers, Rocambolesc, is one of the favourite candidates to win the European Bar Award.

Read the post on Rocambolesc by Sandra Tarruella here.

On the other hand, Teresa Sapey Estudio de Arquitectura competes together with other six international studios to win the Pop Up Award with her VIP Lounge, designed for the contemporary Art fair ARCOmadrid 2012.

VIP Lounge ARCOmadrid 2012 by Teresa Sapey. Read more about it here.

Finally, the Identity Award could go to another ice-cream parlor: the Eyescream & friends in Barcelona by Estudio M.

Read more about Eyescream & friends by Estudio M here.

Despite it’s just the fifth edition, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are highly celebrated among architects and interior designers worldwide. This year, 670 entries were submitted from UK and 60 other countries. diarioDESIGN has covered previous editions, read it here.


Restaurant & Bar Design Awards www.restaurantandbardesignawards.com





Taberna Wabi-Sabi by Sandra Tarruella: Spanish tapas tradition meets Japanese gastronomy

Tue, 06/08/2013 - 15:59

Valladolid is famous for its variety of bars and restaurants, as anyone who has visited the downtow of this Spanish city can attest to. Valladolid is proud of this culinary tradition, so adding other cultures to the mix can be a somewhat difficult task.  

Some brave enough to do so are Javier and Antonio González García (of Los Zagales de la Abadía) and Mariola López. They have broken the mould with Taberna Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese tavern that fuses the traditional bars of Valladolid with Japanese gastronomy. The interior has been executed by Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, who have bestowed the space with a strong minimalist component and multiple cultural references.

More about Sandra Tarruella Interioristas in diarioDESIGN.

The locale, which is divided into two floors, visually communicates the ground and lower-ground floors via a large central staircase and atrium. The programme has been organised around this layout, creating a Japanese ‘tapas’ bar on the ground floor which is visible from street level, whilst a la carte is served on the lower-ground floor.

Natural oak has been used in abundance for the tapas area in the high tables and walls, which contrast with original and highly colourful Japanese posters of varying styles and epochs, as well as Japanese sliding parchment screens that partly close off the storage and display areas.

On the other hand, Walnut wood has been used for the tasting area and the rear wall features a spectacular mural made of the traditional footwear worn by geishas. This intervention brings warmth and texture to the space.

In Valladolid, it is customary to go bar hopping on foot and with groups of friends. The tasting area facilitates this strong tradition and the customers traffic, fitted out with high tables that run vertically over the two floors creating a floating sense. Fixed leather stools, high metal shelves and other seating can moved according to necessity.

A curious feature made of parchment featuring blowfish, tuna and catfish -all widely used in Japanese cuisine- occupies the atrium that connects the two floors. it’s quite eye-catching and sheds a warm light over the two floors.

The lower floor has maintained a traditional restaurant character where various forms of seating and tables are offered around the staircase.

In front of the staircase there is a white wall with a running bench, made of noble wood, and square tables.

Behind the staircase, against a wall bathed in black, round tables have been placed and kimono fabrics are hung on the wall in a ‘tapestry’ fashion. This part of the restaurant is lit by cardboard lamps made by Graypants.

The central space has been organised with tables and metal benches that add a considered weight.

The main kitchen is also situated on the lower-ground floor. The entrance is framed by textiles which have been added to a dark yet warm space where wood and black artisan ceramic has been used, recreating the ambiance of a tavern.

Another mural made of wooden ‘geisha shoes’ delimits the module where the bathrooms have been placed, giving warmth and texture to this floor.

Overall, this project lives and breathes the philosophy that gave it its name – the beauty of ‘imperfection’, combined with a detailed attention to minimalism and the quality of objects made with natural materials.

  Taberna Wabi-Sabi c/ Comedias, esquina Plaza Martí y Monsó 47001 Valladolid www.tabernawabisabi.com Tel: 983 35 32 33


Sandra Tarruella Interioristas Responsable de Proyecto: Ricard Trenchs y Elsa Noms Colaboradores: Anna Torndelacreu, Paula Sebastián Fotos: Meritxell Arjalaguer    

Enjoy the summer at The Patio: exquisite pop-up cafe and shop in a Madrid Palace.

Mon, 29/07/2013 - 12:05

The Patio is a new leisure spot in Madrid, a pop-up store, drinks & goods situated in a picturesque palace dating from 1866 in Hortaleza street, just next to the Santa Bárbara square. It’ll be open daily from noon to midnight until October 15th and is somewhere to both eat and shop.

The idea came about through a collaboration between some of Madrid’s most emblematic establishments, including El Viajero and Magasand, together with the PR agency Better - experts in pop-ups projects and who are also organised The Apartment last Christmas. This particular project is sponsored by Heineken.

More about Magasand in diarioDESIGN

The bar-terrace is situated in the patio area of the palace and its high walls protect the space from the hustle and bustle outside.

The cane ceiling, wooden decking, plants and ponds, along with colourful rugs and Acapulco chairs create an authentic urban oasis.

This shaded spot is perfect for escaping the heat of summer, whilst enjoying delicious sandwiches, bagels, salads and cold soups prepared by Magasand. On the other hand, El Viajero takes care of the cocktails and fresh juices.

The hall of the palace hasn’t been lit with chandeliers but rather with colourful Pet lamps, designed by Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and woven by indigenous communities in Columbia. The salons have been filled with tempting and exquisite objects that are for sale.

Read more about Pet lamps in diarioDESIGN

Singular objects, unusual furniture, limited edition books, collectable magazines…

Espadrilles made by Mint and RoseKeims cosmetics, the new pocket guide to the Malasaña district by Walk with me, and printed textile objects from SuTurno are just some of the products that we liked. Come and see for yourself, and find out what else is on offer at this charismatic summer space.

Photos: Pablo Gómez-Ogando


The Patio Hortaleza 87, nearby Santa Bárbara square. Madrid    

In the patio, garden or wherever you want – Ábaton rethinks the mobile home.

Fri, 26/07/2013 - 10:57

The Madrid-based architecture studio Ábaton has just launched ÁPH80, a mobile home that can be moved around in a standard-sized truck, It is easy to erect and can be installed in all sites. It consists of three different ambiances: a lounge area with kitchen (complete with vitroceramic or gas hob, sink and extraction fan), a bathroom and bedroom. The interior measures 27 m2 (9 by 3) and, thanks to its layout, appears much larger than it actually is.

In total, ÁPH80 measures 80 m3. Its pointed roof reaches a height of 3.5 metres, further increasing the structure’s sense of space. 

Wood has been used throughout, affording a sense of cozyness as well as providing a hypoallergenic living environment. Besides, It comes from responsible management certified forests. The structure itself has been built with solid wood whilst the interior has been clad in panels of Spanish Fir tinted in white. It has been furnished by Madrid-based shop Batavia.

The exterior is made of an agglomeration of wood-chip and cement in a grey tone. The facade features a 10 cm layer of insulation.

Being completely conceived in modules, further units can be added at any time according to need. The home is made in entirely in Spain with a period of 4-6 weeks and it only takes a day to erect. Prices start at 32,000 euros.

Photos: Juan Baraja


Horts by Victoria Campillo: simple garden sheds recall the work of the great contemporary artists.

Wed, 24/07/2013 - 10:55

After observing in detail the small sheds situated on garden plots in the Baix Llobregat area of Barcelona, Victoria Campillo established a relation between them and the principles of Art Brut. These structures have been erected by the owners of the plots themselves and often in a very rudimentary way. Campillo’s observations became the inspiration for a series of photographs where she has ‘named’ the structures after famous artists. Titled ‘Horts’, it has just won the ArtFad Gold prize, an award promoted by the association of artists and artisans from Catalonia A-Fad.

With two basic principles in mind, basic and modest construction together with accumulation and repetition, she selected and photographed a hundred of these structures that brim in creative spontaneity and resolutive building. Campillo then connected each one to the work of contemporary artist, creating a series of visual references under the motto ‘From the point of view of an artist, art is everything’.

Landscape, agriculture, ‘homemade’ architecture, art and sociology are the project’s five core concepts. It was guided by establishing a framework of similarities, and invites the viewer to discover the various layers of the photograph’s topics: a landscape, an historic reference to art, a sign of human activity or an evidence to a social phenomena.

In this way, these ‘shacks’, which dot the semi-rural landscapes of Sant Boi del Llobregat, Sant Feliu del Llobregat, Molins de Rei, Viladecans, Cervelló, Sant Andreu de la Barca and Pallejà, enter into different worlds: the surrealism of Miró, Picasso‘s Cubism, the Dadaism of Marcel Duchamp, Mondrian‘s neoplasticism and even a portrait of Yoko Ono.  

As the artist says, the objective was to capture the ‘horticultural’ spirit that presides in working and transforming the land.


See all the images at: victoriacampillo.see.me/



An old mechanic’s workshop in Madrid turns into a kitchen club by Carlos Pascal Bayón.

Mon, 22/07/2013 - 11:53

Kitchen Club is a cooking school and gastronomic space where private clients, groups of friends or businesses can carry out culinary experiences. It’s a space to learn and enjoy in, and share the joy of cooking. It has been created by the architect and interior designer Carlos Pascal Barayón and fitted out by Mobalco.

Kitchen Club opened its first locale in 2010 in Ballesta street and is now doubling its offer with a new space in General Pardiñas. The new premises has an open-plan surface area of 250 metres and two kitchens, which can operate at the same time and can accommodate up to 20 people in each one.

The space itself, which was previously used as a mechanic’s workshop, has a pitched roof and is situated in the interior patio of a typical Madrileño block in the neighbourhood of Salamanca. It is entered via a pedestrian laneway that was once used for carriages.

Carlos Pascal Bayón took charge of getting it into shape for its new life. An architect by profession and keen cook, he is also one of the founding partners of the project. He wanted to maintain the open plan of the locale and create a neutral interior where the kitchens themselves would be the star of the show.

With these base concepts, the space can be totally personalised for each event, be it a lunch or private dinner, a ‘showcooking’ session or competitions. “Just like a huge blank screen that can accommodate projections or images on its walls,” says the designer. For Bayón, the space is like a ‘box within a box’; it has been sound-proofed and insulated with white walls and a roof by Pladur. The floor has been painted too with a white epoxy resin.

The result is a large, multifunctional room that features two generous and easy to use kitchens. One has been conceived for show cookings whilst the other can join the large space or work independently of odours and noise thanks to glass panels. The office and service areas are in another ‘cube’ that is accessible from both kitchens.

The furniture and fittings were designed by the architect and built by Mobalco. They are based in the Chef series from this Galician firm and incorporate elements and accessories specific of professional equipment.

In both bespoke kitchens, visual lightness has been sought, along with ergonomics and adaptability in each piece. In this way, maximum flexibility was guaranteed so as to meet the demands of each different event. They have been carried out in a palette of grey, metallic finishes, blacks, natural wood and steel.

The work areas, which have been placed in two large and central ‘islands’, are supported by a reinforced steel structure. This design, which has been bestowed with large, open spaces in order to facilitate access to common utensils, can also accommodate prep work around its perimeter, as well as later tasting

The fittings include generous antibacterial work surfaces in 5cm thick white Corian, pedal operated taps (a vital feature of professional kitchens) and large scale rubbish and scrap disposal systems.

Lastly, the kitchen equipment has been supplied by the professional ‘Inspiration’ range by Electrolux. They include equipment for steaming and hobs where the entire surface can be used and react immediately and precisely to temperature control.


Kitchen Club General Pardiñas, 103 Ballesta, 8 Madrid Tel. 91 522 62 63 www.kitchenclub.es


More about Mobalco in diarioDESIGN here.


JP House: a prefab home that pays homage to wicker in a small village in Cuenca by studio MYCC.

Fri, 19/07/2013 - 09:46

The Madrid-based architecture studio MYCC is behind JP House  - a weekend and holiday home situated in Tragacete, a small village in the province of Cuenca. The studio, which specialises in prefab systems, is headed by Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares and Marcos González. For the project, they have taken tradItional, vernacular architecture and given it a highly original twist.  Read more about MYCC in diarioDESIGN

Tragacete has historically been associated with the production of wicker, now sadly disappeared except the plant on its outskirts. This fact caught the attention of the architects, who have always been interested in optimising available resources in medium and small-scale projects, to make a homage to the industry.

The original plan proved non-viable, but the use of wooden slats on the facade does provoke, at least from a distance, the image of the a wicker house.

Given that the client wanted a singular dwelling, MYCC elaborated a design that provided just that as well as being wholly integrated. The key was to raise the height of a lounge area above the top floor, creating a volume that reigns over the surrounding landscape.

The exterior of the building is unusual but not aggressive. The structure is compact and simple and on a scale in harmony with its surroundings.

To achieve this, the architects worked with eight modules of 18 square metres (6 by 3) and a small piece for the uppermost volume.

The house features large south and east-facing square windows.

The metal frame was covered with a slatted facade made of larch. This wood has also been used in the sliding doors that give access to the exterior, bestowing the work with a ‘holiday home’ feel.

The interior of the home, which measures 144 square metres, has been conceived for its use as a holiday home. The layout follows a plan in which each module has its own micro-function. 

The ground floor contains an open plan area in which the lounge, dining room and kitchen reside. Another module accommodates the main bedroom and bathroom and another the starway, service area and laundry. On the upper floor, there are two more bedrooms on either side and as well as modules for the stairway, bathroom and the elevated volume that serves as secondary lounge area.

Photographs: FG+SG Fotografia de Arquitectura



“Ecodesign is not a fad, it’s a necessity” – Our readers interview Piet Hein Eek.

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 11:18

During the last weeks, we have given the chance to our readers of sending questions to Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and here they come the answers. This unusual interview was possible thanks to the cooperation of Roomservice Barcelona gallery, where his work is permanently on show and it is available to purchase. The gallery has also recently brought to Barcelona the exhibition ‘Zitten’ about the chairs designed by Piet Hein Eek along the last 20 years, displayed both in Roomservice and Bau University.

Piet Hein Eek has created a unique style with his furniture made of wood and other recycled materials. His working process is based not only on the recycling and recovery of materials but also in the ability to maintain and beautify its scrap status. In October 2010 he opened The Factory in Eindhoven, a massive half showroom half workshop space of 10,000 square meters.

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Piet Hein Eek at Roomservice Barcelona gallery last June.

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Valeria: You have worked with different materials but in your work there is predominantly wood. Is this the material you like the most? Why?

No, I am inspired by all materials, in combination with different techniques and handicraft processes. But wood is very accessible, both in terms of the machines and the material itself. For that reason it was an obvious choice to work with wood but right from the start we worked with all kinds of materials. Actually, steel is my favourite material to work with. Apart from a large steel and wood workplace, we also have a ceramics studio and we have our own upholstery workshop too.

Rosa: How is the selection process of the wood you are going to use?

Because we are already working with scrap wood since 1993 you might say that there is a culture in the company about which colours and structures to use, for which purposes and perhaps the most important thing: the colours to avoid.

Martina: How and where do you find inspiration? Does every of your designs have a background, are they the result of a new concept?

My inspiration always comes from the material, the techniques I’m going to use and handicraft processes.


Zitten exhibition at Bau University.

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Sira: Through the retrospective “Zitten” at Roomservice Barcelona, and since the first chair that you made, how do you think your designs have evolved? Have you varied the way you make furniture?

The possibilities grew by the growth of the company but I always kept working and designing with the possibilities available. But more and more I realise that because we are such a small company manufacturing our products in small quantities, it is very important to make products which have a very iconic appearance. If others want to copy them, it is at least clear that we are the originals. This is a rather new idea that came to me when we finished the upholstered enormous beams sofa.

Apaletarte Sevilla (Reciclaje y Transformaciones): We love the colours of each single piece that shape your designs and the use that you give to them. As an artisan, I have always had this doubt, where does these materials come from?

In Holland there is a rich culture of building with wood and also of recycling. My father used to make houses for rabbits in the garden from old wood. I was the first to use the wood for domestic purposes. All the wood we use is really old, we never paint it or manipulate the colours in any way.


Zitten exhibition at Roomservice Barcelona gallery.


Ana: Do you make your designs as unique pieces of craftsmanship? Or are they made so that each of your designs can be reproduced and have a more massive production?

We do both but our designs are made to be produced in small quantities. If we have to produce more, we still make them in small series.

Cecilia: What was the very first piece you sold?

I sold all the products I did to get my degree at Eindhoven Design Academy, mainly to relatives. But I think the first one was the classic scrap wood cupboard.

Víctor: Are sustainability and ecodesign a fad or are they here to stay?

It is not a fad, it is a necessity. I think that we eventually will have to change much more than we think, and we probably will be happier. Nobody ever became happier about senseless consuming.


Zitten exhibition at Bau University.


Ana: In your opinion, what is the function of a designer in the XXI century? What do you think designers should provide for society?

Designers tend to be generalist, unlike almost any other professionals. Designers have to think about the whole process, from the idea until the product actually arrives to the consumer. Instead of thinking that a designer is only responsible for the way a product looks, we should add creative people to boards and influential jobs. Nowadays, often technical or financial specialists are directors of big companies; they have been studying and developing themselves as specialists and for that reason they are not always the best-qualified to be in such a charge. Of course, there are exceptions. On the other hand, creative people are able to avoid stupid investments, finding out the good ones instead of that. Perhaps Steve Jobs is a good example of what I’m trying to say.

Ia: I would like to know your opinion on the importance of keeping it simple and respecting the material. Do you consider it part of a trend of simplicity and minimalism that we see in some designers?

Probably, after a time of wealth and luxury it might be the turn of simplicity. To me it’s a necessity, because we’re only able to produce for reasonable prices if we’re very efficient in terms of material and energy.

Rolando: If you would have the chance to chat with Gerrit Rietveld for 5 minutes, what would you say? What would you ask him?

I would only show my respect for him and probably wouldn’t talk too much about myself.


Watch Piet Hein Eek explaining his work at Roomservice Barcelona gallery to Alessandro Rancati, ADI-FAD deputy director.


Sandra Tarruella studio creates an unusual boutique butchers shop for Corella.

Tue, 16/07/2013 - 10:20

White tiles, a parquet floor, a workbench in full view, thick chunks of wood, hanging boxes, a bar where you can taste the goods… all these elements, or perhaps none of them concretely, suggest a butcher’s shop that prepares its products using traditional methods. Sandra Tarruella Interior Design Studio has bestowed this space with a highly contemporary approach.

More projects by Sandra Tarruella in diarioDESIGN here.

The project was born with the intention of creating a warm environment that recalls artisan food preparation methods and high quality traditional butchers. Exposing food processes was a must.

The project is the second shop of the Corella family, and it is situated in the historic centre of Sant Cugat (Barcelona), where traditional structures of arches and beams, terracotta tiles and stone walls were common features on the premises. In order to tone these elements down and bring out the shop’s product (meat), all the pre-existing features were painted with an egg-shell effect. In this way, spacial elements became less obvious.

The biggest challenge of the Tarruella design studio, and in particular Ricard Trenchs and Elsa Noms who were in charge of the project, was to instill the space with transparency and visibility, the signature trademarks of Corella’s butchers shops. To do so, the preparation and sales areas are visually connected via a steel-framed, glass screen. This also connects to the exterior facade, so that the client can witness, from the street, the entire preparation process, something that has been lost over the years.

To further reinforce the ‘visibility’ concept, the woodwork has been painted a rust colour red. This tone is repeated in the establishment’s graphic identity and branding which has been designed by studio Fauna.

The entire interior is wholly welcoming, recalling old-fashioned markets but on a more domestic scale. The display counters have been placed in irregular formation along the locale’s perimeter. These are finished in different materials, such as traditional white tiles, leaving space in-between for clients to walk around. It recalls market stalls but with a recovered parquet from a 19th century Barcelonese apartment, the place turns more domestic and cozy. Pieces of recycled wood demark the junctions and serve as cutting boards for the meat products.

Facing the shop front, two tasting bars, made of a robust wood and dressed with stools made of different types of leather, encourage clients to taste products whilst waiting for their order. As a backdrop, metal boxes of varying dimensions have been hung on the original stone wall and are used as display elements.

The entire space is lit using singular spotlights that illuminate the different textures employed as much as the products themselves. Industrial-style fluorescent lamps have also been hung over the display cases, highlighting the products within and creating rhythm throughout the space. They are finished in the same rust red as found in the facade.

On the interior walls, old posters communicate the values of handmade, organically-prepared meat products. The toilets, with recycled wood floors and egg-shell walls, also adhere to the establishment’s ‘transparent’ values. A cement cattle trough has been repurposed to a washbasin for the clients, yet another playful reference to the project’s raison d’être.

Photographs: Meritxell Arjalaguer


Corella Valldoreix, 22. Sant Cugat del Vallès Tel. 936 743 182 www.corella.cat








Keidos – a kaleidoscopic tile collection by MUT for enticdesigns.

Fri, 12/07/2013 - 09:27

After the success of the Drops collection, which was presented at the 2102 Milan Furniture Fair, the tile manufacturer enticdesigns once again teams up MUT design to produce a marvelous collection.

More about Drops in diarioDESIGN.

This time, the collection has been inspired by the classic kaleidoscope toy – hence its name: Keidos.

Keidos pattern is formed by multicoloured figures that encourage playfulness. Just like the previous collection, it breaks with the traditional and rigid modular tile systems.

Available in a versatile range of colours, Keidos can be combined in a multitude of ways, creating ambiances of restrained elegance, charming features or lush corners. It permits customisation and gives a contemporary twist to a classic product, therefore it becomes an interesting tool for interior designers and architects.

Enticdesigns’s tiles continue to be produced using a traditional hydraulic method that has been around since the 19th century. They don’t need to be fired, and the tiles are made individually.


Photographs: MUT Design

Shigeru Ban designs a pavilion with paper tubes for the IE University campus in Madrid.

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 10:10

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the creator of a new multi-use pavilion situated in Madrid’s IE University Campus. This ephemeral structure of 173 paper tubes represents the innovative and sustainable values of the institution. IE offers elite business courses with a global focus on humanism and entrepreneurship.

© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra

The pavilion will have multiple uses for the institution. In collaboration with IE University, LG has sponsored the building climate control with the Multi V III system.

© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra

Over the past decades, Shigeru Ban has become well known as much for using innovative materials as his commitment to projects that help on a human level.

© Irene Medina

For this project, the Japanese architect has worked together with Serrano Suñer Arquitectura studio. The installation consists of two spaces of 110 m2 and 30 m2 – being the latter an exterior area. It was put up in just 12 weeks. It is entirely formed of trusses made of cardboard tubes of 230 mm in diameter, which are connected by elements made of laminated wood. The entire structure is supported at only 10 points on the perimeter, leaving a completely open interior. Joining the tubes with the laminated wood elements is done with a simple tongue and groove joint that is screwed into place. In this way, the structure can be easily dismounted.

© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra

“One of the greatest challenges in any project is to design it according to the specific characteristics of the place,” says Shigeru Ban. “In this case, we used an existing wall as a support and tried to separate the structure as much as we could from the building next door.”

© Fernando Guerra

“In my work I always try to use local companies. In this case, the cardboard tubes were made in Zaragoza“. Shigeru Ban also had the help of the Architecture and Design students of IE University in the building process, which was considered by the architect as an important educational experience.

© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra

© Irene Medina

Shigeru Ban’s most significant works include the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France (2009); The Furniture House in New York, USA (2009), the Takatori Church in Kobe, Japan (2007) and the Japan Pavilion for the Universal Exhibition in Hannover (Germany), amongst others. He was named ‘Innovator of the Year’ by Time Magazine in 2001.




Art on architecture. Discover the work of Felice Varini and his latest work in London

Mon, 08/07/2013 - 13:32

The abstract painter Felice Varini has just carried out one of his visually impressive installations in King’s Cross, an old run down area in London which lately has been rapidly developed. Occupying a distance of 2.5 kms across two edifices, the work is called Across the Buildings. This Paris-based artist of Swiss origin is a genius at intervening spaces and facades with geometric forms, generating distinct angles through which one can see the entire artwork or just interesting fragmented views.

The artist starts by drawing on the surface of the area. In this case, he brought over a giant projector from France that helped him map out the vast geometric shapes.

Afterwards come the cranes and a team equipped with harnesses that mapped out the patterns with tape. These were then filled in with vinyl in a process that took about three weeks.

The most outstanding aspect of Varini’s work is the way he manages to play with perception; when his works are observed from a distance it’s as if you could almost touch them. For the time the piece is on display (until next autumn) a viewing platform has been installed which lets you see it from an elevated position.

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Across the Buildings is the third work carried out in King’s Cross through the Relay programme, which is commissioned by Michael Pinsky and Stéphanie Delcroix. Their objective is encourage people to come and see first hand the changes that are affecting this central London neighbourhood. Situated between the British Library and Candem, it was until recently a place of warehouses. Being also favoured by the pleasant Regent’s Canal, that also runs through it, the area is being re-developed by the Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership and features residences and offices as well as student housing and an overhaul of the Great Northern Hotel. 


Anna and Eugeni Bach transform a classic Barcelonese home respecting original elements

Fri, 05/07/2013 - 10:44

This project is a complete transformation of a residence, dating from 1910, in Barcelona’s Ensanche neighbourhood. In its 100 year history, and except for one-off modernisations, it had never been altered.

Despite of its poor state, the ceilings, with their magnificent roses and mouldings, the tinted cement-tile flooring and some of the original carpentry work had held up well. From the onset, it was decided that the original layout would be kept – so the ceilings and floors were left untouched. Alterations would be focussed on spaces that didn’t have these gorgeous features.

In order to meet this objective, the architecture studio of Anna and Eugeni Bach worked piece by piece making sure that the new programme would respect the spaces already laid down by the original floors and ceilings. Wardrobes and cupboards were built-in, and non supporting walls were moved without altering original demarcations. By doing this, functionality was achieved without sacrificing the original layout. In order to gain a sensation of space, an interesting composition of mirrors was installed.

More about Anna & Eugeni Bach in diarioDESIGN.

All the original carpentry was kept intact, either in its original place or by moving it to other more suitable ambiances. A new kitchen and en-suite were installed, respecting the original flooring and the postion of the windows to the interior patio.

The ample height of the apartment has also been utilised. In the bathroom of the en-suite, a new floor was laid that added 60 cm to the original, allowing for a sunken bath as well as a handy storage space underneath the flooring, which is accessed from the hall next to the kitchen. This also implied the installation of three steps from the bedroom – denoting the space with a domestic gesture more common in family homes.

Another characteristic space is the very long hallway – very common in apartments in the Ensanche area of Barcelona. This had the ideal width to convert it into something more. Built-in shelves were installed along its length, using as well low furniture of the same longness, converting it to a massive storage element.

The Ikea table lamps hung upside down on the ceiling add a surreal touch whilst affording a precise and pleasant lighting solution. Other furnishing elements worth mentioning are the Slow easy chair by the Bouroullec brothers and the Plastic chairs by Eames in the salon, both from Vitra’s, and the Coderch lamp in the main bedroom.

Fotografías: Tiia Ettala




Want to know more about Iberian architecture and interior design? Have a look at FAD 2013 Awards.

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 14:29

These are the 27 finalists of the 55th Architecture and Interior Design Awards, promoted by the private Arts and Design association from Barcelona FAD. Organised by ArquinFAD, the architecture and interior design branch, the winners will be released next week. The jury is headed by Dani Freixes and other members are Eulalia Aran, Jordi Farrando, Eva Prats, Nuno Sampaio and Maier Vélez. They will choose the winners in the following four categories: Architecture, Interior Design, City and Landscape and Temporary Interventions.

See below all the finalist projects and the jury considerations:

1- Social Housing in Sa Pobla, Islas Baleares. RipollTizon SLP

Photographer: José Hevia

“Creating a new occupation in this plot in relation to the dimensions of the patios, warehouses and neighbours, it has established coherency and at the same time produced a rich sequence of exterior spaces that graduate from the public to community to private.”

2- Elementary and Secondary School, Sever do Vouga. Pedro Domingos Arquitectos

Photographer: Fernando Guerra

“A project that recalls the experience of inhabiting from the the perspective of a child through passageways and very rich spaces. Although it is a large-scale project it manages to successfully integrate pre-existing architectural pieces and new ones through a studied topographical adaption.”

3- Primary School ‘Infantil de Berriozar’. Javier Larraz Andia, Iñigo Beguiristain Reparaz, Iñaki Berguera Serrano, arquitectos

Photographer: Iñaki Bergera

“Through architecture, a pedagogical concept emerges thanks to a careful distribution of uses and the creation of a covered plaza which serves as a meeting place for the entire school community. The central light, the transparent elements, filters and visual relationship between the interior and exterior are carried out with a great sensibility.”

4- HQ Banc Sabadell. Bach Arquitectes

Photographer: Adrià Goula

“Organising the common spaces inside a large place of work, designing the difficult combination of discretion, privacy and sociability… the project offers a generous circulation, catches natural light and on the outside intuitively carries you to more confined spaces – making you feel more at home.”

5- Restaurant Les Cols, Olot. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Arquitectes SLP

Photographer: Eugeni Pons, Hisao Suzuki

“An intense, delicate and useful intervention where architecture, interior and landscape design have all been considered equally, forming together an innovative project for the genre. It is technically daring and denotes a singular and poetic ambiance.”

6- Teatro Thalia, Lisboa. Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos and Barbas Lopes Arquitectos.

Photographer: Daniel Malhão

“The power of empty space, that stands naked of all artifice and recuperates abstract values within the space: the intelligence seen in redefining the levels and scale, the elegance of the constructions that transcend the lack of sophistication in the materials and become tense spaces, the huge lightness and the dialogue with the exterior that surreptitiously connects with the principal space.”

7- Espai Transmisor in the Túmul/Dolmen in Seró. Estudi d’arquitectura Toni Gironés

Photographer: Aitor Estévez

“An image that seems unfinished and simple materials that hide a rich reflexion on the environment, the values of rural heritage, and the relation with the sumptuary past and agrarian present. A use of resources that avoid the unnecessary and create elaborate spaces – some that are strongly emotive and give place to a project at ease with its context.”

8- 57 Student rooms at the l’ETSAV Campus, Sant Cugat del Vallès. HArquitectes

Photographer Adrià Goula / HArquitectes+dataAE

“A decided commitment to sustainability and energy efficient technology. An industrial construction of a single repeated module, free of adornment, that has been arranged to form an atrium, and as a space that relates to and communicates with its users. At the same time a space that acts as a climatic intermediary in order to achieve energy efficient criteria.”

More about this project in diarioDESIGN.

9- Rennovation of the Edifício Sede do Banco de Portugal. Gonçãlo Byrne Arquitectos, LDA and Falcão de Campos Arquitecto, LDA

Photographer: José Manuel Rodrigues, Duarte Belo

“An understanding of the building and its pragmatic and symbolic symbolism. The intervention reveals a serene, highly disciplined attitude that expresses a mastery of technique, a recuperation of functionalism and introduces modernity to the the building.”

10- Catering School Antiguo Matadero, Medina Sidonia. SOL89 arquitectos

Photographer: Fernando Alda

“Understanding the potential of this old slaughterhouse in order to convert it to a new use has resulted in a finely-tuned equilibrium and optimism between the existing and the new. Accepting the parameters of the walls, opening it to the sky, opening up windows and patios, it’s what will give function to this future school.”

More about this project in diarioDESIGN.

11- House for three sisters, Bullas. Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura

Photographer: David Frutos, MUB foto

“This three-in-one home values the diversity and singularity of the extended family that lives within, facilitating a shared lifestyle with a patio and providing intimacy with volumes that extend and appropriate the exterior. The simplicity of the construction was dictated by limited resources but makes them no less expressive – they asume a timeless aspect as a strategy against the changing rural landscape.”

More about this project in diarioDESIGN.

12- Fàbrica de Creació/Centre d’art contemporani Fabra i Coats. Francesc Bacardit, Manuel Ruisánchez arquitectes

Photographer: Shlomi Almagor, Ruisánchez Arquitectes, ICUB

“For having given back to a complex and obsolete industrial building the capacity to accommodate multiple urban activities in an austere, clear and contained manner and with expressive results respectful to the values of the edifice.”

13- Rennovation and adaptation of a studio apartment,  Barcelona. Anna Puigjaner, architect

Photographer: José Hevia

“The installation of new patio is an efficient architectural mechanism that gives life and light to an old laundry of a deep and dark layout. It generates an interesting visual relation between concocted spaces as well as values the rich ambiguity of intermediary spaces – in which simple materials have been used with a delicate hand.”

More about this project in diarioDESIGN.

14- Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, Getaria. AV62 Arquitectos SLP

Photographer: Idoia Unzurrunzaga, Iñigo Bujedo

“Accepting a complicated pre-established reality, the project intervenes in an unfinished building, adapting it to a more adequate scale and via a curious study of layout. A subtle use of color and light supports its function as a museum and achieves as an exhibition space in accordance with the collection it displays.”

More about this project in diarioDESIGN.

15- Giardinetto, Barcelona. Llamazares Pomés Arquitectura

Photography: Leopoldo Pomés Leiz, Montse Garriga

“A delicate and precise intervention carried out on an iconic locale, already a classic, that doesn’t mutilate but rather reinforces what was already there and perhaps completes what it wasn’t. It is now formally coherent and elegant – the correct interpretation for new needs.”

More about il Giardinetto en diarioDESIGN.

16- Centro interpretativo do Mosteiro da Batalha – Adega dos Frades. Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, LDA

Photographer: Luís Ferreira Alves

“A simple gesture resolves the project and creates a channel of content – a ‘reading’ passageway over the building’s history. It is an intervention of great rigor and sensitivity that doesn’t play rival with the rest of the space, neither in scale or material. The subtlety and elegance of the ‘skin’ that covers all the infrastructure introduces benign contrasts of materials, textures and light that highlight the overall perspective of the building.”

17- Roman Temple of Diana Environments Mérida. José María Sánchez García, arquitecto

Photographer: Roland Halbe, Pablo Calzado

“The critical attitude of the brief was converted to an opportunity to liberate the archaeological plan and create a new public space that permits shaded areas. A platform on the upper level offers the visitor a new view of the temple. All this has been achieved with sobriety in architectural language and choice of materials.”

18- Adaption of the archeological natural site Can Tacó / s. XII a. C. “Els turons de les tres creus”. Estudi d’arquitectura Toni Gironès

Photographer: Aitor Estévez

“An intervention that speaks of both resistance and fragility, and manages to bring up to date the scarce ruins of a roman home and give back its original function through a bespoke programme – that is to say, its dominance over the surrounding environment.”

19- Public space Teatre La Lira, Ripoll. RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta arquitectes, SLP y Joan Puigcorbé

Photographer: Eugeni Pons, Hisao Suzuki

“For its urbanistic contribution to the waterfront of the Ripoll River, and its capacity to transform an empty urban void into a ‘central space’ that is useful and dynamic. It uses a language that is rigorous and daring, made of a long lasting material and offers new possibilites for pedestrian traffic within the village.”

20- Passeig Marítim in Badalona. Espinàs i Tarrassó SCP, GRECCAT

Photographer: Adrià Goula

“A carefully considered work that gathers together various conditions and demands and obtains a unifying, coherent language in its expanse. At the same time it achieves a transversal communication between the city and sea, though a subtle use of paving materials that become its showpiece.”

21- Escaravox, Madrid. Andrés Jaque Architects / Office por Political Innovation

Photographer: Miguel de Guzmán

“A project that ingeniously uses and adapts technology and mobile structures (normally intended for agrarian use) in order to achieve a flexible, public space from a previous concrete esplanade, encouraging the user to explore and transform.”

22- Montanha Agricultural, Veiga de Creixomil. Grupo IUT

Photographer: Carina Oliveira

“In the outskirts of the city, away from the historic centre and in an agricultural area interspersed with a variety of infrastructure, this temporary construction recreates a paradoxical dialogue between ideas of urbanisation/construction and natural edification/conservation and sustainability. The ‘natural’ formalisation of the material, the proportionate scale and implantation trasform the intervention into a distinctive element in the landscape that provokes discussion and debate.”

23- Economía Picasso, Barcelona. Roure de León Arquitectos SLP

Photographer: Domingo Venero

“A composition that offers two ways of looking at the exhibition through dividing the space via a strict and precise intervention, appropriate for its objectives and with a balanced choice of materials.”

24- Raimon Al vent del món. BOPBA Arquitectura SLP

Photographer: Shaghayegh Doustani

“A radical, simple and concise way to display material of intangible value that helps memory and recognition of the life of the work on display. It has a clear, precise layout and provides an intimate atmosphere – it is a highly adapt exhibition space for its purpose.”

25- Jewellery Exhibition, Centro Municipal de exposiciones Elche. La Ballena Imantada SL9, Estudio ARN

Photographer: David Frutos

“Rising to the challenge of the small-scale dimensions of the pieces on display in a large space, the minimal use of materials and the lighting composition conform to the conditions of the exhibition space, and focus attention on the items on display.”

26- LEDSCAPE, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa. LIKEarchitects

Photographer: FG+SG photography

“A reflection on how technology can be combined with existing means whilst maintaining an economic and sustainable conception. With light as a constructive element, a strong imagery is produced with great impact, converting the architecture into a constructive element of contemporary narrative – one that is normally associated with marketing and advertising.”

27- Factory and warehouse ‘Reis Mags’ in the Fabra i Coats. Xevi Bayona

Photographer: Xevi Bayona

“Magic and an evocative and simple installation of back-lit silhouettes that play with colour create the mystery and excitement of the Three Kings.”

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