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New hotel Vincci Gala designed by TBI studio, organicism and optical illusions saluting Dalí.

Jue, 07/08/2014 - 15:43

Vincci Hotels has recently open in Barcelona its newest addition to their hotel chain designed by TBI architecture and engineering studio. Its name is Vincci Gala, in reference to the spouse and muse of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, reason why both portraits are displayed at the entrance hall of this stately building which dates back to 1914 and whose façade and interior white marble staircase was preserved due to the protection order granted by the Heritage Department of the city.

Golden is the main colour featured in this interior design project whilst the dominant material is metal. Both were jointly used inside the atrium that communicates the seven stories of the building distributing the rooms, where the aluminum curtains by the Catalan firm Kriskadecor are the main decorative feature.

TBI has also made a graphic nod to Dali and his recurring optical effects in this area, using geometries that connect the customized black-on-golden pattern imprinted exclusively by Kiskadecor over their metallic curtains for this space, with the organic door frames of the rooms and even with the hallway pavements.

Dalí’s characteristic organicism is also present inside each room through an anthracite-toned wooden Z-shaped element, integrating this way the headboard, closet and wall covering.

The hotel bar is located on the ground floor, just behind the marble staircase. A warm and cozy space that although being interior, it receives abundant light through the great windows overlooking the central patio, a typical feature of the Eixample district architecture of Barcelona.

Furnished with pieces by Andreu World or BoConcept and  luminaires by Foscarini or Vibia, the overwhelming element is the fascinating continuous black Corian bar counter, set within a box lined with anodized gold expanded aluminum panels that hosts the bar itself.

Downstairs, in the basement, there is the breakfast buffet and two meeting rooms that, again, obtain light from the central patio through a skylight. A flexible system of mobile partitions panels, with very organic openings, enable the space to be divided as necessary, adapting it to the required use.

In the inner patio several terraces are located on different levels The largest is located on the first level, and it is accessed from the central marble staircase. It serves as a lounge deck and is furnished with sofas and armchairs by the spanish firm Vondom. On the ground floor, there is a terrace with smaller dimensions and with direct access from the hotel bar. The patio with a skylight is located just below at the basement level.

Lastly, the main façade of the hotel has been divided in two parts: the old neoclassical one and a new three-storey extension. This new structure is formed by a curtain wall and a layer of panels of expanded metal.

Photography by: José Hevia.


Vincci Gala Ronda Sant Pere, 32. Barcelona www.vinccihoteles.com


Trick by iGuzzini wins the 2014 Gold Delta Award, a lamp able to create geometric lighting effects.

Mié, 06/08/2014 - 17:22

The Delta Awards for industrial design granted the gold prize to the luminaire Trick, conceived by Dean Skira and manufactured by iGuzzini. A small technical design that generates a perimeter light within the space it is placed in; just as a magic trick, the own architecture becomes a lighting element. The ADI gold Medal for design students has been awarded to Jib-Ster, a snowboard design by Adrià Pedrosa, student at Elisava school of design.

The Delta Awards need no introduction due to what they represent in the world of industrial design after 54 years of history. Organized by ADI-FAD, the Industrial Design Association of Barcelona-based FAD, its objective is to promote public awareness of innovative products that propose a conceptual renewal, being an example of design and production quality as well as environmental concern. ADI Medals celebrate the best design student projects. The ceremony was the closing event of the FADfest and was held at the auditorium of the Disseny Hub Barcelona.

This edition’s international jury panel was composed of Inga Sempé, President of the jury, a French designer specialized in furniture design, lighting, objects and fabrics; Eugeni Quitllet, a designer who began his career with Philippe Starck and currently has his own studio in Barcelona; Jorge Díez, a designer specialized in the automobile sector who currently leads the exterior design team of SEAT; Chris Lefteri, recognized as the leading authority in materials and their application to design; Joaquím Ruiz Millet, an architect, editor and gallery owner, as well as a donor of pieces from the collection at the Museum of Design; Johannes Carlström, the co-founder and designer at Note Design Studio, one of the most influential studios in Scandinavia, and Gracia Cardona, the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the on-line publication diarioDESIGN.

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Amongst the 53 finalists, already introduced on diarioDESIGN, these are the winners:

GOLD DELTA AWARD. Trick, designed by Skira Architectural Lighting Design for iGuzzini

Trick is a LED button-object that generates geometric, accurate and well-defined lighting effects: circles, lines, decorative graphic elements as well as grazing light, the possibilities are infinite. Trick is presented in three different versions: blade of light, wall washer and radial light.

Jury statement: “For the technical search of a luminary that should not only be considered for the object itself, but rather for the tri-dimensionality of its effects and its capacity to define interior spaces. It is an attractive form of aligning architecture and space with product and light. For being an industrial product that associates poetry and technique.”

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SILVER DELTA AWARD. Rabari, designed by Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien for Nanimarquina

A collection of rugs that evoke the sensual and brilliant art of traditional embroidery of India, inspired by the handcrafted embroidery that the nomadic community of the Rabari made.

Jury statement: “For provoking “love at first sight”, instantaneous communication with the user; a piece that gets sensations across solely through an image. The technical traditions from India, used in a current way, a feeling of calmness and balance with the approach, as well as a tactile design with different textures, make it a product that inspires something magical.”

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SILVER DELTA AWARD. PET Lamp, designed and produced by Estudio Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

In 2011, the designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón was asked to work with PET plastic bottles carried by tropical rain in the Colombian Amazon. The innovation introduced by the PET lamps consists of using the cap and screw of the bottle as the clamping electric elements whilst the body works as the warp on which the lamp is woven.

Jury statement: “For the poetry of the proposal and its history. It is not only a lamp, but also a system that strengthens cultural exchange and social and environmental concerns. A new production process that represents part of new generations seeking to find new avenues to continue to develop product design.”

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SILVER DELTA AWARD. Gardenias, designed by Jaime Hayon Studio for BD Barcelona

Gardenias was born with the aim of bringing back the classic elegance of garden furniture but with a modern and high-quality approach, a visually light design but nevertheless solid and resistant. Presented as a broad, varied, multifunctional and open product family, it includes sculptural vases, surprisingly fine terracotta flower pots, armchairs with or without pergola, benches and even an attractive sprinkler.

Jury statement:For bringing fantasy to the garden, with a touch of a very personal design that generates a playful image, linked to happiness, as well as its light and organic shape, different from the majority of outdoor furniture.”

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SILVER DELTA AWARD. Offset tables, designed by Tomás Alonso Design Studio for Maxdesign

Offset is a collection of tables with matching accessories for the home, home office and contract spaces, designed by Tomás Alonso for Maxdesign. Cutomizable, innovative and flexible, Offset responds to the new spatial needs of the contemporary work habits, where the boundaries between home and office are increasingly blurred.

Jury statement: “For being a simple and honest design, with asymmetries and accessories that enrich the product. For using fixings and assemblages that come from the world of cycling, in an easy and integrated way which facilitates its assembly. For combining functions and integrating office furniture in the domestic space, re-thinking the use of basic forms, as is the case of the round table as office furniture.”

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SILVER DELTA AWARD. Lojamonero, designed by DIBA studio for Lodiví

Quality, practicality and proximity are Lodiví‘s values: a new brand of local products, designed and made in Barcelona. Innovative and functional kitchen utensils, environmentally friendly, for those who are searching for a fair balance between aesthetics and practicality.

Jury statement:For being an intelligent idea that is an improvement to an everyday product. A discreet, simple, unpretentious and elegant product that represents good design in utensils used on an daily basis and at a reasonable price.”

OPINION AWARD. Grasshopper, designed by Makoto Fukuda for Escofet 1886

Grasshopper is a table and a bench that stimulate interaction among their users. New elements that enrich and humanize the technology of UHPC-Slimcon-crete®, that allows minimum thickness, an excellent structural resistance and better protection from the erosion and weathering of the material.

ADI GOLD MEDAL AWARD. Jib-Ster, designed by Adrià Pedrosa, student at Barcelona Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny i Enginyeria

Currently, 80% of snowboards and skis in the jibbing scene (a style referring to the use of rails, tables, trees, etc. to slide across) become obsolete soon because the edge of the board gets broken. This new technology extends the life of this product, with the intention of reducing to the maximum the possibility of breakage, as well as the damages that are caused on a daily basis.

Jury statement: “For being such a good solution to an existing problem, with a careful research of both the problem and the answer to it. A complete project that offers a great improvement in a specific field, extending the life of the product. Also for being a comprehensive project in terms of industrial and graphic design development including the business plan.”

ADI SILVER MEDAL AWARD. Meetube, designed by Jordi Gaspar, Gabriel Rodríguez and Manon Berlioz, students at IED Barcelona

By exploring the corrugated tube, a material that is quite uncommon, they discovered that its qualities allowed the creation of a series of seats with new ergonomics based on the physionomy of human muscles. A wooden structure is what allows the tubes to have a determined appearance, offering a great variety of shapes.

Jury statement:For its lightness, easy assembly and affordable price, requirements of a brief looking for an specific temporary design. For its adaptation to the asked space and aesthetics. An object capable of creating different atmospheres in one single piece.”

ADI BRONZE MEDAL AWARD. B’kid, designed by Noelia Vallano, student at ESDAP Llotja

B’kid simplifies the process of learning to ride a bike, adapting to the real psychomotor needs of children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. It allows the use of three vehicles in one single product: a tricycle to begin with stability, a balance bicycle to acquire balance, and a bicycle with pedals in order to learn to pedal.

Jury statement: “For being a product that minimizes the limited shelf life of many objects for children. For its clear definition of packaging details, logo and other necessary elements for the marketing of the product.”


All finalist products will be included in the 2014 Delta Awards catalogue and will be part of “The Best Design of the Year” exhibition, a compilation of finalist and winning projects from the different awards organized by FAD associations and that will be on show until 22nd October at the Disseny Hub Barcelona. Find all related information about Delta and ADI Medals on their official websites: Delta 2014 and ADI Medals 2014.


Barcelona FAD awards go definitely international, have a look at the winners of the 2014 edition.

Lun, 04/08/2014 - 15:08

The Spanish association for promoting design and architecture FAD has released the winners of the 56th edition of its awards for Architecture and Interior Design. Organised by ARQUINFAD, FAD’s Interdisciplinary Association for Space Design, for the first time they made an international call. The judging panel was chaired by the architect Ramon Sanabria, with Ángela García de Paredes, Marcos Catalán, Francesc Belart, Ricardo Bak Gordon and Esther Brosa as panel members. The ceremony took place during the design festival FADfest in Barcelona.

Read more about the shortlisted projects of this edition on diarioDESIGN Global.

FAD Architecture Award 2014


Jury veredict: “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.”

FAD Interior Design Award 2014

Work: CASA ENTREMURS, Olot (Girona). By RCR Aranda Pigem Vilalta Architects, SLP.

Judges’ assessment: “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.”

FAD City and Landscape Award 2014

Work: EL VALLE TRENZADO, FASE 1B, Elche (Alicante). By Francisco Leiva Ivorra, architect, Marta García Chico, agronomist-landscaper, Antoni Baile Jiménez, architect, Prócoro del Real Baeza, architect (Grupo Aranea)

Judges’ assessment: “In recognition of a strategy for the landscape achieved through a strong social commitment in which architecture serves as nexus between two hitherto disconnected realities.”

FAD Ephemeral Interventions Award 2014

Work: WILD FURNITURE – LA AUTENTICA SILLA DE BARCELONA, Parc de Collserola, Sant Cugat / La Floresta (Barcelona). By Ariane Patout, multidisciplinary artist, and René Müller, designer-wood artisan (Leña de Luxe)

Judges’ assessment: “Art, landscape, architecture and design all make their presence felt in this work where metaphor successfully brings about the rebirth of that which was imagined already consummated.”

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Judge’s special mentions:

Work: ESTUDI ARRANZ-BRAVO, Barcelona. By Garcés-De Seta-Bonet, architects

Judges’ assessment: “For its intelligent dialogue with the existing architectural features and its distinctive emplacement in the landscape”.

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Work: CASA CHAO, Corcubión (A Coruña). By CREUSeCARRASCO architects

Judges’ assessment: “For its decisive urban response and judicious and contained interpretation of surrounding traditional architectural styles.”

FAD International Awards

This year for the first time ever, an international category has been included with the aim of recognizing high quality architecture conceived in the Iberian Peninsula but executed in other countries.

This new section includes the same categories as the FAD Awards and is open to all studios with headquarters in Spain and Portugal.

The judging panel of the International category in the 56th edition of the FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards, composed by Stephen Bated, Emilio Tuñón and Jordi Farrando, believes that “at a time when Architecture is openly plural and executed in the most broad and diverse ways, it does not make sense to limit recognition to one sole form.” For this reason the jury of this first edition of the FAD International Awards, has decided to award on an equal footing, and regardless of the category in which they were submitted in order to offer a representative overview, the following four prizes:

Work: HOSPITAL DE PUYO, Ecuador. By Patricio Martínez González, Maximià Torruella Castel, Architects.

Judges’ assessment: “The Puyo Hospital is a fine example of hospital architecture, intelligent and effective, addressing criteria for functional optimization, programmatic flexibility and adaptability to different contexts, and allowing the start-up timeframe to be shortened by means of a calculated serial construction.”

Work: THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM, Amsterdam (Neatherlands). By Cruz and Ortiz Architects

Judges’ assessment: “The New Rijksmuseum is an extremely brilliant exercise in refashioning an existing structure by introducing a new central hall and spatially clarifying the different exhibition areas. The intervention bestows a new personality on the whole, not turning its back on its original character but transforming a 19th century museum into a contemporary resource, able to encompass the uses and functions that present day facilities of this kind demand.”

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Work: SOLAR KITCHEN RESTAURANT, Helsinki (Finland). By Martí Guixé and Antto Melasniemi, chef entrepreneur.

Judges’ assessment: “The idea of ‘rolling out a mat’ (the painted surface) and occupying it as a territory for a temporary use (in this case a social gathering for eating with food cooked by energy generated from the sun) is a rather beautiful and simple idea. It brings out those fundamental aspects of architecture – that of community and territory/threshold. And then it adds an ecological factor also – a fragile but essential one – the potential in passive energy. It makes something out of almost nothing.”

Work: LA CASITA / PLAYHOUSE, Nummi-Pusula, Finland. By Anna & Eugeni Bach, Arquitectes.

Judges’ assessment: “The playhouse is so considered – while deceptively simple – in its organization and construction. The two mono-pitch forms join like two wooden crates pushed together from back to front; internally, each is allowed to develop its own section above a single floor space. The resultant form alludes to ancient Finnish structures like wooden churches but the bar-coding of white painted planks reaffirms that this is a contemporary piece of work. This little structure is a celebration of play and discovery and a piece of architectural research for the authors.”

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FAD Opinion Awards 2014

The attendees to the ceremony were able to vote the different categories of the Opinion Awards. The winners are:

Architecture: Estudi Arranz Bravo by Garcés-De Seta-Bonet, Architects

Interior Design: OAK SHOWROOM in Barcelona, by Anna & Eugeni Bach

City and landscape: INTERVENCIONS A LES MURALLES DE PALMA: BALUARD DEL PRÍNCEP, in Palma de Mallorca, by Martínez Lapeña – Torres Architects

Ephemeral Interventions: CROSSWALK – CRUZAR EL CHARCO, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, by Constanze Sixt, Rafael Escobedo de la Riva, architects.

International: LA CASITA / PLAYHOUSE in Nummi-Pusula, Finlandia, by Anna & Eugeni Bach


The Bitten House by Arnau Vergés, a boxlike concrete house full of sweetness on the inside.

Vie, 01/08/2014 - 09:25

Located in Sant Feliu de Pallerols (Girona, Spain) and surrounded by the Brugent river, a ridgeline on the distance and the bell tower as a charming extra, this concrete cube designed by the architect Arnau Vergés sits quietly, observant and respectful with its environment. But at the same time it is alive and interacting with the exterior. Actually, despite of its cold-hard appearance, it has in a metaphorical way the spirit of a fruit since with four bites the sweetness inside can be discovered.

Bites. That is how Vergés defines the peculiarities on the four different facades, one on each corner and opposite to each other. The intention is to relate with the outside with the least possible gestures but in the most direct way.

Two of the “bites” are located on the ground floor of the house. One serves as the main access and open garage; the other as a porch and door to the garden, connecting the kitchen and dining room with the outside.

In the upper area of the house the two openings serve as terraces. On this level, there are two bedrooms, an open zone, two bathrooms and two vertical skylights providing the ground floor with natural light.

The ruptures of this box can also be appreciated from the inside. It is not meant to be a closed space, but instead a continuous layout has been opted for to avoid any possible sense of partition. For instance, by using the same wooden pavement all over the floor and installing sliding doors to efficiently connect the different spaces.

The choice of materials also corresponds to the purpose of developing a consistent project, thus, the least the better. In this case the selection was concrete and wood. The first was used in the structure, the facade and some of the interior details such as the fireplace.

Wood on the other hand covers the “bites”, showing the heart of the fruit. The wooden panels keep at the same time a relation with the natural exterior space. The elongation of the street sidewalk pavement up to main access is another additional detail in the same line.

Actually the house is located on an open plot, deliberately unprovided of any fence enclosing it. Vergés did not want any more protection or boundaries but the ones set by the own box. However, bushes have been strategically placed to impede access to strangers and to help with the sense of transition as well.

A peculiar lighting solution has been created for this project to provide the underground floor with light. The lack of a natural way to let light in was compensated with aquarium windows looking inside the pool. 

Lastly, the interior-exterior connection lays upon technologic solutions such as the Saphir sliding doors by Technal,  a robust but light design, and N’Epure windows by the same brand, featuring a large glass surface that minimizes the exposure of the aluminum frame.

The company, indeed, granted the project a Special Mention in the Living category of the Architecture Achievement Aluminum Technal 2013 awards, for its capability of “providing the environment with a solution and a specific layout through a simple subtraction deed.”

Photography by: Marc Torra  


How to make a modern design classic: the lamp Wireflow by Arik Levy for Vibia behind the scenes.

Lun, 28/07/2014 - 10:59


To rethink the tradition of chandeliers from a current perspective; to play with traslucency and the observers point of view; to achieve an almost intangible and fluid design both in 2D and 3D; to profit from LED technology in order to merge form and function; to attain an aesthetically remarkable and sculptural design with, and without light… A lamp might be able to fulfill some of these premises, but it is no easy task. To make a lamp comply with all of them makes it, in our opinion, a modern design classic. Discover the genius and inspiration Arik Levy has masterfully risked in Wireflow, his sculptural family of lamps for the Spanish brand Vibia.

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Can a single cable become a complete family of lamps? Without a doubt, yes. The electric wire of Wireflow traces two and three-dimensional geometries that, in spite of their large size, they give the impression of transparency and lightness. And this is precisely the attribute defining the captivating graphic spirit of this luminaire produced by Vibia. Let’s know more about the intricacies of this lamp as explained by its creator.


The structure material of Wireflow, composed by black electric wire and 3W LED terminals, achieves an “apparently” contrasting effect: the lamp has a very impressive presence but at the same time is frail and ethereal within its multiple 2D and 3D dispositions.


According to Levy, Wireflow is the combination of “presence and absence, transparency and luminosity, light and fluidity”. And where did inspiration come from? His own illustrations. “It was born out of the ambition and the utter need of taking my drawings and bring them to life with the least possible changes”. To Levy, Wireflow “could be a diamond or an old chandelier, but in a very contemporary way. It adapts to a modern or a classic environment while preserving its own identity”.

The name

For Levy, the name chosen for the family of lamps Wireflow is not a metaphor but a definition. “I wanted to create the feeling that the wires come from the ceiling and keep flowing and flowing and flowing… and they draw their own shapes on this way. It is just the fluency, the continuity and the perpetuity of the wire”.


The designer is pretty sure that Wireflow would not be possible without the new LED technology: “LED helped us in many ways. One of them is that it allows the use of very fine wires, which we specifically developed for this lamps. LED technology does not need a great copper diameter to carry out a design like this one. This was the main issue. The second aspect is that due to the small dimensions we were working with and the quality of the light we wanted, LED allowed us to achieve that with also very fine and delicate proportions.


This contemporary pendant lamp, rethinking the aesthetics of antique chandeliers, has already been displayed and celebrated in fairs like Euroluce 2013 (Milan), Light & Building 2014 (Frankfurt) and, more recently, at Clenkerwell (London). Wireflow has also been awarded with the Best Line Work 2013 by the prestigious Wallpaper magazine.

Technical features

There are four different Wireflow 3D or Volumetric references, providing a general lighting: octogonal (8 lights), hexagonal (6 lights), square (4 lights) and chandelier (20 lights).

The 2D o Linear references do not have glass and are more of a highlight. There are three available versions: 2, 6 and 10 lights.

Lastly, Wireflow Free Disposition series (1, 3, 6 and 9 lights) serving as general lighting.

Lightsource is always LED.


Vibia.com, the brand’s online platform, allows to experiment with different settings of the Wireflow series in a space. It facilitates the selection of size and shape as well as to modify, as wished, the length of Wireflow to achieve the design that better suits the needs of a space or project.

Watch this video and discover other possibilities:


More about Arik Levy

Artist, photographer, set designer, filmmaker… Arik Levy (Tel-Aviv, 1963) is a multidisciplinary professional and his work can be seen in prestigious museums and art galleries around the world. As a furniture designer he has collaborated with companies such as VitraZanottaCassina and Ligne Roset, among others. He’s also contributed in the area of set design for opera and contemporary dance and created a hi-tech clothing and accessories line. In 2010, he started collaborating with Vibia, creating other lamp families such as Rhythm, Fold and Sparks.

Vibia Barcelona, 72-74. 08820 El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona – Spain) Ph. +34 934 796 970 / 971  www.vibia.com


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

Mié, 23/07/2014 - 15:44

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.

Mar, 22/07/2014 - 15:49

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.

Vie, 11/07/2014 - 11:41

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.

Mié, 09/07/2014 - 13:03

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.

Lun, 07/07/2014 - 15:41

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.

Jue, 03/07/2014 - 00:10

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.

Read all about the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 in Milan on diarioDESIGN.

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.

Mar, 01/07/2014 - 15:04

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.

Vie, 27/06/2014 - 08:32

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.

Mié, 25/06/2014 - 09:05

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.

Mié, 18/06/2014 - 11:05

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.

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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.

Vie, 13/06/2014 - 11:10

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.

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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.

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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.

More about Hisbalit on diarioDESIGN

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.

Vie, 06/06/2014 - 09:03

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.

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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.”

More about this project on diarioDESIGN.

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.”

More about Alta Diagonal on diarioDESIGN.

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.

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