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Casa Il Girasole, Rome, Italy, Luigi Moretti

Casa Il Girasole

At the age of 29, Luigi Moretti established his reputation with the design of the fencing hall at Mussolini’s heroic new sports center for Rome in 1936, the Foro Italico, an exercise in rationalist design during the Fascist period. Later work by this important Roman architect includes work with the […]

The Therme Vals, Switzerland, Peter Zumthor

The Therme Vals

The Therme Vals is built over the only thermal springs in the Graubunden Canton in Switzerland and it works as a hotel and spa in one which combines a complete sensory experience designed by Peter Zumthor. Peter Zumthor designed the spa/baths which opened in 1996 to pre date the existing […]

L'Umbracle, Valencia, Spain, Santiago Calatrava

L’Umbracle

L’ Umbracle, which consists of a promenade and a car park, is Santiago Calatrava’s latest contribution to the unique and comprehensive complex of the City of Arts and Sciences. It is located on the Southern facade of the complex. The upper part comprises a long panoramic promenade, with a tree-lined […]

Torre Velasca, Milan, Italy, BBPR Group

Torre Velasca

Italian modern architecture is the context in which Velasca Tower belongs to. It is also while still part of the Milanese context in which it was born, including the Milan cathedral and the Sforzesco Castle. The tower has a height of approximately 100 metres and a peculiar and characteristic shape. […]

European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, Coop Himmelb(l)au

European Central Bank

The new premises of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt were contructed from a design which combines the horizontal structure of the landmarked Grossmarkthalle with a twisted double tower, rising to 185 meters, from the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au. United by […]

Liesing Brewery, Vienna, Austria, Coop Himmelb(l)au

Liesing Brewery

The design’s urban planning concept develops from the distinctive topography of an east-west ridge along the Liesing River. In a zone between urban and suburban structures, the area is characterized by the transition from enclosed building blocks south of the Breitenfurter Straße, an open, fragmented urban fabric in the north, […]

Tower of Winds, Yokohama, Japan, Toyo Ito & Associates

Tower of Winds

The formal solutions and use of technology on this project reveal all the contemporaneity of 21st century architecture, making it a highly innovative form of architecture. It is one of Toyo Ito’s best-known projects that earned him the 1987 Edwin Guth Memorial Award of Excellence from […]

Rue des Suisses, Paris, France, Herzog & De Meuron

Rue des Suisses

Herzog & De Meuron team made this their first project in Paris on an unusual site in the 14th Arrondisement not far from Gare Montparnesse. The Paris public housing agency Régie Immobilière de la Paris (RVIP) sponsored a 1966 competition resulting to this project which is built on three interconnected […]

Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, Bilbao, Spain, Soriano y Asociados Arquitectos

Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall was inaugurated on February 19th, 1999 and it is a very unique building. It is one of the flagships of the new Bilbao of the 21st century. The Conference Centre was designed by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios to look like a […]

Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan, Osaka, Japan, Tadao Ando

Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan

Tadao Ando has succesfully expressed in the Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan (previously The Suntory Museum) his favourite theme: the relationship between man, water and architecture. A gallery of art and design, a 3D IMAX cinema, a series of shops and a restaurant are incorporated in this cultural complex that was […]

Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands, OMA

Kunsthal

Exhibition space of 3300 square meters, an auditorium and restaurant are the combination of Kunsthal into one compact design. Sloping floor planes and a series of tightly organized ramps provide seamless connection between the three large exhibition halls and two intimate galleries. The building is allowed to function as a […]

Sir John Lyon House, London, UK, Sidell Gibson Architects

Sir John Lyon House

This waterside residential building incorporates affordable housing as well as luxury apartments and penthouses. Complex planning, rights to light and St Paul’s Heights issues were addressed in the course of design. The scheme is one of the first to exploit the potential of glazed terracotta rainscreen, providing a spectacular new […]

The Tate Modern, London, UK, Herzog & de Meuron

The Tate Modern

Tate Modern is a remarkable combination of old and new, Tate Modern sits where Bankside Power station was built in two phases between 1947 and 1963 and designed by Gilbert Scott. The same architect also designed Battersea Power Station and Waterloo Bridge. An interior steel structure supports its construction of […]

Moor House, London, UK, Foster + Partners

Moor House

The 19-storey glass-clad office building at the junction of London Wall and Moorgate offers 43,000 m² of space. Shops, restaurants and bars are located at ground and first floor levels of the building. The façade is stepped back at these levels creating a covered walkway that relates to the low […]

Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan, Sachio Otani

Kyoto International Conference Centre

The Kyoto International Conference Centre, abbreviated as ICC Kyoto and previously called the Kyoto International Conference Hall, is a large conference facility located at Takaragaike, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The Kyoto Protocol was signed in this hall. Sachio Otani designed the centre to have […]

One London Wall, London, UK, Foster + Partners

One London Wall

The site, located at the West end of London Wall, accommodated an existing unoccupied office building which sat over an operational Livery Company premises. The development opportunity was to put back a much larger office building whilst retaining the Livery Company accommodation […]

Tokyo International Forum, Japan, Affonso Eduardo Reidy

Tokyo International Forum

Squeezed onto a 21,000-square-meter site in the heart of Marunouchi, the Tokyo International Forum stands as a lasting reminder of Japan’s boom years which abruptly came to an end in the early 1990’s. New York architect Rafael Vinoli designed the TIF which was commissioned during the last years of the […]

Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Affonso Eduardo Reidy

Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

Rio’s Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1948 by a group of art enthusiasts headed by Raimundo Castro Maia (see Museu do Açude and Chácara do Céu). In 1958 the Museum was transferred to another building that made its permanent headquarters. It is impossible to miss the impressive main […]

30 Saint Mary Axe, London, UK, Foster and Partners

30 Saint Mary Axe (The Gkerkin)

30 Saint Mary Axe (The Gkerkin), previously named Swiss Re Headquarters, is a landmark 40-storey office building in the heart of London’s financial centre, developed by Swiss Re and designed by architects Foster and Partners. Located on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, the distinctive form of the building […]

ARCHITravel Interviews Thomas Holtkötter

ARCHITravel Interviews Thomas Holtkötter

Without traveling the people would have a very limited horizon. Traveling gives you a view to other cultures, other people and other architecture. It will open your mind. Architects can learn a lot by traveling – building techniques in other, cultural influences in architecture, other building […]

Gavroche Centre for Children, Saint-Ouen, France, SOA Architectes

Gavroche Centre for Children

A cultural and educational facility situated in the heart of the Victor Hugo development has been realized with the completion of the Gavroche Centre for Children. The latter is part of a large urban renewal scheme consisting principally of housing, offices and commercial buildings […]

Store Reform in Granada for Camper, Granada, Spain, A-cero

Store Reform in Granada for Camper

A-cero has renovated a a little store of 50 m² on Mesones street, one of the best known, commercial and important streets of Granada, Spain. The customer is the Spanish leading brand Camper, devoted to the exhibition and sale of trendy shoes. It will be its first store in Granada. […]

Lolita, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Spain, Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos

Lolita

Roadside restaurants are not found very often within the increasingly prestigious restaurant world. Such places have a superposed condition as an infrastructure adapted to the commercial, informational and social […]

Raffles City Beijing, China, SPARK Architects

Raffles City Beijing

CapitaLand, a global, brand, owns Raffles City Beijing and managed its development and operation to make it an award-winning key component of it. Raffles City Beijing is located at the junction of Dongzhimen Neidajie and Beijing’s 2nd Ring Road. The site is at the heart of Beijing’s business district and […]

Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, SPARK Architects

Starhill Gallery

Kuala Lumpur’s Starhill Gallery is one of the city’s premier shopping malls featuring an extraordinary array of luxury branded goods and fine dining restaurants. Spark’s proposal deals with The reinvention of the façade of Starhill facing Bukit Bintang as urban sculpture engaging with the public realm and the pedestrian is […]

Hackney Picturehouse, London, United Kingdom, Fletcher Priest Architects

Hackney Picturehouse

UK based Fletcher Priest Architects have completed a cinema in the heart of London which has been transformed from a run-down music venue in East London, into a vibrant cinema for the local community. The UK practice is renowned for their bespoke cinema design which includes the refurbishment of the […]

Liverpool Interlomas Department Store, Mexico City, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos

Liverpool Interlomas Department Store

Rojkind Arquitectos was commissioned to design a façade for the new 18,000m2 department store as part of a new era in the company’s pursuit for re-branding itself, in the concext of the new role that shopping centers play in today’s society, in which they have become a magnet for social […]

Tori Tori Restaurant, Mexico City, Mexico, Rojkind Arquitectos, ESRAWE Studio

Tori Tori Restaurant

Tori Tori Restaurant is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Mexico City with remarkable success. Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studio teamed up to move the restaurant to a bigger location in the same area of Polanco, Mexico City. At the residential area in Polanco that has seen changes […]

Hans Otto Theatre, Potsdam, Germany, Gottfried Böhm

Hans Otto Theatre

Architect and Pritzker Prize winner Gottfried Böhm sketched a 5-storey theatrical building with bowl-shaped, cantilevered roofs. Concrete and glass are the prevailing materials. A listed gasometre was integrated into the construction body. On the side of the deep lake an also listed former chicory […]

Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Gehry Partners

Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health sits at the area of downtown Las Vegas at the corner of Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue. Thta is a prominent “gateway” site of the 61 acre Symphony Park development. The center is intended to provide facilities that bridge All aspects […]