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MUNICIPAL LIBRARY AND READING PARK in Murcia, Spain by Martin Lejarraga Architect

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Article source: Martin Lejarraga Architect

Design concept

The project comes out of the creation of a new topography that indexes and qualifies this zone of expansion in Torre Pacheco, on a plot of public equipments; a urban, cultural and enjoyment alternative for the citizens.

The folded plans of the area characterize the performance, in which both equipments that occupy the plot, Library and Park, adapt their relative position, creating new spaces protected from reception, communication and stay.

Night View (Access from E), Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Martin Lejarraga Architect
  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • GENERAL BUDGET: 2.460.000 €
  • CLIENT:  Ayuntamiento de Torre Pacheco
  • START OF PLANNING project:  april 2005 – july 2005

Center for medical innovetion in Varna by Dizarh Arhitectural Studio

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: Dizarh Arhitectural Studio

Dizarh Arhitectural Studio was founded in 2003. Since the beginning of 2012 the managers are architect Delian Zhechev and architect Venelin Zhechev. Over the years Dizarh`s ambitions is to create and provide customers with products that satisfy their requirements for quality and modern architecture. Dizarh strives continuously to increase the level of customer satisfaction and research customers` needs and requirements. At the heart of the studio`s success is the team of creative and qualified specialists who are united by the desire to create an attractive architectural environment.

Image Courtesy © Dizarh Arhitectural Studio

Media Library in Montauban, France by Colboc Franzen & Associés

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: Colboc Franzen & Associés

The construction of the new multimedia library of Montauban is spearheading an urban renewal project in the eastern quarters of the city. It must mark the entrance to the city, providing an identity to these neglected neighborhoods while still representing the city of Montauban. In parallel it is a project of reinvention: in these times of the digitalization of knowledge, the challenges of such a design are of spatialization and of materialization of the information and its division. This is the “third place” between domestic space and work space.

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

  • Architects: Colboc Franzen & Associés
  • Project: Media Library
  • Location: Montauban, France
  • Photography: Paul Raftery
  • Client: Montauban Town Council
  • Budget: € 7,200,000 excluding all tax
  • Surfaces: Net floor area: 3,800 m²

Team project management:

  • Project Manager: Géraud Pin-Barras
  • Team: Floriane Bataillard, Guillaume Choplain, Théo Dumel, Ulrich Faudry, Yann Follain, Julie Mafrand, Clément Maître, Théophile Marmorat, Ana Vida Pozuelo
  • Mission: base + exe partial CPB and furniture

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

Technical consultancies

  • Structure: Group Alto
  • Fluids and HQE: INEX
  • Economy: Bureau Michel Forgue
  • HHT: ATPI | Acoustics: JP Lamoureux
  • Landscaping: D Landscape
  • Lighting: SB & R B
  • Early studies: project competition winner, 2005
  • Delivery date : February 2013

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

Contractors :

  • LAGARRIGUE BTP et INSE: terracing, foundations, structural work
  • RENAUDAT: structural steel work
  • SO.PRI.BAT: steel tanks roofing + waterproofing
  • TROISEL SA: ceramic panel cladding + over-roofing
  • LUMIERE ET FORCE: high and low voltage electricity
  • REALCO: outdoor fittings and smooth aluminium façade
  • MISPOUILLE: plumbing/toilets
  • GTVS: heating, ventilation, air-conditioning
  • OTIS: elevator
  • LAGARRIGUE: partitions, doubling/false ceilings
  • BATTUT: indoor wooden fittings
  • MERZ FABIEN: tiles, earthenware
  • LE SOL FRANCAIS: soft floors
  • VEDEILHE: painting, wall coatings
  • MALET: roads + external works
  • CAUSSAT: landscaping

Program : subject reference areas, cafeteria, 120-seater auditorium, exhibition room, car parks

Sustainable development :

  •  Green Building project (Targets 1, 4, 8 and 10)
  • Complies with RT 2005 thermal insulation standards

Use of certified materials

  • Balanced ventilation with heat recovery
  • Low noise pollution

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

The field of influence of the future multimedia library is bordered and cut by roads whose geometries are marked by history. The road crossing the site was developed by the 19th century: the former fragmented land, and thus a part of the blocks built adjacent to the library, yields to this geometry; the road along the land to the south is a bypass created in the 19th century; finally, the roads and built blocks to the north are marked by the creation of the district from the 60s to the end of the 70s. How to join these various lines?

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

The interpretation of the program resulted in dividing it into three equivalent parts: a citizens’ forum, a large reading space that invites discovery and meetings, and rooms for reading and working. By superimposing these three programmatic entities, placing the last level obliquely so that it shares its diagonal with the two lower floors, and linking them by triangulation, we generate an interior spatiality that responds to the architectural brief and a volume that addresses all the geometries of the site. Indeed, the ground floor and the first floor border the 19th century road. To the south, the overhang is slightly shortened to fit the curve of the bypass. The second floor is placed perpendicular to the Louis XIV road and locates the building and its outline within the dominant historical geometry. Finally, the triangulation uses the geometry of the recent urbanization, marking the northern part of the lands.

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

From the neighborhoods being restructured, the visitor accesses the multimedia library under the northern overhang that protects it from nuisances of the bypass road and the autumn wind. On the ground floor, the citizen forum is for pedestrians and welcomes visitors. In direct visual relationship with current events, the first floor contains the “imaginary worlds”, a place of exploration and discovery addressing all age groups.

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

It enjoys stepped reading spaces that connect it spatially and visually to the second floor. The latter is moved to the mezzanine over the “imaginary worlds”, which benefits in this way from a contribution of natural light overhead. At the ends of these two reading spaces, high windows frame the individual elements of the context: the entrance of the city, a grove of preserved centenary trees, the city center of Montauban. By means of the initial geometric manipulation, the interiors of the media library come into resonance with the city. The interior spaces are free from any bearing point: a total flexibility of use is assured.

Image Courtesy © Paul Raftery

The building is draped with a coat of terra cotta, a tribute to the brick architecture characteristic of Montauban. Only the large panes of glass on those floors with reading tables pierce this unusual block of terra cotta. The treatment of the outdoor spaces with tinted concrete evokes the cobbled sidewalks of the old town.

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Image Courtesy © Colboc Franzen & Associés

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Multi Purpose Complex Tortona 37 in Milan, Italy by Matteo Thun & Partners

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: Matteo Thun & Partners

The Tortona neighbourhood: one of the most recent developments in Milan, a former industrial area that has turned itself into a highly desirable, dynamic and prestigious quarter.

The building complex at Via Tortona No 37 combines programme creativity with sustainability. By allowing the genius loci to prompt the volumes and shapes, the new construction blends effortlessly with the surrounding urban and natural landscape.

Image Courtesy © M. Danesin

  • Architects: Matteo Thun & Partners
  • Project: Multi Purpose Complex Tortona 37
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Photography: M. Danesin
  • Completion Date: 2009
  • Building Area: 25000  m²
  • Gross Floor Area:  39000 m²
  • Project Manager: Luca Colombo
  • Design Team: Tom Lacey, Francesco Isabella, Simone Alberi, Ilaria Brollo    


  • Project Management: Mangiavacchi Pedercini s.r.l
  • Structural: B.C.V. progetti S.r.l, ing. Alberto Vintani, ing. Claudio Cerra
  • Civil: B.C.V. progetti S.r.l, Ing. Alberto Vintani
  • Geotechnical: Ing. Celotti Claudio
  • Lighting : Matteo Thun & Partners Srl
  • Urban: Urb.a.m. s.r.l   Arch Francesco Moglia
  • Services: Planning s.r.l Ing. Gianluigi Marazzi, Ing. Matteo Bosetti, Ing. Tieghi Andrea
  • Landscape Architects: AG&P srl Arch. Valerio Cozzi

Urban Shelter in Madrid, Spain by MYCC Office Architecture

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: MYCC Office Architecture

This singular urban shelter is just twenty square meters and nevertheless is one hundred cubic meters of volume. In such an enclosed space should a single person live and work. He will use his creativity and dynamism to make it his own sweet home.

Image Courtesy © Elena Almagro


Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: K2S Architects

Docked icebreakers are an essential part of the Katajanokka-shore environment. The new head-quarters of Arctia Shipping Ltd. will be placed in a floating office building in front of the listed main building of the Finnish ministry of Foreign Affairs which was originally designed by C.L.Engel.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

  • Architects: K2S Architects
  • Photography: Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen
  • AREA: 950 sqm
  • COMPLETED: 09 / 2013

Casa das Artes in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal by Future Architecture Thinking

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: Future Architecture Thinking

The Casa das Artes (House of the Arts) in Miranda do Corvo expresses the meetingbetween two identities, rural and urban, in a landscape marked by the Lousã Mountains.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

  • Architects: Future Architecture Thinking
  • Project: Casa das Artes
  • Location: Miranda do Corvo, Portugal
  • Photography: João Morgado
  • Client: Municipalityof Miranda do Corvo
  • Area: 2.360 sqm
  • Project Team: Architect Miguel Correia, Architect Cláudia Campos, Architect SérgioCatita, ArchitectPatríciade Carvalho, Architect Miguel Cabral, Architect Margarida Magro, Architect Sara Gonçalves, Architect Telmo Maia, Architect Gabriel Santos, ArchitectHilárioAbril, Engineer José Pico, Landscape Architect Sara Távora
  • Builder: TECNORÉM – Engenharia e Construções, S.A.
  • Year: 2010 /2013
  • Software used: REVIT, Autocad and 3DS MAX


Tuesday, October 8th, 2013


Ernst Neizvestny is an internationally recognized Russian sculptor, whose projects include Kruschev’s tomb, work for the Pope, the largest sculpture in the world, and the new gigantic statue of Liberty for Taiwan.  His sculptures and paintings are represented in museums and collections all over the world.  There is already a museum devoted to his work in Sweden, and these buildings will eventually become his museum in the United States.

Image Courtesy © Mark Dziewulski Architect

Plane House in Skiathos Island, Sporades, Greece by K-studio

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Article source: K-studio

Summer in the Greek islands is all about being outside. The aim of the Plane House is to merge internal and external space, maximising the benefits of both and minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape.

Image Courtesy © Yiorgos Kordakis

  • Architects: K-studio
  • Project: Plane House
  • Location: Skiathos Island, Sporades, Greece
  • Photography: Yiorgos Kordakis
  • Status: Completed 2011

Memorial to the Polish Airmen Who Fell in World War II in Warsaw, Poland by Mark Dziewulski Architect

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Article source: Mark Dziewulski Architect

This is the national memorial to the Polish airmen who gave their lives during the Second World War. The monument is set in a prominent location in Pole Mokotowskie, a park in centralWarsawthat has special historical significance as the location of the first airfield of the Polish Air Force.  Many of the pilots took off on combat missions from this very site.

Image Courtesy © Mark Dziewulski Architect

  • Architects: Mark Dziewulski Architect
  • Project: Memorial to the Polish Airmen Who Fell in World War II
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Photography: Mark Dziewulski
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