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Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre in Leeds, England by Heatherwick Studio

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Article source: Heatherwick Studio

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, has been granted planning permission to build a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. The Centre has been designed by Heatherwick Studio, founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick.

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio


Cultural and Social Center of Valence in France by Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Article source: v2com

Project awarded by the International Union of Architects in 2013

The project speaks of a strong urban presence, with an institutional façade that aims at establishing an harmonious dialogue with the adjoining public square. Of major importance is its centrality in the neighbourhood, asserting itself as a meeting place for young people and the general public.

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée

Image Courtesy © Bureau Architecture Méditerranée


Social Complex in Alcabideche, Portugal by Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Article source: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Located in Cascais, in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, the Social Complex of Alcabideche with a total construction area of approximately 10,000 m2 aims to reconstitute a Mediterranean life style in which the outdoor spaces of streets, plazas and gardens are like an extension of the house itself.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

  • Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos- José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, Marco Martínez Marinho
  • Project: Social Complex in Alcabideche
  • Location: Alcabideche, Cascais, Portugal
  • Photography: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
  • Area of the Plot: 12876m2
  • Total construction area – 9956m2
  • Area of each housing unit: 53m2
  • Total Area of Housing Units: 2.756m2
  • Area of the Main Building: above ground – 2700m2, below ground – 4500m2, total – 7200m2


Tête de Pont in Bayonne, France by Josep Lluís Mateo

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Article source: Josep Lluís Mateo

It is a project of great importance for Bayonne, not just due to its sheer size (some 70.000 m2 of built surface area) but also because it is the new gateway to the city. The brief is divided between two city blocks that contain social and free market housing, a shopping centre, a hotel, a small area of offices and car parks, and the central part that joins the two blocks, channeling the flow of car and pedestrian transit.

Image Courtesy © Josep Lluís Mateo

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula Photo

  • Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Project: Tête de Pont
  • Location: Bayonne, France
  • Client: Kaufman & Broad, Eiffage Immobilier and Agglomération Côte Basque-Adour-Mairie de Bayonne
  • Competition: 2006
  • Surface: 70.000 m2


WORLD SOCIAL CENTER (WSC) in Tunis, Tunisia by Philippe Barriere Collective

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Article source: Philippe Barriere Collective 

Initiated by the foundation Symboles, the project is situated at the intersection of two main axes in central Tunis. The project includes the redesign of the Square of 14 Janvier and its surroundings as well as the construction of the World Social Center (WSC) Tower. This project reflects the political will to express the ideological and social changes brought about by the Tunisian revolution that took place between December and January 2011. Supported by competent political authorities, the project was managed within the foundation Symboles by the innovation adviser of Tunisian President Monsef Marzouki and monitored by his cultural adviser.

Image Courtesy © Philippe Barriere Collective

Image Courtesy © Philippe Barriere Collective

  • Architects: Philippe Barriere Collective (Philippe Barriere with Matthew R. Pauly, Hughes St Hilaire, Nicolas Wojcik, Charles Gretas, Yoann Plourde, Ottavy Thibault, Jonathan Lajchter, Samuel Pouliot, Sébastien Lequeux, Catherine Bouchard, Alexandre Hamlyn, Emmanuelle Cardu Gobeille, Maher Bellaj (Tunisia))
  • Location: Square of 14 Janvier, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Local Architects: Studio 3, (Iheb Guermazi, Adnen Ben Tanfous), Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Project Managers: Philippe Barriere, Maher Bellaj (Philippe Barriere Collective) – Adnen Ben Tanfous (Studio 3), Tunis – Michel Bertrand (MB&Co), Paris.
  • Structural Engineer: Pascal Pierre (Canada), Michel Bertrand (France).
  • Building Cost Engineer: MB&Co, Paris (France).
  • Local Engineer: Tarek Gorbel, Tunis (Tunisie).
  • Renderings: LMM, Mathieu Grenier Digital Artist (Canada).
  • Graphic Designer: Wiklo, Mohamed Souheil (Dubai).
  • Landscape Architects: Philippe Barriere Collective (Philippe Barriere, Sébastien Lequeux) 
  • Project Area: 78 000m²
  • Project dates: Studies began in May 2012 and were abandoned in May 2013


Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage in Bamako, Mali by F8 architecture

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Article source: F8 architecture

The story of Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage begins in Bamako. In 1978, Fatoumata Goundourou found an orphan baby in the street and brought him home.

From now on, her house will become a shelter for no less than 30 children of all ages.

Image Courtesy © Vanja Bjelobaba

  • Architects: F8 architecture (DELOUME)
  • Project: Falatow Jigiyaso orphanage
  • Location: Bamako, Mali
  • Photography: Vanja Bjelobaba

C-32 Social dwelling in Madrid, España by Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Article source: Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli 

The apartment building with 30 rental units for young people is located at the eastern edge of the Carabanchel development. Like other new urban districts in Madrid, this zone is characterized —with its oversized street grid, isolated buildings, unoccupied parcels, empty apartments and vacant shops— by the abrupt change from the booming market of 10 years ago to the present economic crisis.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

  • Architects: Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli
  • Project: C-32 Social dwelling
  • Location: Madrid, España
  • Photography: Aurelio Dorronsoro, Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter
  • Area: 3733 sqm
  • Surveyor: Antonio Hernández
  • Structure: Gogaite y Valladares
  • MEP: Miguel Angel Gálvez y Juan Luis Rodríguez
  • Commisioner: EMVS
  • Constructor: Isolux-Corsan Corvina

Polyvalent Social Center in Granada, Spain by Elisa Valero Ramos

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Article source: Elisa Valero Ramos

Southeast of the city, where building is sparser in contact with the last foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is the neighborhood of Lancha del Genil. That is where this Polyvalent Social Center is located. It provides a shared space for the development of neighborhood life, a place for activities to meet, a hybrid between indoors and out, an ambiguous space in which lines of force cross and emptiness takes on its own value.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos
  • Project: Polyvalent Social Center
  • Location: Lancha del Genil, Granada, Spain
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Building surveyor: María de los Llanos Martín Romero
  • Collaborating architect: Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
  • Client: HE Planning Department. Council of Granada
  • Constructor: IMES. S.A.
  • Project, work: november 2005, december 2006
  • Constructed surface: 561,80 m2

Mas d’Enric Penitentiary in Tarragona, Spain by A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura

The prison is an uncomfortable institution and its architecture is often subjugated to technocratic criteria. This servility forces the prison out of the sociocultural realm where it belongs, thus erasing it from public discourse. The invisibility of the penitentiary as an institution demonstrates an unresolved contradiction underlying contemporary society. We intend to explore this contradiction through architecture.

Aerial view : Image courtesy A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura 

  • Architects: A i B arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura
  • Project: Mas d’Enric Penitentiary
  • Location: Paratge Mas d’Enric, 43764 El Catllar, Catalonia, Spain
  • Developer: Generalitat de Catalunya, Justice Department
  • Concessionaire: Superficiària CP Mas d’Enric
  • Construction Company: COMSA-EMTE
  • Surface Area: 74.130 sqm (built) + 130.163 sqm (landscape and infrastructure)
  • Budget: 113.830.553 €
  • Construction: Desembre 2009-Abril 2012
  • Lead Architects: Roger Paez i Blanch (A i B estudi d’arquitectes SLP), Joan Maria Pascual i Cañellas (Estudi PSP Arquitectura SCP)

Social Center in Valencia, Spain by Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Article source: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto

The Social Center and Magistrate’s Court of Rafelbunyol is a facility located in the South area of the village, in a new growth settlement. The public plot appears in the urban design as an interstitial space (almost a leftover) among the roundabout connecting with the consolidated area and the existing buildings.  As a result, the geometry is very irregular with a curved boundary that hinders the disposition of clean volumes. Additionally, the plot dimensions are quite reduced so the occupation is necessarily very high to achieve the programmatic requirements.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: Víctor García Martínez Arquitecto
  • Project: Social Center
  • Location: Rafelbunyol, Valencia, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • Architects Contributors: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
  • Area: 930.75 sqm 
  • Year: 2010
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