Bamiyan Cultural Center || Barna Architects

The focus for the design of the Bamiyan Cultural Center was to find the right form of integration from an ecological perspective

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10 architectural projects by Dame of Architecture Zaha Hadid

Dear Diary, yesterday archutecture lost one of the most important architects. The Dame of Architecture Zaha Hadid passes at the age of 65. The most known woman in architecture, the architect that bonds art and architecture, died suddenly, leaving behind her unique vision on buildings, furniture, art. Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi born British citizen has been…

Human Museum Park || Elemental

Dear Diary, The Human Museum Park is a public competition for the architectural and landscape renewal of the San Borja Park. More than 238 artworks made by the outstanding Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal will be incorporated to the proposal. source Elemental

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Mies van der Rohe

Dear Diary, Today marks 130 years since the birth of German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In honor of this tremendously influential figure, we’re shining some light into the lesser known facts about Mies’ life in order to better understand and contextualize his architecture. For this, our colleagues at ArchDaily en Español have referred…

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art || ΟΜΑ

Dear Diary, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a renovation of the 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete pavilion which has been derelict for more than two decades. OMA’s design for the 5,400 m2 building includes exhibition galleries on two levels, a creative center for children, shop, café, auditorium, offices,…

Philarmonie de Paris || Jean Nouvel

The Philharmonie de Paris encompasses the Cité de la musique (Philharmonie 2) designed by Christian de Portzamparc and the new building designed by Jean Nouvel. Read more in Arch Diary…

Carmo Convent Area Restoration || Álvaro Siza

Dear Diary, Due to a fire in 1988, the Chiado district of Lisbon had many of its buildings damaged or partially destroyed by the flames, and an intense restoration and recovery project led by Álvaro Siza has been going on for over a decade. Among the strategies employed by the Portuguese architect (and winner of the…

Muuratsalo Experimental House || Alvar Aalto

Dear Diary, The Muuratsalo Experimental House is situated on the western shore of the island of Muuratsalo. The tower of Muurame Church (Alvar Aalto 1926-29) can be seen on the opposite shore. Elissa and Alvar Aalto discovered the site for the house while Säynätsalo Town Hall (Alvar Aalto 1949-52) was under construction. Both Muuratsalo and…

Canopia || Sou Fujimoto Architects & Laisné Roussel)

Dear Diary, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has teamed up with the French practice Laisné Roussel to design Canopia, an 8.6-million-square-foot (800,000-square-meter) masterplan centered around Bordeaux’s Saint Jean railway station. Their expansive proposal comprises a series of timber towers with a mixed-use scheme that includes residential units and offices as well as retail outlets. The program of…

Human Body Museum in France || BIG

Dear Diary, BIG has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for the new Cité du Corps Humain (Museum of the Human Body) in Montpellier. Rooted in the city’s long medical history and world renowned medical school, which dates back to the 10th century, the 7,800 sqm museum will “explore the human…

White Walls || Jean Nouvel

Dear Diary, French studio Ateliers Jean Nouvel has built a tower block in Nicosia, Cyprus, featuring perforated walls and wide balconies that are both bestrewn with plants. The iconic tower designed by Jean Nouvel at the center of Nicosia, next to Eleftheria Square transforms the city silhouette of Nicosia. The program includes 10- story residential…