Sunday Sanctuary: Francesc Rifé Studio

A summer in Spain has always been on my bucket list… The culture, the food and pebbled beach of Mallorca have felt like a distant dream. But thanks to this beautiful Sunday Sanctuary located in Empordà, Catalonia, Spain, my summer Spanish vibes are feeling that bit more tangible… Designed by Francesc Rifé Studio in 2015,

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Benni Allan gives his old school a facelift for just £1,000

Architect Benni Allan has used colourfully painted panels to create an all-new facade for his former school in Alicante, Spain, on a very meagre budget. The London-based Estudio B founder sourced corrugated bitumen panels and painted them in varying shades of red and pink, to create a new exterior for the 30-year-old prefabricated building where the

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Foster + Partners unveils plans for Madrid office with diamond-shaped facade

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to turn a 1970s building in Madrid, Spain, into offices, which will feature a diamond-patterned exterior and a rooftop terrace. The four-storey building, which will be named Axis Madrid, is situated at one of the city’s key intersections, perched between the main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, and Génova

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Save the Children’s Madrid headquarters designed to promote “emotional attachment”

Madrid-based Elii used unusual materials, plants and bright colours to give the interiors of this headquarters and childcare facility in Madrid a sense of personality to encourage users to interact with it affectionately. The studio, headed by Uriel Fogué Herreros, Eva Gil Lopesino and Carlos Palacios Rodriguez, was selected from an invited competition to oversee the

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Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel by Ilmiodesign is an exercise in pastel pastiche

Guests stay in candy-coloured rooms at this art-deco-influenced hotel in Ibiza, while artists in residence are offered a transparent suite in the lobby. The Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel opened last month on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, not far from the infamous nightlife in the resort of San Antonio. Its mission is to offer an

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A Subterranean Space Reimagined By Raul Sanchez Architects

In under 55 square meters, architecture studio Raul Sanchez Architects has reimagined a subterranean space in Barcelona as a minimal, light-filled home—‘Apartment Tibbaut’.
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Facebook to move into Jean Nouvel’s Barcelona skyscraper

Facebook has reportedly rented eight floors of office space inside the Jean Nouvel-designed Torre Glòries skyscraper in Barcelona, Spain. Competence Call Centre (CCC), a company hired by Facebook to combat the spread of fake news, hate speech and violent content on the social media platform, has acquired 9,000 square metres of office space in the building, according

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1413 House By Harquitectes Mimics A Stone Wall

Recycled stone and glass form the walls of the ‘1413 House’ in Spain, designed by award-winning Spanish architecture firm Harquitectes.
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Narch Designs A Semi-Transparent Home In Catalonia

Spanish studio Narch has designed ‘Calders House’, a semi-transparent house lined with bay windows for a family in a small village in Catalonia.
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OFIS Arhitekti’s Mirrored Pavilion In The Gorafe Desert

Set amongst the desert plains of Gorafe, Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed a mirrored glass pavilion that offers protected and unparalleled views of the Andalusian landscape and night skies.
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Ricardo Bofill’s Dusky Pink Cement Factory

The architectural practice of Ricardo Bofill weaves spatial design with urban planning in colorful, Escher-esque structures. His most exciting project perhaps remains that of his home and office, a converted cement factory in Barcelona.
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OFIS Arhitekti’s Glass Pavilion is a star-gazing retreat in Spain’s Gorafe desert

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has created an isolated desert retreat in Andalusia, featuring glazed walls that take advantage of the vast landscape and dramatic night skies. OFIS Arhitekti developed the Glass Pavilion in collaboration with experts from specialist manufacturer Guardian Glass, which challenged the architects to design a structure that would test its products to

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A House Carved Into The Island Of Formentera

On Formentera, the southernmost Balearic island, Marià Castelló has designed a family home that draws on oppositions: telluric and tectonic, heavy and light, land and ocean.
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Marc Goodwin photographs 14 architecture studios in Barcelona

Photographer Marc Goodwin visited Barcelona for the the next instalment of his series on architects’ offices around the world, shooting among others the workspace created inside a former cement factory by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill. Goodwin, who heads up architectural photography studio Archmospheres, shot 14 workspaces around the city, including the offices of Ricardo Bofill, Office of Architecture

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Seville City Guide

The perfect city to eat and wander, the food here is incredible and the city is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever visited.

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Mecanoo completes modern Palace of Justice in historic Córdoba

Mecanoo’s vast law courts in the Spanish city of Córdoba features cut-out courtyards and golden details, in reference to the city’s medieval history. The Dutch architecture studio collaborated with local engineering firm Ayesa to design the 48,000-square-metre Palace of Justice as a new civic centre for the area. Along with a courthouse containing 26 courtrooms, the six-storey

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A Prefabricated Home in Rural Spain

Madrid-based architecture firm Baragaño Architects have designed a prefabricated home, which only took four months to produce and five hours to erect. Transported 600 miles across the Cantabrian Mountains, ‘Casa Montaña‘ now sits proudly am…

Corral del Rey

Tucked away in Seville’s old Barrio Alfalfa quarter is the Corral del Rey.

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Prefabricated house in rural Spain took just five hours to assemble

Baragaño Architects designed this prefabricated house made from galvanised steel, wood and slate in northwestern Spain to take only five hours to erect. The Spanish architecture studio built Casa Montaña as a second home for a British landscaper and his family in the remote and mountainous coastal region of Asturias. The modules took four months to be made in

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Sliding glass doors open concrete house by Narch to views of national park near Barcelona

This family home by Narch is crafted from concrete slabs, steel columns and sliding glazing that permits views out over a Spanish nature reserve. The Spanish architecture studio designed Calders House for clients with two young children for a plot in the small village of Calders, which sits on the edge of the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac

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Haçienda de San Rafael

The Haçienda de San Rafael, just outside Seville, is (without question) my favourite of all the hotels I’ve stayed in this year.

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Geometric forms and embossed details recall historic predecessors at Spanish psychiatric facility

Vaillo+Irigaray Architects has modernised a 19th-century psychiatric centre in the Spanish city of Pamplona by adding a series of structures with gabled profiles that reference the forms of the existing buildings. The project represents the first stage of a masterplan by local studio Vaillo+Irigaray Architects to redevelop the healthcare facility, which occupies a large site with

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Laura Ortín adds “aesthetically disobedient” extension to beachfront home in Spain

This faceted extension added to a holiday residence in Spain’s Alicante region features plywood-lined interiors and a picture window angled to frame a view of a nearby watchtower. The owners of the property in the town of Torre de la Horadada commissioned architect Laura Ortín’s Murcia-based studio to design a two-storey extension for use by

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A Stay At The Hotel Palacio de Villapanés In Seville

A Spanish palace turned boutique hotel.

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Concrete portico provides sheltered outdoor space for pink brick house in Seville

Spanish studio Canales Lombardero designed this brick-clad house in Seville with a double-height concrete portico to connect its living spaces with the garden. The studio headed by Francisco González de Canales Ruiz and Nuria Alvarez Lombardero designed Perea Borobio House for a retired couple who needed a flexible space capable of accommodating visiting family. The

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Alejandro Valdivieso’s Casa Aljibe features curved living space built around an old well

Spanish architect Alejandro Valdivieso has repurposed a former water cistern near Madrid, transforming it into the basement of a house with a glass facade that curves around the original well. Casa Aljibe, which translates as Cistern House, is situated in the suburban district of Alpedrete, northwest of the Spanish capital. The underground cistern was built early

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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Impremta Garden: A Unique Urban Residence in Palma, Spain

How would you like to like an an apartment with your chevron pattered oak floors, private balcony, a winter garden and extra high ceilings? That is the reality for the residents of Impremta Garden in Palma, Mallorca. If the interiors feel more Scandina…

Inverted Solo House Pyramid By TNA Architects

This upside down concrete pyramid is one of 12 ‘Solo House’ projects located in Matarraña, a mountainous area in the eastern part of Spain. That broader project is an attempt by French developer Christian Bourdais with the aim to populate the landscape with small resort-style dwellings. Tokyo-based architecture firm TNA, led by Makoto Takei and […]

TNA’s dream holiday home is an upside-down concrete pyramid

Takei Nabeshima Architects has released new renderings of its design for an extravagant concrete holiday home, which forms part of French developer Christian Bourdais’ Solo Houses series. The Tokyo-based practice, led by Makoto Takei and Chie Nabeshima, is one of the 15 firms commissioned by Bourdais to create an ultimate holiday home, which will eventually be built in Spain’s mountainous Matarraña region as part of his

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Fernando Abellanas suspends micro studio beneath a bridge in Valencia

Valencian designer Fernando Abellanas has created a secluded studio for himself, which hangs from the underside of a concrete bridge in his hometown. Find out more about the micro studio ›

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Barcelona terrorists were planning attack on Gaudí’s Sagrada Família

The terror cell responsible for the fatal attacks in Barcelona last week had been planning to bomb the Antoni Gaudí-designed Sagrada Família, it has emerged. One of the four surviving suspects told a judge in Madrid that the group had been planning a much larger attack than the ones on La Rambla and in Cambrils, which have killed 15

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Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas has installed a covert studio beneath a graffiti-covered bridge in the Spanish city of Valencia, making use of the concrete infrastructure to form a roof and walls for the hideaway. Abellanas, who designs furniture and lighting under the studio name Lebrel, created the small timber- and metal-framed hut in just two weeks. He prefers not to reveal its

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Garciagerman Arquitectos’ Desert City centre is dedicated to cactus and succulent aficionados

Spanish architect Jacobo García-Germán has designed an experimental garden centre for exhibiting, breeding and growing cacti near Madrid. García-Germán’s firm Garciagerman Arquitectos designed the Desert City research and development centre for a a stretch of former wasteland set between a motorway and the foothills of the Upper Manzanares Basin Regional Park in San Sebastián de los Reyes. The 16,000-square-metre facility includes both

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Alberto Campo Baeza’s Madrid sports centre is a “box of light”

Two enormous translucent walls flood the playing court of this bright white sports centre by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza with dazzling light. Located on the Francisco de Vitoria University campus in Pozuelo, Madrid, the sports complex comprises two clean, white boxes joined together by a low-rise building whose roof becomes an interconnecting patio at the first floor level.

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Munarq Arquitectes uses sandstone, cork, ceramic bricks and wicker to build solar-powered winery in Majorca

Cork-insulated roofs help create a stable temperature for wine production inside this solar-powered winery in Majorca by Munarq Arquitectes, which also features a sandstone exterior and wicker sunshades. Pau Munar and Rafel Munar of Mallorca-based Munarq Arquitectes were asked to design the 1,300-square-metre space for the Son Juliana wine company, which needed a facility that could produce 40,000 litres of wine each year.

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Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos transforms ruined buildings within walls of Spanish castle into light-filled homes

Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos has converted three houses within the walls of a 15th-century castle in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra de Gredos into a pair of brightly lit homes for a brother and sister. The houses sit within an arcade built by a former resident to link Toledo’s Oropesa castle with the neighbouring Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church. Lacking sufficient

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Sewage plant by Padilla Nicás Arquitectos features asymmetric pitched roofs

Buildings with irregular profiles and juxtaposing cladding materials help to break up the volumes and reduce the visual mass of this sewage treatment facility in the Spanish town of San Claudio. Madrid studio Padilla Nicás Arquitectos developed a design for the facility near Oviedo that comprises a series of structures with different uses and corresponding forms

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Gaudí’s first built house set to open to public for first time

The first house completed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí will open to the public this autumn, following a major restoration. Featuring colourful tiles and ornate details, Casa Vicens was built by Gaudí between 1883 and 1885, as a summer home for real-estate broker Manel Vicens i Montaner. Not only was it the first house built by the Catalan modernist,

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Solo House II by Office KGDVS encircles forested hilltop in Matarraña

This ring-shaped house threads between trees in a Catalonian forest, and is the second in a series of dream holiday homes designed by leading architects for the French developer Christian Bourdais. Brussels-based Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen designed the property for the development in the mountainous region of Matarraña, where Bourdais is planning to eventually build

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NGNP Arquitectos uses faceted roof to define offices for startups in western Spain

An angular roof folds over this business centre for startups in western Spain, which Seville-based NGNP Arquitectos has split into two blocks by a narrow courtyard. The 789-square-metre Centro Integral de Desarrollo, or Integral Development Centre, acts as an incubator for entrepreneurs and is set on the outskirts of the small town of Calamonte in Spain’s Badajoz province. NGNP Arquitectos

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Gimeno + Guitart creates chevron-patterned concrete for church of Santa Maria Assumpta

Architecture studio Gimeno + Guitart has completed a church and parish centre in Tarragona, Spain, featuring concrete walls patterned with angular etchings. The church of Santa Maria Assumpta is situated in the city’s Bonavista neighbourhood on a plot adjacent to a plaza. It comprises a robust concrete polyhedron flanked by a translucent metallic volume. Madrid-based architects Daniel Gimeno

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Zooco Estudio uses granite to unify disparate blocks of Gallician arts centre

Spanish Zooco Estudio has completed a complex of granite-clad buildings in the city of Verín that come together to form an arts centre for the Galician region. The architects were awarded the Silver A’Design Award for their 3,750-square-metre arts centre, which is made up of ten separate spaces housed within irregularly-cut, stone-clad volumes. The larger block contains a submerged auditorium, with the smaller

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Floating steel staircase takes centre stage in granite house by Marcos Miguélez

A staircase featuring cantilevered treads connects the library and living room at the centre of this rough granite-clad house in the Spanish town of Magaz de Abajo. Local architect Marcos Miguélez was asked to create the first home for a young couple with an interest in contemporary architecture. Casa VMS occupies a triangular plot on the edge of the town, which

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Renzo Piano completes stilted art gallery on Santander waterfront

Thousands of shimmering ceramic discs cover the stilted volumes of Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín art gallery, which stands on the docks in the Spanish city of Santander. The Centro Botín is Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first building in Spain, and is part of a wider redevelopment of Santander’s Pereda Gardens. It occupies a former ferry car park in a newly created piece of the park,

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Sunday Sanctuary: From Such Great Heights

It’s no secret that I have had my fair share of ‘loft’ day-dreaming… and one look at this space and those only too familiar feelings start creeping back in. Reminiscent of a lust-worthy, nonchalant New York abode, this particular interior tour is located in Barcelona, Spain. Built over a century ago, and once a working warehouse, the […]

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‘The Hidden Pavilion’ By Panelas Architects

Suspended over a small waterfall, ‘The Hidden Pavilion’ is a space to meditate and retreat among the nature of Las Rozas, Spain.
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‘The Hidden Pavilion’ By Penelas Architects

Suspended over a small waterfall, ‘The Hidden Pavilion’ is a space to meditate and retreat among the nature of Las Rozas, Spain.
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An Experimental Residential Complex By Elisa Valero

Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Granada, Spain, the complex of eight apartments is an experimental project designed for a neighbors’ cooperative.
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Penelas Architects embeds glass and rusted-steel retreat in forest glade near Madrid

Entirely glazed walls ensure the owners of this residence designed by Penelas Architects are presented with the best possible views of a picturesque forest outside Madrid. Local studio Penelas Architects designed the two-storey Hidden Pavilion for a sloped clearing in a forest in Las Rozas – a township of Madrid – with the aim to create a space for meditation and retreat. The dense

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Photographer Sebastian Weiss presents Calatrava’s Valencian architecture as white sculptures

In his latest photo series, Sebastian Weiss hones in on bright white details of Santiago Calatrava’s Valencian art complex, blocking out the larger picture to capture a blanched kaleidoscope of repeating struts and identikit forms. The series, White Sculptures, takes a close-up look at Calatrava’s handsome but controversial City of Arts and Sciences scheme in Valencia, which has attracted

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Córdoba Cultural Centre features an undulating roof that people can walk across

A twisting tower signals the presence of this cultural centre and historical archive in Spanish city Córdoba, which features a huge sloping public square on its roof. The proposal for the regeneration of a site in Córdoba’s Sarmiento Park is the result of a collaboration between architects Ivan Castaneda, Juan Salassa and Santiago Tissot of STC Arquitectos,

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Key projects by Pritzker Prize 2017 winner RCR Arquitectes

With the news that little-known Catalan studio RCR Arquitectes has won this year’s Pritzker Prize, here’s a look at some the studio’s most important projects. Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta all studied at the School of Architecture in Vallès, and set up their practice in their home town of Olot, Catalonia, in 1988.

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Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos incorporates printing press and carpentry studio into house in northern Spain

The mint-green shutters, white walls and red tiled roof of this house and studio by Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos reference the 1940s home it replaces near the Spanish city of Burgos. When local studio Gaztelu Jerez Arquitectos was asked to draw up plans to replace the deteriorating house, the architects wanted to ensure the new home fitted in with its surroundings. While concrete structures

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Walls with integrated furniture and yellow nooks encourage play in Madrid school

Children can nestle into yellow alcoves and pull wooden furniture out of the walls at this school in Madrid by Rica Studio, which uses play to teach the English language. Local architects Rica Studio designed the two-storey Madrid flagship of the English for Fun linguistic school, aiming to booster the schoolchildren’s creativity, imaginations and stimulate all five senses. The centre

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Beta Ø Architects upgrades Madrid riding arena with slatted wooden exterior

Spanish studio Beta Ø Architects has improved the energy performance of a 1960s horse-riding arena in Madrid, by covering its dramatic concrete structure in layers of polycarbonate and timber slats. The riding arena, located just off Madrid’s Carretera de Castilla highway, was built in 1963. Madrid practice Beta Ø Architects had to begin the renovation by removing asbestos from

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Tunnel links half-buried winery building in Girona with owner’s house

Spanish architects Jorge Vidal and Victor Rahola have partially submerged this Catalonian vineyard building in the ground, and linked it to the owner’s house by a narrow tunnel. The Mont-Ras Winery in Girona is built into the slope of the vineyard terrain, leaving just one facade and the top of its flat roof fully on show. The side

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Ben Murphy photographs makeshift architecture in the mountains of southeast Spain

Photographer Ben Murphy has spent the last decade documenting the temporary dwellings created by multi-cultural nomads living in rural southeast Spain. His series called The Riverbed reveals the variety of homes created by these counter-cultural communities, ranging from customised vans and trucks, to tents and timber-framed structures. For instance, one shot shows a shelter with straw bales for walls and a

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Impracticality drives tenants out of Jean Nouvel’s Barcelona skyscraper

Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar skyscraper has been sold for the second time in just three years, with its site in Barcelona’s emerging technology district struggling to hold onto tenants. Merlin Properties paid €142 million (£123 million) for the 38-storey tower, originally designed by the French architect for the water company Agbar Group. The Spanish developer plans to invest

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The Cuevas del Pino By UMMO Estudio

Located in the picturesque foothills of Sierra Morena, Spain, the Cuevas del Pino estate is constructed right into the rock strata that gives rise to various geological formations to the area, traditionally used for farming and livestock.
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Zinc-covered bump creates double-height kitchen for San Sebastian home

A humped roof accommodates a tall glazed living space within this concrete house designed by Estudio Peña Ganchegui in San Sebastian. Spanish practice Estudio Peña Ganchegui designed Roteta House for an elongated plot in the coastal city in Spain’s Basque Country. The plot is bound on one side by a craggy stone escarpment and on its others by parking for cars

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Bunyesc Arquitectes updates old Spanish house with new polycarbonate facade

Bunyesc Arquitectes has transformed a house in northeast Spain into a low-energy building by adding a new polycarbonate plastic facade. The Lleida-based architecture studio aimed to improve living conditions in the old house, which is located in the town of Pessonada, by improving the building’s thermal efficiency. To achieve this, the team installed eight-layer polycarbonate panels to the outside of the building’s

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Marc Mogas slots prefab summer home into wooded slope in the Pyrenees

Spanish architect Marc Mogas created this prefabricated cottage in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains as a cost-effective summer retreat. Mogas designed the dwelling to be transported to the site in three modules. This helped to keep the project to its budget of €100,000 (£87,000) and allowed construction work to continue through the winter months. The pine-clad sections – one for bedrooms, another

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Álvaro Siza’s Alhambra project scrapped

Álvaro Siza’s plans for a new entrance and visitor centre at the historic Granada palace the Alhambra have been rejected. The Portuguese architect and Spanish architect Juan Domingo Santos won an international competition for the project in 2011 and revealed plans in 2014. But the architects have been asked to completely revise their proposal for the UNESCO world heritage

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Sinuous buildings curve around tiered gardens in housing concept by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Curving blocks overlap to create the sinuous form of this conceptual house, designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos to frame seven tiered gardens in Spain. Fran Silvestre’s Valencia practice drew up plans for the residence for a plot in Spain’s southernmost region of Andalusia. The architects wanted the buildings to feel like a grotto or cave. “The project consists of a house with

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Sliding polycarbonate panels open up facade of Barcelona house by H Arquitectes

Sliding polycarbonate screens are set in front of the windows covering the stepped facade of this house in Barcelona by Spanish studio H Arquitectes. The property was designed by H Arquitectes for a plot on a street corner in the Cerdanyola del Vallès district, north of the city centre. The small site previously formed part of the garden of a house occupied by

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A House At Peace With Nature By Metroarea

Inspired by the Roman villa and both Spanish and Arab cultural heritage, The Villa designed by Italian studio Metroarea fuses Mediterranean culture and the natural environment.
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Valdemonjas Winery by Agag+Paredes projects from a hillside in Spain

A+Awards: this wine production and tasting facility emerges from the vine-planted landscape of northern Spain, and was a recipient of a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The family-run Valdemonjas Winery needed a new space to make their product and attract visitors, so architects Ana Agag and Silvia Paredes teamed up to design a landmark that would be

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Board-marked concrete and pleated wood surfaces line cultural centre in 17th-century chapel

Architects Héctor Fernández Elorza and Manuel Fernández Ramírez have transformed a dilapidated chapel in Spain into a cultural centre by inserting a shell made of board-marked concrete. The Spanish architects were tasked with converting the rundown Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre into a flexible community space for Jarandilla, a village in the province of Cáceres Jarandilla de la Vera. The 100-metre-square

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The Sacred Museum by Fernando Menis Architects

Designed by Tenerife-based architect’s office Fernando Menis architects, the Sacred Art Museum and Plaza España is a preservation and enlargement operation. The plot is located on a intricate site in Adeje, Spain, on the edge of the Barranco del Inf…