The General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus, or What Your First Architecture School Project MAY Have Looked Like….

Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

The sloping roofs, the plain-yet-elegant exterior, the sharp and angular edges and corners; this reminds me of my first building-based architecture project in the freshman year at Texas A&M. The only difference is that this building by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in Granada, Spain was professionally designed and expertly programmed in accordance to site and interior usage.  Plus, it was done VERY WELL.  What usage exactly? Well, some of the designated areas of the facility include (but are not limited to) an  Auditorium, Library and Nursery, as well as restaurants and exhibition rooms.

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House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

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The House ARM, a 1,751 square-foot home designed by OOIIO Arquitectura and situated in Toledo, Spain (some 4,000 miles — give or take — from that other one in Ohio), is a functional, cost-effective one level home that uses geometric extrusions and sections to gather as much natural sun light as possible. Continue reading “House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light”

Here’s a Pint-sized Exoskeleton That’s Helping Disabled Kids Walk!

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The engineers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a mobility-minded exoskeleton specifically for children. Even though its main purpose is to help disabled kids move around, some experts believe that the device has the ability to act as a life-saving device.

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The Raumplan House by Alberto Campo Baeza

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The Raumplan House in Aravaca, Madrid, Spain is situated on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon along the town’s western mountain range, which is well-viewed from Camarines. The concrete house, with rooftops planted with jasmine and vines, has its more public areas located at the upper levels to take advantage of the stunning, local views. Local regulations required the design team to work with a square ground plan of 12×12 m, the team devised a “2+2+2 is much more than 6” design proposal, dividing the plan into four 6×6 m squares, as well as raising the ground planes — square by square –with a simple helicoidal movement. Continue reading “The Raumplan House by Alberto Campo Baeza”

Gaudí’s Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026

This is the epitome of patience, as it has only taken 133 years since the laying of the foundation of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família for the project’s construction to finally enter its final phase. The project’s directing architect Jordi Faulí, who is overseeing the completion of six new towers that will raise the “Tower of Jesus Christ” to approximately 566-foot-tall, stated that it would become the tallest religious structure in Europe and Barcelona’s tallest building in a recent public statement. The final stage won’t only include the construction of the 566 foot Tower of Jesus Christ, but will include five other 443-foot towers honoring the Virgin Mary and the four apostles.

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And now, a House of No Seasons…

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The purpose behind the Seasonless House was to have clients design their climate to increase their domesticity.  The home combines a unique form of urban planning taking place in Vinaroz and other nearby cities along the coast of Castellón. The city developed a compact and suitable form of urban planning, based simultaneously on the temporality of the two main local seasons of the calendar year.  The Seasonless House disassociates itself from that way of living to create its own environment, domestic, adaptable and resilient for all seasons of the year.  This method turns it into a building that creates a personal climate, individual to each inhabitant. It becomes a house without exterior, as everything external is also internal. All that is internal is external. My land is your land. Your land is my land, something, something, something…

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Guerrilla Smartglass & Cutesy Apple – WIRed #115

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It’s time for Episode 115 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses Spain’s guerrilla architect, intuitive smartglass control, how Atari inspired Apple, and the world’s cutest WWE superfan! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Guerrilla Smartglass & Cutesy Apple – WIRed #115”

Ventilated Prefabs Zero Points Double Shot of Black History – WIRed #88

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It’s time for Episode 88 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses well-prepared and well-ventilated prefabricated homes, a movie filmed for the Oculus Rift, and a DOUBLE SHOT of Black History with Joseph Saulter in Gaming and Ms. Jackie Moore in Pro Wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Ventilated Prefabs Zero Points Double Shot of Black History – WIRed #88”

This Prefab Portable Home is Nicer Than Your Prefab Portable Home…

These prefabricated houses made at northern Spain’s CNC (computer numerical control) mill factory are called “ÁPH80,” and are designed by architect Camino Alonso, the co-owner of architectural firm Ábaton. The prefab homes are compact 29.5 by 9.84 feet units that can be carried inside a truck and deployed to the final (read temporary) site wtithin 20 minutes. The houses themselves are made of CNC-milled grey cement-board panels that are then locked together, providing a “sleek exterior” while still featuring a ventilated façade.  The layers contained on the exterior come with 10 centimeters of insulation to make the prefab home thermally efficient—which is useful for those who wish to be “off the grid” — so even without an air conditioning unit on a very hot Madrid day, the home’s interior stays relatively cool. Continue reading “This Prefab Portable Home is Nicer Than Your Prefab Portable Home…”

The House with The Floating Staircase…

The staircase is often considered one of the most interesting and/or spectacular features of any multi-story building.  Whether it’s strictly utilitarian or presented as a grand feature, they can become a main focus and attraction of the building’s interior. Right here we have the Casa C-51, designed by Spanish architecture studio Ábaton, and it’s a nice home. It’s an award-winning sustainably built house with a raw concrete central staircase, which is my favorite feature of the house. That same suspended stairs link the entry and living room with the second floor. I think it’s designed to either have you feel like you’re in a live-action MC Escher painting, feel unsure of letting small children use it, or feel like David Bowie in Labyrinth. More pictures after the break.

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