The Mosque of Cordoba is one of the most precious architectural wonders in Spain
The Cathedral within the Mosque of Cordoba is located in the historic center of the city and shows a mixture of different architectural styles, as it was built and modified over nine centuries.
The most impressive is certainly its Moorish architecture, one of the most beautiful examples of this art in Spain. When one approaches the modest facade one hardly can imagine to find in its interior one of the greatest monuments of all the country. British author Gerald Brenan wrote: it is the most beautiful and original building of all Spain.
With an extension of 23.000 square meters it is the third-biggest mosque in the world. Its construction started in the year 785 and initiated the so-called Califal style, which combined Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Syrian and Persian elements. This style dominated all the Moorish-Hispanic architecture of the centuries to come, up to the Mudéjar-style of Moors living in Spain after it was reconquered by Christians. Works took 234 years, so the original Gothic style is combined with Baroque and Renaissance elements Remarkable are the Cardinal's Chapel and its treasure, including a monstrance of Enrique de Arfe, an ivory crucifix of Alonso Cano and important sculptures and paintings.
Oropesa del Mar, in Castellón, Spain. It's hard to believe there's still good Architecture projects going on in Spain under this crisis. What follows is a good example of one of those current few modern architecture projects. Archdaily describes it:
"The building is organized in two pieces, shaping an L that defines the access square opened to Plana Avenue, being the natural way to the roads that are approaching from the urban center. The access from the square is common to the official buildings and housing, setting up one only entry point. The square is paved and gardened with palm trees.
One of the pieces accommodates the official buildings; the other, more complex, the housing. Both are joined by an exterior vertical communications core, formed by lift and stairs, and working as the access to the high level housing and also as an alternative and emergency way for the official part.
The residential part gives its back to the square, looking for the sun. The familiar houses are organized in the two low levels, two separated lines by an opened access corridor. Each house is disposed as an L, generating a private courtyard to which views and ventilation are directed to, with a southeast orientation".
The proposal for Zaldibar kindergarten by VAUMM is composed of two buildings, connected by playgrounds. The plan responds to a simple strategy of settlement on the site, which is to get the most out of this relationship between full and empty.
The diversity of color and interior cladding, which can be used in each room, make contrast with the external image of two buildings designed to provide an oasis of calm in the stridency and disorder in the external environment.
Seville Parque de la Música. Architecture project by Costa Fierros Arquitectos - Sara Tavares Costa, Pablo Díaz-Fierros
32,487 square metres of a a unique urban renovation linked to Sevilla Underground infrastructure works, initiated in January 2009.
According to Arch Daily, this new Parque de la Música creates a new landscape to enjoy a walk around it or have a rest in the designated areas of the park, and the continuity of the different urban itineraries, making them more convenient and accessible for everybody.There is a dual purpose: a more cohesive city, regenerated and with better internal connections, and providing a more human and better quality outdoor space and therefore better quality of life for their inhabitants.
The park is organized along a North-South promenade that reaches the station level with a gentle slope. Other transversal circulations connect the main promenade with the surrounding streets and plazas.
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