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Miralles Tagliabue's works shape several parts of the globe with a Spanish touch

The Spanish architectural world is a buoyant enterprise. It might surprise some to hear that Spain has a vibrant culture of contemporary architecture.

Delayed by the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship under Franco, the emergence of modernity in Spain may have been late in coming, but today’s young architects are making up for lost time in a spectacular way.

Original personalities like César Manrique Cabrera marked a move toward the modern in the 1960s, while Richard Bofill’s innovative work in the ’70s helped bring Spanish architecture to the world stage. In the 1990s, architects such as Rafael Moneo and Santiago Calatrava began to create the look of contemporary architecture in Spain as we know it.

The book Architecture in Spain guides us through some of the most important architects. Today, we are glad to show the work of Miralles Tagliabue, whose projects, designed from his office in Barcelona, are shaping several parts of the globe with a Spanish touch.

Let us taste some of his talent.

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A solemn building but original and full of surprises that will leave no one indifferent.

No words to describe the old and modernist wine warehouse, declared “Public Property of Cultural Interest” by the Basque Government in 1999, called the Alhóndiga in Bilbao. It includes the creation of new areas under the supervision of French designer Philippe Starck.

Starck is a tireless artist. When he visited Bilbao he immediately fell in love with it and the Alhóndiga Project and started to work on it immediately after. As a result of this connection, a new urban area has flowered up. A solemn room, but original and full of surprises that will leave no one indifferent.

Let's take a look at this impressive building. Our favorite area: the library.

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Decorate your windows with style. Most windows fall into one of these categories: portrait (taller than wide), landscape (wider than high) or square. 

Light is the essence of every house. No matter how well you decorated your house if, when it comes to light, yours is a gloomy home.

When it comes to interior design ideas remember that in any home, a style that suits the people living there and their way of life is essential. Think first of your own style in order to decorate your home. Are you modern? Fancy dreamy colors as blue? Or vivid and powerful colors such as orange?

Take a look at space, Is it a small apartment? In any case, large windows will make the best out of your rooms. It will enhance your decoration and fill your living-room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with taste.

Most windows fall into one of these categories: portrait (taller than wide), landscape (wider than high) or square. There can, of course, be multiples of these and in some cases, two or more portrait windows that are side by side in a wall may become a landscape shape. Portrait windows are the most common shape and the most versatile in terms of how they can be dressed. They are often set high in the wall and can extend to the floor as with French windows. Portrait windows can take a pair of curtains in any style, most forms of blind or a single curtain, perhaps extended to the floor to accentuate the shape and held with a tieback on one side.

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Winner ARCHITECTURE: MUCA. Auditorium + Music Centre in Alicante

The Auditorium of Algueña and Casa Collage in Girona’s Call district win the Tile of Spain Awards.

Algueña is a small town in the interior of the province of Alicante, with a population of 2,000 and an economy based on agriculture and the marble industry.

The brilliant arquitectures of this magnific enterprise were asked to create a building that was capable of bringing together all of the different activities associated with the world of music and culture that take place in the town, together with cultural promotion in the future.

In the authors words: "Faced with this situation, together with the creation of an extensive programme associated with music and a maximum budget of 562,800 €, we initially proposed refurbishing a former Civil Guard barracks that had been empty since the 1980s, providing us with a surface area of 670 m2 that only needed adapting, and the construction of a new auditorium measuring 350 m2 and 230 seats. The second stage would involve the creation of a park with an open-air auditorium that would serve as a connecting point between the town and its area of future urban expansion".

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We introduce you to FLOR tiles. Amazing flooring design for your home.

Choosing flooring for your home is no easy task. you need to take into account many variables such as what room it will be used in, the size of the space, the climate in the room, who will use the room and what it will be used for, how long the flooring needs to last, what kind of wear and tear it will need to withstand and how much it will cost, to name but a few.

Nontheless, we'll introduce you here today to a new kind of flooring. FLOR tiles. No nails, padding or glue is required.  They're easy to replace should they get damaged and easy to take up and clean if necessary. Such a pity it's only available in the US and Canada!

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