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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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Barcelona impressive Arquitecture

You might have walked through the streets of Barcelona, delighted with its fantastic views, its gorgeous buildings and its magnificent Arquitecture. Today, though, we present you this colourful work you might have failed to notice.

Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, where Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitects Associats created a huge, undulating canopy for an existing, neo-classical-style market building in a large square in 2005.

The canopy consists of a mosaic of 325,000 hexagonal brick tiles "whose various colors recall a sill life of produce," according to the exhibition's catalogue, which also noted that "an elevator will be completed in the coming year to bring visitors up from market level."Barcelona impressive Arquitecture

You might have walked through the streets of Barcelona, delighted with its fantastic views, its gorgeous buildings and its magnificent Arquitecture. Today, though, we present you this colourful work you might have failed to notice.

Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, where Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Miralles Tagliabue Arquitects Associats created a huge, undulating canopy for an existing, neo-classical-style market building in a large square in 2005.

The canopy consists of a mosaic of 325,000 hexagonal brick tiles "whose various colors recall a sill life of produce," according to the exhibition's catalogue, which also noted that "an elevator will be completed in the coming year to bring visitors up from market level."

Magnificent Arquitecture. Metropol Parasol by J. Mayer H.

This magnificent Metropol Parasol is well-known in Spain by being the place chosen for the 15-M  in Seville. The 2011 Spanish protests, also referred to as the 15-M Movement and the Indignants movement, are a series of ongoing demonstrations in Spain whose origin can be traced to social networks and Real Democracy NOW (Spanish: Democracia Real YA) among other civilian digital platforms and 200 other small associations.

But we are talking Arquitecture here. Architects J. Mayer. H are the authors of a giant latticed timber canopy as part of their redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnación in Seville, Spain.

The Metropol Parasol scheme includes an archaeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, and bars and restaurants, all contained beneath and within the parasol structure.

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The new media art school in Malaga is a clear example of fine arquitecture brought to society

Be amazed. Spain is starting to be part of a new arquitectural movement. Fine arquitecture starts to be all around us. You can breathe it in the streets, in all public buildings such as libraries or universities. Houses are being constructed with a new sense of taste. It might be a difficult period for much of us, but, the positive side is things we felt like we could never reach in other times, are pretty affordable nowadays.

An example for this wonderful reconstruction of the world we live in are libraries and universities. The new school for media art in Málaga, situated in the South of Spain, is a magnificent piece of art made for us mere citizens.

Enjoy these images and feel free to make any comments or suggestions for future posts. At the bottom of this post you will find the information of this project from it's arquitects at MVRDV.

 

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The cloud of Knowledge reminds to the nightmare of 9/11

MVDRV Arquitecture Studios have recently created a polemic building. The cloud of Knowledge. Two high-rises connected by a “pixelated cloud” structure that, tragically, calls to mind the kinds of images you don’t really want to call to mind when looking at a new set of twin towers: the 9/11.