Specific arrangements, formal details and characteristics can help define the purpose, style or concept of an architectural work. These tags help identify particular features and the role they play.




hospital in the forest
the typical room

The hospital rooms are designed to ensure the well-being and health of patients. The rooms are separated by a courtyard with greenery that provides privacy and natural lighting.

Pedraza house
the kitchen

The kitchen is a generous space full of light. The continuity of the polished concrete pavement, the large windows and the distribution around an island make this room blend with the surrounding landscape.

hotel lobby, the new social space

Gone are the days when the lobby is just a transition from the outside realm to the guestroom. Halls are now the social hub – the heart and epicentre of a hotel. Guests are savvier, more informed and crave for something more substantial than the comfort their clean guest rooms can give. Travellers steer away […]

Shoreditch hotel
the aerial view

From the aerial view, the urban presence of the hotel can be seen in its context. The dark figure slightly turned towards the intersection and the design of its iconic checkered faƧade create a symbolic and recognisable image.

connecting riads
the floor plan layout of the large flats

The most extensive flats in the residential complex have four and five bedrooms. The living room has the dimensions and distribution typical of the traditional typology and has a balcony to the interior riad.

market eight
the facade detail

Flows of people, personnel and goods are very important in shopping centres. The Market Eight consists of a striking semi-transparent faƧade and a series of interlocking slabs that make it easy to find your way around the building.

Dulwich house
the lounge area

The ground floor extension to the rear garden provides ample living space, which also receives abundant natural light through large windows and skylights.

Pedraza house
the staircase

The staircase is defined by the profile of its steps, lined with oak wood. The light sets the rest of the space, where the doors and railings are concealed to give prominence to the ascending path.

market eight
the physical model

The building’s five interconnected volumes are adapted to the shape of the plot, which is surrounded by a river. This configuration can be seen in the model, which also shows the courtyards and the faƧade.

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Old St

The building is presented as a rotund, stone volume with a chequered pattern of faƧade openings. This solid, almost tectonic composition is distorted by the deformation of the solid, which turns into a provocative gesture as it reacts to the flow of urban traffic.

Ashley Gardens
the reception room

The living/dining room enjoys views of the street, and has access to the balcony. The herringbone wooden flooring contrasts with the white walls and ceilings and the neutral colours of the furniture.

wavescape pavilion
the interior view

The interior of the pavilion has a large central column supporting the fungiform roof. Around the circular hall, there is a raised walkway that connects the different pavilions and allows a view of the sea through the faƧade.

Pedraza house
the open-plan ground floor

The ground floor is a mosaic of interconnected spaces through glass partitions. The visual relationship between them gives a sensation of amplitude, and the simplicity of the forms and finishes create a serene atmosphere in connection with nature.

Burke house
the site plan

The floor plan shows the position of the original dwelling and the extension. The entrance has generous parking space and there is a pavilion in front of the house with a jacuzzi.

wrap manifesto
the elevation and the cross section

The refurbishment of the existing building consists of the optimisation of the interior spaces, an extension and the installation of a new envelope that unifies the image of the complex, providing an institutional and contemporary appearance.

K house
the open space

The free form that the house adopts can be appreciated in the interior, a fluid and diaphanous space that is defined by the views and the light.

Shoreditch hotel
the hotel room

The hotel is designed for young people looking for an urban experience. The industrial-style interior design combines concrete, metal and wood to create a minimalist and functional atmosphere.

spliced towers
the residential floor plan layouts

The residential blocks have four two-bedroom flats per stairwell with garden views, cross-ventilation and balconies facing north and south.

performing arts complex
the general floor plan layout

The floor plan of the performing arts centre shows how the auditorium and rehearsal hall buildings surround the Kaoshiung Sea Bay.

house of arts
the physical model

The model of the building, which is made out of methacrylate, shows the concept of the architectural work: the House of Arts is made up of different capsules between round-shaped planes.

structural systems

Structural systems are the bearing components that, working together, can transmit the building’s loads to the foundation, guaranteeing balance and stability without suffering incompatible distortions.

market eight
the construction detail

This three-dimensional construction detail shows the building’s construction system and the functioning of the faƧade. The waffle slabs allow for large overhangs, while the tempered glass louvres adapt to the curves around the perimeter.

hospital in the forest
the night view

The sober form of the building is wrapped in translucent louvred skin. This permeable layer allows seeing the inner facade, made of large openings and courtyards with greenery.

Burke house
the living room

The living room is the heart of the house and visually articulates all the spaces. The double-height offers a generous amplitude that extends to the staircase leading up to the office on the upper floor.

market eight
the first floor plan

The circulation system of the shopping centre is based on an axis linking the five volumes of the building and a series of ring-shaped corridors around it. These open-air balconies, protected by glass louvres, provide a pleasant space for strolling and visiting the shops.

performing arts complex
the cafeteria

The cafeteria of the performing arts centre is enclosed by an undulating faƧade made of twisted wooden slats that form a dynamic and protective envelope.

ramp up the 'mun
the ground floor plan

The ground floor of this renovated cultural building shows the public square from which the exhibition hall is accessed. The square is enclosed at both ends, while the front is framed by the bridge containing the residential module.

maragato lofts
the facade

The shape of the faƧade openings responds to defined visual axes. The protruding balconies and the angled recesses seek to achieve the best views of the surroundings.

cuƱa house
the reception room

From the garden, the living room occupies a central position between the open kitchen, the travertine windbreak at the entrance and the concrete stairs leading to the upper floor.

wavescape pavilion
the birdview

The pavilion occupies a central position in the bay in front of the thematic exhibition site. From the pavilion’s terrace, you can see the marina, the quay and the breakwater.

Dehan village
the village skyline and the mountains

The landscape composition is based on a rhythmic and almost melodic repetition of key elements. The orientation of the houses, their levels and the random window sizes result in an arbitrary and naive appearance, similar to the vernacular architecture.

fragmented house
the main entrance

From the main entrance, you can see the symbolic shape of the volume of the house, which resembles a series of overlapping boxes. A generous corridor leads to the main entrance hall, which is enclosed by a natural stone wall at the front.

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Paul St

At nightfall, the light from the hotel windows underlines the chequered pattern of the black concrete faƧade, creating an easily recognisable icon that serves as an urban landmark for the restaurant and shopping area.

connecting riads
the south courtyard

The lower part of the building encloses the most intimate and secluded garden. Around this space, there are homes on the ground floor, so they have private gardens protected by a fence along its perimeter.

wrap manifesto
the physical model

The building is situated close to a steep slope, so the new extension also serves as a pedestrian bridge connecting the upper street with the main avenue. This secondary public access is linked to the access to the multi-purpose hall.

Atienza music hall
the nave and the apse

The nave of the church is represented with a new steel structure. In this way, the space becomes an open-air auditorium where you can enjoy the music and the view of the landscape while appreciating the ruin as per the original layout.

Pedraza house
the porch

The cantilevered canopy that covers the porch of the house frames the view of the landscape. The living room becomes a glass enclosure, which opens a corner to see the horizon.

Burke house
the courtyard

The inner courtyard articulates the space planning of the house while infusing perfectly with the countryside surrounding the property. It provides intimacy to the bedroom, abundant natural light to the living room and depth to the staircase.

BolaƱos house
the stone wall

The interior of the living room has a black natural stone wall illuminated by a skylight. The dining table separates the foyer from the lounge area and is surrounded by stackable chairs designed by Vener Panton.

Dehan village
the typical cluster of villas

The diagonal arrangement of the houses does not only respond to the triangulation of the land. The rotation of the villas results in obtuse and sharp angles that allow for privacy control. In each group of houses, residents can enjoy the landscape without seeing the neighbours.

Dulwich house
the back yard

The brick facade of the original house contrasts with the appearance of the new extension, which looks like a steel and glass box. The thickness of the roof and walls gradually decreases until it ends in a tapered steel profile that offers a light and sophisticated look.

connecting riads
the floor plan layout of the small flats

The rational modulation of the building structure allows flexible distribution of the housing units so that the development can be adjusted during the selling process according to demand.

Atienza music hall
the architectural model

This three-dimensional representation, made of wood and copper, allows us to observe the project as a whole, and to understand how the accesses and levels are resolved in the steep terrain where the church is located.

Xu Beihong foundation
the atrium

The central atrium of the building is a space illuminated by a large skylight. The plasticity of its concrete walls reminds us of a natural cave dominated by the stairs leading to the upper level.

connecting riads
the riad facade

The massing of the building is a balance of filled and empty spaces. The large openings are balanced with the rotundity of the hanging balconies, cantilevering over the inner courtyard.

hospital in the forest
the cross section

The site of the transplant centre is a sloping plot of land that is urban in character but surrounded by lush vegetation.

nature in architecture: choosing the right tree

The integration of nature and architecture has proven to be extremely vital in preserving the ecological system and improving the quality of life of its occupants. A symbiotic relationship between the two entails landscape designers and architects to design with nature’s evolving patterns.

wrap manifesto
the entrance lobby

The main entrance hall is a generous, well-lit double-height space with a large reception desk and serves as a foyer for the multifunctional conference room.

fragmented house
the front porch

The first-floor bedroom forms a cantilever over the ground floor. This semi-covered space creates a porch in front of the dining room and kitchen which is raised above the garden level. The natural stone wall contrasts with the simple materials of the faƧade and the floor.

Dulwich house
the bench

The rough texture of the old brick party wall of the house becomes a distinctive element enhanced by the zenithal light from the skylight. Along this wall, there is a wooden seat, it’s an informal piece of furniture that serves as a sofa, bookshelf and tv bench.

what is organic architecture?

Horizontal volumes of cantilever combined with an inside steady stream of a waterfall – there is no better example of the harmony between nature and architecture than Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater House.

Atienza music hall
the site plan

The intervention integrates the building into its surroundings through comprehensive landscape design. The new access ramps, the trees and the gardens help to enhance the monument in context.

hospital in the forest
the main elevation

From the main road, the building looks like a floating volume above a podium. The exposed basement provides access to the emergency room while the main lobby can be seen through the transparency of the ground floor.

Zain tower
the functional diagram

The tower is composed of a basement, a commercial podium and ten floors of offices. The vertical communication core is located in the centre and the top floor contains MEP services.

Burke house
the physical model

The cardboard model represents the extension of the house and the new jacuzzi pavilion in relation to the structure of the existing house.

maragato lofts
the living room and kitchen

In contrast to the orthogonal rigidity of the exterior, the interior spaces are wrapped in soft, rounded corners. The oak flooring and the concrete ceiling offer a warm visual tone while a featured wooden slats partition serves as a transition and articulates the space.

cuƱa house
the exposed concrete stairs

The concrete stairs have been carefully cast to create a sculptural and minimalist element whose silhouette can be seen through the translucent glass of the window.

cuƱa house
the section and elevation

The elevation and section of the house show the simplicity of the volume, a simple wedge-shaped pitched roof allowing for two storeys, double-height space and a courtyard open to the sky.

house of arts
the site model

The building completes an urban block in an area bordering the historic centre and a busy ring road.

K house
the massing diagram

The spatial distribution of the house differentiates the spaces for daytime use on the ground floor and those for nighttime use on the upper floor.

hospital in the forest
the floor plan layouts

The organisation of the hospital is based on an articulated floor plan according to the functions of each department. Supplies, parking and emergency rooms are on the ground floors, patient rooms are on the middle floors and the operating theatres are on the top floor, close to the heliport.

Pedraza house
section

The cross-section shows the different heights of the slab that articulate the relationship between the living room, the courtyard and the upper floor.

Burke house
the walking wardrobe

The dressing room is a warm and comfortable space with large floor-to-ceiling wardrobes on both sides. The window to the garden provides abundant natural light sifted by the wooden slats, close enough to give privacy but separated to appreciate the landscape.

Burke house
the master bedroom

The bedroom is a spacious and functional space open to the landscape. The furniture merges with the architecture to create a warm and cosy atmosphere governed by light and textures.

market eight
the view from the courtyard

The main entrance to the shopping centre is located in one of the larger courtyards. This public space serves as a plaza for events and visually articulates the different levels of the building.

Zain tower
the facade detail

The external facade of the tower is defined by a series of horizontal slabs. Prefabricated pieces of GRC cover the edges, carefully positioned to cover the part exposed of the floor below due to the rotation of the storeys. Between them, a series of vertical louvres protect the glazing against the sun.

connecting riads
the view from the top

From the top of the roof terrace, you can see the winding silhouette of the building and the view of the city in the background. The image conveys the symbolism of the building’s shape, its relationship with the landscape and the functionality and comfort of the apartments.

hospital in the forest
the detailed section

The entrance lobby on the ground floor is a generous double-height space open to the public plaza, while the operation rooms on the top floor are connected to the heliport and the roof garden.

cuƱa house
the floor plan layouts

The ground floor comprises a spacious living/dining room with open plan kitchen, a utility area with laundry room and two guest bedrooms. On the upper floor is the master bedroom with a patio with jacuzzi.

market eight
the main entrance

The image of the mall at night is dynamic, colourful and vibrant. The pink glass louvres are oriented in opposite directions on each floor, creating an interesting glare and reflection effect.

cuƱa house
the concept diagram

This three-dimensional illustration shows the uses of the dwelling, its formal structure and access points.

Xu Beihong foundation
the top terrace

The upper part of the building leads to the terrace, a space where the tour of the exhibition rooms ends, where visitors can enjoy the natural surroundings where the museum is located.

BolaƱos house
the dining room

The dining room is a transition space to the living room in this open-plan flat. The space is illuminated by the skylight in the ceiling and the large windows facing the garden. The interior design combines neutral colours to create an elegant atmosphere where the texture of the stone wall stands out.

Dulwich house
the staircase

The stairs are designed as a sculptural piece of furniture. Made of natural and lacquered wood, they provide wide steps towards the second floor while hiding a small toilet underneath. On the side, and following an orthogonal composition, they form a bookcase in front of the dining room.

spliced towers
the office towers

The four office towers have a faƧade clad in wood, natural stone and glass. The composition forms a pattern of irregular vertical lines in shades of brown and ochre.

wavescape

The old ambition of producing a really moving architecture succeeds when it responds to the site and brief requirements. The proposal for the thematic pavilion of the 2012 Yeosu international exhibition has a focus for the people to experience and understand this liquid element through the specific place in which it is located: the ocean.

Allison house
the double height space

The extension of the house introduces an interior courtyard that provides light to the living/dining room. In front of the elongated courtyard window, a double-height gap is formed to change the perception of space and bring a feeling of spaciousness to the ground floor.

ramp up the 'mun
the concept diagram

This conceptual diagram is an exploded axonometric view showing the flats, the showroom and the roof of the old boiler.

hospital in the forest
the physical model

The top view of the physical model shows the relation between the building and its context. The urban park is linked to the main plaza and the urban design provides access for vehicles and pedestrians from the south side of the plot.

fragmented house
the living room

The main entrance to the house is hidden behind a natural stone wall which provides privacy to the dining room. The living room overlooks the front garden through a large window that can be opened with sliding doors.

the value of unconventional thought

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cuƱa house
the ground floor

The ground floor comprises the common areas of the house, the kitchen, the living room and the dining room, from which you can access the garden through a large sliding glass door.

wrap manifesto
the louvered facade

The institutional image of an office building does not have to be cold and intimidating. The headquarters of the Cluj Regional Council brings a welcoming, friendly and domestic design that represents an environmentally friendly building that is close to its community.

Allison house
the floor plan layouts

This renovation design transforms a small Victorian house into a contemporary six-bedroomed residence with two comfortable terraces and a spacious living and dining room at ground floor level.

spliced towers
the facade detail

The office towers are wrapped in a curtain wall of modular parts. The faƧade cladding combines strips of wood, stone and glass of different widths.

elemental complex
the birdview

The buildings occupy the plot in a hexagonal pattern. The hotel towers and offices are located in the north, while the urban density descends towards the south.

wavescape pavilion
the concept diagram

The building has a garden terrace which is accessed via a spiral ramp. Beneath the secondary pavilions is a floating garden around which the faƧade floats.

ramp up the 'mun
the floor plan layouts

The floor plans of this cultural building include the car park, the cafeteria, the shops, the offices, the flats, the artists’ studios and the exhibition hall.

Allison house
the lounge area

The living room of the house is a multifunctional space that combines a dining room, kitchen and relaxation area. The stony-looking Ela sofas by Piet Boon placed on a polished concrete floor give a natural and organic look to the interior design.

Zain tower
the brise-soleil

The building envelope is made of sun-shading structures. On one side the protruding slab edges, cladded with prefabricated GRC pieces, cast shadows against the glazing. The glass louvres offer an additional layer of protection.

Dehan village
the villa cross sections

The cross-section of the villas shows the relationship between spaces, connected by double heights. The unique shape of the roof and the openings result in a fluid and diaphanous space.

fragmented house
the front yard

The main faƧade of this contemporary style detached house has large windows and a cantilevered body overlooking the garden where the swimming pool and a gazebo are located. The ground floor has a porch in front of the dining room and kitchen.

ramp up the 'mun
the physical model

The model of the building shows the relationship of the new flats to the old structure. The central square becomes a multifunctional public space for art.

net-zero waste in construction

Landfills are filling up incessantly, and the construction sector is accountable for 40% of the waste. The waste generated in the life-cycle of a building accounts not only from the construction itself but more so on the phases of design, operation and demolition.

maragato lofts
the west elevation

The building facade aligns with heights of the adjacent buildings, blends with the historic architecture offering a regular balanced composition and it’s coronated with a zinc roof that looks like an interpretation of the traditional dormers.

K house
the slatted wooden facade

The wooden slatted faƧade of the upper floor, topped by the line of the flat roof slab, cuts out the lush vegetation at the back.

wavescape pavilion
the floor plan layouts

The building consists of two main circular pavilions connected to four secondary pavilions. In plan, the building has an organisation reminiscent of a water molecule.

spliced towers
the cross sections

The longitudinal sections of the building complex show the basements, the landscaping and the distance between the office towers and the residential blocks.

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

AQSOā€™s proposal for the Boilerhouse studios in Dublin, an urban regeneration project including cultural and residential spaces in Ballymun, has been shortlisted for the 10th edition of Europan.

K house
the rear garden

The living room has views towards the west, to capture the sunset light. A large window with curved glass opens to the rear garden, which has a comfortable space to gather around the fire.

wrap manifesto
the main elevation

From the main avenue, the green faƧade of the building can be seen, blending in with the vegetation of the urban landscape. The walkway linking the top of the hill becomes the roof of the ground floor, which extends to form an entrance canopy.

the controversy of flat roofs

The building’s roof is not just a dispensable component in construction. It is a distinctive element with a rich history of typology.

Burke house
the physical model

The top view of the architectural model reveals the relationship between the different buildings comprising the project: the existing house, the extension, the landscape design and the spa pavilion.

K house
the dining area

The dining area is a bright and spacious space. The windows with curved glass form a sort of modern conservatory or veranda overlooking the garden, protected by the cantilever of the upper terrace.

Pedraza house
floor plan layouts

The floor plan layouts of the house show a rational and straightforward spatial planning, which articulates zones and uses based on the natural light orientation, the views and the shape of the plot.

K house
the living room

The living room, located at a slightly lower level than the rest of the ground floor, defines a functional, welcoming and relaxed space with large, custom-made sofas. The large windows capture the light of the sunset and make the outside garden part of this lounge area.

Zain tower
the retail store

The tower base leaves a public space on the corner of the plot to mark the entrance of the flagship store. This gesture defines the rotation of the tower and provides a welcoming access point protected by the cantilever of the floors above.

market eight
the rear facade

Market Eight is a free-form, undulating building that encloses courtyards between its curves. The faƧade is a permeable envelope formed by coloured glass louvres. The landscape design surrounding the building continues this organic language.

Dehan village
the floor plan layouts

The villas are distributed on three levels connected by a central staircase core. The most public spaces are arranged on the lower levels while the bedroom occupies the upper floor.

Pedraza house
the cantilever

The house is an open viewpoint that captures and forms part of the landscape. With a simple gesture, the flat green roof is extended to form a cantilevered porch. The simple materials are combined with pure lines and the transparency of the large windows.

market eight
the view from the river

The different levels of the shopping centre stand out as horizontal lines on the colourful faƧade of the building. The escalators connecting the different floors on the outside contribute to the organic and dynamic image of the building.

elemental complex
the view from the courtyard

The hexagonal configuration of the residential complex gives rise to pedestrianised public squares with commercial premises on the ground floor.

wavescape pavilion
the view from the seaside

From the seashore, the circular modules of the pavilion are enveloped in a translucent skin formed by the horizontal slats floating in the sea.

elevations and facade systems

Cross sections are the parts we obtain cutting straight through the building, exposing both the interior and the constructive system.

house of arts
the facade detail

The faƧade of this public building is made of coloured glass louvres. The floor slabs on each floor are free-form and form balconies and overhangs.

connecting riads
the external elevations

The exterior elevations show a unique pattern formed by the long balconies and the sliding panels that protect them from the sun.

maragato lofts
floor plan layouts

There is one apartment per floor in this building, while the top recessed volume has a duplex with a terrace. The inner courtyard offers access through a perimeter corridor, with a distribution of openings in line with the main faƧade.

Allison house
the kitchen peninsula

The white Silestone kitchen worktop creates a generous peninsula in front of the window. This high table surrounded by ‘tractor stools’ is a perfect dining and breakfast corner.

connecting riads
the big facade openings

The housing blocks have large holes or perforations that allow light to enter the courtyards. These semi-public spaces have abundant vegetation and allow residents to enjoy a garden with views.

folded auditorium
the cafeteria

The cafeteria is located under the auditorium stands, as can be seen in the curved reinforced concrete ceiling. This open-plan space is fragmented by a combination of fixed wooden counters and an arrangement of informal loose furniture so the space works also as a waiting room.

Pedraza house
the lounge area

The living room is the heart of the house. The double-height space vertebrates the areas of daily use and connects it with the outdoor landscape. The kitchen is separated by recessed sliding glass doors that open up space, so the living is linked to the bar located there.

K house
the entrance

The entrance of the house is made through a sloping walk on the side of the plot. The upper floor faces the meeting point. The access can be seen through the curved walls.

Dehan village
the master bedroom

The master bedroom enjoys not only the wide exterior views but also the spaciousness of the double-height interior space that connects the living room and the dining room.

ramp up the 'mun
the facade detailed view

The block containing the artists’ studios consists of units with double-height spaces that can be used as workshops. The faƧade and roof are pierced by large windows of different sizes.

connecting riads
the floor plan layouts

The general floor plan layouts show the two large courtyards articulating the urban arrangement of the plot. A generous park inserted between the buildings introduces a fluid language connecting the access points.

old is new at Today Art Museum

On the occasion of the the 70th Anniversary of John Lennon’s Birth, Beijing-based Today art museum organized last October 16th an outdoor event including multimedia video projections, poetry readings, music performances and discussions under the name “old is new“.

connecting riads
the boulevard view

From the broad boulevard, the building presents a resounding and iconic image. The silhouette is reminiscent of the archetype of the gabled-roofed house, providing an exciting play of scales.

Dulwich house
the floor plan layouts

The floor plans show the spaces for daytime use on the first floor and those for nighttime use on the upper floor. The extension of the house provides a large living room and an additional bedroom.

circulation, use and flow

Circulation, use and flow diagrams are excellent tools to illustrate the functions and flexibility of space.

cuƱa house
the view from the garden

The double-height living room space opens onto the outdoor garden through a large sliding glass door that allows you to enjoy the serene view of the landscape.

BolaƱos house
the rooflight detail

The elongated skylight that opens up the roof along the stone wall emphasises the texture of the slate masonry. The back wall is painted dark grey to create a contrast with the white ceiling.

Dulwich house
the skylights

The skylight is a delicate composition made of stainless steel profiles, tempered glass and plasterboard that serves to conceal the beams of the new slab structure. The flared shape of the openings allows more light to enter and enhances the dynamic appearance of the ceiling.

Xu Beihong foundation
the cross section

This section of the museum shows the central atrium on the first floor, covered by the skylight, and the various exhibition rooms.

wavescape pavilion
the view from the marina

The themed pavilion for the World Expo floats on the sea and is connected to the quay via a gangway. The floating faƧade of horizontal slats creates a moirƩ effect as it moves with the waves.

spliced towers
the detail of the towers faƧade

View of the office towers. The faƧade is formed by a curtain wall of stone, glass and wood in dark colours to form a modern and contemporary design.

fragmented house
the floor plan layouts

The ground floor of the house has a living room, kitchen, an office and two bedrooms. On the upper floor are the master bedroom and the solarium. At the back of the house is the garage, which provides a secondary entrance to the house.

connecting riads
the upper floor plans

The upper floors show the key elements of the project: the two large block courtyards, the landscape design and the formation of the stepped roof terraces.

connecting riads
the south courtyard

The large block courtyards are pedestrian areas with abundant vegetation. The gardens have fountains and tropical trees, giving the perception of a fresh oasis in the heart of the residential compound.

folded auditorium
the physical model

The shape of the auditorium hall together with the circulation of the audience determine the symbolic form of the building. The external image reveals the use of the space and its public character, this being an intuitive building where form follows function.

folded auditorium
the sections and the unfolded elevation

The auditorium section shows the appearance of the concert hall, the acoustic ceiling, the fly loft, the stage, the stalls and the orchestra pit. All this is wrapped in a corrugated skin of white concrete.

Pedraza house
the inner courtyard

From the entrance of the house, and through the inner courtyard, you can perceive the spaciousness of the living room, whose profusely illuminated double-height space gives a pleasant sensation of spaciousness and comfort.

Zain tower
the floor plans

As the tower increases in height, each of its floors revolves around a central core. The result is a tower that is twisted at its base and becomes slender at the top.

spliced towers
the office facade diagram

The faƧade of office buildings is made up of a variety of openings that change in size depending on the orientation and incidence of the sun on the towers.

the illusion of weightless architecture

High-tech advancements in structural engineering give birth to the reality of intricate architectural designs. Building typologies now exceed what was once compromised because of traditional methods. The advent of Information Age will continuously break ground for the optimisation of structural systems. As innovations surge, the potential for growth in the industry provides more opportunities.

Pedraza house
the kitchen and the courtyard

The timeless design of the kitchen is based on the warmth of the wood and the simplicity of the white surfaces. The furniture is modular and functional with large oak drawers.

K house
the front garden

The front elevation of the house encloses a small patio between the dining room and the office area. This front garden is a transition space to the pool that captures the morning light.

Dulwich house
the garden pivot door

The new rear faƧade of the building has a strong, contemporary look. A steel frame subtly emphasizes the profile of the building, converted into a large flared window. When the pivot door opens, the garden becomes a natural extension of the interior.

Xu Beihong foundation
the physical model

The methacrylate model allows the interior of the building to be observed as if it were an X-ray. This transparent, laser-cut three-dimensional piece shows the stairs and the inner courtyard of the building.

folded auditorium
the concept diagram

This three-dimensional diagram explains in simplified form the uses, the circulation and the connection between the parts of the building, which are the generative foundations of the external form.

maragato lofts
the balconies

The protruding balconies, cantilevering alternately on every floor, are almost invisible. The slim metal slab cast shadows on the lower floors, enhancing the chessboard pattern effect of the composition.

connecting riads
the balconies detail

The balconies, protected by perforated wooden panels, have a subtle and sophisticated design. These protective screens filter the sunlight and project the whimsical geometric richness of the lattice into the interior.

Dehan village
the axonometric diagram

The iconic volume of the model house is the result of assembling the spaces around the main spiral staircase. The result is an interior that allows for diagonal views through the double-height spaces.

Dulwich house
the dinning room view

The skylight in the living room forms a strategic visual axis with the dining room, from which the rear garden of the house can be seen. Diffused light floods the space, decorated with Nordic style furniture.

Burke house
the main facade

The building facade conveys in a simple and elegant gesture the interior layout and the control of natural light, privacy and views. The concrete slabs create a continuous enclosure carefully protected by the glass and the wooden slats.

folded auditorium
the staircase

From the entrance hall to the auditorium, the upper floor can be accessed via an elegant staircase suspended by steel cables. The foyer is a large and luminous space with a view of the vertical garden that covers the party wall of the nearby building.

fragmented house
the staircase

The stairs occupy a central place in the entrance hall, they have a sculptural and minimalist design with a glass balustrade that allows the silhouette of the steps to be seen.

Shoreditch hotel
the facade detail

The faƧade of the hotel is made of prefabricated lightweight concrete elements, which form triangles to create a dark-coloured ruled surface on which the openings stand out like a chessboard.

Zain tower
the vertical glass shades

The architectural solar glass is protected with sun glades for an optimised daylight and energy control. The glazed shades are made of laminated glass with a metal frit.

fragmented house
the dining room

The dining room is strategically placed between the living room and the kitchen, protected from view from the entrance by a free-standing wall. The dining room enjoys views of the garden through a glass door that leads out onto the porch.

Dehan village
the landscape design

The resort is designed to offer guests a quiet and relaxed space in connection with nature. The landscape design is formed by a network of pedestrian paths and the gardens offer a subtle range of colours and textures.

connecting riads
the urban facade

The facade towards the boulevard has a series of balconies protected by sliding panels. These wooden shutters have a Moroccan tracery design that suggests a traditional reference to the contemporary design of the building.

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Pitfield St

The curved shape of the faƧade responds to the flow of pedestrians and bicycles crossing the intersection between the two main streets. The building opens up like a giant curtain to allow passage with a welcoming gesture.

cuƱa house
the view from the top floor

From the first floor of the CuƱa house, you can see the living room through an interior balcony. This space serves as a work area and lobby before entering the master bedroom.

spliced towers
the landscape design

The landscape design combines pedestrian areas, gardens and a man-made stream separating the residential area from the commercial area. A network of streets connects the buildings to facilitate vehicle access.

connecting riads
the physical model

The physical model of the project shows the majestic massing of the residential complex, the permeability of the faƧade and the generosity of the urban courtyards.

Atienza music hall
the building and the landscape

The intervention on the ruin is shown as a sculptural element with a protective character. Its form, with a definite contemporary language, responds to the distant landscape while intends to become a landmark.

folded auditorium
the view from the plaza

The auditorium has an undulating shape, the white concrete faƧade forms a balcony over the main entrance facing the square. It is an organic, futuristic design that blends into the vegetation of the urban park.

K house
the balcony

The facade of the upper floor, covered in Canadian cedarwood, gives a warm and natural character to the building. Seen through the abundant vegetation, it almost looks like a wooden house hidden in the forest.

wrap manifesto
the facade detail

The faƧade system proposed for the building functions as a double skin that provides a homogeneous appearance, it regulates ventilation and the incidence of sunlight on the curtain wall behind and introduces greenery on each level creating a vertical garden.

Zain tower
the twisted figure

The central core of the tower and the ring of columns around it allow the rotation of the floor slabs. This suggestive movement, gradually decreasing towards the top, is well appreciated from the street level, where the building leaves space for a public plaza.

maragato lofts
the view from the alley

From the narrow perpendicular street, the building is mysterious and elegant, showing its similarities and differences with the rest of historical buildings.

wavescape pavilion
the cross sections

The sections show the changing position of the pavilion faƧade depending on the tide. The skin enveloping this building on stilts floats on the surface of the sea.

Ivy foundation
the workshop area

In the central part of the premises is the workshop area, which has a low unit of pink lacquered wood and a shelving unit built into the wall.

house of arts
the longitudinal and cross sections

The cross-section drawing of this public building shows the library, exhibition hall and auditorium. This multifunctional hall is situated in the heart of the building, enveloped by a glass louvred faƧade.

Pedraza house
concept diagram

The spatial distribution of the house revolves around the landscape. The inner courtyard responds to the best sun exposure, while a large canopy extends above the double height of the living room to frame the view of the mountains to the north.

Dehan village
the living room

The living room has a large window to enjoy the views of the landscape. This double-height space is connected to the dining room through a spiral staircase and also has access to the guest room on the ground floor.

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut

The proposal for the house of arts, a large cultural building to be built in Lebanon, will be exhibited along with the rest of participants of the international competition between 23 March & 14 April 2009 at the Forum de Beyrouth.

K house
the courtyard

The house closes in on itself to embrace a small courtyard. This concave space opens up to the swimming pool, which dominates the slope on which the house is situated.

performing arts complex
the birdview

The bird’s eye view of the performing arts complex shows the radial layout of the master plan, with buildings covered with undulating roofs around the marina.

house of arts
the exhibition hall

The exhibition hall of the House of Arts is a double-height space enclosed by the same coloured glass louvres that surround the building.

connecting riads
the inner facade

The building envelope overlooking the inner courtyard has a simple and functional design. The regular arrangement of the windows contrasts with the position of the sliding shutters protecting them.

Burke house
floor plan layouts

The floor plans show the result of combining the existing house with the new extension. This spatial planning exercise provides well-articulated and functional spaces with excellent lighting and ventilation conditions.

Zain tower
the laminated glass wire mesh

From inside the offices, the arabesque motifs of the louvres can be seen. The brass metal mesh is compressed into the glass when this is in a semi-molten state. It becomes a decorative and strengthening component of the glass fins.

BolaƱos house
the living room

The heart of the house is the living room, lit by large windows and a skylight. The dark walls contrast with the ceiling and the white leather Barcelona armchairs designed by Mies van Der Rohe. The texture of the natural stone wall is highlighted by the zenithal light from the skylight.

Zain tower
the top floor

The rotation of the tower finishes on a top floor fully aligned with the urban grid. The square shape of each floorplate becomes a straight and slender figure, crowned by the sign of the telecommunications company.

Dehan village
the masterplan view

The general view of the masterplan shows the unique relationship between the architecture and the landscape. Like a mineral crystallization, the resort introduces a geometric rhythm, which, articulated by the pointed roofs, results in a varied and organic composition.

Dehan village
the spiral staircase

A secondary spiral staircase connects the living room with the dining room on the first floor. The relationship between the two is enhanced through the double-height space and the staircase adopts a sculptural presence reinforced by the light from the window.

fragmented house
the view from the porch

From the front porch of this modern home, covered by a cantilevered roof, the silhouette of the nearby village can be seen. The simple tempered glass balustrade protects the deck without obscuring the landscape, while the natural stone wall contrasts with the smooth finishes of the exterior.

Pedraza house
the dinning area

The dining area is linked to the open kitchen and the comfortable lounge area. The courtyard and the presence of the landscape flood the generous space, creating a visual connection with nature.

Zain tower
the interior

The interior is a luminous and diaphanous space. The white ceiling and the polished concrete floor give a feeling of spaciousness.

aqso and cca awarded for Liuzhou museum

The proposal for the new Industrial museum in Liuzhou presented by CCA and AQSO has been awarded the 3rd prize in the restricted competition organised by the local government. The museum is intended to use a 62000 sqm old factory near the Liu river in the second largest city in the Guangxi province (China).

performing arts complex
the promenade towards the marina

The undulating concrete roofs and meandering walls of wooden slats characterise the pavilions that make up the building. The pedestrian walkways leading to the marina are landscaped with lush bamboo shrubs.

Atienza music hall
the cross section

The section of the building shows the relationship between the ruin and the new building. Formal language and materials further differentiate these two styles, combined to provide a new use of the space.

Ivy foundation
the entrance

The entrance has a waiting room that connects to the workshop area. The interior design is bright and combines translucent glass partitions with simple coloured furniture.

wrap manifesto
the concept diagram

The diagram shows the different uses of the new building extension modules and the unifying treatment applied to the faƧade. The result is a more compact and symbolic volume with an improved institutional and intuitive access control.

K house
the floor layouts

The floor of the house adopts an organic form with soft lines. The distribution embraces the landscape to define spaces where the interior is blended with the exterior.

lighting study

Lighting studies are scientific analyses of the illumination requirements of space, to guarantee comfort and energy-efficiency conditions.

special mention for atienza hall

AQSO has been awarded an honorable mention for the restoration of Santa Maria de Atienza in Huete, Spain. A simply folded steel piece covers the remains of the church and creates a space from which to contemplate the landscape.

market eight
the ground floor plan

The ground floor of the building has a large pedestrian area that allows circulation between the five groups of shops. In the larger courtyards there are escalators to the upper levels. In each of the five main blocks there are also lift cores and staircases.

fragmented house
the swimming pool

The property has a sports pool and an outdoor spa in the front garden. This elongated pool allows for swimming, while at the far end of the house there is a jacuzzi overlooking the garden.

connecting riads
the top terrace

The building is lower towards the urban park located behind the boulevard, so the roof is formed by a series of staggered terraces, with abundant vegetation, which enjoys the pleasant views.

Xu Beihong foundation
the main facade

The faƧade of the building consists of a double metal mesh envelope with angular shapes. The access is located on the first floor, through a grandstand that connects the street with the inner courtyard.

ramp up the 'mun
the view from the plaza

The structure of the old boiler house is extended by an apartment building to enclose a public square with a ramp leading up around the chimney to the roof.

K house
the cross section

The plot has a slight slope. The platform where the house is located is levelled by means of staggered terraces. The infinity pool defines the edge of the landscape.

K house
the main facade

The white concrete slab path leads to the intermediate level of the plot where the house is located. From this point, the elegant silhouette of the building can be observed, a symbolic form that invites to be explored in harmony with nature.

Atienza music hall
the elevations

The silhouette of the new building contrasts with the steep slope. The steel roof has a protective character, and with a simple gesture brings a new function to the old temple.

everything under the sun

Sun studies help us understand not only the behaviour of light over time and its interaction with architecture. This type of approach is essential regardless of the geographical location of the building, not just regarding energy efficiency. The experience of users and their perception of space is determined by the way daylight interacts with the […]

connecting riads
the first floor plan

The homes are distributed along with the building, maintaining the same width. The modulation of the faƧade openings allows broad flexibility of residential typologies.

Burke house
the garden

The facade towards the garden is an iconic element of the building. Its unique elevation expresses the function of the interior spaces, and the view of the courtyard adds depth to the structure.

prefabricated construction in Anguix

The construction works for this multifunctional building designed by AQSO have recently started with the assemblage of modular concrete elements to be part of the structure and faƧade.

spliced towers
the physical model

The project model shows the relationship of the buildings to the landscape. The office towers have a free orientation while the residential blocks seek southern light and are oriented on a north-south axis.

house of arts
the floor plan layouts

Plans of the House of Arts, showing the central hall of the auditorium, the theatre, the film library, the reading rooms and the library. The skin of the building forms waves and envelops the floor slabs with louvres.

hospital in the forest
the view from the plaza

The comprehensive transplantation centre is a building that, despite its powerful form, has a friendly appearance thanks to its wooden louvred faƧade. This double envelope protects and unifies it, allowing a highly functional interior space planning.

Zain tower
the section and elevation

Due to the rotation of the typical floor of the building, the elevation shows a significant variation in width. The turning movement of the floors does not affect the central core and the vertical structure.

Dulwich house
the cross section

The cross-section of the building reveals the relationship between the original Victorian house and the new extension towards the garden, with a series of skylights facing west.

Xu Beihong foundation
the exterior view

The museum is located in an urban park with abundant vegetation. The form of the building is simple, a sober box, wrapped in a semi-transparent faƧade of angular shapes in shiny metal.

Dehan village
the dining room

The dining room on the first floor is a generous space that is linked to the service area and kitchen located behind the stairwell. The different levels seem to float in the space, an effect reinforced by the glass railings protecting them.

connecting riads
the street view

The ground floor of this residential building includes retail units facing the boulevard, and townhouses on the side facing the urban park. From the welcoming access to the inner block, courtyard, you can see the abundance of this hidden oasis.

Dehan village
the circulation and land use diagrams

The general layout of the resort is determined by the orography of the land. There is a primary road system that allows vehicle access, through which pedestrian access is then provided to the different groups of homes within the triangular gardens.

self-fab house

Burke house
the office space

Burke house
the staircase

Zain tower
the night view

Allison house
the cross section

hospital in the forest
the entrance lobby

maragato lofts
the south facade

Allison house
the back garden

Dehan village
the view of the village from the south

wavescape pavilion
the cross and longitudinal section

connecting riads
the unfolded elevation

cuƱa house
the exterior view

maragato lofts
the view from the plaza

Burke house
the north elevation

Dehan village
the topography adaptation

elemental complex
the concept model

cuƱa house
the kitchen

Dulwich house
the entrance hall

Zain tower
the view from 15th avenue

Dehan village
the typical villa elevation

Ashley Gardens
the masterbedroom

folded auditorium
the bird view

hospital in the forest
the view from the urban park

fragmented house
the section and elevation