From structures to envelopes, materials play an important role in architecture, defining finishes, sustainable strategies, cost, life-cycle performance or thermal and acoustic efficiency.




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.

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.

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.

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.

folded auditorium
the view from the stage

From the stage, you can see the configuration of the acoustic ceiling, formed by curved surfaces mounted on top of each other, like the shell of an armadillo. The stage lighting is placed between the suspended planes of the ceiling, while the hall receives light from the small recessed spotlights that resemble a starry sky.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ashley Gardens
the open kitchen

The kitchen opens onto the living room thanks to a large opening with structural reinforcement in the load-bearing wall. The kitchen units combine dark wood, marble worktop and matt white lacquered doors.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Dehan village
the typical villa elevation

The facade of the villas is rendered with polished cement mortar. The expansion joints hold metal profiles inserted and connect the diagonals of the windows. The result is an almost stony texture in which the brightness of the brass profiles stands out.

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.

Burke house
the staircase

The stairs take on prominence by visually connecting the interior spaces and establishing the formal language of the building’s exterior. This promenade is a contrast between the warm interior and the lushness of the Irish landscape that can be contemplated along the way.

maragato lofts
the view from the plaza

From the public space of the plaza, the design of the facade offers a playful arrangement of openings and balconies. These are perfectly aligned with the levels of the nearby buildings, and they keep the same proportion.

BolaƱos house
the kitchen

The kitchen is separate from the living room and is open to the garden. The modular furniture is minimalist and made of dark natural wood and white lacquered doors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

lighting study

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

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.

communicating design with 3D prints

Architecture starts with an idea. It is the communication of a vision into a concrete form. Translating this concept into 2D visual presentations has always been the norm. With the advent of 3D printing, the interpretation of an idea into a tangible physical model is now garnering attention.

physical models

Physical models are copies to scale of structures or buildings ā€’ with the aim to study design features, analyse a building or space within its context, and convey conceptual ideas.

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.

Ashley Gardens
the bathroom

The bathroom is clad in Italian Statuario marble in a herringbone pattern. The design features simple lines. The shower tray is integrated into the floor and the taps and fittings are in matt black lacquered steel.

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.

Shoreditch hotel
the use and circulation diagram

Despite the dynamic form of the building, the interior layout is highly functional. The complex is divided into two blocks, the one next to the party wall has commercial use while the corner block comprises the restaurant and hotel rooms around a central atrium.

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.

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.

parametric design challenges

Long gone are the traditional boxy building forms. With advanced computer algorithms in place, what was once unattainable is now made possible. Complex geometrical building patterns such as curvatures or hyperbolic paraboloid shells are now becoming the norm.

GFRC, the lightweight concrete

Composite materials are on a strong upsurge as demands in the construction industry rise up. Wood and plastic are pressed and moulded together in compression. Steel rebars are embedded in a concrete matrix to form a rigid reinforced material. As technology advances, so does the building material.

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.

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.

Dulwich house
the reception room

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so the central island is conceived as a workspace, meeting area and dining table. The ground floor is an open and luminous space, where white finish predominates in contrast with the wood and concrete flooring.

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.

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.

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.

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.

building products for sustainable design

As architects, we have a social responsibility to promote environmental equality. To fight climate change, we need to cut back on energy consumption costs for buildings. We start by designing for sustainability.

hospital in the forest
the view from the urban park

The park connecting the campus and the new transplant centre slopes up towards the south. The landscape provides access through stairs and ramps, so the building is discovered through the forest on the way up to the main plaza.

W salon
the shopfront

The exterior faƧade of the hairdressing salon has an illuminated sign that casts the shadow of the letter W on a white wall.

self-fab house

Ivy foundation
the entrance

acoustical design in auditoriums

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Rivington st

Dehan village
the dining room

Ivy foundation
the workshop area

connecting riads
the urban facade

folded auditorium
the auditorium acoustic ceiling

Ivy foundation
the cabinet detail

Burke house
the walking wardrobe

BolaƱos house
the dining room

finishes specification

striking ship-like hotel proposed as new Shoreditch landmark

spliced towers
the detail of the towers faƧade

W salon
the detail of the backlit mirror

connecting riads
the south courtyard

Dulwich house
the lounge area

house of arts
the exhibition hall

connecting riads
the view from the top

Dehan village
the landscape design

performing arts complex
the promenade towards the marina

Zain tower
the vertical glass shades

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Old St

room #21

connecting riads
the street view

fragmented house
the main entrance

BolaƱos house
the entrance hall

Zain tower
the view from 15th avenue

market eight
the rear facade

prefabricated construction in Anguix

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Paul St

connecting riads
the top terrace

Dehan village
the living room

BolaƱos house
the stone wall

market eight
the view from the courtyard

K house
the courtyard

folded auditorium
the cafeteria

wrap manifesto
the main elevation

possible architecture

Xu Beihong foundation
the main facade

fragmented house
the view from the porch

wavescape pavilion
the birdview

Dulwich house
the skylights

Pedraza house
the open-plan ground floor

Burke house
the garden

hospital in the forest
the night view

defining structural systems: concrete vs steel

Pedraza house
the master bathroom

performing arts complex
the cafeteria

social club completed in Tabuyo

maragato lofts
the south facade

fragmented house
the front yard

Atienza music hall
the elevations

Shoreditch hotel
the view from Pitfield St

BolaƱos house
the rooflight detail

cuƱa house
the kitchen

folded auditorium
the bird view

Ivy foundation
the children’s library detailed view

K house
the open space

fragmented house
the dressing room

next stop: hutopolis
the table with rotating panels

Zain tower
the night view

Burke house
the main facade

Dehan village
the view of the village from the south

fragmented house
the living room

Burke house
the living room

Zain tower
the facade detail

Pedraza house
the kitchen and the courtyard

wrap manifesto
the louvered facade

the illusion of weightless architecture

Dehan village
the spiral staircase

wavescape pavilion
the interior view

cuƱa house
the reception room

old is new at Today Art Museum

next stop: hutopolis
the main hall

cuƱa house
the ground floor

Burke house
the recessed headboard

Carola furniture series

wrap manifesto
the facade detail

maragato lofts
the balconies

Pedraza house
the dinning area

market eight
the main entrance

Pedraza house
the cantilever

Xu Beihong foundation
the top terrace

cuƱa house
the exposed concrete stairs

performing arts complex
the birdview

folded auditorium
the view from the plaza

Ashley Gardens
the bathroom mirror

next stop: hutopolis
the booklet display table

Ivy foundation
the children’s library

Dehan village
the village skyline and the mountains

Dulwich house
the back yard

using authentic eco-friendly building products

Zain tower
the retail store

fragmented house
the staircase

Allison house
the kitchen peninsula

BolaƱos house
the living room

next stop: hutopolis
the detail of the exhibition desk

Allison house
the double height space

Atienza music hall
the nave and the apse

the controversy of flat roofs

folded auditorium
the auditorium

precast concrete advantages

market eight
the facade detail

next stop: hutopolis
the table and screen module

Burke house
the north elevation

special mention for atienza hall

Pedraza house
the inner courtyard

Ivy foundation
the multifunction room

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut

Shoreditch hotel
the facade detail

ramp up the 'mun
the facade detailed view

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

K house
the kitchen

Burke house
the office space

W salon
the main room

wavescape pavilion
the view from the marina

maragato lofts
the view from the alley

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

hospital in the forest
the view from the plaza

Ashley Gardens
the kitchen from the reception room

spliced towers
the office towers

Burke house
the kitchen

Ivy foundation
the bookcase

Pedraza house
the staircase

Zain tower
the top floor

connecting riads
the boulevard view

Ivy foundation
the reception desk

K house
the dining area

fragmented house
the swimming pool

connecting riads
the big facade openings

Burke house
the courtyard

Dulwich house
the bench

fragmented house
the dining room

Ashley Gardens
the reception room

Dehan village
the master bedroom

K house
the balcony

net-zero waste in construction

wrap manifesto
the entrance lobby

Allison house
the back garden

W salon opening

elemental complex
the birdview

ramp up the 'mun
the view from the plaza

Zain tower
the twisted figure

Pedraza house
the porch

next stop: hutopolis
the desk with rotating panels

Dehan village
the typical cluster of villas