We a driven by curiosity and experimentation. We observe the complexities of our world to develop local solutions with global influence.


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.

E9 forum in Santiago de Compostela

Lynn McMahon participated in the European Forum in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which discussed the findings of Europan 9. The prize-winning project ‘Interactive Flexibility’ was exhibited at the Forum. This proposal for the development of Slatina Square in Opatija, Croatia, was included in the ‘Public and Private Spaces’ discussion.

starchitecture and cityscape

The world’s increasing urban population signifies that the inhabitants’ penchant for rural areas has surpassed. The rural population started to decrease since the 1950s. Urban areas are now becoming dense and compacted in character as people from all walks of life move in. Mass migrations require a plethora of housing and economic opportunities for the […]

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Next October AQSO will participate at the third edition of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale presenting the documentary ‘3×3 projects in contexts’ at the ‘Expo 7×7 Iberian Architecture’.

technical reports

Technical reports are documents that describe the characteristics of the project from different approaches, complementing the information provided in the drawings with scientific data.

AQSO launches urban research Hutopolis

“Hutopolis” is a research program that aims to investigate new boundaries for the urban development in China. The study intends to re-use and enhance the existing urban framework and networks as a key idea to generate a new evolution of the city. AQSO organises an exhibition curated by Giannantonio Bongiorno and Luis Aguirre, with the […]

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.

lecture at the Global Pioneer design forum

AQSO was invited to participate at the Global Pioneer Design forum organised by the Galaxy arts centre and 5cats editors in Shenzhen, China, last May 26.

our analysis of the Chinese market for El País

El País correspondent in China has interviewed Luis Aguirre to learn more about the architecture market in China and the opportunities it offers to Spanish architects.

design workshop

Design workshops actively involve our clients in the creative process behind the design development. Accordingly, the workshop typically leads to a collective analysis and exploration of the design options developed by our team.

contemporary city limit

Possibly the first idea of a limit in the historic city was defined by its own walls, which were systematically exceeded and rebuilt to maintain a defensive system. When traditional space evolves and becomes overgrown, urbanism emerges as a discipline, the city is transformed and its limit transforms with it. The increase in population and […]

quantity survey and cost plan

Quantity surveys are reports containing, broken down into sections, the list of items required to execute the works. Each of these items is called a “budget line”, which includes a measurement unit, and a description of the materials and labour required for the works.

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 façade.

key elements of the contemporary urban language

Historical partisans list homogeneity as the primary consideration in urban conservation criteria. Architecture and urban planning, in relation to the human context, is not static, it is always changing and evolving as it grows.

city roots

From the time London opened the first subway system in the mid-eighteenth century, the subterranean has become the place to locate the infrastructures that the traditional city wasn’t able to accommodate on the surface. The increasing density above ground level results in a system of voids underneath that includes sewage and water supply systems, electric […]

architecture for millennials

Millenials are constantly redefining concepts that have always been taken for granted. They are known for finding new ways of socialising, working and even defining their relationships. The way they live and interact with the built environment is not an exception.

singular concepts

a map of hutopolis

statutory approvals

circulation, use and flow

GFRC, the lightweight concrete

special mention for atienza hall

sustainable natural ventilation

site survey

space planning

building services


lighting study

communicating design with 3D prints

old is new at Today Art Museum

construction systems

plug and play

urbanization process in China

(un)made in China

how to use your building

lecture at the Dashilan design hop

handover and as-built documentation

net-zero waste in construction

the process

glass magazine #11

learning from Dashilar

building products for sustainable design

boundaries #3

analysing the customer journey

wiki architecture

what is organic architecture?

hotel lobby, the new social space

aqso and cca awarded for Liuzhou museum

self-fab house


arquia proxima 2012

tierra de cultivo in Gorizia

the value of unconventional thought

structural systems

the power of a concept


the significant value of design in real estate

round table at 751

massing study

fixed furniture and fittings

selective tendering

room 21

computer-generated imagery

site analysis

quality control systems

designing with big data

furniture and accessories

3×3 projects in contexts

city visions

architects at work

architecture for the shared economy

time spent on project development: a future-proof investment

landscape design


striking ship-like hotel proposed as new Shoreditch landmark

conservation and urban diversity

the people’s urbanism


unmade in China

China’s construction: designing the future

elevations and facade systems

parametric design challenges

site supervision

physical models

the blink

(un)made in China exhibition in Shanghai

from policies to design

the value of psychology on architecture

identities in comparison

contract administration

brief development

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

a map of hutopolis

Iberian architecture in Beijing

efficient construction documentation

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut


using authentic eco-friendly building products

the philosophy of experimental design

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

next stop: hutopolis

interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary

lecture at the Iterate workshop

everything under the sun

master planning

right size

mark magazine

urban design

value engineering


architecture against noise

nature in architecture: choosing the right tree

2012 bjdw


architecture without context

defining structural systems: concrete vs steel

precast concrete advantages