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




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).

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.

lecture at the Dashilan design hop

Giannantonio Bongiorno, curator of the exhibition ‘Next stop: Hutopolis‘, presented together with Luis Aguirre Manso the contents of the research that will start next fall about the Chinese urban conditions.

efficient construction documentation

The days of manual drafting are history, and the contemporary era is all about generating the best designs with the latest tools. With new ventures in architectural software’s, coordination between different teams has become simpler. We’ve come miles from the time when a simple CAD drawing had to go through several hoops just for us […]

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.

designing with big data

Data is almost inclusive in everything that we do. Statistics show that 90% of it alone came from the last years. Climate sensors, credit swiping, social media updates, emails, digital portfolios, online transactions, actuated louvres and GPS location trackers – from physical to virtual world, we generate information.

identities in comparison

What is the influence on urbanism when a planned economy shifts to a new model of development? How to promote an urban evolution based on soft elements? Can social interactions catalyse strategies of urban regeneration?

value engineering

Value engineering is a process in which corrective measures are applied to reduce the project’s cost, conforming, though, as much as possible to the original requirements of function, quality and comfort.

building services

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) are the systems guaranteeing the comfort and habitability of a building. For such purpose, they are designed taking carefully into account all the other formal and technical aspects of the building.

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.

landscape design

Landscape design refers to the transformation of open spaces and natural environments ‒ such as gardens, terrains or streams of water ‒ to integrate them with the architecture, their contexts, and other changing elements of the setting.

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.

master planning

A master plan is a document detailing the technical framework within which a long-term intervention is to be developed.

the value of unconventional thought

The word innovation has been tossed around back and forth for decades, and the real essence of it has been muddled. Times change, and so do we. Survival is a basic human necessity. We need to adapt to survive. What works perfectly in the past may not work in the present, and even in the […]

the process

Because of its humanistic and artistic character, there are no consistent procedures in Architecture. If we consider this art and science of designing a discipline for the modification of space we occupy, then the aims of Architecture are to bring together forms and uses that will be, like humans, unstable. We could say that everything […]

quality control systems

Our commitment to quality is part of the effort to provide the best assistance to our clients. All our services comply with the ISO 9001 quality control standards. This is an internationally recognised system consisting of a set of policies and procedures including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the […]

site survey

Site surveys are visual representations of architectural elements, using orthographic projections or 3D models. The study is typically carried out by taking measurements on site with different equipment, depending on the location’s features and scale.

3×3 projects in contexts

Last October AQSO presented the short documentary ‘3×3 projects in contexts’ at the Lisbon Architecture Triennial. The event was complemented with a lecture where the latest works done at the office were presented.

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.

construction systems

Detailing the building construction system is a design process in which we specify the placement and assembly of the materials necessary for the project.

interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary

We proactively seek solutions using an interdisciplinary approach because we believe architecture is not only about the design itself. It is the confluence of diverse fields together to create an optimisation of function, aesthetics and structural integrity. It is about delivering solutions that cater to different variables.

sustainable natural ventilation

Sustainable design is not complete without natural ventilation. Rather than using mechanical means, fresh air is supplied into the indoor spaces and removed through a differential in temperature and wind forces. Natural ventilation aids in the cooling loads of the building’s total energy use and has an overall impact on the return on investment.

process

lecture at the Global Pioneer design forum

nature in architecture: choosing the right tree

the philosophy of experimental design

AQSO launches urban research Hutopolis

finishes

30×1

site supervision

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

design workshop

Iberian architecture in Beijing

architecture without context

the blink

the people’s urbanism

everything under the sun

circulation, use and flow

singular concepts

lecture at the Iterate workshop

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

the power of a concept

urban design

key elements of the contemporary urban language

E9 forum in Santiago de Compostela

from policies to design

site analysis

a map of hutopolis

wiki architecture

learning from Dashilar

starchitecture and cityscape

city visions

arquia proxima 2012

mock-ups

the value of psychology on architecture

2012 bjdw

a map of hutopolis

special mention for atienza hall

handover and as-built documentation

computer-generated imagery

round table at 751

old is new at Today Art Museum

contemporary city limit

statutory approvals

wavescape

architecture for the shared economy

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

contract administration

technical reports

hotel lobby, the new social space

muestra (un)made in China en Shanghái

furniture and accessories

conservation and urban diversity

time spent on project development: a future-proof investment

how to use your building

REmodelling

right size

China’s construction: designing the future

mark magazine

elevations and facade systems

E9

transformations

building products for sustainable design

the illusion of weightless architecture

fixed furniture and fittings

lighting study

tierra de cultivo in Gorizia

city roots

glass magazine #11

unmade in China

quantity survey and cost plan

urbanization process in China

(un)made in China

parametric design challenges

boundaries #3

precast concrete advantages

using authentic eco-friendly building products

analysing the customer journey

architecture against noise

massing study

E9 ESP

space planning

brief development

physical models

selective tendering

self-fab house

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut

architects at work

next stop: hutopolis

plug and play