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.

W salon
the detail of the backlit mirror

The backlit mirror is mounted on a white wall recess niche lined with birch wood, which creates a warm light and a natural look.

BolaƱos house
the entrance hall

The house is distributed around the kitchen and the garden. The sloping roof gives more height to the ceiling in the living room and descends towards the bedrooms. The entrance hall articulates the spaces for daytime use, from where you can also go out into the garden.

fragmented house
the dressing room

On the first floor of the house is the master bedroom, a large space with bathroom, solarium and dressing room overlooking the front garden.

Burke house
the kitchen

The existing kitchen is refurbished and expanded to form part of the living room. A central island articulates the space, which includes a work area, a bar and a dining table.

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.

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.

folded auditorium
the auditorium

The acoustic ceiling of the auditorium hall is formed by several curved wooden planes that create a shell covering the grandstand. The wood also extends to the steps and floor, creating a cosy and elegant interior.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

next stop: hutopolis
the main hall

The main exhibition hall is a dark cubic space with four illuminated tables corresponding to the principles of urban research. Above these displays is an illuminated three-dimensional graphic.

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.

next stop: hutopolis
the booklet display table

Each project in the exhibition is displayed on a table with a book containing graphic content and a screen with a documentary video. The project developed by Tsinghua University in Beijing explains the reuse of collective housing buildings in the hutong.

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.

next stop: hutopolis
the detail of the exhibition desk

The long tables are high and allow you to comfortably read the information contained in the catalogues for each project. The ‘city visions’ edition of the exhibition was sponsored by Flos, which supplied the D’E-light lamps designed by Philippe Starck.

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 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.

Pedraza house
the master bathroom

The rational and pure design of the bathroom is based on easy-to-clean surfaces, naturally textured materials and cosy indirect lighting.

Ivy foundation
the cabinet detail

The furniture in this school management centre is made of colourful lacquered wood. They are simple and functional cupboards with concealed handles and hinges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ivy foundation
the reception desk

The reception desk is a two-height piece of furniture with a PC keyboard tray and several drawers made of pink lacquered MDF.

Allison house
the back garden

The rear elevation of the house is designed with restrained and contemporary language. The sophisticated faƧade of wooden slats blends with the traditional brick walls. The simple, functional landscaping of the back garden together with the white wooden fences bring even light into the interior.

next stop: hutopolis
the table with rotating panels

The exhibition space is a dark room featuring long tables with interactive rotating panels, books and video screens. The lighting consists of spotlights from the ceiling and table lamps from the Italian brand Flos that create a warm and cosy atmosphere.

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.

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 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.

Burke house
the north elevation

The master bedroom of the house opens to the north with a large opening of sliding doors. The vertical rotating wooden slats function as a shutter, controlling the lighting and privacy of the space.

next stop: hutopolis
the table and screen module

The spatial planning of the exhibition space allows several groups of people to enjoy the content simultaneously in a calm and evocative atmosphere. Each table is associated with a screen on which a documentary is projected to expand on the information shown in the books and rotating panels.

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.

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.

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.

Ivy foundation
the children’s library detailed view

The children’s library is made up of a composition of wooden cubes that can be clustered together to form a scalable piece of furniture in which to store books and sit and read.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

W salon
the main room

The hairdressing salon has a minimalist interior design that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Indirect light is achieved with backlit mirrors against a background of birch plywood.

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.

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.

Burke house
the recessed headboard

Architecture and interior design are considered as a whole, so the bespoke furniture is perfectly integrated into the configuration of the space. The bed headboard, the bedside tables and the lights form a proportionate and elegant composition recessed in the wall.

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.

using authentic eco-friendly building products

Advanced technologies in materials engineering continuously pave the way for the manufacturing of synthetic materials. Building typologies which once exhibited natural and organic surface materials are now replaced with composites, plastics and resins. However, specifications on the form, particularly on the faƧade itself, channel directly into its users the perception, character and function of the […]

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.

Ivy foundation
the bookcase

The bespoke white wall-mounted bookcase has an original and functional design, with shelves at different heights, creating a rhythm of recesses.

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.

finishes specification

Finishes specification involves detailing a list of all the materials in the final parts of the project. The file contains commercial products available in the market following technical, functional, aesthetic, and economic criteria ā€’ price and maintenance costs.

Ivy foundation
the children’s library

Near the waiting room there is a reading corner for children. This children’s library consists of modular cubes where children can sit.

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.

Ashley Gardens
the bathroom mirror

The bathroom vanity unit is made of dark teak wood. The lighting comes from the circular backlit mirror and the globe lamp suspended from the ceiling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

acoustical design in auditoriums

The high sonic quality of the classical amphitheatres provided the basic acoustic principles of contemporary auditoriums. As technology improves, certain acoustic design principles are augmented. For example, the geometry of the stepped stalls can now be retracted and lifted using air castor technology.

Ashley Gardens
the kitchen from the reception room

From the living room, the kitchen is perceived as an extension of the space. The threshold separating the two rooms is delimited by a peninsula worktop with stools. This breakfast table makes the kitchen a perfect place to socialise with guests.

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.

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.

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.

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.

self-fab house

W salon opening

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC

Pedraza house
the kitchen

Dehan village
the master bedroom

Pedraza house
the staircase

K house
the open space

next stop: hutopolis
the desk with rotating panels

wavescape pavilion
the interior view

connecting riads
the south courtyard

K house
the front garden

possible architecture

Ivy foundation
the multifunction room

folded auditorium
the auditorium acoustic ceiling

hospital in the forest
the view from the urban park

performing arts complex
the promenade towards the marina

hospital in the forest
the night view

connecting riads
the inner facade

Burke house
the staircase

cuƱa house
the ground floor

Pedraza house
the cantilever

Burke house
the office space

social club completed in Tabuyo

wrap manifesto
the entrance lobby

K house
the entrance

hospital in the forest
the main elevation

Ivy foundation
the entrance