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Gran Hotel Domine – Bilbao, Spain

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Building: Gran Hotel Domine
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Architect: Estudio Mariscal
Completion: 2002
Design Concept: Javier Mariscal, Fernando Salas
Project Management: Vizcaina de Edificaciones SA
Acoustics: Higini Arau
Client: Silken Hotels
AE Interest: unique organic shape, stone pillar extending up through the lobby, designed for relaxation, visually interesting aray of sloped individual windows that jut out from the building

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm

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Altamira Museum & Research Centre – Santillana del Mar, Spain

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Building: Altamira Museum & Research Centre
Location: Santillana del Mar, Spain
Architect: Juan Navarro Baldweg
Completion: 2001
AE Interest: Cut into the hillside and made to blend with its surroundings and landscape, inside ceiling replicates the famous prehistoric drawings on the insides of the real caves, made of ochre-colored stone, glass, and metal for a contemporary spin on an archeic feel

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm

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Concert Hall – Leon, Spain

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Building: Concert Hall
Location: Leon, Spain
Architect: Mansilla + Tunon Architects
Completion: 2002
Project team: Luis Moreno Mansilla, Emillo Tunon, Andres Reguelro, Fernando Garcia Pino, Maria Linares
Structural engineer: Ove Arup
Mechanical engineer: JG Asociados
Cost consultants: Hernan, Corona y Asociados
Acoustic consultant: Higini Araw
Client: Junta de Castilla y Leon
AE Interest: “billboard” wall, made of white travertine, grid of deeply recessed and splayed bays, each containing windows of different sizes, theatrically lights the exhibition space inside

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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Leon Tanatorio – Leon, Spain

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Building: Leon Tanatorio
Location: Leon, Spain
Architect: BAAS Architects
Completed: 2000
Structure: Eduard Doce, architect
Engineering Assistance: Mariano Fernández, José Manuel Pérez
Budget Consultant: Francesc Belart
Client: Leon City Council
AE Interest: whole building located under a reflecting pong with some concrete rectangular tubes protruding out from the water at the loxer righthand corner that act at skylights to the chapel that is in that corner, designed in concrete and underground to resemble tombs, allegory of death associated with total design

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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Law Courts – Grasse, France

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Building: Law Courts
Location: Grasse, France
Architect: Christian de Portzamparc
Completion: 1999
Clients: French Ministry of Justice, DDe Alpes-Maritimes
AE Interest: curved shape with vertical slats, common to much of de Portsamparc’s work, very open and spacious, good use of shading mechanisms

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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Ruffi Sports Complex – Marseille, France

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Building: Ruffi Sports Complex
Location: Marseille, France
Architect: Remy Marciano
Completion: 2001
Client: Ville de Marseille
AE Interest: powerful blocky presence, envelope composed of concrete panels, interesting lighting to enhance the building at night

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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The Sprouting Building – Montpellier, France

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Building: The Sprouting Building
Location: Montpellier, France
Architect: Edouard Francois
Completion: 2000
Client: Pragma
AE Interest: blending nature in design, exterior rock walls covered in plants growing from a seeded steel mesh layer, cantilevered rustic timber balconies that look like tree houses

Written by Kristin Wall

January 26, 2010 at 2:28 am

Posted in Built

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