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Low-profiled whitewashed stone walls wrap living units of Casa da Volta by PROMONTORIO and João Cravo

WA Contents • Jul 23, 2021 • 381

Low-profiled whitewashed stone walls wrap living units of Casa da Volta by PROMONTORIO and João Cravo

Low-profiled whitewashed stone walls wrap living units of this house like a citadel on arid hills of the Grandola in Portugal.

Named Casa da Volta, the house is designed as an introverted structure but it draws attention with its minimalism and scale that leaves on the landscape.

Designed by PROMONTORIO and João Cravo, the typology of this house is inspired by the tradition of the Portuguese alcáçova - which is a Moorish fortification in Spain and Portugal and the term of qasbah, derived from Arab etymology - which functioned as a defensive citadel, or compound, with its constructions built within and protected by a high-walled perimeter.

Image © Luis Viegas

Covering a total of 500-squ (...)

Leisure complex by Clavel Arquitectos features 22-metre cantilevered pool on each side in Spain

WA Contents • Jul 23, 2021 • 344

Leisure complex by Clavel Arquitectos features 22-metre cantilevered pool on each side in Spain

US and Spain-based architecture practice Clavel Arquitectos has designed a leisure complex that features a swimming pool cantilevering 22 metres from each side of its central concrete cores.

A 44-metre-long swimming pool is crossing the terrace on both sides and is perceived from the street.

Named Odiseo Gastronomic and Leisure Center, the 15,500-square-metre complex has emerged as a big urban leisure complex, including various program elements such as two restaurants, a nightclub, a performance hall, a casino, and a sports bar, as well as two parking levels underground.

The complex was aimed to become a reference, not only for the city of Murcia, but for the entire southeast region of Spain. Its floating swimming poo (...)

Benthem Crouwel Architects and West 8 win competition for new multimodal Brno main station

WA Contents • Jul 23, 2021 • 540

Benthem Crouwel Architects and West 8 win competition for new multimodal Brno main station

Amsterdam-based Benthem Crouwel Architects and landscape architecture firm West 8 have won an international competition for the new multimodal Brno main station in the Czech Republic.

The team's proposal was selected from among 46 applications, with twelve design teams including renowned architecture offices like BIG, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, OMA, Snøhetta and Ingenhoven.

Organized by the city of Brno, it was the largest architectural competition in the history of the Czech Republic. As the jury stated, the winning design "combines a reference to historic public buildings with a modern intermodal hub and a high quality public space."

"The design emphasizes the Brno's genius loci and proves a careful ass (...)

Wutopia Lab completes Books in Clouds — Duoyun Bookstore in Huangyan, China

WA Contents • Jul 23, 2021 • 323

Wutopia Lab completes Books in Clouds — Duoyun Bookstore in Huangyan, China

Wutopia Lab has designed the Duoyun Bookstore in Huangyan, which was officially completed and grandly opened on June 26, 2021.

This is the first store in a foreign province for Duoyun Bookstore, which was born in Shanghai. It can be described as a cloud symbolizing idealism that slowly rises on the bank of Yongning River.

Getting Up

The beginning of a design can be based on a mood. Standing by the Yongning River during the day, with the river calmly and slowly going east, I was easily brought into the flat and distant composition of the southern Chinese landscape, and my mood and sight were both relaxed along the horizontal line. In the evening, many people pile up for their own entertainment along the river, lively and (...)

WAC appoints Pranati Satti as India's Country Reporter

WA Contents • Jul 23, 2021 • 437

WAC appoints Pranati Satti as India's Country Reporter

Pranati Satti - IndiaSince July 22, 2021Pranati Satti has been appointed as India's Country Reporter as part of the WAC's Country Editors/Reporters Program. Pranati is an architect, artist, writer and researcher with a Master's degree in Situated Practice from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London.

Public housing and the housing market are central to her research, demonstrated through site-specific practices, specifically in and around Vauxhall, Elephant & Castle and Nine Elms in South London and Canary Wharf, Hackney and Stratford in East London. She has mapped out a series of audio-visual walking tours collectively called, "Live the Life you have Always Imagined", and collaborated on installations such (...)

UNStudio reveals its "inclusive masterplan" for Sochi Waterfront in Russia

WA Contents • Jul 22, 2021 • 609

UNStudio reveals its

UNStudio has won an international competition to develop an "inclusive masterplan" for Sochi Waterfront on the Russian Black Sea coast.

The masterplan, called SoCo, offers a comprehensive intervention that rebrands the waterfront as a vibrant and inclusive mixed-use programme, which focuses on hospitality, business, and culture while benefiting from the grand cultural legacy of the existing context of the city.

SoCo is aimed to be the ultimate destination and designed to create opportunities for locals and attractions for visitors, while revitalising leisure resort that celebrates a healthy life, provides grades of luxury, fun, and glamour, as well as unique adventures and memorable experiences.

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Sculptor's home studio features industrial saw-tooth roofs creating breathing interiors in Mexico

WA Contents • Jul 22, 2021 • 803

Sculptor's home studio features industrial saw-tooth roofs creating breathing interiors in Mexico

Sculptor Edna Pallares' new home studio features industrial saw-tooth roofs creating breathing interiors for the artist in Mexico City, Mexico.

Designed by Mexican architecture firm Vrtical, the 318-square-metre building was designed artist Edna Pallares' new house and working space where she can create her innovative sculptures and objects in a raw space.

Named Pallares House And Studio, although it's a typical home studio, the interiors of the house offer a fluid experience where each space configuration changes as long as users move around.

For the house, the architects are inspired by the materiality of Edna Pallares' sculptures, they combined the most important elements of the space for an artist: (...)

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

WA Contents • Jul 22, 2021 • 1032

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today revealed the 16 winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021. The Awards, which take place every two years, recognise the most significant and inspirational projects around the world.The RIBA International awards are open to any qualified architect for spaces anywhere in the world (excluding the UK – as this is determined by the RIBA Stirling Prize). Projects need to exemplify design excellence and architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact.The sixteen award-winning buildings are spread across 11 countries. Each project has been subject to a rigorous judging process with all buildings being visited in person by a local ambassador appointed by t (...)

Bahrain Pavilion presents regenerative efforts and urban heritage of old Muharraq at Venice Biennale

WA Contents • Jul 22, 2021 • 555

Bahrain Pavilion presents regenerative efforts and urban heritage of old Muharraq at Venice Biennale

The Bahrain Pavilion has presented an exhibition that details the regenerative processes of old Muharraq city, conservation efforts, identity and urban heritage of the city at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, titled In Muharraq: The Pearling Path, curated by Noura Al-Sayeh, Ghassan Chemali, is displayed at the Arsenale venue which can be seen between May 22 and November 21, 2021 in Venice, Italy. The exhibition, showcased with models, objects, minutes of meetings, artefacts, drawings, and conversations, highlights the unique legacy of Bahrain’s pearling era through the architecture and urban heritage of the old city as well as three oyster beds.

While the displayed elements are reflecting its current state (...)

GRUPO Studio completes House SI in Córdoba, Argentina

WA Contents • Jul 22, 2021 • 366

GRUPO Studio completes House SI in Córdoba, Argentina

GRUPO Studio has completed a family house in Las Lomitas 228, Villa Allende, Córdoba, Argentina.

Named Casa SI (House SI), the house project was designed for the architect's own family, where now they live along with Ine and their daughter Max.

Developing this project required a profound introspection and multiple project versions until the one that satisfied all expectations as future inhabitant and as an architect was found. The most important are self-identity, simplicity, efficiency, reduced program and footage and connection with nature.

The house is located in a 1500 sqm terrain in Villa Allende, a little city in the outskirts of Córdoba. The surrounding is characterized by single family houses (...)