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Porto built/voids – Casa da Musica

This part of Porto was still a city ‘’intact’’, OMA chose not to articulate the new concert hall as a segment of a small scale circular wall around the Rotunda da Boavista but to...

Merida classic/anti-classic – National Museum of Roman Art

Founded by the Legionaries of Augustus in 24 B.C., Mérida became the most important Roman city in Spain at the end of the Empire. Today the presence of the Theater and the Arena are...

Regional Government of Extremadura

The site inspired a building of great formal simplicity whose image fit naturally between the nucleus formed by the historic Alcazaba fortress and the Roman bridge, on the one hand, and the plaza located...

Bilbao planning/opportunity – Campo Volantin Bridge

The footbridge on the Rìa di Bilbao represents a continuation of the Calle Ercilla from the city center; it connects the Uribitarte commercial area, in disuse, with the banks of the Campo de Volantin...

Bilbao planning/opportunity – Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao can witness a strategic resort to certain prestigious names of international architecture: the city subway planned by Norman Foster, the airport by Santiago Calatrava presently under construction, the new general town plan entrusted...

Barcelona extraordinary/everyday – Agbar Tower

It is no tower or skyscraper in the American sense of the term: it is a unique object that emerges from the center of a quite calm city. But it is not a slender,...

Amsterdam homogeneous/inhomogeneous – Residential Housing KNSM – Eiland

It is seldom in our western cities that an architect has the possibility of implementing his ideas without resistance. The structures in which political decision-making is embedded and the committees which assume the role...

Amsterdam homogeneous/inhomogeneous – Silodam

Along a jetty in the Amsterdam Y–river a mixed programme of 160 houses, offices, work spaces, commercial spaces and public spaces has been squeezed into a tight urban envelope. These elements involved four different...

Milan memory/invention – Università Luigi Bocconi

We saw this brief as an opportunity for the Luigi Bocconi University to make a space at the scale of the city. To this end we have built at the scale of the site,...

Milan memory/invention – Nuovo Polo Fiera Milano

The new trade fair is located on the site of the former AGIP refinery at Rho-Pero, an area of over 2 million sqm that has recently been reclaimed, and close to functional infrastructures of...

Berlin built/built on existing tissue – Blocco Schützenstrasse

The Schützenstrasse block in Berlin, designed by Aldo Rossi, is one of the most authoritative examples and lessons on the importance of continuity, understood as a project’s ability to present past, present and future...

Berlin built/built on existing tissue – Neues Museum

In 1997 David Chipperfield Architects won an international competition for the restoration of Friedrich August Stüler’s Neues Museum, originally built between 1841/43 – 1859. Located on Museum Island in the heart of former East...
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