Natural Stone and shopping centres, a perfect couple

November 21, 2016
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Destined to be together forever

Natural Stone and shopping centres. If there is something a shopping center in New York and one in Madrid have in common is that in both parts of the world there is plenty of natural stone used in its construction.

The versatility of natural stone gives these spaces the power to adapt to the needs of each sociocultural context. Some of the most important fashion, jewelry, beauty and tech stores fit within these malls for this reason, sharing the exclusive touch provided by natural stone.

This versatility can be customized almost individually for each space, depending on the type of design chosen by the studios in charge of building or renovating the shopping centre.

The buildings display either geometric compositions with strong Mediterranean roots, or contemporary and neoclassical designs, all in natural stone. These compositions give texture and ambiance to every space.

The purpose: to create a welcoming environment, that invites to walk, get lost and enjoy the different experiences offered by the shopping center.

Let’s see some examples of how marble and natural stone can democratize shopping centres in different parts of the world, while integrating luxury, architecture and design.

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Marble, a passion shared by three architects

September 5, 2016
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Marble is one of the most used materials in modern architecture. Available in a wide range of colors as well as polychrome inlaid with other minerals, it is appreciated because of its strength, durability and luxurious aesthetics.

Three of the most emblematic architects of the 20th Century –Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson– share not only their stylistic tastes and minimalist aesthetic, but also their passion for marble.

Marble: a passion shared by Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.

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Invisible Architecture, is the architecture of habits?

March 29, 2016
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Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. Researchers tell us that every day, repeated about 40 % of our behavior, so our habits shape our existence and our future.

Many times our habits don´t satisfy, routines involve activities that deep down we do not like perform, we should be able to create us habits to be happier, healthier and more productive. So if we want to change our lives, we start changing our habits as a great way to start. But observation of our environment does not encourage these kinds of changes and raises another question: the environment, in which we live, is what we want? How can we change our habits if around us stopping us?

Invisible Architecture aims to help the environment, foster the strengthening of our habits. Constructions that blend in with the landscape , integrated university campus , semi – camouflaged stadiums, almost ghostly buildings … It is the invisible architecture , the chameleonic architecture that adapts to the environment but fighting ostentation, that not only damages the landscape but which aspires to join him. It is the architecture you want to go unnoticed, if possible mimicked with the landscape, because the scenery is king and everything else must undergo.

Invisible Architecture, is the architecture of habits?

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Parque Nascente: Portugal’s great shopping centre

September 17, 2015
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Parque Nascente shopping centre is one of the tourist attractions you can’t miss if you’re visiting the city of Oporto in Portugal and you want to do some shopping. Its design and architecture are intended to create a place where beauty and elegance are emphasised in the detailed work on the flooring and the columns.

The shopping centre opened in 2003 and was built over 63,500 square metres on Avenida Rio Tinto. It has six levels and a built area of 200 thousand square metres. The complex includes 3,400 parking spaces, 152 shops spread over three main floors, more than 40 restaurants and 12 cinemas.

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Terminal T4S at Barajas airport, Madrid’s gateway to the skies

June 2, 2015
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Terminal T4S at Adolfo Suárez International Airport

Rainbow, sea, nature and magic could all apply to Terminal T4S at Adolfo Suárez International Airport (in Barajas, Madrid). A stunning building that blends modernity, architecture and originality to perfection.

With more than eighty years of experience, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the leading gateway to Spain. Lying north west of Madrid, only 12 kilometres from the city centre, the airport has some impressive statistics, with four terminals, two main hangar areas, four runways and an average of 108,661 passengers every day, making a total of more than 39 million a year.

Built to provide improved quality services and consolidate the airport’s position in the world rankings, the new complex includes the current T4S terminal and its satellite building, T4S, covering more than 750,000 m2 and with two runways and an annual handling capacity of over thirty million passengers.

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