High-Tech architecture and its evolution to the Eco-tech

July 4, 2016
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High-tech architecture comes to light in the 60´s of the XX Century, taking its name from the book written by Suzanne Sleinn and Joan Kron, called “The Industrial Style and Source Book for The Home”.  This architectural style is also called Late Modernism by same authors as they consider high-tech style to be the mixture of Modernism and technology.

There is a general consensus that whatever we do now to change the way in which we use resources will affect the way future generations will live.  One of the most famous definitions of sustainability rightly indicates that sustainability is meant “to satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission).

The major architectural trends of the 20th century have therefore reached the 21st century incorporating the concept of sustainability and what began as an architectural trendsustainable architecture, also known as eco-architecture or green architecture – is now an underlying trend in all the current architectural trends.

Obviously high tech architecture does not escape this reality.  The basis of this architectural trend is to play creatively with spaces to produce works that evidence the use of technology and it even shows with pride the complexity of the technique used.

In its twenty-first century version, the architectural trend high-tech incorporates sustainability into its buildings.  The 1973 oil crisis makes many of the early buildings of high-tech decline by their high maintenance cost and the main architects of this movement to had to find a way to “recycle it”.

At the International Conference held in Florence in 1993, the subject of the incorporation of renewable energy in architecture and urban planning pops out and architects such as Renzo Piano, Norman Foster and Thomas Herzong, among others, come together to promote the creation of the Group READ, with the aim of studying the use of renewable energy in the construction and the creation of environmentally friendly projects.  This movement evolved to what is called today eco-tech, which is one of the branches of sustainable architecture.

We introduce three representative works of the eco-tech version of  high-tech. They have in common that they have been designed by famous architects of important architectural firms. The two first cases also share the fact that they are additions to previous  works of a different which they complement with class, but not without controversy. The third work, while it is new, is integrated masterfully to its environment, which includes a fragment of a medieval wall.

All the three works shown here appeal to the use of transparency and geometry, boast technology, are sculptural, make brilliant use of light, save energy, shock with its aesthetics, and all of them are iconic and each one on its wn own way is a “Manifesto”. Enjoy them here.

There are also many things in common between the three architects, since besides the brief partnership between Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, the three became creditors of the most famous Prize in international architecture, the Pritzker Prize.

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Multifunctional Architecture: a new kind of space for a new lifestyle

June 6, 2016
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Multifunctional architecture as its name implies, has to do with the creation of spaces that gather several functions, but it goes far beyond, as it does not only aims at creating projects that adapted to the urban space where they are inserted but also it even aims at solving urban problems.

On top of this, multifunctional architecture seeks to create spaces that can cause an emotional impact, by strongly linking the aesthetics of the construction to elements of emotional reference for the community to which they are addressed.

This idea of multifunctionality, applied to either small complexes, districts or cities, finds roots in the ideas of Le Corbusier, particularly in “l´unité´habitation” (housing unit), where he seeks to merge the privacy of individual housing with the multiplicity of activities of a modern city.

This ideal unit consists of 400 houses inserted into a complex that holds as well shops, recreational spaces, places for physical exercises and different services.   The concept was materialized for the first time in the “unité d´habitation” de Marseille, the “Cité Radieuse” (Radiant City) project that was developed between 1947 and 1952 by the assignment of the French Ministry of Reconstruction and Urbanism.

Even though the so-called brutalist architecture comes from this idea, the concept of “housing unit” also evolves on the side of its multifunctional sense, and sees applications both in housing developments as the one of Marseille, and in its broader vision, in comprehensive urban developments such as the city of Brasilia in 1956.

With regards to interior decoration, multifunctional architecture proposes a discreet ornamentation, putting aside extravagances, as it picks up the teachings of an ancient Chinese tradition that suggests not to include excessive details inside houses considering that this ends up by negatively affecting the mental state of the inhabitants.

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3 pieces of invisible architecture with water as sole protagonist

May 16, 2016
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Invisible architecture continuously challenges our senses making the spaces we know, visit or use, become an experience that brings us new feelings, surprising us when we discover what doesn’t seem to be there.

According to this architectural trend, each architect or architectural studio plays with the elements differently to create a fiction, an illusion of invisibility based on the very reality of objects. Consequently, we are transported to places that only these architects can imagine and that thanks to this trend, they can share with us.

Invisible architecture is based upon complex engineering, which deals with what we cannot see. This trend mimics the environment offering extensive views of the landscape, and merging with the surroundings. The source of inspiration shall determine, for sure, how these designs are built and shall shape how the ingenuity of the architects will be used to meet the expectations of the illusion of invisibility.

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Multifunctional architecture at culture’s service

April 25, 2016
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Usually, when we talk about Multifunctional Architecture, we think about big buildings with huge structures placed on a gigantic space. While it is true that some of the best known multifunctional buildings present these characteristics, there are other constructions, also part of this architectonic tendency, perfectly integrated into their environment.

The multifunctional architecture tries to cover with its designs people’s needs, including multifunctional spaces used to accommodate libraries, exhibition halls, museums, etc. The truth is that culture is one of the main beneficiaries of the possibilities that this architectural style offers.

The most important multifunctional architects are able to masterly build new areas where design and functionality are combined, creating amazing works of art that surround us, no matter the city we live.

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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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Gran Vía de Colón in the footsteps of Granada

June 22, 2015
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Gran Vía de Colón in the footsteps of Granada

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For people visiting Granada for the first time, Gran Vía de Colón can be a great way of getting a closer view of the history of this city and its people. Old buildings, bars, colourful flowers and even lampposts, pavements and other everyday sights make up a mural displaying the culture and origins of the local community.

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The charm of Ambar marble in Alameda

June 15, 2015
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The charm of Ambar marble in Alameda

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In a project that is continually being updated, like Parque de la Alameda in Málaga, you never get to see all its details and little corners. The park is a space that combines quiet rendezvous spots and places to stroll with the immense expanse of sea nearby and the colourful beauty of flowering plants.

The park of Alameda is over 100 years old and has three footpaths and more than 30,000 square metres of history, styles and restorations; just the place for spending some precious time wandering along its paths, listening to the sound of the waves and letting your soul be purified.

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