Abandoned Grandeur: Documenting the Downfall of Luxurious Places

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[ By SA Rogers in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]

There’s something about the contrast of opulent ornamentation and expensive materials with rot and deterioration that makes luxury resorts and mansions some of the most fascinating abandonments. Someone once cared about these places so much, they invested untold sums of money and hours of labor into them, perhaps having their walls hand-painted with frescoes or calling in master craftspeople to apply the finishing touches.

But nothing lasts forever, and neglect has the same effect on high end structures as it does on those more humble. Different viewers may look at them with sadness or schadenfreude, thinking about the larger context of human impermanence or just the potential wasted, but either way, we can’t help but look.

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OAB

3 hours 38 minutes ago
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The Barcelona Edition . Barcelona OAB Ferrater & Partners . photos: © Joan Guillamat . + spanish-architects Situated opposite the old medieval market square in the Santa Caterina neighborhood, the project consolidates the urban transformation of Ciutat Vella, which has led to the modernization of the historic center of Barcelona begun in the 1980s, while … Continue reading OAB
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Santo Domingo House / Apaloosa Estudio de Arquitectura y Diseño + Simetría Estudio de Arquitectura

7 hours 47 minutes ago
© Carlos Berdejo Mandujano © Carlos Berdejo Mandujano

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Reiulf Ramstad's Exhibition at the Utzon Center Investigates the Local-Global Architect

8 hours 47 minutes ago
© Niels Fabæk © Niels Fabæk

Reiulf Ramstad Architects will inaugurate a new exhibition series “In the World of an Architect” at The Utzon Center, focusing on “architecture and design created in the tension field between local and global.” The exhibition will consist of a number of spatial installations spread across five rooms, setting out the concept of “Nordic” and appreciating the importance of the architects’ standpoint.

Rather than cancel the importance of a regionally-based building tradition in a globalized profession, the exhibition invites a more diverse, nuanced understanding of what it means to be a Nordic architect in a globalized era.

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Argyle House by XWD Studio

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XWD Studio: The project is submitted for an award for it’s ability to achieve a beautiful and gentle garden space that enriches diversity and limits its footprint on the land. The balance between richness of species and minimising built structure to create enduring spaces makes it an exemplar for modern suburban life. The landscape weaves […]
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“Arquitectura desde el interior”, ÁBATON en los encuentros organizados por Tectónica en Finsa21

9 hours 14 minutes ago

El estudio madrileño ÁBATON ha ido creciendo sin hacer ruido pero con una determinación y claridad de ideas y estrategias admirables. Fundado en 1998 por los arquitectos Camino Alonso e Ignacio Lechón junto con Carlos Alonso, ingeniero, ha ido incorporando otros perfiles de profesionales que han enriquecido la mirada y eficacia del estudio.

ÁBATON, casa CH. Fotografía: Belén Imaz.

Desde el punto de vista técnico, su apuesta por una arquitectura responsable con el medio ambiente es determinante. Proyectan con materiales de bajo impacto ambiental, reciclables y de coste ajustado; y han sido pioneros en España, primero, en proponer una vivienda transportable de calidad arquitectónica, ya en 2012, y desde hace ya años, en su investigación y aplicación de tableros CLT (madera contralaminada).

ÁBATON, vivienda transportable APH80. Fotografía: Juan Baraja.

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Lacol

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Cooperativa d’habitatge La Borda . Barcelona Lacol . fotos: © Lacol La Cooperativa d’habitatges La Borda és una promoció auto-organitzada per les seves futures usuàries per accedir a un habitatge digne, no especulatiu i que posi en el centre el seu valor d’ús, a través d’una estructura col.lectiva.  La idea d’una cooperativa d’habitatges neix el 2012 com … Continue reading Lacol
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Studio PARE designs an Orchestra Hall inspired by a 19th Century Music Box

10 hours 47 minutes ago
© Studio PARE © Studio PARE

Milan-based Studio PARE has won a competition for the design of a small concert hall in Valsolda, Lake Lugano, Italy. The competition called for a new space to house the 40-person Valsolda Philharmonic Orchestra, with Studio PARE responding with a scheme inspired by the music box: a mechanical device prevalent in the 19th century which could generate melodies without the need for live musician.

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Lina Bo Bardi’s Relationship with Drawing Explored by the Fundació Joan Miró’s Exhibition

11 hours 17 minutes ago
© Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi. Image Courtesy of Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona © Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi. Image Courtesy of Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

The Fundació Joan Miró presents Lina Bo Bardi Drawing, the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of drawing in the life and work of the Italian-born Brazilian architect.

The exhibition features a carefully selected collection of a hundred drawings from the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi, bearing witness to the importance of drawing in all the stages of Bo Bardi’s multifaceted career. The project has been curated by another architect, Zeuler Rocha Lima - also an artist, researcher, and international expert on Bo Bardi - with support from the Fundació Banco Sabadell.

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6 Schools That Defined Their Own Architectural Styles

12 hours 47 minutes ago

Architectural education has always been fundamentally influenced by whichever styles are popular at a given time, but that relationship flows in the opposite direction as well. All styles must originate somewhere, after all, and revolutionary schools throughout centuries past have functioned as the influencers and generators of their own architectural movements. These schools, progressive in their times, are often founded by discontented experimental minds, looking for something not previously nor currently offered in architectural output or education. Instead, they forge their own way and bring their students along with them. As those students graduate and continue on to practice or become teachers themselves, the school’s influence spreads and a new movement is born.

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House in Messines / Vitor Vilhena Architects

13 hours 47 minutes ago
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects: Vitor Vilhena Arquitectura
  • Location: São Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal
  • Category: Houses
  • Arquitetos Responsáveis: Vítor Vilhena, Fábio Plácido Guimarães, Nuno Gonçalves, João Simões
  • Area: 3229.17 ft2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Christ & Gantenbein

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Swiss National Museum . Zurich Ver esta publicación en Instagram Una publicación compartida por Christ & Gantenbein (@christgantenbein) el 29 de Ene de 2019 a las 9:42 PST Photos and drone shooting: Danilo Rüttiman and René Vogel. Editing: Pasquale Pollastro. Time-lapse video and drone footage from the construction of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich … Continue reading Christ & Gantenbein
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Hulu Series to Feature the World Expo's "Murder Castle"

14 hours 47 minutes ago
Russian Section - 1893 World Expo. Image via Creative Commons Russian Section - 1893 World Expo. Image via Creative Commons

Hulu has announced that they will be adapting a story of H.H. Holmes, America’s first documented serial killer, into a television series on the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Based on the nonfiction book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, the series will explore murder and architecture around the so-called “Murder Castle." The show will feature the labyrinthine structure that Holmes built and stories around architect Daniel H. Burnham's infamous World Expo.

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Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability

15 hours 47 minutes ago
© Airport Design Management © Airport Design Management

Rwanda’s largest publicly funded project, Bugesera International Airport is on track to be the first certified green building in the region. A few pieces of this net zero emission complex include: a 30,000 square metre passenger terminal, 22 check-in counters, ten gates, and six passenger boarding bridges. Funded by Public Private Partnership, the project is cost estimated at $414 million USD. The international hub was only one of several initiatives discussed by the Africa Green Growth Forum (AGGF) in Kigali at the end of last year.

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Spotlight: Louis Kahn

16 hours 17 minutes ago
Salk Institute. Image © Liao Yusheng Salk Institute. Image © Liao Yusheng

Louis Kahn (February 20th 1901 – March 17th 1974) was one of the United States' greatest 20th century architects, known for combining Modernism with the weight and dignity of ancient monuments. Though he did not arrive at his distinctive style until his early 50s, and despite his death at the age of just 73, in a span of just two decades Kahn came to be considered by many as part of the pantheon of modernist architects which included Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

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