architecture
THE BUBBLE HOUSE. From Manhattan to the moon

THE BUBBLE HOUSE. From Manhattan to the moon

Maurice Medcalfe | New York, USA [1975] Is it real or fiction? After seeing this photo, you may be wondering if the Bubble House is real or just a photomontage inspired by the futuristic drawings of the 60s. Well, I confirm that this house exists and it is located in...

SHARP CENTRE FOR DESIGN. Courageous, bold and a little insane

SHARP CENTRE FOR DESIGN. Courageous, bold and a little insane

Will Alsop | Toronto, Canada [2004]   If there is a building that surprised me during my visit to Toronto, it was the Sharp Centre for Design. Even though it has nothing in common with the neighbourhood, it stands proud over the main building of OCAD University....

LA MASSA THEATER. A little treasure by Rafael Guastavino

LA MASSA THEATER. A little treasure by Rafael Guastavino

Rafael Guastavino | Vilassar de Dalt, Spain [1881]   Whilst it is true that Barcelona has wonderful theaters, we need to take a short drive to visit one of the most thrilling ones that I have ever seen. I am talking about La Massa Theater, located in the Catalan...

Binoculars Building, by the provocative Frank Gehry

Binoculars Building, by the provocative Frank Gehry

This time let's do a very quick visit, a building that I found by chance. I am referring to the Binoculars Building, by the famous architect Frank Gehry. Before visiting a city, I usually try to make a list with Architectural Visits that I cannot miss. Nevertheless,...

Steven Holl sculpts his new library in New York

Steven Holl sculpts his new library in New York

In my last post we saw a house conceived as a piece of art -the Rietveld House-, but the building I bring today does not lag behind. I am talking about the Hunters Point Library by the well-known architect Steven Holl. Do not miss it standing on the East River bank as...

Rietveld Schröder House and De Stijl movement

Rietveld Schröder House and De Stijl movement

Is it a sculpture to live or a house designed as a piece of art? Gerrit Rietveld did an experimental project in 1924, which ended being much more than just a dwelling. This is the Rietveld Schröder House, an icon of the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl. The artistic...

The Maison Blanche, the first house by Le Corbusier

The Maison Blanche, the first house by Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier designed his first house as an independent architect being only 25 years old, The Maison Blanche. Also known as villa Jeanneret-Perret, it is located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, his home town in Switzerland which we visited in our Le Corbusier Route. The Maison...

The Robie House and Wright’s 150th birthday

The Robie House and Wright’s 150th birthday

Today is the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, and here you have the Robie House to celebrate it. As I told you in my post about the Home-Studio in Oak Park, I visited many of his building while I was in Chicago. Of them all, this house was the most important one....

The Esherick House and its friendly owners

The Esherick House and its friendly owners

Louis Kahn was one of the most important architects of the 20th century in the United States. Not only was Philadelphia the city where he grew up, but also where he opened his architectural firm in 1935. Thus, in our trip to the city, we visited some of his work. Here...

GROPIUS HOUSE. The Bauhaus & the American Dream

GROPIUS HOUSE. The Bauhaus & the American Dream

Walter Gropius | Lincoln, USA [1938]   When talking about modern architecture, the Bauhaus School and Walter Gropius cannot be omitted. We already saw him in the Weissenhof, a revolutionary neighborhood in Sttutgart. Nevertheless, the houses he projected there...

Guild House, an icon of Postmodern Architecture

Guild House, an icon of Postmodern Architecture

The Guild House is one of the most representative works of Postmodernism,  an architectural movement that started in the late 50s. This emerged as a criticism against the International Style of the modern movement. According to postmodern people, this last one was...

WRIGHT HOME-STUDIO. The birthplace of a genius in Chicago

WRIGHT HOME-STUDIO. The birthplace of a genius in Chicago

Frank Lloyd Wright | Chicago, USA [1889/1898] “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere” was what Frank Sinatra sang in the late seventies. Well, even though I knew that my American dream would be more difficult in this city [see TWA Flight Center],...

TWA FLIGHT CENTER. A bird made of concrete in New York

TWA FLIGHT CENTER. A bird made of concrete in New York

Eero Saarinen | New York, USA [1956-1962] Who has never thought of leaving everything behind to pursue a dream? Starting a new adventure that you always wanted to undertake but you thought it would never become real. It has been a long time since I post my last visit,...

TERESIANAS. An unknown and overwhelming Gaudí

TERESIANAS. An unknown and overwhelming Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí | Barcelona, Spain [1888-1889] In the next few days I will leave my home and set out on a new adventure so, before leaving, I wanted to post a visit about the most well known architect in my country, GAUDÍ. Besides being a great figure of the Catalan...

LA CITÉ FRUGÈS. A modern neighborhood for the working class.

LA CITÉ FRUGÈS. A modern neighborhood for the working class.

Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret | Pessac, France [1924-1926] Can you imagine a city entirely designed by Le Corbusier where he could put into practice his studies about social housing? Well, not only did he have the chance to do it but we can also walk down the...

LLOYD’S BUILDING. Futuristic design in the City of London

LLOYD’S BUILDING. Futuristic design in the City of London

Richard Rogers Partnership | London, England [1978-1986] As every year at around this date, one of the most massive and fun Architecture festivals takes place in many cities around the world. I am talking about the Open House, which this time led us to the...

HERMITAGE CASTLE. A bucolic spot on the Scottish Borders

HERMITAGE CASTLE. A bucolic spot on the Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders, Scotland [1240]  This time I would like to show you something different, another kind of visit. I am talking about the places that, even if their architectural design is not very important, they seduce and captivate us in a strange way. It can be...

LA TOURETTE. A spiritual retreat for architecture lovers

LA TOURETTE. A spiritual retreat for architecture lovers

Le Corbusier + Iannis Xenakis | Éveux-sur-Arbresle, France [1953-1960] Which architect has never dreamed about doing someday the well-known Le Corbusier Route? As could not be otherwise, I had been in that group for a long time. Thus, using some days of our Easter...

LA ROTONDA. The perfect fusion of nature and architecture

LA ROTONDA. The perfect fusion of nature and architecture

Andrea Palladio | Vicenza, Italy [1566] Two years ago we decided to spend our holidays in the north of Italy. I wanted to visit the work of Andrea Palladio, so we had to go to Vincenza, a little town from the Véneto which hosts some of his buildings. I had no doubts...

CENTRE POMPIDOU. Controversy in the heart of Paris

CENTRE POMPIDOU. Controversy in the heart of Paris

Renzo Piano + Richard Rogers | Paris, France [1970-1977] I still remember the first Building that struck me before starting my Architecture Degree, and the fact is that the Centre Pompidou cannot leave anyone indifferent. It surprised me to see photos of its...

IMO. A benchmark for ocular microsurgery in Barcelona

IMO. A benchmark for ocular microsurgery in Barcelona

Josep Llinàs | Barcelona, Spain [2002-2009]  Some weeks ago Barcelona hosted the 48h Open House, an Architecture festival which takes place annually in some interesting cities such as London, Melbourne, Tel Aviv or New York, among others. For a whole weekend, it is...

KUBUSWONINGEN. The eccentric cube

KUBUSWONINGEN. The eccentric cube

Piet Blom | Rotterdam, Netherlands [1978-1984]  This time we travelled to Rotterdam to visit a fun and playful place. I'm talking about Kubuswoningen, a group of dwellings that are known as Cube Houses, and which at least are curious to see. The architect who was in...

WEISSENHOF. The cradle of the Modern Movement

WEISSENHOF. The cradle of the Modern Movement

Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret | Stuttgart, Germany [1927]  It was in 1927 when the association Deutsche Werkbund organized the Die Wohnung exhibition -The Dwelling- in a neighborhood called Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart. Under the direction of the German architect...

LA RICARDA. A hidden treasure among the pines

LA RICARDA. A hidden treasure among the pines

Antoni Bonet i Castellana | El Prat de Llobregat, Spain [1949-1963]  I'm really glad to open this space with a very special building for me, La Ricarda designed by Antoni Bonet, also known as Gomis House. Not only was it the first place I visited when I started my...