Centro Cultural Internacional Oscar Niemeyer, Avilés, Spain
This composition of five different geometric shaped forms by Oscar Niemeyer was built in 2011 in the country Asturias in northwest Spain. Each volume hosts a different cultural aspect and use. Beside educational activities, film presentations, exhibitions, concerts, theaters and dance performances can be visited. The white concrete elements with accents of red and yellow painted facades are arranged on a large square. All in all the white reflecting architectural landscape contrasts with the industrial area where it is located.
Frontontes, Azpeitia, Spain
The architect Carlos López de Ceballos realized this architectural sculpture in the little mountain town Azkoitia inspired by the ideas and the design of Jorge Oteiza. The construction of white concrete represents the six territories of the Basque Country and the material was chosen to create a contrast to the surrounding landscape of hills and forests.
Campo Viejo, La Rioja, Spain
The bodegas „Campo Viejo“ is located outside the city Logroño. After entering the area, a small path leads you through the vines towards the main buildings that host offices, a visitor area and the wine production with the wine cellar. The administrative uses are hosted overground in two volumes that become visible through facades of natural stone and wood. The actual winemaking is underground, digged into the ground which also has a positive effect on the wine production. For the subterranean building elements the architect used red colored concrete. The bodegas designed by Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos impress with a very simple and use-driven architecture.
Wineries La Rioja, Spain
The region `La Rioja´ is famous for the best red wines of Spain. Located in the North of the country `La Rioja´ enchants with a wonderful landscape of vineyards and mountains. In between the vines you can discover architecture designed by famous architects like Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava and Rafael Moneo. In my opinion the buildings of the well known heads do not always guarantee good architecture, as they are often designed to represent without the need of being useful. On the other side less known Spanish architects impress with their thoughtful and functional styles.
This wonderful andalusian city at the foot of the great Alhambra shines in a bright white. The houses on the hills are painted with white lime plaster to protect the interior of the sun and the heat of the hot summers. Even the modern public architecture was adapted to these outer conditions as you can see at the Andalucia´s Museum of Memory by Campo Baeza od at the Granada Science Park by Ferrater + Jimenez Brasa.
Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Since 1333 AD the Alhambra is a Royal Palace and until today it was constantly extended. This architecture is just magic and you can´t stop watching and discovering new details of the architecture in perfection. But it is not only the architecture, the gardens are also a dream. The most important highlights are the Courtyard of the Palace of Charles V, the Hall of the Abencerrajes, the Generalife and of course the Court of the Lions.
By entering this little town you´ve got the impression that you are entering former times. You can wander through many tiny lanes with white painted houses. The Mezquita-Catedral is a must do for your general education, the Torre de la Calahorra and the Roman Bridge are also important sights of the old city. Examples for modern Architecture are the Art Center and the Zahra Medinat Museum by Nieto Sobejano, the Visitors Center and the Education Center of the University by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos.
Young Seville, Spain
For the architecture of the younger city it is not easy to compete with these fantastic monuments. The leftovers from the EXPO ´92 are not more than ruins and neglected constructions The Metropol Parasol has its own chapter, but there is still young potential. For example the train station Santa Justa which was designed by the local studio Cruz y Ortiz, which also has several good projects in the city centre.
Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain
Close to the historic centre of Sevilla the german architect Jürgen Mayer H. has designed the biggest wooden construction in the world. But big is not always best. On the photographs the organic construction looks very impressive but after having a closer look on it I was quite disappointed. You can´t see the wooden stucture of the material because of yellow-creme weather protection color, the details are made with gross metal elements and the sun protection which is the main purpose of this construction doesn´t really work.
Historic Seville, Spain
Seville is a wonderful city in Andalucia in the south of Spain with history of Christians, Jews and Muslims. The historic part of the city, that is one of the largest in Europe is also the city centre. The main sights are the fascinating giant Cathedral of Seville with the muslim patio, the mosque tower the Giralda,the unique moorish architecture of the Palace Alcázar and the Torre del Oro and the Plaza de España.
Pavillo Barcelona, Spain
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the German pavilion for the International Exposition (Expo) in 1929.
The construction of the pavilion persists of shear walls and supports.
He used many different materials and worked with open and fluent spaces.
All the work of the architect was based on the proverb "Less is more".
Antoni Gaudi was not the only famous architect who created his magnum opus in Barcelona. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe made the famous German pavilion; Le Corbusier was a member of an urban planning group; as an advanced urban planner Ildefons Cerda
designed the district of Example and also Jean Nouvel made with the Torre Agbar a new sight.