Five hotels in Ibiza that combine farmhouse living with contemporary design

There’s more to Ibiza than clubber-oriented resorts – the Spanish island also hosts a growing number of agroturismo hotels in old farmhouses. Here are five that combine a farm-to-fork ethos with contemporary design. La Granja Ibiza German interior-design studio Dreimeta converted a 200-year-old farmhouse and a neighbouring cottage to create La Granja, a members-only retreat […]

Vilablanch restores and revamps Barcelona’s Casa Burés

Interior design studio Vilablanch selected “silent” contemporary furnishings to deck out this Barcelona apartment block, keeping the focus on the building’s opulent original features. Casa Burés – which is longlisted in the apartment interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards – has been designed by Vilablanch to feature a host of modern fixtures and furnishings […]

Nook Architects favours living space over bedrooms in Barcelona flat revamp

Nook Architects has reduced the size of bedrooms in Caldrap, a flat in Barcelona, to make room for a spacious and versatile new living and dining space. The home is located in an ageing high-rise in the city’s Poble Sec neighbourhood. With 67 square-metres of floor space, it was spacious enough to accommodate its new […]

Foster + Partners to add giant “floating pavilion” to top of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans to add a large overhanging rooftop extension to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, as part of its renovation of the institution in northern Spain. The addition to the building is intended to enhance the institution’s “unique identity”, and will contain a mix of gallery spaces and public viewing platforms. […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

Beta Ø Architects completes overhaul of X House in Madrid

Spanish studio Beta Ø Architects has inserted a void and a permeable metal sculpture at the centre of this Madrid family home to let air and natural light flow through its interiors. Located in the city’s affluent El Viso neighbourhood, X House has been overhauled by locally based studio Beta Ø Architects to incorporate elements […]

Anthony Burrill’s graphics top delicate timber rooftop pavilion in Barcelona

Graphic designer Anthony Burrill and architect Eugeni Bach worked with students in Barcelona to build 3KMS, a rooftop pavilion decorated with MDF panels. Forty students from the Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering worked on the pavilion, which stands on the roof of the school. Burrill and Bach are both tutors at the school, and […]

Blackened wood appears throughout R Apartment by Francesc Rifé Studio

Black-stained wood partitions meet time-worn tile floors inside this Valencia apartment, which has been overhauled by Francesc Rifé Studio. Set within La Finca Roja – a red-brick residential block in Valencia’s Jesús neighbourhood that dates back to 1929 – the R Apartment has been re-designed by Francesc Rifé Studio to feature a mix of old […]

Tuñón Arquitectos’ Casa de Piedra is formed of nine cube-shaped rooms

Tuñón Arquitectos has completed Casa de Piedra, a house in the town of Cáceres, Spain, which is built from solid stone and laid out in a grid of nine cube-shaped rooms. Casa de Piedra is built from local quartzite, with widows framed in granite. Located on a plot sloping slightly down towards the town, Tuñón […]

Nomo Studio clads Stone House in Menorca with limestone dug from its site

A patchwork of roughly hewn local stone and smooth plaster forms the facades of this house, designed by architects Nomo Studio to overlook the sea in Menorca. The Barcelona-based architects used limestone that was excavated from the foundations of Stone House for its facade. “In Stone House the strong concept lies in the facade composition and […]

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos builds walkable roof on top of glass house

An extruded T-shaped roof that is also a walkway covers a glazed box in this dramatic house designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos in Valencia, Spain. Fran Silvestre Arquitectos designed Hoffman House so that its residents can walk along the rooftop and admire the surrounding landscape. Hoffman House, reminiscent of Modernist projects such as Philip Johnson’s […]

Sagrada Familia finally gets building permit after 137 years

Barcelona‘s city authority has granted the Antoni Gaudí-designed Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882, its first building permit. The UNESCO world heritage site now has an official permit from the local council that will allow the building to be completed. The announcement was made by Janet Sanz, Barcelona’s deputy mayor for ecology, […]

Summa designs new visual identity for Spanish postal service Correos

Spanish branding agency Summa has subtly rebranded Correos, the Spanish national postal service, with a simplified logo for the digital age and a new typeface. Summa updated the 350 year-old postal service’s logo with a “simple” and “purist” design, as well as introducing the new lettering created in collaboration with Monotype. Summa designed a new […]

Madrid could scrap low-emissions zone despite air quality improvements

A major plan to reduce air pollution in Madrid may be repealed, because incoming politicians want to bring back traffic back into the city. Isabel Díaz Ayuso of Spain’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP), who is expected to become president of the Madrid region, said that traffic jams are part of what make the Spanish capital […]

Landscape for Play is a huge colourful playground in Madrid

Aberrant Architecture has created a huge playground in a former Madrid slaughterhouse, based on the work of Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. Landscape for Play is a temporary installation in Intermediae, a gallery in one of the old warehouses that make up the Matadero Madrid cultural centre. The design comprises a large colourful patterned floor […]

Benedetta Tagliabue and Patricia Urquiola complete Maggie’s Barcelona at Sant Pau Hospital

Benedetta Tagliabue – principal of EMBT – has completed a Maggie’s Centre for cancer care at an art nouveau-hospital in Barcelona, with interiors designed by Patricia Urquiola. Located in the grounds of the Sant Pau Hospital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain, the Kálida Sant Pau Centre is the first building created by the Maggie’s Centres charity in […]

Reina & Asociados creates exhibition space within vaulted cellars of Seville’s Alcázar

Reina & Asociados has transformed the vaulted brick cellars of the Palacio del Rey don Pedro at Seville‘s Royal Alcázar into an exhibition space. The refurbishment opens up the previously closed vaulted chambers to the public and will eventually serve as an exhibition space for a selection of archaeological artifacts gathered from the Alcázar’s collection. Located inside […]

Martin Lejarraga wraps mountain refuge in red bricks and tiles

Architect Martin Lejarraga has updated a shelter used by hikers, hunters and mountaineers in Murcia, Spain, adding a layer of red-brick cladding that contrasts with the surrounding greenery. The project involved the complete refurbishment of a small refuge known as “La Casa del Ángel” in the Sierra de Jumilla mountains. Lejarraga wanted to maintain the […]

Family home by Hiha Studio features double-height rooms and rammed earth walls

Barcelona-based Hiha Studio removed floors and inserted lofty voids to create this light-filled family home in a northeastern Spanish village. Originally two separate houses connected by rammed earth party-walls, the house is made up of two narrow rectangular plots that measure around five metres wide and between 15 and 30 metres in length. Located in […]

Laura Álvarez Architecture transforms stone ruin into zero-energy Villa Slow

This holiday home in Spain by Laura Álvarez Architecture is built from the walls of a stone ruin and generates more energy that it consumes. Named Villa Slow, the dwelling replaces a former ruin found in rolling hills in the natural park of Valles Pasiegos. It is designed to have minimal impact on its environment, and […]

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