arcspace.com recently visited the Austrian capital to have a special look at the Viennese version of a contemporary cultural cluster: the Museumsquartier. Spanning a century of buildings the cluster is a Chimera of cultural institutions leashed by Adolf Loos and his hatred of ornaments.
The Nomad Hotel is a story of seamless collaboration. The hotel, restaurant and boutique have been designed to effortlessly merge into one entity, creating a charming ‘Parisian’ experience in the wonderfully restored turn of the century Beaux arts, Johnston building. New York’s Midtown can add yet another gem to Manhattan’s bulging list of quality hotels.
Madrid-based architect Alberto Campo Baeza has created the new headquarters for the Castilla León region’s government, located in the ancient heart of the city facing Zamora’s old cathedral. The design offers a successful mix of glass minimalism and a smart site-location strategy. Like a Babushka doll the building’s first layer is an enclosing stonewall, then a garden of air and finally a completely transparent glass house.
A warm welcome to this weeks edition of Touring the World of Architecture. Below you will find a splatter of architectural news from the week to keep you entertained. Hadid is causing a stir, central Sydney has a hard choice to make, the US embassy in London gets going and one book reveals all about architects own homes.
Download images of Bouça Housing Complex in Porto, Portugal by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza as part of the SAAL program to create affordable social housing in Porto. More than three decades underway, it was finally completed in 2004.