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Medical Center – Lastra Architects

Friday, 6 - February - 2015




Sculpture and Architecture – Lastra Architects

Friday, 21 - March - 2014

Feliz Navidad. Merry Christmas

Monday, 23 - December - 2013


Architects and Interior Design

Tuesday, 10 - December - 2013

Sin título-2


Parking in Spain – Lastra Architects

Friday, 29 - November - 2013





Paper Architecture, Origami.

Friday, 18 - October - 2013

Arquitectura de Papel

Video of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Friday, 11 - October - 2013

The Museum of Urban History, Aviles, Asturias

Friday, 19 - July - 2013

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The Avilés International Cinema and Architecture Festival

Sunday, 14 - July - 2013


The relationship between architecture and cinema begins when it develops in the late nineteenth century. With the need to build sets, the architect or designer’s imagination have no limits because everything is possible: you can recreate imaginative scenarios, from large cities and even entire worlds fantastic landscapes. Most of these projects would never have seen the light because of the impossibility of its construction in the real world. Cinema and Architecture feed back showing a way to make unprecedented visual that continues and will continue. The architecture is a very important part of the film and it is interesting to make a festival of this kind in Asturias.


From 16 to 20 July next, Avilés will host the first edition of the Festival of Cinema and Architecture, FICARQ, first of its kind to be held in Spain. At the Teatro Palacio Valdés and the Niemeyer Center will create a cultural meeting place on the interaction between film and architecture in three different sections. One of them will be dedicated to film premieres that have not been projected in Spain, other retrospective films of great quality and a section specializing in documentaries, debates and conferences on architecture. This festival aims to make Aviles in a meeting of architects and filmmakers, relating the FICARQ in the network of Architecture and Cinema Festivals that are celebrated around the world, such as Rotterdam, Venice, Chile and Lisbon.

Project Campus Finland University, Lastra Architects

Wednesday, 22 - May - 2013









Present and Future of the Building Refurbishment

Monday, 13 - May - 2013


In a rehabilitation project, with a thorough assessment of the condition and operation of the building, you can get huge benefits for homeowners: comfort, health, efficiency, aesthetic quality, and increased property value. It especially represents lower maintenance costs and energy savings. It is also possible to improve the building’s architectural and can add the reorganization of the spatial and functional improvement of outdoor spaces.

The rehabilitation activities in the existing building stock can range from improving accessibility to allow the use of all types of users, increasing the energy efficiency of the facades to achieve energy savings with matching aesthetics or improving living conditions .


The rehabilitation of buildings offers numerous environmental and economic benefits. Among the possible strategies to improve sustainability, rehabilitation is one of the most effective. It reduces energy and pollution caused by a  new building, reducing materials and avoiding the implementation of new infrastructure.

Currently, in the European Union the actions to refurbishment buildings represent more than a third of the construction sector, a figure that is expected to be increased because of a large number of residential buildings with low energy efficiency, constructed in poor condition, comfort, or need major reforms.

Is influential the work of architects in the world today?

Friday, 3 - May - 2013

059A - Wang Shu

Is influential the work of architects in the world today? The answer to this question, being obvious in our opinion, could have opposite responses. Would be affirmative if we remember the value of discipline to solve very different problems, from improving our cities to our surroundings. TIME has published its list of one hundred most influential people in the world this yearin which is included Wang Shu, the Pritzker Architecture Prize last year. Wang Shu is the rare architect who has successfully blended China’s quest for novel and eye-catching architecture with respect for traditional aesthetics. Wang and his Amateur Architecture Studio have designed buildings that maintain the sensibilities of Chinese courtyards but rework them for settings ranging from apartment buildings to waterfronts. To protest the waste of building materials, which are often dumped in landfills after short-lived structures are demolished, he has made frequent use of recycled materials in works.

059B - Wang Shu

The negative response would be in our country, in which the latest proposed legislation are threatening the work of architects. This, in a country where professionals have a comprehensive training high and demonstrated in many activities in the world. Therefore, we should say that also in this Spain is different

The first public work of Tadao Ando in Latin America

Wednesday, 1 - May - 2013


The first public work of architect Tadao Ando has been officially opened last April 24 . This is Roberto Garza Sada Center for Art, Architecture and Design at the University of Monterrey in northern Mexico, dubbed “Gate of Creation”.  The six-story Centro Roberto Garza Sada looks like a rectangular cement block from which huge triangular cutouts have been carved into the sides, leaving an opening between its belly and the ground.


The opening allows people to pass beneath the building, which is the first Ando-designed building to be erected in Central and South America, the university said.

The sweeping concrete form is meant to enclose studio and learning spaces for some students in creative majors while tectonically expressing the value of aesthetics within the larger program of the school. Characterized by a stepped hyperbolic underside that gives way to a stadium-like hall, the built form uses simple material to create an impressive space of collaboration. The six reinforced concrete levels are organized around light-filled voids interjected with both cleanly orthogonal and dramatically curved stairs. the result is a perfectly proportioned tabula rasa that ‘opens the gates’ for a new generation of latin american designers.

Ando, 71, said that Mexico has produced many world-class architects, such as Luis Barragan Morfin (1902-1988), and called on university students who walk through the Gate of Creation to have the spirit to become leaders in Mexico and throughout the world.

The university spent 600 million pesos on the building, which has classrooms and conference rooms for those studying architecture and art. Among Ando’s best-known works are the Sumiyoshi-no-Nagaya linear concrete house in Osaka, and the Chichu Art Museum on Nao Island in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and western Honshu. Ando was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, the royal gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1997, and the gold medal from the International Union of Architects in 2005.

2013 Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize

Monday, 29 - April - 2013

The Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize has the objective ” to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals.” The biannual prize goes to the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, designed by Henning Larsen, with the collaboration of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliassonand local architect Sigurður Einarsson. There is nothing particularly “green” about it other than the color, but it is a fascinating story about the important role architecture can play in a culture.


The Emerging Architect Special Mention award was given to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Red Bull Music Academy, where they took over a warehouse and filled it with makeshift huts, providing individual studios for 60 musicians alongside a lecture hall, recording studio and staff offices. The award ceremony will take place on 6 June at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

The biennial Mies van der Rohe Award is the most prestigious in European architecture and is awarded to the best building completed in the last two years by a European architect. The prize is organised by the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, which was established in 1983 with the initial purpose of reconstructing the iconic pavilion designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.

Keys to build sustainable homes by using bioclimatic concepts

Sunday, 28 - April - 2013

The traditional architectures offer abundant examples of bioclimatic use of existing resources with minimal energy consumption. They exploited natural conditions to reduce energy needs. Before the twentieth century, when the population was concentrated in rural areas, the buildings were still these criteria. For thousands of years people were learning that they needed collect less firewood if they oriented the main facade to the south.
Over time, the techniques were perfected: grass roofs, arches in the front for sun protection in summer allowing entry into winter, cross ventilation and other techniques that current bioclimatic architectures have been rescued from the collective memory. With industrialization and the abundance of fossil resources, the urban construction were forgotten these millenary practices.
Bioclimatic systems assets include the actions that can be integrated into a home in order to increase its energy efficiency. Currently, sustainable it is more than a trend, society begins to consider what should be a priority the environmental and sustainability in the buildings. The British Council has recently developed a series of recommendations to build sustainable homes, mostly based on energy savings. These recommendations of the institution are summarized into five distinct sections that relate to the use of Renewable Energy, Energy Saving Modes, Heating & Improved insulation.