Torremadariaga Basque Biodiversity Centre
Architects: Iñaki Aurrekoetxea, Alex Laskurain
Photographer: Aitor Ortiz
Two existing structures, a tower house from the 15th century and a palace from the 18th century, start a new life as a Biodiversity Centre. Traditional basque architecture meets the 21st century with amazing results.
The Felix Nussbaum Haus
The Felix Nussbaum Haus originally designed by Daniel Libeskind in 1998, was his first completed project. The new Libeskind extension opened in May 2011 and provides an entrance hall with museum shop as well as learning center on the upper floor.
After two years of planning and construction, the ‘Tbilisi Public Service Hall’ designed by italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas of Fuksas Architects has been recently inaugurated in Tbilisi, Georgia. Eleven diversely-shaped petals rise 35 meters above neighboring buildings of the urban and centrally located site to overlook the kura river. Beneath the overlapping canopy, seven stacked volumes contain four levels of office space. Their positioning envelopes a centralized public square, offering employees upward views to the underside of the roof and tree-columns. The branching pillars are positioned inside and outside the building to majestically support the roof entity, lifting it to be entirely separate from the building beneath. Internal footbridges connect each of the levels for ease of circulation.
Located in Arosa, Switzerland, this hotel’s wellness center was created by Architect Mario Botta with not only healing properties from within– but a beautiful piece of architecture to create positive energy from the outside as well.
Built in 2006, this gorgeous Tschuggen Grand Hotel and Wellness Centre (or Berg Oase) is mainly level with the ground with the exception of the metaphorical trees that stick up and protrude through the deep snow in the winter months. Discreet integration was a main concern of the planning, and a glazed walkway connects the centre with the hotel– keeping things clean and continuous. At night the Berg Oase becomes a magically lit place, showing the life and ongoings within.