Barcelona architects Xavier Vilalta Studio have won a competition to design a tower for Doha, Qatar.
The project aims to sensitively capture the essence and culture of the city of Doha, with ancient design traditions forming the fundamental basis of the plan and modern building technologies used as a tool of expression.
It is an independent Ecosystem that demonstrates a combination of advanced building design with a historical heritage. The design is generated and molded by the surrounding environment, with which it works in harmony to take full advantage of the available natural resources.
I’m proud to see successful Spanish architects. Viva Espana!!
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The 2009 World Architecture Festival took place this week in Barcelona, drawing great minds to discuss, learn, share and award excellent architectural designs and completed projects. This year’s theme dealt with how to achieve Less With More and the relationship between cities and architecture, with climate change and sustainability playing key roles. The winners of the festival have been announced and we want to highlight four of the completed buildings that stand out for their environmentally sensitive and sustainable designs.
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, South Africa
Designed by Peter Rich Architects in South Africa, this cultural center, which won the Cultural category, is located at the confluence of two rivers. Consisting of multiple vaulted rooms, the great structure serves to preserve the history of the region and educate visitors about local ecology. Local people were trained to manufacture the stabilized earth tiles that make up the building, and will continue using these construction techniques in their own villages.
For more information, you can visit festival’s website.