Great architect’s buildings

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Photos: Arquitectura y diseño                                                                                                   Today we are bringing you a very interesting topic for all the architecture lovers. In iLuxenio, we are specialist on sustainable and exclusive homes. However, when we see a great building it does not matter its purpose, we fall for its beauty, characteristics, design, etc. We will gos over great construction projects and which great architects are behind them.

For this reason, in this post we want to consider the buildings which were thought by great architects. Anyhow, this is just a small list that can be completed. There is no accounting for taste after all.

Robie House, Chicago, Frank Lloyd Wright (1910)

We cannot start in a better way. The master Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the referents in modern architecture and one of the great architects we would like to deal with. This building, the Robie House, is proof of that. He based his style on horizontal lines, pronounced eaves and centered plants and we can see that in this work. The architect ended up consecrating this way of designing implanted from the Robie House in a housing model called “prairie houses”. The name comes from its inspiration in the prairie landscape of the American Midwest.

Wolf house, Gubin, Polonia, Mies van der Rohe (1926)

Influenced by German avant-garde currents, Mies van der Rohe definitively moved away from the neoclassical style he had practiced in his early work and gave way to a more experimental trend. Thanks to this, he came to a style characterized by a flexible and fluid distribution and close communication between the interior and the exterior. This is what we can appreciate in this magnificent building that, unfortunately, we can only see in pictures as it was destroyed during World War II.

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Weissenhofsiedlung double house, Sttutgart, Le Corbusier (1927)

The history of this building, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016, dates back to 1927. At that time, the Deutscher Werkbund association organized a search for a solution to a serious problem in the Weissenhofsiedlung district of Stuttgart: housing shortages in Germany. Different invited architects to participate in a joint project that would consist of a colony of 12 buildings, attended to the event. One of them is this house. In it Le Corbusier laid the foundations of his style. Its characteristics are light and sustained construction on thin pillars, austerity and elegance. Among its areas, stands out a luxurious roof and living rooms with the ability to redistribute in a variable way. It was from this project when the French architect established the concept of house as a “living machine”.

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Lever House, New York, SOM (1952)

If we talk about emblematic buildings it is necessary to mention one as significant as this. This is the first skyscraper that wbuilt in New York that had a glass curtain wall. The Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM) studio was the creator. This was a before and after in the Manhattan skyline, bringing modernity and innovation. This inspired the rest of skyscrapers that were built later.

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Boa Nova Tea House, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal, Álvaro Siza (1963)

The architect Álvaro Siza, Pritzker Prize, carried out this project when he was 23 years old. He managed to integrate the house perfectly into the landscape and history of the place. You can see that with the naked eye since the structure seems to emerge from the rocks. Already with an extensive and experienced career, 50 years after the construction of the Boa Nova Tea House, the architect himself remodeled the place to host the restaurant of the Portuguese chef Rui Paula.

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George Pompidou Center, Paris, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano (1977)

The high-tech style with which Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano endowed this building was so revolutionary for its time that not everyone came to understand it. However, this place that houses a museum, a library, a space dedicated to industrial and architectural creation and another for musical experimentation meant a great transformation in the way of conceiving buildings destined for museums today.

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Fortunately, throughout history there have been great architects who have left their mark thanks to their fantastic buildings.

In addition to those we have already named, we can highlight others such as Frank Gehry’s House in Santa Monica; HSBC Bank in Hong Kong by Norman Foster; Institute of the Arab World, in Paris by Jean Nouvel; the Chapel of St. Benedict in Sumvitg (Switzerland) by Peter Zumthor or the Vitra Campus Fire Station, in Weil am Rhein (Germany) by Zaha Hadid.

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Costa del Sol the best place to live

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Costa del sol offers us wonderful locations along Marbella’s Milla de Oro and the near urbanisations as they are Sierra Blanca, Camojan or La Zagaleta.

The weather, the landscapes diversity which offers and the life quality make of Costa del Sol a perfect place to build any kind of exclusive or luxury home.

It’s the destination since a long time ago, for foreigners who wish to spend their vacation or their retirement.

It’s evident the number of real estate transactions in the last years by foreigner buyers.

Down below we’re making you a brief analysis of the marvellous Costa del Sol:

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Costa del Sol is divided into:

Málaga-Torremolinos-Mijas, in this area the profile is mainly of British origins, except from the town centre of Fuengirola and Torremolinos, where the buyers are national, especially from Córdoba and Madrid.

If what you’re looking for is to rest but having the advantages of a city, this is the best option.

Beaches are for the enjoyment and relax. The collection of museums of Costa del Sol’s capital is very wide and diverse.

Marbella-Manilva, Marbella, for the luxury lovers and the good living. The high standards demand is in Marbella and Estepona.

Being the highest percentage of foreigners buyers composed by English, Belgian, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Moroccan, Irish, and citizens original from Middle East.

Estepona plays an important role at residential tourism or real estate tourism.

Marbella is sophistication and simplicity, easy to find the balance we require in this city, especially during the summer months.

Another well-known area is the Eastern Costa del Sol, the residential centres are gathered in: Vélez Málaga, Rincón de la Victoria, Nerja and Torrox.

The seekers are, as we previously said, mostly recurrent residents from foreign population: English, German, Belgian and French.

The 65% of buyers are foreigners and the 35% are nationals. What they demand the most are newly-built homes with good locations. As for them is a place for disconnecting, resting, relaxing, etc.

Costa del Sol is a synonym for earthly paradise, that’s why it’s normal for people choosing it to spend their holidays and take it up as their residence.

This has one of the best weathers of all Europe, it provides with a wide commercial and  leisure offer.

Furthermore, the advantages of living closer to the sea are manifold, as it improves the health and encourages the physical activity while you can practice sports.

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Which are the reasons to live in Costa del Sol?

– Of course, the weather.

-Environment. The smell of the sea, the gentle breeze, and the warm sun during every single day of the year.

– It offers mainfold activities, as much as urban as metropolitan.

– Affordable, as it exists a great variety of options, as much as cultural as gastronomical.

– It provides with sea and with mountain.

– Renowned monuments and historical buildings, around the city’s old town.

The luxury villas spread all over the Costa del Sol

Prime urbanisations have always been a safe bet in this area, where comfort and exclusivity are the main things.

In this area we can find luxury urbanisations placed between the luxurious Marbella and Sotogrande, it’s Puerto Banús or Finca Cortesín, a luxury urbanisation somehow younger than La Zagaleta, with an exceptional placement, it counts on individual fields with garden and pools, with views to the Mediterranean sea.

In this area we find the Andalusian real estate market’s jewels, which of course stand out for their privacity and quality.

As Sotogrande’s urbanisation is, a corner which hides great beaches to relax.

They are many famous who own properties in Costa del Sol.

As they could be Hollywood actors or royalty people, they are just some of the leading personalities attracted by Marbella.

As it’s one of the preferential destinies in the European coast, together with the Côte d’Azur or Monaco.

Apart from the foreign tourism, it also prevails the family tourism, who look for a more personalized attention.

Furthermore in this area the sports offer is great. One of the world-famous sports is the Polo tournament, which is hold every year in the Santa María Polo Club of this locality.

Although this is an urbanisation for people with high purchasing power, discretion is what defines them.

All the features of these urbanisations make that Costa del Sol real estate market, counts on a customer with high purchasing power.

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