Bring it back to life. Transformation of an abandoned building into 27 apartments by NUA architectures

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NUA arquitectures. Lead architects.- Arnau Tiñena, Maria Rius, Ferran Tiñena.
Project team
Alfons Güell, Paula Roch, Àngels Cañellas, Alba Azábal.
Technical architects.- Albert Vilà, Júlia Oriol.
Structure.- Windmill Structural Consultants.
Installations and sustainability.- Garriga Enginyers.
Acoustics.- David Casadevall.
Gardening.- Parks and gardens Aspros.
Furniture.- Bustper.
STM Construccions.
1,678.96 sqm.
Calle Ponent nº24. Salou, Tarragona, Spain.
Jose Hevia.

Maria Rius, Arnau Tiñena, Ferran Tiñena. NUA arquitectures

NUA arquitectures is a young practice based in Tarragona and founded in 2013 by Maria Rius, Arnau Tiñena and Ferran Tiñena that explores and works in areas related to architecture and design in different scales by sensitive strategies to the memory of places and the environment.

Studio's work explores areas of architecture and design at different scales through strategies sensitive to the memory of places and the environment, seeking to provide answers to the contemporary social and cultural challenges of cities and territories through interventions that have The main objective is to improve people's lives.

NUA architectures has diversified its activity in different fields and typologies, focusing projects from the urban perspective to the detailed design simultaneously. The work and work carried out in recent years have recognized it as one of the emerging young studios in Spain and Europe, within the framework of the last three editions of the Arquia/próxima program (2014, 2016 and 2018), and this one was selected year 2023 as one of the 40 most promising studios under 40 on the continent according to the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum (Europe 40 under 40).

In 2016 it was one of the 7 studios selected to represent Catalonia at the Venice International Architecture Biennale, and recently the studio's projects have been recognized in the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe awards (2019), in the FAD (2018), at the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2018, 2021, 2023), at the ASCER Awards (2017, 2023) and at the Alejandro de la Sota Biennial (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023 ), including the extraordinary award for the last 20 years of its edition in the rehabilitation category (1997-2017), among others.

NUA's work has been published in different national and international media, and has been included in AV's "Spain 2019" yearbook. Recently the Argentine publishing house Bisman has published a monograph on his work.

The studio has been invited to give lectures at several universities and institutions in Spain, Italy, Slovenia and the United States, such as the Design Museum and the Santa Mònica Arts Center in Barcelona, COAMadrid, the Barcelona Schools of Architecture, Madrid Donosti , Valencia, Milan or Cagliari, the International Archmarathon Congress in Milan, the International Congress of the Piranesi Awards, in Slovenia. the Congresp Scaliurbani of Livorno, or the College of Architecture of the Texas A&M University and the University of Virginia, among others.

NUA architectures has been part of the teaching team at the Reus School of Art and Design (EADR), of the Barcelona University School of Design and Engineering (ELISAVA) and is currently part of the School's Projects and Urban Planning teaching team. of Architecture of Reus (EAR-URV). He has also participated as an external jury in several critical sessions at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB-UPC), at the School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia (UIC), at the de la Salle School of Architecture (URL), and at the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.



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