In architecture there are two ways to be truthful: in terms of the program and in terms of construction. […] To be truthful in the construction techniques is to use the materials according to their qualities and properties. What is regarded as purely artistic issues, for example symmetry, are only secondary concerns in the face of these dominant principles.

[Viollet-Le-Duc: Entretiens sur l’architecture]


materials are continuously changing as we evolve and as the time pas. We csns observe this evolution trough hystory. Materilas for primitive architecture werent the same as the medieval architecture. materials and technology are replaced by new ones. but the shapes remain alive and active, translated into new technological realities but perpetually expressed as symbols of the first materials and the primitive need to protect man



Different types such as sand stone, lime stone, tuff, etc an different ways to put them(for rooftops, walls, ) such as the technique of gabion , made of dry stone masonry or Huge rough granite blocks.


As it is everywhere, it is the most common material.

Tapia: each of the pieces of wall that are made at one time with
rammed earth and lime into a formwork.

Adobe: : sun-dried clay blocks. May contain reinforcing straw

this construction, is recovered of the surface,


Are fired clay blocks. Can be of different sizes and forms to put them toguether at a wall.they normaly work well at compresion. in order to reinforce bricks, iron it is used.


Can be seen at interiors, rural houses and exteriors as well. It doesnt strtat of foundation. Rooftops are not commonly made of wood. as well as pilars or any other structural element that is made to handle big aount of cuantities of stress.However, is not forviden at all, we can see buildings completely made of wood.



a current material, allows the creation of new shapes.


A very versatil material, cheep and common now a days.


deformable in many shapes, add modernisim to buildings, natural ilumination can be profited. (The use of glass without joinery is intended to dematerialise the


roman construction had lot of resources, that is why they bult a lot. they used brick, stone. The basic material in Roman construction is concrete, that is arranged in a work by SHUTTERINGS in vaults and domes, and outer layers of brick, masonry or small pieces of carved stone. arch and vaults, are commonly seen in this type of architecture. (BARREL VAULT reinforced by TRANSVERSE ARCHES)

Walls are reinforced with external BUTTRESSES, with wooden TIE BEAMS at the
beginning of the vaults, with the increase of the section of the inner pillars in the
direction of the lateral thrusts.
Afterwards, BARREL VAULTS are replaced by GROIN VAULTS, which represent a new
covering system that obvious the rigidity of the lateral walls to transmit directly loads
to the pillars through the combined action of TRANSVERSE RIBS and FORMERETS.


• the pointed arch
• the rib vault
• the buttress
• the flying buttress
• the pinnacles.

Compression forces opposed to traction forces

Monolithic temple made by carved solid natural rock. No materials are supplied.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) represents an innovation in the generation of architectural shapes.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) also adds the collaborative management
to the Project. the elements are created in 3d directly , you dreaw elements not lines.

Nowadays prefabrication, in some ways, changes the way we build or manage construction.

clt panels helps to improve resistance, are superficial materials,

grc panels are allso an other prefabricated material. they consist of a 1-2 meters pefabricated piece. not heavy as are thin,

prefabricated blocks of erath made by diferent lines of earth one above the ancient technique of building that has ben modernized.


New challenges:

  1. Stability and instability as formal aesthetic principles. Extreme cantilevers

internal structures are hiden an materials create an optical effect. architects can play whith shapes in order to create stability.

  1. Structure dissolution with new materials and structural types. Dematerialization.


Building facilities are infrastructures formed by networks and fixed equipment that enable the supply and operation of services that allow functionality, efficiency and comfort in those for which they have been designed.

The challenge of integrating installations into architectural design is noe a real goal to architects.

Type of services:

  • Energy networks:
    • Electrical installation
    • Gas installation
    • Photovoltaic system
  • Hydraulic facilities
    • Potable water supply
    • Sanitation facility
    • Fire protection systems
  • Climatic installations
    • Ventilation
    • Heating
    • Air-conditioning
    • Domestic hot water
  • Telecommunications
    • Phone signal
    • TV signal
    • Fiberglass internet network
    • Home automation
    • Safety control
  • Medical installations
    • Medical gases
  • Others