I thank the Virgin of Zapopan. When I was about to drop out of medical school because I couldn’t take it anymore, the Virgin enlightened me to not do it. I managed to finish my studies and now I feel highly recompensed for all those years. When I help my patients, especially to the children, I feel really happy. I’m glad to be a good doctor, loved by the people.

That night, I was thirsty, and I went down at the kitchen to take a glass of water. I was in fear finding some martians there. They were sitting at table and eating. My dog, which always had been a good guard, was hypnotized or paralyzed. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan because the aliens didn’t notice me and I could escape safe and sound. I hid myself until they were gone.


The Condestable’s House, Pamplona, Spain by Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos | via

This was a project to restore an old sixteenth-century palatial mansion, which was in ruins and had undergone major renovations and alterations over time, particularly during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through an extensive cleaning and restoration process, the building´s original appearance and size resurfaced, exposing the old wood-paneled ceilings that were hidden behind false ones throughout all of the rooms.

This architectural intervention was mostly focused on the central core consisting of the main courtyard (whose original stone columns were conserved) and a small backyard. Without yielding to a contemporary aesthetic, the intervention sustains the natural continuity between the old and the new, which is established through the materials that have been used: wood, terracotta and lime mortars and plaster.

Photography: Luis Prieto

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