The contemporary architecture in Spain can certainly be called impressive. Spain is no longer the country of only Moorish palaces and Roman ruins. Unfortunately, it is one of the countries where architectural practice was the hardest hit by the economic crisis. There are few places in the world where so many large buildings have been built in such a short time. The lack of reflection on whether these projects were necessary or valid resulted in the discontinuation of projects when their completion or maintenance was not economically feasible. Architects flee the country. Time stood still. However, strong young agencies are slowly coming forward, surprisingly emerging in the context of the economic situation. Archipelago goes there in the fall.
The Madrid office, founded by Daniel Martin Diaz Font and Belén López-Granizo spreads a sensual range of robust materials. Typically, the whole line of their refreshing and dynamic design is a range of materials often canned in an abstract straitjacket.
In Belgium, Carlos Arroyo is best known as the designer of the new academy of Dilbeek and the redesign of the Coca-Cola site of Oostkamp, both Open Call projects.
The metro in Porto, Casa da Musica, the football stadium in Braga, Alvaro Siza & Eduardo Souto de Moura, the Portuguese sun, Christina Branco Vinoverde or Vintage Port. Mansilla & Tuñón in Leon, Patxi Mangado in Santiago de Compostela, el camino peregrino, the Spanish sunshine, Ola, una Cava, un Cerveza, por favor.
Mangado defends a spirit of creative research apart from “a priori credos” or conventions, in a naked confrontation with the design problem, which he compares with the art of bullfighting.
The last decade brought a wave of architectural renewal in Spain. We were impressed by the quality of work of a new generation of architects working all over Spain.
Solera develops a cool, formal and abstract architecture with a clear expression of structure and function. The essence of his architecture is a sense of reality that he answers in his projects with construction materials and details.
Architecture is for Paya a simultaneous process where several factors are involved. On the one hand those that have direct connection with the discipline architecture: such as structure, construction, materials. On the other hand those which are connected to the “experience” – images being viewed, the program, … – that can be outside the discipline.
Architecture is the art to materialize dreams. Their architecture is delicate and fragile, often refined sensual. Sculptural objects that connect and absorb seamlessly inside and outside, open and closed.
The immersion in the concepts … in a local culture.
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