[Exhibition] “COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” at COAM Madrid

September 29, 2017

The Official College of Architects of Madrid celebrates the ninth anniversary of it’s annual prize with the edition of a special catalog and exhibition looking back at the best architecture of the last decade. Photographs, plans, drawings and architect’s thoughts on over 150 projects, curated by architecture critic Edgar González.

 

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

 

Reviewing Madrid’s contemporary architecture is an interesting but vastly complex task. The Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) annually awards the COAM Prize, a recognition to  architectural excellence. The award, renowned all over Spain, is given to any works built in the Madrid Region since 2005.


 

Practical information

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture”
September 29 – December 8, 2017
COAM – Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid
Calle de Hortaleza, 63, Madrid
Spain

 


After 9 editions and 11 years it is time to look back. The exhibition and the catalog that accompanies these year’s Awards are a take us on a tour to the past, inviting us to reflect and interpret the best contemporary architecture in Madrid. More than 150 projects make up the list of winners in the various categories and years.

COAM Prize 2017. Alberto Campo Baeza, Polideportivo UVF, 2017 © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas

COAM Prize 2017. Alberto Campo Baeza, Polideportivo UVF, 2017 © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas

 

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

 

The exhibition addresses this material in an immersive and chronological way so that visitors dive into a vision that allows them to establish reference points, patterns and draw their own conclusions. A continuous, sinuous floating strip completely covers the visitors’ field of vision and immerses us in an undulating endless panorama. This strip takes over the space of the gallery, s jumping onto the railing towards the gallery space’s double heights, generating perspectives and changing spaces where to witness the works.

 

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

 

The catalog, despite its presence, provides a more intimate and introspective version. The memories of the architects themselves provide a layer of greater detail to know the projects complementing the visual narrative about the works.

 

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

 

These two complementary formats, the experiential and the documentary, seek to capture an era marked by great contrasts in the practice of a profession, allowing us to observe, reflect and establish an order from a distance. This exhibition suggests different relationships and possible conclusions that takes us forward in this continuous and winding road to come.

 

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM

"COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid's recent architecture" exhibition view © COAM

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” exhibition view © COAM


 

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