The festival includes spaces such as the IE Paper Pavilion of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker prize, the new Desert City space, the first biotechnology nursery specializing in cacti, by the architect Jacobo García-Germán, or SOLO gallery for the art collection by estudioHerreros.
OPEN HOUSE Madrid
September 30 – October 1, 2017
The festival will honor the figure of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, showing some of his most emblematic projects, such as the recent renovation of the Castellana 81 (formerly BBVA) building, the White Towers or the M-30 housing “el Ruedo”. The opening of spaces is completed with a calendar of parallel activities, including the Open House Congress that this year is entitled “Cities of the Future: from Rome to Mars” and has architects and NASA scientists. It will also have historical and thematic urban routes. The festival will be held on the weekend of September 30 and October 1, 2017, and coincides with World Architecture Day.
The list of buildings and spaces includes other proposals such as hotels, factories of different disciplines, headquarters of large business groups, private houses, foundations and cultural centers, classical buildings, meeting room and sports facilities.
Other proposals are emblematic buildings from an architectural point of view such as the Gimnasio Maravillas, located in the Chamartin district, designed by the legendary architect Alejandro de la Sota. There is also possible to visit places like the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid, which was initially designed as a residence for an aristocratic family and which sets a good example of Madrid’s palaces.
We have also planned different specialized routes, like a route through workspaces and rehabilitated buildings. During Open House’s weekend, several architectural and interior design firms will organize special events around the festival.
ABOUT MADRID ARCHITECTURE WEEK
The XIII Edition of the Madrid’s Architecture Week will be held from September 29 to October 8, 2017. The local Architect’s Guild (COAM), through the COAM Foundation, in partnership the City of Madrid and the Community of Madrid, held this new edition with New York as a guest city for the planned visits and itineraries, thanks to the collaboration of the Embassy of the United States of America in Spain and “Open House”.
The Architecture Week aims to raise awareness and highlight the value of architecture and urbanism bringing it closer to society, both globally and around Madrid. Since last year the Architects’ Guild has launched a new line of collaboration at international level with the aim of inviting a different city each year, generating specific content between Madrid and the chosen city.
The center of the activities takes place at the headquarters of COAM, which organizes and hosts many events exclusively on architecture and urbanism, in collaboration with other institutions in the city which in turn host events at their offices.
ABOUT OPEN HOUSE
Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London’s splendid buildings to the general public who don’t otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.
Buildings surround us in a city but the one thing we do not learn about in schools is the fabric of a place, such as the structure, framework or composition. The urban fabric of our community has such a strong impact on us on an everyday basis.
Core to our beliefs and values is having direct experience. You can’t make an informed decision merely through abstract images, such as photos and illustrations. You need to be engaged with the space in question to know what the reality is.
Perceptions of the city have changed over the past 20 years. Public space, including landscape architecture, are now recognised as essential parts of a city. Open-City has taken the original initiative one step further by including public spaces and infrastructure. While the public may already have access to these areas, the point of Open-City is to draw attention to the value that public space offers to the community, broadening dialogue further.
Our main role is advocacy. We aim to help change perceptions, break down barriers and inspire people to demand high-quality places for current and future generations. Our pioneering programmes and initiatives are designed to meet the needs of decision-makers, young people and the wider community. And it is the success of our approach as an advocacy body that has positioned us as a progressive and influential authority among these groups.
The public domain cannot be created without the public’s involvement. Usually, it’s something ‘done to the public’, who usually have no choice but to hope that those who are responsible for creating and developing that space will do so in their best interests. So our mantra is that this must become part of our education system, and Open-City attempts to do just that.