“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” at CentroCentro Madrid

October 17, 2015

The exhibition, which will be open from October 6 to January 10, 2016, reviews the buildings designed by the Spanish architect in the Canary Islands, an earthly paradise of sorts from which Higueras took full advantage creating a new allegorical, exotic lansdcape filled with massive concrete structures.

 

"Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas" © CentroCentro

“Fernando Higueras. Canarias y Las Salinas” © CentroCentro

 

Fernando Higueras, one of the masters of the architecture of Madrid in the ’60s and’ 70s is currently back on the spotlight, as a renewed interest in his architecture has been growing for quite some time to which CentroCentro Cibeles is joining.

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“Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design” at CaixaForum Madrid

October 6, 2015

This major retrospective of this legendary architect analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, among them László Moholy- Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images.

 

Aino Aalto en una cadira Paimio, fotomuntatge, dècada del 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

Aino Aalto on a Paimio chair, circa 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

 

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architects of his generation and one of the chief proponents of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design.

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“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” at Museo ICO Madrid

October 1, 2015

The exhibition features over thirty projects by the British architect from all over the world. It is focused on the materiality of the physical models, as they are the only pieces which are impossible to access through other methods.

 

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

 

Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015 exhibition is a retrospective that brings together for the first time in Madrid over thirty years of the professional career of the renowned British architect David Chipperfield.

The exhibition, which will be open at the Museo ICO from 30 September to 24 January 2016, features the most relevant projects by David Chipperfield Architects in some of the most important cities in the world, and makes it possible to analyse David Chipperfield’s work from his early days, both individually and in the aggregate. (more…)

Discover the must-see architecture of Madrid at Open House Madrid 2015

September 14, 2015

For the first time the international festival of architecture and city, Open House, arrives to Madrid. The 26th and September 27th anyone will be allowed to visit nearly 100 buildings and urban areas of the capital, some of which are not usually accessible to the public.

 

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac.

Centro de Estudios Hidrograficos. Miguel Fisac

 

This is the case of the Bank of Spain. During the festival there are two kind of visits in this historic building. One of architectural character, in which you can tour the 100,000 m² building that contains interventions made by Rafael Moneo and Mansilla + Tuñón with the help of a guide; in the other visit you can see the art collection housed in the Bank.

 

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José Manuel Ballester “Museos en Blanco” at Ivorypress Madrid

September 13, 2015

The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future.

 

"Museos en blanco" © José Manuel Ballester

“Tunel Crosstrail” 2013 © José Manuel Ballester

 

On 8 September Ivorypress starts off the season with the opening of Museos en blanco by Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960). The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future. The visual resources employed by Ballester in these works change the viewer’s position towards the outside world and towards their own memory.  (more…)

“BICs of the twentieth century” at LASEDE COAM Madrid

August 27, 2015

Madrid architecture from the second half of the twentieth century is not yet officially recognized in the Spanish heritage register. Until August 31st you can enjoy at the headquarters of the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) the exhibition “BICs of the twentieth century”.

 

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The exhibition is a sample that includes the most important twentieth century buildings in Madrid which,  either because their temporary proximity or programmatic modesty, have not been recognized as BIC (Well of Cultural Interest). This exhibition was created with the aim of supporting the efforts from the COAM which is underway to request the addition of 20 buildings as BIC and 150 sets as BIP (Heritage Resource). Thus, it is intended that society gives more importance to these works thaty, usually,  go unnoticed and so the locals discover and value the role of architects in designing the landscape of the city of last 60 years. (more…)

“The Ring” exhibition, José María Sánchez García at The Blue House Madrid

August 8, 2015

In this new exhibition at The Blue House, developed by CentroCentro and curated by Jacobo García-Germán, José María Sánchez García Architects presents one of their most important work to date, carried out by one of the Spanish architects with greater projection and international recognition.

 

"The Ring" International Center for Sports Innovation. Cáceres, Spain © José María Sánchez García Architecture Office

“The Ring” International Center for Sports Innovation. Cáceres, Spain © José María Sánchez García Architecture Office


The Blue House
(La Casita Azul)  is a permanent space dedicated to increase the presence of architecture in Madrid´s cultural offer. A small space for large works. An urban pocket that will host some of the most important architects that will bring their work to the public in an accessible way, thanks to the display´s scale. (more…)

“Who lives there?”: Revealing domesticity inside the apartments of Madrid

June 29, 2015

The installation located in the main hall of COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house-owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in the city.

 

 

COAM, the local architect association of Madrid, has recently inaugurated the fourth instalment of this year’s temporary exhibition theme: Paréntesis (parenthesis). Under the question title Who lives there?, the installation located in the main hall of COAM displays a heterogeneous set of objects belonging to different house owners spatially arranged to represent the inside life of several apartments in Madrid.

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“Constructing Worlds”, architecture in the eyes of photography

June 3, 2015

Featuring over 250 works of eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930’s to present time, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in the architecture that shapes our society.

 

Luigi Ghirri, Cementerio de San Cataldo, Módena; el osario en invierno, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Cortesía Luigi Ghirri Estate

Luigi Ghirri, Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Luigi Ghirri Estate

 

On the occasion of the starting season of PhotoEspaña15, the Barbican Centre of London has brought their exhibition “Constructing worlds: Photography and architecture in the modern age” to the ICO Museum in Madrid,  one of the main sponsors and recurring hosts of the international photography festival.

Curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone for the Barbican Art GalleryConstructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, the exhibition invites you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture. Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in our society. The exhibition will remain open until September 6, 2015.

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Archiprix 2015: best graduation projects around the world published

May 28, 2015

Every two years, Archiprix International invites universities to select their best graduation projects and submit them for participation. This years’ seven winners -and nominees- will be published in a book that offers a picture of the range of designs and the graphical distribution across all continents.

 

Architecture and extreme environment, by Adriana Debnárová. Archiprix 2015 winner  © NAi010 / Archiprix

Architecture and extreme environment, by Adriana Debnárová. Archiprix 2015 winner © NAi010 / Archiprix

 

Every two years, Archiprix International invites all 1,600 university level courses in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture to select their best graduation projects and submit them for participation. Out of the 351 projects presented in Archiprix 2015, 21 were selected as nominees to the  Hunter Douglas Awards, which will be presented in a book published by NAi010. (more…)