Visit Madrid’s most emblematic buildings during OPEN HOUSE architecture festival

September 21, 2016

In its second edition, the Festival has signed an agreement with the local Architects’ Guild (COAM) whereby OPEN HOUSE Madrid will be held on the 1st and 2nd of October, during the city’s “Architecture Week”, opening over 100 buildings and urban spaces to the general public.

 

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Fernando Higueras y Antonio Miró, 1965

 

The city’s most emblematic buildings will be open to the public on the first weekend of October, celebrating Madrid’s Architecture Week. Over 40 new buildings and urban spaces will join the previous year’s circuit, with over 25,000 visitors: historical buildings such as the National Senate Building, the Zarzuela Theatre, or the National Car Park -where the official car fleet is kept-, as well as recently completed contemporary buildings like the BBVA sail building (by Herzog & de Meuron) or the Repsol Campus, by Spanish architect Rafael de la Hoz. (more…)

“Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city” photographs from the collections of MAXXI in Madrid

July 18, 2016

The exhibition is a journey through several Italian and international cities -Rome, Milan, Genova, Naples, Palermo, Beirut- envisioned through the eyes of one of the most important interpreters of contemporary photography.

 

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

Roma, Palazzina San Maurizio © Gabriele Basilico

 

The Italian Cultural Institute of Madrid presents, as a part of the International Photography Festival PHOTOESPAÑA2016,  the exhibition “Gabriele Basilico, architecture and city. Photographs from the collections of MAXXI”, curated by Margherita Guccione with Simona Antonacci. (more…)

“Hiroshi Sugimoto” conceptual photography at Mapfre Foundation Madrid

July 14, 2016

A notably intellectual artist, Sugimoto’s work contains a highly meditated conceptual element that encourages the spectator towards philosophical reflection and which the artist has used to reinterpret some of the principal genres in the classic tradition of photography.

 

Union City Drive-in, Union City , 1993. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Union City Drive-in, Union City , 1993. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

 

From 23 June to 25 September 2016, Fundación Mapfre is presenting an exhibition in its Madrid exhibition space in Paseo Recoletos 23 on the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, offering a survey of his work through his best-known series.

The exhibition is divided into five sections devoted to the artist’s major series: Theaters (1976-present); Lightning Fields (2006-present); Dioramas (1976-2012); Portraits (1994-1999); and Seascapes (1980-present). On display are a total of 41 large-format works that offer a survey of the artist’s last forty years of artistic activity while also looking forward to future creations, given that some of these series are still ongoing. (more…)

“Architecture, City and Thought Hub” at CentroCentro Madrid

June 5, 2016

This series of exhibitions at gather and showcase hidden content, languages and values related to the architecture of the city of Madrid that can be found in its historical archives, professional legacies, academic works, specialised publications and cultural catalogues

 

Periferia © Carlos Albalá

Periferia © Carlos Albalá

 

Architecture, city and thought Hub is a new series of exhibitions held in the architecture section at CentroCentro, curated by Inés Caballero.  The series, which comprises four exhibitions, will connect and gradually construct a large repository which will gather an imagery of the city that enables us to observe its present, understand its past and design its future. A great archive of archives of informative, historical and emotional content.

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A tracking shot through z4z4 architects’ Casa Tobogan

May 17, 2016

The new house designed by z4z4 Architecture Office in Madrid is the result of the three-layered encounter between two prototypical house-designs and a large garden void.

 

TB House by Z4Z4 AAA © Imagen Subliminal / Miguel de Guzmán

TB House by Z4Z4 AAA © Imagen Subliminal / Miguel de Guzmán

 

Architecture office z4z4 have recently completed the construction of the Casa Tobogán (Slide House). Located off the beaten track in the outskirts of Madrid, the house is the result of a three-layered design in which two different houses and a crossing void join together to create a cinematographic experience of domestic life. (more…)

“Atlas Entropía #Madrid” at La Casita Azul

April 5, 2016

From March 3 to May 15, the exhibition space will show “Atlas Entropía # Madrid”, an exhibition curated by the architects Jacobo García-Germán and Eduardo Prieto in collaboration with the reputed photographer Juan Rodríguez.

 

Atlas Entropía #Madrid. M-30 Social Housing © Juan Rodrígez

Atlas Entropía #Madrid. M-30 Social Housing © Juan Rodrígez

 


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. “Atlas Entropia #Madrid” will be the sixth installment hosted by this particular space, the only one exclusively dedicated to showing architecture in the city.

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“Raumplan House” by Alberto Campo Baeza

January 19, 2016

Last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award resumes one of his leitmotifs: the diagonal space, used previusly in numerous works as Turegano House, Asencio House or Caja Granada, adding in this case a helicoidal movement to the operation.

 

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

Raumplan House, Alberto Campo Baeza © Javier Callejas

 

“2+2+2 is much more than just 6. A Raumplan house” by the architect.

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines. At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid. From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also. Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views. (more…)

“Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture” at COAM Madrid

January 13, 2016

The fifteen featured projects—five houses and five towers in Sydney, and five major commissions beyond Sydney—focus on Seidler’s lifelong creative collaborations, a pursuit he directly inherited from Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.

 

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

Australia Square Tower, Sydney, 1961-67; Photo: Max Dupain © Vladimir Belogolovsky

 

Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. (more…)

“Bauen” by Emilio Pemjean at Espaciofoto Madrid

January 5, 2016

The author first elaborates scale models of spaces (which no longer exist or have been processed), stripping them of all objects covering or decorating inside to then reconstruct them, photographing the “naked” space. This proposes a dialogue between real space and our perception of it, between the object and its representation or between three-dimensional space (architecture) and two-dimensional representation (photography). 

 

Bauen 8 + 9. "Housing for a couple without children." Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

Bauen 8 + 9. “Housing for a couple without children.” Die Wohnung shows unserer Zeit. Deutsche exposure Bauausstellung Berlin, built and destroyed in 1931. Mies van der Rohe © Emilio Pemjean

The project is a reflection on the circle of action that occurs between a man and the spatial system that conforms around, about relationships or interactions between the subject and the occupied and built space. The domestic space, the shelter, the center of the world constitutes a sounding board.

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“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” at CentroCentro Madrid

December 16, 2015

The exhibition shows the design and construction processes and the use of the building projects, the experience of which is arranged and put on display. Exhibiting a process implies revealing the documents that are not always explicit, which were generated during the stages prior to or even subsequent to the architectural project itself.

 

"Architecture set: everyday life prepositions" © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

“Architecture set: everyday life prepositions” © Arquitectura Dispuesta / CentroCentro

 

To arrange means to display, to place and exhibit in a space. If an architectural project is the deployment of actions and verbs through which a thought process is synthesised to generate a space, the prepositions position us within it: they construct a conscious position that relates the subjects to their situation in the space (in front, below, between, from, in, towards, as far as, above, behind, etc.) and, more importantly, they link the architecture to those which it implies (of, against, without, to, by, with, for, etc.) in order to create, design and transform our everyday surroundings. The prefix ‘pre’ refers to something that comes before, but it could also anticipate situations to come or future events. (more…)