“BICs of the twentieth century” at LASEDE COAM Madrid

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.

 

BBVA Tower. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, 1971 © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

BBVA Tower. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, 1971 © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

El Ruedo Housing complex, M-30. Francisco Javier Saínz de Oíza © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

El Ruedo Housing complex, M-30. Francisco Javier Saínz de Oíza © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The exhibition has been coordinated by the Working Group of Heritage and can be visited during business hours 9:00 to 20:00, on the first floor of the headquarters of the COAM, Hortaleza, 63.

 


 

Practical information

“BICs of the twentieth century”

22/04/2015 – 08/31/2015
9:00 to 20:00
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


 

 

Cristo Rey Tower. Javier Carvajal y Rafael García de Castro © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Cristo Rey Tower. Javier Carvajal y Rafael García de Castro © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

Hospital de la Princesa. Manuel Martínez Chumillas © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Hospital de la Princesa. Manuel Martínez Chumillas © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

A Bien de Interés Cultural is a category of the Spanish heritage register. This category dates from 1985 when it replaced the former heritage category of Monumento nacional (national monument) in order to extend protection to a wider range of cultural property. Monumentos are now identified as one of the sub-categories of Bien de Interés Cultural.

 

Torres Blancas. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza. 1961 © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Torres Blancas. Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza. 1961 © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The term literally means “Good (in the sense of economics) of Cultural Interest”, although a better translation could be “Heritage of Cultural Interest”, as Spain now protects not only material heritage, like monuments or movable works of art, but also intangible cultural heritage.

Some Bienes enjoy international protection as World Heritage Sites or Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

 

 Barceló Cinema. Luis Gutierrez Soto © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Barceló Cinema. Luis Gutierrez Soto © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

Club Stella Swiming Pool. Fermín Moscoso. Renovation: Luis Gutiérrez Soto y José Antonio Corrales © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Club Stella Swiming Pool. Fermín Moscoso. Renovation: Luis Gutiérrez Soto y José Antonio Corrales © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 


 

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