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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.