“Disegno ergo progetto. Ideas and shapes around architecture” at MAXXI Rome

How do signs/drawings constitute the alphabet of architectural construction? With the aim of a rediscovering the meaning of drawing as a manual gesture and the direct link between mind, heart and body, MAXXI is presenting a selection of works from the Architecture Collections and the latest archives it has acquired in order to tackle the theme of architectural drawing as a mental and spatial process before it is actually architectonic.


Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Costantino Dardi Museo immaginario per Giorgio De Chirico (1991) Prospettiva, 1991 China su carta da lucido Courtesy Fondazione MAXXI


Starting out with the vision offered by Aldo Rossi’s Città Analoga in which all the elements of the city and its representation seem to be present, from the composition by parts to the overlaying of plans, from the commemoration of history to the synthesis of the archetype, a series of architectural drawings testify to how the architect arrives at a design through the medium of drawing. (more…)

“Startup Madrid: Context, Structure and Light” summer workshop at the Technical University of Madrid

The objective of the course is the development of an architecture project located in the city of Madrid in the context of an experimental workshop where students will have the opportunity to delve into some aspects of architecture such as the relationship with context, the proposal of new structural strategies and the usage of light as a fundamental tool in the creation of architectural space.




The project, which will be located in a singular metropolitan area of ​​Madrid, will have a hybrid character in its function so that students can develop and experience both the scale of a private (residential) use and the scale of other public uses (sports, cultural, coworking, etc.). (more…)

“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” at COAM Madrid

The Official College of Architects of Madrid celebrates the ninth anniversary of it’s annual prize with the edition of a special catalog and exhibition looking back at the best architecture of the last decade. Photographs, plans, drawings and architect’s thoughts on over 150 projects, curated by architecture critic Edgar González.


COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal


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. (more…)

Alberto Campo Baeza at El Patio Herreriano, Valladolid

The Spanish architect, winner of the BigMat ’15 International Architecture Award Grand Prize presents his work at El Patio Herreriano, a museum and gallery space located in a former monasetry cloister in his hometown, Valladolid, in one one of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibitions of his work to date.


Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa De Blas, 2000 © Hisao Suzuki

Alberto Campo Baeza, Casa De Blas, 2000 © Hisao Suzuki


The Patio Herreriano Museum and the College of Architects of Valladolid present a comprehensive compilation of the work of the Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza (Valladolid, 1946), featuring plans and models of the architect’s oeuvre.

Under the title of  “Projecting is investigating“, the architect from Valladolid introduces us to his work as a renowned designer, having been exhibited in cities such as Chicago, Rome or New York, as well as showing the relevant work carried out as research professor at the School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM). (more…)

“Raumplan House” by Alberto Campo Baeza

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…)

BigMat International Architecture Award’s ceremony video

You can now watch a short video featuring the eighteen teams shortlisted for the Prize and some of the most important and interesting aspects of the awards ceremony for the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award, which took place in Berlin on November 20th.



You can now watch online a short video featuring some of the most important and interesting aspects of the awards ceremony for the 2015 BigMat International Architecture Award.  The awards ceremony took place on Friday, November 20th, at the BOLLE Festsäle building in Berlin, in the presence of the 18 teams of architects competing for the grand prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group.

In the video we can see the members of the 18 teams of architects shortlisted for the 6 National Prizes: URA Archietcts, Prokš Přikryl architekti,  Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost,  Pedevilla Architects, José Adrião Arquitectos,  a+ samueldelmas architectes urbanistes, Atelier d’architecture Pierre Hebbelinck et Pierre de Wit, V+ / Vers plus de bien-être,  ARCHTEAM, Projektil Architekti, LAN Architecture,  GEZA Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati, Andrea Oliva Architetto – Studio Cittarchitettura, Giorgio Santagostino and Monica Margarido, AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados, Héctor Fernández Elorza + Carlos García Fernández, and RCR arquitectes.

The video is available on our YouTube channel, as well as on our Vimeo channel.


“MateraMending 2015” workshop by Alberto Campo Baeza

Following the cultural relevant moment thanks to the election of Matera as European City of Culture 2019 the workshop “MateraMending” will take place in the city between March 22 to March 28.


Matera abandoned unfinished train station.

MateraMending site. Matera abandoned unfinished train station.


In this workshop students of the Technical University of Madrid and University of Basilicata, together with their teachers and leading figures of European architecture in recent years will meet to study, discuss and design what could become the new gate for the city of Matera. Regeneration, green spaces, new infrastructures, will be some of the topics addressed during these days. Conferences, seminars and excursions through the city and the territory will be proposed to discover the architecture that characterizes this unique place.

Matera has suffered a problem of public civil infrastructure administration, resulting in a frustrated project to connect the city by train with the rest of the country. Right now the works are near to be accomplished and maybe the finantial aid of the European City of Culture will help in order to achieve these objectives. The workshop will reflect about what does public infrastructure mean and how can we reuse the existing one.

The teachers coming from Spain will be Alberto Campo Baeza, professor Alejandro Vírseda (author of Nave 16 refurbishment, among other projects), professor José Jaraíz and professor Jesús Donaire (secretary of the BigMat International Architecture Award).


‘Campo Baeza, complete works’ by Thames & Hudson Publishers

Following the ever pedagogical spirit of Alberto Campo Baeza, this book is bound to become the publication of reference to explain his body of work.



This monograph presents one of the most unique voices in contemporary architecture whose collection of built work makes a compelling case for its powerful radical simplicity. Featuring Hisao Suzuki’s photography, this monoigraph on the Spanish architect includes projects like the Andalucian Museum of Memory and Caja Granada -two contiguous buildings united in a quiet yet monumental statement about Granada and its history- as well as other instant classics such as the Asencio, Gaspar, and Turegano houses. All share a basic dedication to simple composition with unadorned masses and show Baeza’s uncompromising exercise of disciplined restraint in achieving architectural silence, his laconic answer to the deafening noise of the contemporary city. The projects explored in the book span four decades of an international architectural practice. Contributions by Richard Meyer, Jesus Aparicio, Kenneth Frampton and Manuel Blanco offer critical commentary on Baeza’s persistent quest for beauty and relevance by means of simplicity.

Covering four decades of practice, this superbly produced monograph includes critial commentaries on Campo Baeza´s persistent quest for beauty and relevance through his adherence to clarity and a deeply felt devotion to modernist principles of architecture.

The introduction of the book, by Jesús Aparicio, BigMat International Architecture Award President, is entitled “The space alchemist “ and analyzes the Baeza´s work from the following points of view: the architect´s vision of the function and the context, about how structure, geometry and light establish the order of the space, and the use of some architectural techniques as compactness and expansion, boxes, flat planes and perimeters.