10 Outstanding Contemporary Spanish Offices
10 Outstanding Contemporary Spanish Offices
Spanish cities are clear examples of the overlapping of historical periods. Medieval urban plans coexist with modernist urban plans and their buildings show traces of Roman, Arabic, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Moreover, in the era of maritime expansion, Spanish architecture was exported from the Iberian Peninsula to much of the world, especially the Americas. It is also difficult to talk about Spanish architecture without mentioning the Catalan genius Antoni Gaudí, whose distinctive style remains unparalleled in the history of architecture – inspiring and disturbing, without being part of a particular stylistic movement. Over the past decades, Spanish architects have remained highly respected around the world. From the complex structures of Calatrava and the virtuosity of Enric Miralles, to the respect of the context of Rafael Moneo. There are many others worth noting, such as Ricardo Bofill, Alberto Campo Baeza and recent Pritzker winners RCR Arquitectes.
Below we have made a brief selection of contemporary Spanish architects and offices. The selection takes into account the peculiarities of their projects, applied materials, youth and innovation, and influence, highlighting the country’s heritage in the world.
Founded in 1981 by Enric Batlle and Joan Roig and based in Barcelona, Battleiroig is a multidisciplinary company that combines the practices of planning, landscape and architecture. The company is divided into three highly specialized working groups: construction, landscaping and development, which in turn form a flexible, dynamic and coherent whole. This is reflected in the company’s large-scale project portfolio.
Focusing on cultural, civic and educational buildings, the company, founded by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga in 2004, has been widely exhibited and published in the specialized press, as well as having received important awards. His projects are spread across countries such as Switzerland, England, Germany, China, among others, and impress with their attention to detail, with volumes that are both intimate and monumental.
HARQUITECTES is an architecture studio founded in 2000 and based in Sabadell, Barcelona, led by four partner architects: David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó and Roger Tudó Galí. Their work explores pre-existences and historical features very well, creating elegant resolutions with mundane construction techniques and materials such as brick, concrete and steel.
Andrés Jaque / Office for Policy Innovation
Office for Political Innovation (Offpolinn) is an international architecture firm, based in New York and Madrid, working at the intersection of design, research and critical environmental practice. He develops projects that connect scales and supports, aiming to bring inclusion to the built environment. Andrés Jaque, Founder, is a Spanish architect who explores the role of architecture in building societies through his work, which has been exhibited in biennials and museums around the world.
The Barcelona-based office, founded in 2007, works with buildings, urban planning, ephemeral installations and cultural projects, both in public and private spheres. Their projects are distinguished by their concern for energy efficiency and the intelligent use of natural materials and natural light.
Amann Canovas Maruri
Formed by partners Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas and Nicolás Maruri Associate in 1987, the Amann Cánovas Maruri office is based in Madrid. Composed of researchers and professors from Etsam (Madrid School of Architecture), the office focuses on the research of new types of housing units and the reconfiguration of housing blocks according to the public space. contemporary and urban issues. In addition to housing projects, the firm has designed cultural buildings and the Spanish pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020.
Estudio Herreros is a truly global company, with offices in Madrid, New York and Mexico City, employing around twenty architects of different nationalities. The venture is the consolidation of the 30-year career of Juan Herreros, a professor at the School of Architecture in Madrid and at Columbia University in New York. Projects range from small-scale projects to internationally commissioned structures and building competitions, making the architect one of the most influential Spanish architects practicing today. Its extensive portfolio of projects highlights the innovative use of prefabrication, with efficient structures and facades that blend in and stand out in their respective contexts.
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Unparelld’arquitectes is an architecture firm directed by Eduard Callís and Guillem Moliner based in Olot that works on different scales, from “infrastructure to decoration, between the domestic sphere and the public space, between the city and the garden “. Their work respects local materials and construction techniques, while bringing an element of innovation and a playful and unusual touch, fostering new relationships and sensations.
Based in Madrid and founded in 1998 by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, SelgasCano’s work is based on the study of construction processes, in particular the use of synthetic materials and new technologies. Their work is particularly renowned for its use of polychromy, the creative exploration of new materials, and the relationship between architecture and the surrounding landscape. Responsible for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, the office has projects for corporate, public and cultural spaces.
Innovative answers XPIRAL
As its name suggests, the office focuses on finding appropriate solutions supported by new technologies and multimedia resources, in addition to architecture, urbanism and design. Founded by Javier Peña Galiano in 1997, the office’s plural work focuses on residences and public spaces, with experimentation in their projects and in the materiality of his works.
In addition to the work of Spanish architects past and present, Spanish construction companies are also renowned worldwide for their wide range of solutions. ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones is a national business entity with national scope that aims to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies and the promotion of foreign investment.