Centro Cultural de la Defensa - 1º Fase - 2º Fase [La Defensa Cultural Centre, first and second phases], Madrid, Spain (1988-1989)
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Extent and Medium
109 drawings (including 89 reprographic copies)
7 35mm negative strips
0.06 linears meter of textual material
Scope and Content
This project series documents the La Defensa Cultural Centre in Madrid, Spain. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 50/80. The office assigned the date 1988-1989 to this project.
An architectural competition was held for the construction of a cultural center and museum for the Ministry of Defense. Seven architects were invited for the first phase of the competition. Four architects, including Fancisco Javier Sainz de Oiza, Lluis Clotet Ballus, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, and Álvaro Siza were selected for the second and final phase. The L-shaped building proposed by Siza included a museum, library, archives, research center, auditoriums, restaurants, bookstores, and parking. Siza won the competition but the building was not built.
Documenting this project are sketches, presentation drawings, and photographs of model. Textual material includes project documentation, correspondence, and articles on the competition.
Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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Sketches for the Centro Cultural de la Defensa are also included in Siza's sketchbooks found in Series AP178.S2 of this fonds. Of note is sketchbook 269.