Centro Cultural de la Defensa - 1º Fase - 2º Fase [La Defensa Cultural Centre, first and second phases], Madrid, Spain (1988)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Centro Cultural de la Defensa - 1º Fase - 2º Fase [La Defensa Cultural Centre, first and second phases], Madrid, Spain (1988)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 108 drawings (including 89 reprographic copies)
    44 photographic materials
    0.02 linear metres of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Centro Cultural de la Defensa 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 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 and bookstores. Siza won the competition but the building was not realized.

Documenting this project are sketches, presentation drawings and photographs of model. Textual materials include project documentation, correspondence and articles on the competition.
Reference number:


Materials in this project series were arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and have been kept in this order.

Madrid Spain

Credit line:
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.
Language of material:
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Related units of description:
  • 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.

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