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Miguel Fisac Serna

Miguel Fisac is the most important and internationally recognised architect amongst those who were responsible for the modernization of Spanish architecture in the second half of the 20th century. As time passes and his works are more widely known and researched, his figure has grown, because he was the most germinal and coherent architect of this period. He came from the rural surroundings of Daimiel (Ciudad Real) where he was born in 1913, no architects had previously come from his family. From a very young age he started to travel, and this gave him a wide vision of the avant-garde in Europe, Scandinavia and North America, as well as the traditions of the Far East and North Africa. This universal curiosity is reflected in his architecture without a prioris, where constructive invention is married to rationality in approach and an expressive intuition in which space dominates over form.

The works of Fisac cover all of the fields that are branches or tangents to architecture, in such a way that they include buildings as well as urban planning, furniture and ornament design, industrial design and painting. He produced most of his main works in four decades from the beginning of the nineteen forties, these are grouped into a number of fundamental stages which were connected to the most important constructive material of the time; beginning in 1942 with abstract classicism, moving on in the Fifties to organicism dominated by the presence of brick, this he almost completely abandoned to work with concrete for walls and structural elements, and finally his inventions related to prefabricated concrete skins made using flexible formwork which took him into the decade of the Eighties.

His work did not finish there, he was still doing projects and building until his death in 2006, although his work was more occasional and disperse, it included new buildings, reformations, writing, and conferences and exhibitions on his work, activities which culminated in his being awarded the 1994 Gold Medal for Architecture, and the National Architecture Award in 2003.



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