Castelar Building by Rafael de la Hoz + Gerardo Olivares

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Rafael de La-Hoz Arderius and Gerardo Olivares. Remodeling.- Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys
Mutua Madrileña (Remodeling)
14,243 m²
Project.- 1975. Construction.- 1977-1983. Remodeling.- 2010-2011.
Paseo de la Castellana, 50. Madrid, Spain.

Rafael de la Hoz Arderius

Rafael de La-Hoz Arderius (Madrid, October 9, 1924 - Madrid, June 13, 2000)

He obtained the degree of architect at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid in 1951, and in 1955 completed his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1971 he created and promoted the realization of the Building Technological Norms. From 1981 to 1985 he presided the International Union of Architects. In 1990 he was elected member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

Throughout his professional career he obtained outstanding awards as the National Architecture Prize, in 1956, for the Aquinas College; the VI Antonio Camuñas Architecture Award, in 1995 and, in the year 2000, the Architecture Gold Medal.

Towards the mid-sixties, his Cordoba studio works throughout Andalusia with projects such as the El Águila brewery building, Córdoba, the Torremolinos Congress Palace, the Provincial Hospital of Córdoba, the headquarters of the Medical Association of Seville or the Teresianas school of Córdoba. In the seventies, and already in Madrid, he planned the extension of the Ministry of the Navy and the Castelar Building, at Paseo de la Castellana 50.


The architect Rafael de La-Hoz, born in Córdoba (Spain), directs his own architecture studio and participates in urban planning projects and the construction of architectural complexes in Spain, Portugal, France, Poland, Rumania, Hungary, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, many of which are the fruit of international architecture competitions.

His most emblematic projects include: the Repsol Campus in Méndez Álvaro (recently in receipt of LEED Platinum Certification, awarded to very few buildings in the world); the Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Móstoles; Distrito C of Telefónica in Las Tablas; the Headquarters of Endesa; the ‘Pórtico’ building (award-winner as one of the best buildings in the world); the Higher Council of Chambers of Commerce; the Rafael del Pino Auditorium –alongside the Paseo de la Castellana- and the Retiro Municipal Assembly building, included in the Daoíz y Verlarde complex of former barracks and an award-winner for its ‘technological innovation’.




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