Desert City. Xerophytic plant greenhouse and garden, ludic-educational programme, by GarciaGerman Arquitectos

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Jacobo García-Germán, Marta García Jiménez, Laura Carrero, Miguel López, Raquel Díaz de la Campa, Lidia de Lucas, Martha Sosa Dias, Andrea Gutierrez, Victoria Álvarez, Margot Roset, Paula Lizcano, Christina Christofidou, Marta Roldán, Celia Sánchez Ylla
Antonio Usero (strategy and management), Mario García (quantity surveyor), Felipe F. Sanz/Consult-E (structural engineer), Úrculo Ingenieros (mechanicals), Arenas Ingenieros (structural engineers greenhouse roof), Lastra & Zorrilla (tecnical development & manufacture ETFE textiles), Patricia Gammichia (landscaping), Ángel Sampedro (mobility project & traffic studies), Alberto Charlez (site manager) Furniture.-109 FabLab
Isolux Corsán
Desert City SL
Construction.- 2015-17
DESERT CITY. Autovía A-1, km. 25. 28708 San Sebastián de los Reyes. Madrid. Spain


Jacobo García-Germán (1974) is an architect by the Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM), M.Arch. by the Architectural Association, and PhD European Doctor (cum laude, ETSAM 2010). After collaborating with Rafael Moneo (1998-2001), he established GARCIAGERMAN ARQUITECTOS in 2003.

Since 2005 he is a teacher in the Madrid Polytechnic (ETSAM), currently teaching at the Thesis Group APFC with Professor Juan Herreros, besides co-directing the MPAA Máster y Doctorado en Proyectos Arquitectónicos Avanzados at ETSAM (2015-).

He has taught in different universities in Spain; ETSAM (2005-), Escuela de Arquitectura de Pamplona (2012), Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Madrid (2011-2014), Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid (2003-2004), UPC-La Salle Tarragona (2009), and worldwide; Liubliana Architecture Faculty (2010), Escola da Cidade Sao Paulo (2010), Universidad Javeriana Bogotá (2007-2009), and FeBelCem in Antwerp (2008), having also been visiting critic at Columbia University, NY (2012), Cornell University, NY (2012), Universidad Católica de Lima (2011), IE Instituto de Empresa, Segovia (2011), Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid (2011) Universidad Europea, Madrid (2006-2009) and Architectural Association, London (2005).

He is co-founder of the Symmetries platform for teaching and has directed workshops in Split, Rome and Lisbon. He has been curator for several exhibitions. 

Among the awards obtained by GarciaGerman Architects are: XIV BEAU Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Award (2018), Mies van der Rohe Finalist of the European Union Architecture Prize (2019), CEMEX Award (2018), Finalist FAD (2018) ), Outstanding Award (2017), Selection of the Enor Prize (2017), FAD Award (2013), Selection of the European Union Architecture Award Mies van der Rohe (2009), First European Prize (2001 and 2009), Awards of the Madrid City Council (2003 and 2007) and EMVS First Prize (2003 and 2004). The work of the office has been widely published and exhibited. Clients: Ministry of Development, Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Embassies of Spain in Ljubljana, Sofia and Tokyo, Cervantes Institute, EMVS Madrid, UPM-Polytechnic University of Madrid, Government of Cantabria, Madrid City Council, Municipality of Nacka (Stockholm) , Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), Acciona Inmobiliaria, Reyal Urbis, Eurocís, Isolux Corsán, Gilmar, Ciudalcampo SL. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Pavilion of the XV Biennial of Architecture of Venice 2016 (Golden Lion Award), and currently codirects Architecture, official magazine of the Board of Architects of Madrid (COAM).




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