Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain. A crown of thorns in Madrid

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Fernando Higueras and Antonio Miró
Ministry of National Education
Project date
Beginning of work
Paralyzed work
Dates reform
Restoration of the circular building of the University City (1983) Rehabilitation Project for the Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (1986), Project rehabilitation and adaptation of spaces for Assembly Hall and Library (1988).
14.000 sqm
National Architecture Award 1961 Spain.
4 Pintor El Greco Street, Madrid, España.

Fernando Higueras

Fernando Higueras, was born in Madrid on November 26, 1930 (Madrid, 1930-2008). Architect by the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid, finishing in 1959. This year, he gets an honorable mention in the National Architecture Awards for the Children's Theatre. In 1960 he gets again an honorable mention in the National Architecture Awards with the 10 artist residencies in Monte del Pardo.

In 1961 he gets the first prize in the same Awards for the Center for Restoration of Madrid. In 1965 he was commissioned the project along with Antonio Miró. In 1967, he was commissioned the military housing in Madrid. In 1969, Fernando was invited to a Restricted International Competition for 11 architects from around the world for the multipurpose building in Monte Carlo. In 1973, he was commissioned the Las Salinas Hotel in Lanzarote. Fernando Higueras was National Prize of Watercolor and a great guitarist, Andres Segovia gave him the Siena Fellowship in 1954. In 1962 he projected both the Lucio Muñoz House and the Estudio school in Aravaca.

Part of Higuera's work is exhibited at the MoMA in NYC, being the first Spanish architect exhibited in this museum. Fernando Higueras died in Madrid on January 30, 2008.



Antonio Miró Valverde. Born in the capital, he studied architecture in Barcelona and throughout his career frequently collaborated with other architects such as Ricardo Bofill, Emilio Donato, Jaime Verdaguer or Ramon Tort, and develop numerous works alone, especially housing. However, his best known projects are developed from 1963 with Higueras, who died in 2008, with whom he maintained a close and fruitful relationship. So the Ocal Unit Absorption (UVA) of Hortaleza (1963), the Center of Artistic Restorations in University City (1965) and housing for the Board of Military Houses on the street Alberto Aguilera (1967-1975), all in Madrid.



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