Public Library and Historic Archive by Murado&Elvira Architecture

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Architects
Murado y Elvira Arquitectos (Clara Murado and Juan Elvira)
Team
Competition.- Eugenia Concha, Marta Colón de Carvajal. Construction Design.- Cristina Gutiérrez Chevalier, Francesco Martone
Collaborators
Technical systems engineering.-Obradoiro Enxeñeiros. Structural engineering.-Ezequiel Fernández Grinda. Builder.- Orega Coviastec. Project and site management.- OLA Arquitectos.- Juan Elvira, Clara Murado, Óscar López Alba. Technical architect.- Manuel Cuquejo
Client
Baiona Municipality
Dates
Competition.- 2010, 1st prize. Construction.- March 2016 to July 2017
Area
Total usable floor space.- 675,3 m² (indoors) + 192 m² (outdoors). Total built-up area.- 1076,5 m²
Budget
€1.5 million. Funded with €1.04 million under the Ministerio de Fomento “1.5% Cultural” program dedicated to Cultural Heritage

Murado & Elvira Architecture

Murado & Elvira is a Madrid-based multidisciplinary office founded by Juan Elvira and Clara Murado in 2003 dedicated to innovative architecture and interior design. They propose a sustainable approach to design, where user participation, shared creativity and building techniques seek to benefit both society and nature.

Their work has been awarded in many national and international competitions, and has been exhibited at prestigious venues as the Mostra Internazionale de Architettura di Venezia or the Bienal de Arquitectura Española. It has been finalist at the norwegian national architecture prize Staten Byggeskikkpris 2012 and selected at the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2013.

Claro Murado, studied architecture in Madrid ETSAM and spent one year at the IUAV in Venezia (Italy). She met Juan Elvira during her academic career and started their collaboration right there. After completing her architecture degree, she took a Masters Degree in Advanced Architecture Design in Columbia, New York. Back to Spain, she founded Murado & Elvira along with his partner.
Clara is a Project Design Associated Professor at the Universidad de Arquitectura de Alcalá and visiting professor at national and international schools. Along with her academic and professional career, she runs an editorial task as editor and director of diverse architectural publications. Her love for graphic design and visual thinking lead to the funding in 2015 of M&E Gráfico, the bi-dimensional twin of M&E Arquitectos.

Juan Elvira, studied architecture in Madrid ETSAM and spent one year at the IUAV in Venezia (Italy). He met Clara Murado during his academic career and started their collaboration right there. After completing his architecture degree, he also studied an advanced design master in Columbia University, New York (2000). When he returned to Spain, he worked for Arquitectura, the oldest architecture publication in Spain. Soon he co-founded his own magazine and finally founded Murado & Elvira Architects along with his partner.
He obtained his Phd degree with honors in 2015. The manuscript, called “Ghost Architecture. Space and the production of Ambient Effects” has been awarded with 1st mention at Arquia/Tesis foundation thesis prize in 2015 and has been finalist at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura 2016. 
Juan is Project Design Associated professor at the ETSAM, Urban Design professor at IE University, and visiting professor at national and international schools. Along with his academic and professional career, he also runs a critical and editorial task, as editor of diverse architectural publications and author of numerous essays in specialized books and journals.

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