Renovation of Courthouse by Alejandro de la Sota and Juan Capella Callis by Magén Arquitectos

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Author.- Alejandro de la Sota and Juan José Capella (1986-1994). Renovation.- Magén Arquitectos (Jaime Magén and Francisco Javier Magén).
Technical architect.- David Mateo. Engineer.- Torné Engineering. Architects.- Irene Arrieta, Clara Ordovás, Marta Aguado.
Urbamed Infraestructuras SL.
Instituto Aragonés de Servicios Sociales.
15,808.69 sqm.
€ 3,803,258.14 (contract with VAT).
Competition.- 2017. Project.- 2017-18. Construction.- 2018-2019.
Street Prudencio. Zaragoza, Spain.

Jaime Magén, Francisco Javier Magén. Magén Arquitectos

Magén Arquitectos is an architecture and urban planning studio based in Zaragoza, founded in 2002, by Jaime Magén (Zaragoza, 1974) and Francisco Javier Magén (Zaragoza, 1980), both architects from the University of Navarra (ETSAUN) and Master in Theory and History of Architecture (ETSAUN), and Francisco Javier Magén, an architect from ETSAUN and Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Zaragoza. The studio addresses the design and development of projects, from a reflective position committed to the materialization of architecture, addressing disciplinary issues at multiple scales, from the place and public space to the construction detail and environmental strategies, using contemporary methodologies and tools. to explore in each case new ways of integrating a guiding idea of ​​the programmatic and functional conditions of the building in the context and the built landscape.

Our first construction project -68 VPO homes in Zaragoza- won the Bauwelt Prize (Munich, 2007) for the best international debut in collective housing. Since then, the studio's works have received over 80 national and international awards. Among others, in the FAD, Aplus, Enor, CSCAE, Hispalyt, NAN,… Awards in Spain and the Detail Preis, AIT, Brick Awards, Barbara Cappochin, Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal, MEA of Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture, Architizer,… in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and the USA, respectively. Six works have been Selected, Awarded or Finalist in the Spanish Architecture Biennials 2011, 2013, 2015, 2021 and 2023. The studio's career has been recognized with the Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record to the 10 emerging Architecture studios worldwide and the International 40under40 Award from the European Center for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and Chicago Atheneum. The projects have been published in more than 200 articles in books and specialized magazines

Alejandro de la Sota

Alejandro de la Sota (Pontevedra, 1913; Madrid 1996) is one of the greatest masters of  the Spanish Architecture of the 20th Century. He was a professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM),  serving its trail as a reference for several  generations of Spanish architects.

During the thirties, he moved from his home town Pontevedra to Madrid where he started his studies in the Faculty of Mathematics, which was a necessary condition to enter in the School of Architecture. Once he got his degree in Architecture in 1941, he spent the first years of his professional life working for the National Institute of Colonization; a stage that ended up with the construction of the village of Esquivel (Sevilla, 1952-1963) and Arvesú House(Madrid, 1953-1955, demolished). Since then, he participated in different competitions, following the same idea as he did in his previous work, the Civil Government of Tarragona (1957-1964). This building has been considered by many people his first masterpiece. During this prolific period he did several projects of modern industrial architecture, such as Clesa Dairy Plant (Madrid, 1958-1961) and CENIM premises in the Campus of the University(Madrid, 1963-1965) and he also built his most recognized and admired work, the Gymnasium of Maravillas School (Madrid, 1960-1962); which is considered by the British critic William Curtis, the most significant work of Contemporary Spanish Architecture.

In 1960 he obtained a job as a Government officer at the Post Office, and throughout this decade, he researched  the possibilities that new materials provide and developed several projects based on a constructive approach consisting of the use of prefabricated concrete panels for walls and floors. This idea is shown in Varela’s House in Villalba (Madrid, 1964-1968).

In 1971 he leaves the university education as a professor, coming back to his public service position at the Post Office. During these years he built César Carlos Residence Hall in the Campus of the University (Madrid, 1968-1971), the building for class and lecture rooms of the University of Sevilla (1972-1973) and Guzmán’s House in Santo Domingo ‘s urbanization (Madrid, 1972-1974), in which he tried out issues to be applied afterwards in Domínguez’s House in A Caeira (Pontevedra, 1973-1978).  The Computer Center for the PO Box in La Vaguada (Madrid, 1972-1977) and years later, the Post and Telecommunications Building in León (1981-1984) belongs to a stage where he was completely involved  in light prefabricated techniques.




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