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Antonio Fernández Alba in the arquia/film archive


In a lecture held at the Nuestra Señora de Santa María College, Antonio Fernández Alba explains how the project for the college was developed, also focusing on issues that influenced its conception, such as the social context of the time or the educational direction. View at

You can view this audiovisual document in the arquia/film archive thanks to the collaboration and authorisation of the Official College of Architects of Madrid.

Excerpt from the details of the Docomomo of the Nuestra Señora de Santa María College

"In a single building and faced by the usual devoid blocks of rationalist schools, this college combines an educational complex over three floors plus basement, which is arranged in horizontal bands of low height to facilitate student contact with the outside.

Open to a large courtyard and gardens to the south-east, a covered transit area covers the whole of the ground floor as a recreational space for students that connects with classrooms and laboratories, the landscaped courtyard and the stairs, joined together according to the free floor concept and the fluid and continuous space of the Modern Movement. This inner journey reveals the architect's ability to integrate the various spaces, including the external courtyard and garden. On the lower ground floor, units of sporadic use were included, and on the first floor, more classrooms and common spaces open to terraces onto the courtyard.

Fernández Alba introduces early traits of Nordic organicism combined with the first rationalism of Mies, however, he does not use advanced construction technology, but rather leverages traditional uses, especially the brick wall that unifies the external image." Alberto Sanz Hernando. Historical Service, COAM Architecture Foundation

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