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Bank of Spain

Interventions in Banco de España

Madrid

1986-2018

The headquarter of the National Bank of Spain in Plaza Cibeles appears to be a building invariable in time, nevertheless it is continuously renewed by various interventions, sometime strict works of restoration and other by modifications in spaces and uses to emphasize the value of the protected building. In all these operations the main issue has been to unveil forgotten spaces and to restore the original ceiling heights occupied by intermediate stories and partitions. From the lecture of the historic original plans, interior spaces and qualities, unrecognizable in the last years, have been recovered and set in value by the architectonic interventions in order to adapt them to the current and changing needs of this institution. Apart of introducing a new architectural language, the constructive elements of the building have been restored, as the iron ceiling of the Basement, and the new spaces have also become exhibition areas for the Bank´s art collection, as the art work “Zona Euro” by Ignasi Aballí installed in the new staircase.

Built | Commission | 6.478 m2
Banco de España
Calle Alcalá 48. Madrid
Spain
Architects: Ángela García de Paredes. Ignacio G. Pedrosa
Client: Banco de España
Management: Unidad de Obras e Instalaciones
Collaborators: Clemens Eichner (project and constrution), Lucía Guadalajara, Álvaro Rábano, Pascal Germann, Guiomar Martín, Roberto Lebrero
Consultants: JG Asociados, Ingenialia (Instalaciones). GOGAITE S.L. (Estructuras)
Technical control: José Bartolomé Tato. Luis Calvo. Javier Reñones
Contractors: ORTIZ Construcciones y Proyectos S.A., COPISA Constructora Pirenaica S.A., Yañez – CEINSA, FCC Construcción S.A., Dragados y Construcciones S.A.
Photographs: Candida Höfer. Luis Asín. Joaquín Cortés. Fernando Alda.

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