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Brutalism, Concrete

Project timeline

1965 – 1970


Education & Research

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Calle Pintor el Greco 4
28040 Madrid

Current state

Restored (after demolition)

Also known as Change this

Crown of Thorns

Architect Change this

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Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute


Article last edited by Bostjan on
February 18th, 2021

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The headquarters of the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute are located in Madrid, Spain. In 1965 Fernando Higueras and artist Antonio Miró were commissioned for the project of the restoration. The building of reinforced concrete is inscribed in a circle of 40 meters of radius divided in 30 main sections that in the outer cradle are split in two. It is distributed in four circular plants, connected vertically by two parts of stairs and elevators. It is undoubtedly one of the most significant works of contemporary Spanish architecture. It was declared a Property of Cultural Interest, by Royal Decree 1261/2001, of November 16.



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