Antoni Bonet i Castellana was a Catalan architect, designer and urban planner. He began his career with Josep Lluis Sert and Josep Torres Clave, who founded the MIDVA (Furniture and decoration for the current dwelling). In those years he was a member of GATCPAC, a 30s group formed as a Spanish branch of CIAM. In 1936, when finalized its studies of architecture, travels to Paris where it enters the study of Le Corbusier. He considered architecture as an ordering matter in the life of man and believed that the activity of the architect extended from the conception of a piece of furniture to the planning of a city. One of its constants was the effort to integrate the various scales of the human habitat, investigating new materials and forms to obtain architectural spaces and furniture at the service of society.
Mar de la Plata and Barcelona works
During the Spanish Civil War he decided to emigrate towards the River of the Silver. He lived in the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina and in Punta del Este in Uruguay. Founder of the Austral Group together with Jorge Ferrari Hardoy and Juan Kurchan. He has credited with his partners the mythical BKF armchair, although the authorship of the same is finally assigned to the Argentine Jorge Ferrari Hardoy. Projects the House of Studies for Artists in Buenos Aires; And the Terrace Palace building and the galleries Rivadavia and the Americas in Mar del Plata. It constructs numerous buildings in the coast of Punta Ballena (they are remarkable the hotel Solana of the Sea and the house Berlingieri in Portezuelo), where it realizes the urbanization. He also projects works in Paraguay, residing for decades in Buenos Aires, traveling to Barcelona and Madrid.
Especially in Barcelona, he projected La Ricarda (1949-1963) and the Canodromo de la Meridiana, for which 1963 he received a FAD architectural award. He also projected between 1960-1965, together with Josep Puig Torne, the residential complex of Pine Beach, in Gava Mar, for the account of the FAESA society of the Guardans Cambo family, an example of a rationalist trend building advocated by the Bauhaus and applied by The GATCPAC, to which it belonged.
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