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Antonio Lamela

Madrid, Spain
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In order from left to right: Amador Lamela (Antonio's brother), Antonio Lamela, Rudy Fliterman and Jose Veiga in front of the Colon Towers construction.

Antonio Lamela Martinez (Madrid, 18 December 1926 - 1 April 2017) was a Spanish architect. He graduated from the School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM) in 1954 and finished his PhD in 1959. In 1954 he founded Estudio Lamela , where he developed his entire professional career.Between 1956 and 1958 he built the first residential building in Madrid that had air conditioning, individualized garbage dumps, interior ventilation shunts, mobile partitions, complete exterior lighting, garden terraces, elevated portal and suspended light facades. These elements, structures and design were absolutely new in those years. This building was followed by other modern buildings and residential complexes in the capital, and even entire neighborhoods for thousands of inhabitants, such as San Ignacio de Loyola. In 1960 he designed the first supermarket in Spain. He was a pioneer of the Spanish tourist architecture, designed the first 4 motels and hotels of contemporary design and design in the country. He participated in the tourism boom that began to be lived in the sixties of the last century and created innovative residential complexes in coastal areas of the island of Mallorca and the Costa del Sol.

His most important works would be developed in Madrid, where he would experiment with technological innovations, introducing in Spain systems of "suspended architecture" that would be applied in projects such as the construction of the Colon Towers (1967). In this line of innovation, he founded the first company of Integrated Management of Projects, Management and Control in 1973, with which he tried to respond to an idea he explored from the beginning of his professional activity: to propose a practice in which the architect controlled all phases of the project.

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Madrid, Spain
bostjan, January 25th, 2019
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