The COAM Architecture Foundation continues this cycle with which it wants to highlight the importance that the contemporary architectural heritage has for the society of the 21st century, the need for its social recognition and its maintenance and conservation.
This conference is dedicated to Francisco de Asís Cabrero Torres-Quevedo (1912-2005).
He entered in 1932 in the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and two years later in the School of Architecture, also in Madrid. During his student years in Madrid he lived in the house of his maternal uncle, the inventor Leonardo Torres-Quevedo. The Civil War assumed a break in his training and did not obtain the title of architect until 1942.
At the beginning of the 1940s he started working in the office of the Home Trade Union (OSH) with architects such as Sotomayor, Gamir, Olasagasti and Coderch. In 1941 he traveled to Italy, where he met Giorgio de Chirico and Adalberto Libera, making contact with the architecture of Giuseppe Terragni. In 1949, together with Rafael Aburto, he won the first prize in the building competition of the National Trade Union Delegation in Madrid, better known as Casa Sindical (now the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality), the first modern building built at the request of the Francoist government after the Civil War, which would become his best known work.
Most of his work is located in Madrid or its surroundings. Highlights among his works are the aforementioned Casa Sindical in front of the Prado Museum in Madrid (1949), the National School of Hospitality (Fairground of the Casa de Campo, Madrid, 1959), the newspaper building Arriba (Paseo de la Castellana, 222, Madrid, 1962), the Crystal Pavilion of the Casa de Campo (Madrid, 1964) and the City Hall of Alcorcón (1973). It is also his work the expansion of the Trade Union Park that since then housed the largest pool in Europe.
In 1990 he received the Gold Medal of Architecture, awarded by the Superior Council of Architects of Spain. In 1992 he published his work on Architecture titled Cuatro Libros de Arquitectura.
Round table with the intervention of:
– Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero
– José de Coca