Modern Masters. Julio Cano Lasso

Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Julio Cano Lasso (1920-1996), Gold Medal of architecture 1991, as part of the Modern Masters cycle of the COAM Architecture Foundation.

With this cycle we want 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.

Spanish architect whose work is characterized by constructive rigor, his deep understanding of nature and his sensitivity to tradition. Belongs to the generation of masters of contemporary Spanish architecture. Cano Lasso is the author of a work of realistic and functional imprint, based on a deep respect for native materials, such as brick and stone.

From its first stage deserve mentioning the social housing of Badajoz (1965) or Santiago de Compostela (1960-1968), which highlights the landscape approach and the use of Galician traditional gallery as a compositional element. Among its single-family homes include the house of Dr. Castro Fariñas (Madrid, 1958-1959), Albert House (Madrid, 1977-1978) or Ortiz-Echagüe (Madrid, 1966-1967), all based on the use of volumes of brick.

Examples of collective housing are the building on Calle Espalter (Madrid, 1956-1959) and the houses on Calle Basílica (Madrid, 1966-1974), a major work of contemporary Spanish brick architecture, which takes up the tradition of  Zuazo and Gutiérrez Soto. Another example of brick architecture is the Vocational Training Center of Vitoria, built in collaboration with Alberto Campo Baeza.

Between his last works they emphasize the auditorium of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela (1986), the pavilion of Spain in the Universal Exhibition of Seville (1992) and the building of Nationale-Nederlanden in Madrid (1991).

«For those who give prominence to the human spirit and its presence throughout history, the city has a permanent value. The city, sum of architectures, is the mark of men in history, and it would be sad that instead of our old and beloved cities, the great monuments and the beautiful ruins of the past, in the future only be bequeathed to immense posterity scrapyard cemeteries and recycled architecture, even if it is one of the highest technology.»

Round table with the intervention of Alberto Campo Baeza and Ignacio Mendaro.

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