Modern Masters. Luis Cubillo

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Conference dedicated to the Madrid architect Luis Cubillo de Arteaga (1921-2000) 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.

Luis Cubillo de Arteaga (Madrid, June 8, 1921 – ibid., December 21, 2000) was a Spanish architect of the second half of the twentieth century.

He participated in the construction of the town of Canillas, in Madrid, between 1956 and 1963 -project in which is the church of Our Lady of Transit (1958) and thanks to which he received an Entrust to Civil Merit-, and the Minimum Village de Vallecas (1958) -following the «Social Emergency Plan» – in addition to the parishes of San Fernando – in the Madrid neighborhood of New Spain (1970) – Jesus of Nazareth – in that of Apostle Santiago – San Federico – in that of Valdezarza (1968) – San Leopoldo – Puerta del Ángel (1965) – San Saturnino – in Alcorcón – or the church of the Mater Dei Conciliar Seminary of Castellón (1963). He is also credited with the project of the commercial building located in the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente corner with Carretas street, which would have been built between 1957 and 1959. He was part of the Beneficiary Construction of the Employee’s Home.

The religious buildings constructed by Cubillo in the post-conciliar context were of simple design and in them the stained-glass windows acquired great importance. According to Lasso de la Vega, Cubillo represents “simplicity in the sacred”. He collaborated in several of his works with Arcadio Blasco, who would design the stained-glass windows and murals of several of his churches.

They have been attributed influences of the Dutch neoplasticism and of the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in his project for the directed town of the district of Canillas.

“All the houses were the same, but by the time we finished, they began to make barbarities, the initial aesthetic was absolutely Danish, I have a book by Jacobsen and it’s very fun to take it and see that by using a lot of ideas , you end up believing that they are yours at the end.”

Luis Cubillo. (Esteban Maluenda, 2000, p. 128)

Round table with the participation of:

Carlos Sambricio

Eva Hurtado

Ricardo Lampreave

Miguel Lasso de la Vega

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