Architecture Week in Madrid – The Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute

COAM MadridSo, I’m not sure if anyone actually heard me say, “that’s fucked up” when I approached the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, but to be honest, that was my initial unbridled reaction.

However, to my credit, the building really is just plain crazy lookin’. (That’s a professional architecture term, okay?)

Anyway, just take a look at some of the photos and tell me if you think my foul-mouthed reaction was appropriate or not…
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid
Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute - Madrid

The building goes back to 1961 when architects Fernando Higueras y Rafael Moneo won the National Architecture Award for the innovative circular design. Building began in 1967 by original architect Fernando Higueras and new guy, Antonio Miró Valverde. However, four months before the completion date, the project ran out of money and the building remained unfinished for years. Hmm…that sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it?

Anyway, the building was renovated in 1988 and named a Heritage Site of Cultural Interest in 2001. Today it’s commonly referred to as the “crown of thorns” due to its imposing round shape topped with jutted spiked points.

Just as intriguing on the inside as it is on the outside, I have to say this is one of the most interesting building I’ve even seen. The building is near Ciudad Universitaria and while it’s kind of a hike to get out there, it’s definitely worth the trip!

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