Cultural Center in Son Ferriol / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

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Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Calle Sant Joan de la Creu s/n, Palma de Mallorca
Architects: Campo, Genovard
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 750 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Lagravera / SALA FERUSIC Architects

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Architects: SALA FERUSIC Architects
Location: Alfarràs, Lleida,
Design Team: Carles Sala, Relja Ferusic
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of SALA FERUSIC Architects

Holy Redeemer Church / Menis Arquitectos

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Architects: Menis Arquitectos
Location: , Tenerife,
Parish Architect: Fernando Menis
Photographs: Simona Rotta, Courtesy of Menis Arquitectos

Melon District / Gus Wüstemann

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Architects: Gus Wüstemann
Location: Sants-Montjuic, Barcelona,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 2038.7 sqm
Photographs: Bruno Helbling

Firehouse of Palma de Mallorca / Jordi Herrero Arquitecto

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Architects: Jordi Herrero Arquitecto
Location: de Mallorca, Spain
Equipo De Diseño: Campo, Sebastián Escanellas Genovard, Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer, Gabriel Palmer Socías
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia, Courtesy of Jordi Herrero Arquitecto, Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer

Why Spain’s Crisis Is the End of An Era

Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao inspired cities across to get their own “Guggenheim,” many of which now stand empty/unfinished in the light of the country’s economic crisis. Photo via Flickr User CC Txanoduna

’s ripples have reached far. We, in the midst of a veritable architecture meltdown, can attest to that. But even our situation can’t compare to Spain’s, a country where “the mother of all housing bubbles” meant the Recession didn’t just land – it tsunami-ed onto her shores.

The metaphor may seem overblown, but it’s not so far off. Spain, a country that once stuffed its cities with show-stopping cultural centers, airports, and municipal buildings, has been shocked still.The new Spain is populated with empty high-rises, half-finished “starchitecture,” and plans gathering dust. A quarter of its architects are out of work and about one half of its studios have closed their doors.

Spain, once a beacon for architects across the globe, has hit a standstill.  For the first time in decades, thousands of architects are fleeing its shores. So what does this mean for architecture in Spain – and the world? Has the Recession signified the end of an era? Has the torch of architectural innovation been passed?

In a word? Yes.

Exclusive insight from some of Spain and Portugal’s acclaimed architects, after the break…

Housing Building at C/ Fontana / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Arquitectos
Location: ,
Main Collaborator: Claudio Hernández
Technical Architect: Oscar Menendez
Collaborators: G. Riveron, P. Skytta
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

Boecillo Municipal Civic Centre / José M. Martínez + Inés Escudero + Fernando Nieto

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Architects: José M. Martínez + Inés Escudero + Fernando Nieto
Location: , Spain
Architects: José Manuel Martínez Rodríguez, Inés Escudero Conesa, Fernando Nieto Fernández
Photographs: Pedro Iván Ramos Martín

Nursery “Les Parellades” / Pich‐Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich‐Aguilera Architects
Location: Sant Pere de Ribes, ,
Authors: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier
Project Director: Ute Muncheberg
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 499.9 sqm
Photographs: Simón García

House for Kika and Xisco / Duch-Pizá Architects

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Architects
Location: , Balearic Islands,
Architect In Charge: A.Arqué, C.Branna
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

AA House / MVN Architects

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Architects: MVN Architects
Location: Mojácar, ,
Architect In Charge: Daniel H Nadal, Diego Varela de Ugarte, Emilio Medina
Technical Architect: Maria Isabel García Mellado
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of MVN Architects

A House for Three Sisters / Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura

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Architects: Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Frutos

Refurbishment of Son Canoves Houses / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos + Iciar De Basterrechea

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Architects: Duch Pizá Arquitectos +
Location: Secar de la Real, Palma, Baleares Island,
Architects: Duch Pizá arquitectos, Iciar De Basterrechea
Design Team : Gimena Riveron, Teresa Garau
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Casal Ses Veles / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Arquitectos
Location: ,
Technical Architects: Crhistoff Brhanna y Antoni Arqué
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Housing in Canary Islands / Alejandro Beautell

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Architects: Alejandro Beautell
Location: La Laguna, Tenerife,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 207.46 sqm
Photographs: Efraín Pintos

42 Social Housing in the New District of Barajas / B10+N Architects

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Architects: B10+N Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Marta Barrera Matilla, Alfredo Diez Torre, Fernando Nieto Fernández
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

Diamond House / Abis Arquitectura

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Architects: Abis Arquitectura
Location: Sierra Dorada, , Alicante, Spain
Architects: Ángel Benigno González Avilés, Mª Isabel Pérez Millán
Design Team: Emilio Cortés Saura
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Toni Elvar, Vicente Martinez

“Los Almendros” Social Center / Ferrer Arquitectos

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Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Location: Av. de la Sierra de Tabernas, ,
Design Team: José Ángel Ferrer
Architectural Technologist: Manuel Alonso
Internal Collaborators: Antonio García, Antonio Palenzuela, Fernando Mateos, Miguel García Haro
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: David Frutos