Madrid. Spain.

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Fortuny Auditorium. Feral ruins and folds of visual imagination


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This provisional installation project featuring great formal creativity possesses the virtue of eliciting a reflection in terms of the historical subtlety of the place and the creative subtlety of the artist.
Casa Decor was this year located in a building with a strong early-twentieth-century Noucentisme typology harking back to the time of its construction. Its location gives it a unique charm. Madrid’s district of Los Jerónimos, built in the second half of the nineteenth century, has the privilege of containing in its streets the Prado Museum, the Stock Exchange, the Cybele Palace, the Botanic Garden, the Church of Los Jerónimos, the Anthropology Museum, the National Astronomical Observatory, the Buen Retiro Park, the General Headquarters of the Navy, the Casón del Buen Retiro, the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, the Monument to the Fallen for Spain and the Ritz Hotel. The auditorium adopts as its elements of inspiration some of the ones inherent to the last decades of the nineteenth century, when the streets and majority of buildings of this district were built. It also seeks to celebrate and pay homage to the presence of the most illustrious of its neighbours: the Prado Museum. The works of Mariano Fortuny, a major 19th-century painter, contained in the museum had an influence on the choice of materials and on the conception of the space. Specifically, the authors focused on a series of paintings the artist dedicated to the Alhambra. In them, its beautiful, slender architecture is covered in encroaching vegetation, people sleeping on the floor in disorderly fashion, improvised roofing that protects from the sunlight and even the occasional washing hung out to dry. The same series, and several of the pictures Fortuny painted in Morocco, show semi-provisional rooms built from fabrics, in surroundings partially in ruins that look like they had been splendid Nasrid palaces or medinas in the past.
For these reasons, the walls of this designed space uncover the layers of materials that the plaster had partially concealed. And this is why a certain natural look was sought for the doors and windows, so often repainted, to continue performing their function. The beautiful tiling that covers the floor lightly climbs up the wall but does not need to cover it entirely.

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Localización Location: Madrid. Spain. Estudio Study: Izaskun Chinchilla Arquitect@s. Autor Author: Izaskun Chinchilla, arquitecta. Colaboradores Collaborators: Alejandro Espallargas, Guillermo Sanchez, Jesús Valer, Mercedes Zapico, José Vidal. Estudiantes en prácticas Trainee students: Santiago Isaac Rodriguez, Ismael Fernandez. Cliente Client: Casa Decor. Fabricación y montaje Manufacture and assembly: Viuda de Ramirez. Superficie Area: 60m2. Ejecución Completion: 2017. Fotografía Photography: ImagenSublimina | Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero
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