Have you seen the Spanish architecture examples from the past decade? They’re stunning. The Spanish buildings that have been designed and raised in this time period have a smooth and modern architecture.
Spain is known as a country that has lately become an international center for design innovation and excellence, but it hasn’t been easy to reach this level.
Spain is recognized throughout the history as having a serious number of visionary architects.
In the modernist era, the architectural expansion has started with the creation of the European Union. This facilitates the investment of large amounts of money in development projects, thus creating a developing market for the young architects to improve their qualities.
Spanish architecture cannot be defined by a certain style, instead we can say that the architecture in Spain can be defined by quality and beauty: the traditional one for sure and, lately, the modern architecture.
In this article you will see 25 Spanish buildings of various types, but mostly houses, which are part of the modern Spanish architecture trend that delights us.
Spanish architecture examples
- House in Marbella by A-Cero
- Hemeroscopium House in Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain by Ensamble Studio
- Convent de Sant Francesc by David Closes
- University Housing by Guallart Architects
- House in Costa d’en Blanes, Spain by SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
- House in Extremadura, Spain by Ábaton Architects
- House in La Finca, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain by A-cero
- Basque Culinary Center in Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain by VAUMM architecture & urbanism
- BF House in Borriol, Castellón de la Plana, Spain by OAB and ADI
- House in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain by Duch-Pizá Architects
- House in Ávila, Spain by A-cero
- Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Móstoles, Madrid, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz
- Leganés Museum of Sculpture by MACA Estudio
- Concrete House II in Pozuelo de Alorcón, Spain by A-Cero
- Guinovart Florensa Residence in Canejan, Vall d’Aran, Spain by Cadaval & Solà-Morales
- House in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain by A-cero
- Casa Son Vida in Palma de Mallorca, Spain by tec Architecture
- Bilbao City Hall by IMB Arquitectos
- Pantheon Nube in Murcia, Spain by Clavel Arquitectos
- ABC Museum, Illustration and Design Center in Madrid, Spain by Aranguren & Gallegos Architects
- Hotel Hospes Palma in Calvià, Spain by EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
- Almonte Theatre in Huelva, Spain by Donaire Arquitectos
- Ripolles-Manrique House in Castellón, Spain by Teo Hidalgo Nácher
- Uniquely shaped house in Madrid, Spain by A-Cero
- House in Menorca, Spain by Dom Arquitectura
Now let’s look at these in detail.
House in Marbella by A-Cero
The first example of Spanish architecture from this article is from this house in Marbella. The property is placed on the outskirts of Puerto Banús, in one of the most famous and exclusive developments in the Sun Coast. This development is located on one side of a mountain but very close to the coast, with plenty of Mediterranean vegetation.
Hemeroscopium House in Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain by Ensamble Studio
For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets. An allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is delimited by the references of the horizon, by the physical limits, defined by light, and it happens in time.
Hemeroscopium house traps, a domestic space, and a distant horizon. And it does so playing a game with structures placed in an apparently unstable balance, that enclose the living spaces allowing the vision to escape.
With heavy structures and big actions, disposed in a way to provoke gravity to move the space. And this way it defines the place.
Convent de Sant Francesc by David Closes
The intervention in the church of the convent of Sant Francesc, located in the Catalan town of Santpedor, was meant to convert the building into a cultural facility.
The two phases implemented have allowed the building to be put to use as an auditorium and multipurpose cultural space. It is expected that in the future, a third stage will allow the upper floors of the chapels (on the south side of the church) to be used as a historical archive.
University Housing by Guallart Architects
This project was developed in Gandia, a town with a population of 75,000 to the south of Valencia. The aim was to develop a hybrid project that would function essentially as a student residence while meeting the requirements of social housing, with the corresponding standards and characteristics.
House in Costa d’en Blanes, Spain by SCT Estudio de Arquitectura
Another one of these Spanish buildings is this house in Costa d’en Blanes. On a long, narrow plot of land with a more or less pronounced slope, we were commissioned by the owners to demolish the house they lived in and build a new one.
The first decision consists of inverting the situation level of the day and night areas, positioning the night zone on the ground floor and the day zone on the upper floor, where the views are better and there is more privacy with regard to the adjoining plots and allowing for use of the pool and solarium on the level where the daytime activity is generated.
House in Extremadura, Spain by Ábaton Architects
Another one of these cool looking Spanish buildings is in Extremadura. Located miles away from the nearest town, the old building was too remote to be connected to an electrical grid or water supply, so Ábaton had to make use of renewable energy sources. The orientation of the building helps to generate a solar heat gain, while two nearby streams provide hydro electricity, as well as clean water for drinking and bathing.
The stone and timber structure of the stable had significantly deteriorated, so the architects had to replace most of the walls. “[We] decided that building from scratch was the best option as the stable was in a terrible shape,” they explain.
The rustic stone exterior of the house was restored on all four elevations. Windows sit within deep recesses and can be screened behind large wooden shutters that reference the style of stable doors.
House in La Finca, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain by A-cero
This new house is situated in an exclusive state called “La Finca” in Pozuelo de Alarcon (Madrid).
It is one of the hundred houses that you can find already built in this exclusive housing development: an area with wide green spaces, lakes and spectaculars houses, which have been designed by A-cero.
The structure of this new house is made of clear volumes, straight lines and simples shapes. The house’s front is made of marble travertino and there are many windows in it. Both elements give a lot of lightness to the house.
Basque Culinary Center in Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain by VAUMM architecture & urbanism
Another great example of Spanish architecture is the Basque Culinary Center.Spanish architects Vaumm have completed a golden culinary centre for Basque chefs in San Sebastián.
The five-storey Basque Culinary Centre is situated against a steep hillside and each floor meets the ground.
Unlike most multi-storey buildings, visitors arrive through entrances on the upper storeys and then descend to floors below.
The centre’s U-shaped plan surrounds a central courtyard, above which a bridge block connects the north and south wings on the top two floors.
BF House in Borriol, Castellón de la Plana, Spain by OAB and ADI
This home is on a plot of 3,000sqm with a height of 25m, in a Castellón neighborhood that is only 50% constructed. Looking at the plot, we see that it reflects its seventeenth century history, which is when overpopulation forced the cultivation of all types of terrain, including those that are very steep, through a system of small terraces with walls made of local rock.
House in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain by Duch-Pizá Architects
House in Ávila, Spain by A-cero
A dwelling of generous proportions developed over a single storey to facilitate the indoor-outdoor connection and to make the most of the environment in which it stands.
Surrounded by meadows, tree groves, chestnut, pine and oak trees and wildlife represented by stags, wild boar and roe deer, the edifice establishes a recognised link with the traditional architecture and vernacular customs. Stone, tile, wood have been used in its construction.
Rey Juan Carlos Hospital in Móstoles, Madrid, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz
This new hospital model is configured in three basic elements: efficiency, light and silence. The best about hospital architecture and the best in residential architecture. Conceptually, the new hospital is arranged on base that gives structure to the health care units, outpatient diagnosis and treatment.
Structured in three modules or parallel buildings that reflect the best hospital main structures: flexibility, expansion, functional clarity and horizontal circulations.
Leganés Museum of Sculpture by MACA Estudio
The proposal for the new Sculpture Museum of Leganés by MACA is the result of setting a few specific objectives to accomplish.
Their main objectives include the importance of providing appropriate exhibition spaces, adapting the new building to the urban surroundings and gardens nearby, and demonstrating flexibility while creating an iconic design for visitors.
Concrete House II in Pozuelo de Alorcón, Spain by A-Cero
The architecture studio A-cero presents one of its last works about a big single-family house. It takes place in the outskirts of Madrid on a 5,000 m2 plot. It is a single storey building and it has a 1,600 m2 built surface.
Guinovart Florensa Residence in Canejan, Vall d’Aran, Spain by Cadaval & Solà-Morales
The project seeks to recuperate the construction values of an old existing vernacular house which was made out of dry stone, a traditional technique of the area of great tectonic value.
However the distinctive attributes inherent to this construction technique (compactness, massiveness, minimum openings, obscure interiors, weight) deny the extraordinary environment where it is located: on top of a mountain, with views to 2 different valleys that are faced by the two only façades of the house.
House in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain by A-cero
A-cero presents its new house: a built set of volumes and sheets combined as a perfect play that mixes the limits between art and architecture. According to A-cero aesthetics, modern projecting, blocks and plates define the design of this residential project with sculptural references.
The house is located in Las Rozas, one of the wealthiest towns of Madrid. The dwelling’s plot has a surface of 1.368m2 with a light slope that A-cero has used in order to adapt the building’s three floors: basement, ground floor and first floor.
Casa Son Vida in Palma de Mallorca, Spain by tec Architecture
While Mallorca has long been a top destination for tourists in search of sun, beach, and great parties, today the Spanish island is about to garner some attention of a different kind.
Cosmopolitan Estates, Ltd. (Cosmopolitan), a new real estate development company that plans and develops ultra-luxurious, high-design, state-of-the-art, sustainable residences and resorts throughout Europe and Asia, is proud to announce the completion of Casa Son Vida 1, a world-class modern house located near Palma in the exclusive Son Vida community.
Bilbao City Hall by IMB Arquitectos
The new headquarters of Bilbao City Hall in San Agustín, is situated in front of the back façade of the Neobaroque Palace that holds the present Town Hall, built in 1892 by Joaquin Rucoba Architect.
The recent building contains the technical offices of the Town Hall. The historic building will keep the representative image of the city corporation and the headquarters of the Mayor.
Pantheon Nube in Murcia, Spain by Clavel Arquitectos
ABC Museum, Illustration and Design Center in Madrid, Spain by Aranguren & Gallegos Architects
The new ABC Center of Drawing and Illustration, comes with a willingness to be an artistic international reference and a cultural symbol of Madrid.
The installation in the old factory building in Amaniel Street has to be a suitable intervention in a historic building without sacrificing the character of expressing a contemporary center with a diverse range of cultural and artistic institutions.
Hotel Hospes Palma in Calvià, Spain by EQUIP Xavier Claramunt
The sea, the seashore, the trees approaching the shore… and the human being. We can imagine once upon a time when we humans were an active part of the harmonious life of the island, but now things have changed. The once agreeable relation between island and man has turned into a relationship arrogant control of the latter over the island.
Almonte Theatre in Huelva, Spain by Donaire Arquitectos
The building is located on the site of an old winery. It has the challenge of integrate the existing old buildings, declared as cultural interest, and being part of a cultural complex of a total of three buildings and a common space. This space turns into the main place of the town and an important meeting area.
Ripolles-Manrique House in Castellón, Spain by Teo Hidalgo Nácher
The site is surrounded by pine trees on an isolated estate that began being built in the seventies, near the town of Benicassim in Castellon, Spain. What really stands out about its location is the views.
The plot, with its steep slopes and irregular geometry, is situated on top of a hill overlooking the sea in the Montornés neighborhood. Its main access point is down a public road leading from above.
Uniquely shaped house in Madrid, Spain by A-Cero
House in Menorca, Spain by Dom Arquitectura
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