AV Monografías 243-244: España 2022
After the traumatic experience of the previous year, 2021 was the year of overcoming the pandemic and of preparing for a long-awaited return to normalcy. The AV Monographs Yearbook goes over the most important events of the period, gathering twenty-four buildings that represent the best architecture constructed in Spain. Aside from a few large-scale works, like the Córdoba Library by Paredes Pedrosa or the Celta FC Sports City by Irisarri Piñera, the selection clearly reflects how the climate crisis has become a top priority for architects, especially the younger ones, who choose sustainable materials like wood, used in the apartments by Peris Toral and by Bosch Capdeferro, in the fire station by Josep Ferrando, or in the small social pavilion by Behark; or local stone, like marés in the dwellings by the team of Carlos Oliver and the photography center by Josep Lluís Mateo. That same environmental conscience has driven many refurbishment projects, such as that of the labor union office built by Sert and Torres Clavé in 1936, and of an industrial complex of 1939, recovered respectively by Meritxell Inaraja and Jovino Martínez Serra. Architecture and site are carefully blended in other projects of the year, like the subtle intervention of Juan Domingo Santos in the Alhambra, or the wildlife observatory by Rafael de La-Hoz, inspired by the landscape and by local building traditions. As usual, Luis Fernández-Galiano analyzes the key world events through press covers and selects the twelve buildings of the year.