José Antonio Corrales



The Spanish Pavilion for the Brussels World’s Fair of 1958, designed with his partner Ramón Vázquez Molezún – deceased in 1993 – is, probably, the most well-known and praised work by José Antonio Corrales, one of the pioneers of architectural modernity in Spain. Corrales was the nephew of another prominent Madrid architect, Luis Gutiérrez Soto, in whose studio he worked after graduating from the Madrid School of Architecture in 1948. Associated, though not exclusively, to Vázquez Molezún since the mid-1950s, the project for the Spanish Pavilion was a springboard for his career, which has significant works such as the schools of Herrera de Pisuerga (1954); the Miraflores de la Sierra Residence (1957), with Alejandro de la Sota; the Almendrales houses (1959); the Reader’s Digest building in Madrid (1962); the Casa Huarte in Madrid (1965); the Hotel in Maspalomas (1965); or the Bankunión headquarters in Madrid (1977). He received, among other prizes, the National Architecture Award in 1948 and 2001, the Spanish Gold Medal for Architecture in 1992, and the Antonio Camuñas Award in 2004.

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