Memoria de Miralles
The ‘Retratos’ series, a compilation of texts by Luis Fernández-Galiano on the life and work of a selection of current architects, wraps up with Enric Miralles, who died too soon two decades ago. Illustrated with his drawings and some of his letters, this small book wants to be a tribute to the trajectory of a young master.
Gone at only 45 years of age, Enric Miralles lived a brief but dazzling life, leaving in his wake a handful of masterworks and an unrepeatable way of doing things that shook Spanish architecture like a quake in the final decade of the 20th century. The articles gathered here begin with a chronicle of the incident-filled construction of the Sports Hall of Huesca, which serves as a cue to present his lyrical unstable forms, to then also discuss the High-Performance Center for Gymnastics in Alicante, the Readers’ Circle in Madrid, the Gas Natural company headquarters in Barcelona, and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, his most controversial and also most internationally reverberating work, which was completed posthumously, like the Barcelona building. One of the texts looks at the extraordinary Igualada Cemetery, the architect’s final resting place, and the book closes with the author’s reminiscences of his relationship with Miralles, reconstructed twenty years after the subject’s death with the melancholy of a much too early absence.
Collection 'Retratos', 2021
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