Day 190/365 of Steel – Alberto Campo Baeza

Alberto Campo Baeza is a Spanish architect and former Design Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid from 1986 to 2017. He has been considered part of the group of designers who introduced Minimalism in architecture, together with architects such as David Chipperfield and John Pawson. Campo defends the elimination of color in architecture, as a mean to maximize the expressivity of natural light.

Rotonda House (Madrid)

Situated at the very summit of a hill north of Madrid, a house with the sierra as a backdrop in the distance. To capture that 360º panoramic landscape, Baeza proposes a belvedere at the top of the house where one feels in seventh heaven. Supporting this belvedere, a two-storey podium made of Campaspero limestone is build, in which the required openings for windows are carved out, providing light and ventilation to the rooms.

Multi-Sport Pavilion and Classroom Complex

The building houses a sports center and classroom complex. It includes the use of sports halls, multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, swimming pool, physiotherapy, etc. The structure of the pavilion is in steel: a grid of pillars and beams on the facades and trusses to resolve the great roof span. All painted in white. The remainder of the structure is in reinforced concrete, with the unique feature of wide angled beams over the basement swimming-pool area. 

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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