• Spain mon amour, photo by Javier Callejas
    Spain mon amour, photo by Javier Callejas
  • Poster of Spain mon amour
    Poster of Spain mon amour

E2 [Spain Pavilion] Spain mon amour

Spain Pavilion
Curator: Luis Fernández-Galiano

This exhibition, first presented at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture, celebrates the achievements of recent Spanish architecture, while reflecting on the dramatic current situation of the profession. In the last decade, large public investments and the competition system have made it possible for a new generation of architects to build a considerable number of unique works all over the country.

Included here are fifteen works in fifteen different cities, carried out by ten architects—seven men and three women between 50 and 55 years of age—from five studios based in Madrid, Basque Country-Navarre and Catalonia. The foundations that allowed this flourishing of excellence, however, collapsed with the financial, economic and fiscal crisis that began in 2008. The bursting of the real estate bubble has cut the number of housing units built annually from 800,000 to 80,000, and the austerity plans launched in the public sector have frozen investment in new projects: half of the practices in Madrid and Barcelona have closed in the last year, and young professionals are emigrating en masse.

To address this situation, the entire exhibition budget has been dedicated to transporting two hundred architecture students to Shenzhen, who will hold models of the buildings and explain them to visitors.