Los Cubos in Madrid Clinches Prestigious Architectural Society of Shanghai Award

Los Cubos, a prominent office building in Madrid, has secured an Excellence Award in the 10th Architectural Society of Shanghai China Awards (ASSC).

The renovated Los Cubos was completed in 2020

The ASSC, a venerable institution founded in 1953 by several government-owned firms, stands as one of China's most influential architectural societies. The refurbished Los Cubos building won a coveted Excellence Award, the highest accolade. Notably, the ASSC recognised 57 projects with Excellence Awards, 135 with Silver Awards, and 153 with Nomination Awards, reflecting the diversity and calibre of the entries. Overall, there were 913 projects entered into the Awards this year.

The primary objective of the ASSC Awards is to ignite the creative spirit of architects, fostering an environment that elevates the standard of architectural innovation.

Designed in 1974 by the esteemed French architects Michel Andrault, Pierre Parat, Aydin Guvan, and Alain Capieu, Los Cubos stands as a testament to timeless design. Constructed between 1976 and 1981, the building comprises nine floors of office space, totaling an expansive 32,000m² GBA, situated prominently next to the bustling M30 motorway.

Chapman Taylor's Madrid studio, won a competition in 2015 to refurbish Los Cubos, it achieved planning approval in 2017, and completed in 2020. The renovation project breathed new life into the 1970s icon while preserving its distinctive "cubic" motif.

Chapman Taylor's redesign has reinvigorated the structure, infusing it with a contemporary and dynamic ambiance, ensuring Los Cubos remains a relevant and iconic landmark in Madrid's evolving cityscape.

The recognition from the Architectural Society of Shanghai underscores not only the architectural prowess of Los Cubos but also Chapman Taylor's commitment to transformative design that resonates across borders. This achievement further solidifies the international acclaim and significance of Los Cubos in the global architectural landscape.

Los Cubos before refurbishment

Mikel Barriola (B Arch Dip Arch ARB BEDA (Hons) COAM)

Group Board Director, Madrid

With a well-established track record, Mikel has experience on major projects across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, with design expertise in retail, leisure, residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments.

Mikel joined Chapman Taylor in 1997 and became a Director of the Madrid studio in 2003. He joined the Group Board in 2020 and continues to take responsibility for the Madrid studio as Managing Director, including the direction and management of design, technical, financial and office administration.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Urban Regeneration / Retail / Leisure

Mikel se incorporó a Chapman Taylor en 1997 y se convirtió en Director del Estudio de Madrid en 2003. Hoy en día es el Director General y tiene la responsabilidad de la dirección general del Estudio (diseño, parte técnica y financiera y administración de la oficina).

La experiencia que posee Mikel se extiende por toda Europa, Medio Oriente, África y Sudamérica siendo especialista en el diseño de centros comerciales, de ocio, viviendas, hoteles y proyectos de uso mixto.

Áreas de especialización:

Planes Directores / Uso Mixto / Regeneración urbana / Centros Comerciales / Ocio

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