Granada

Granada

Granada is situated in a unique natural location at the feet of the highest mountains of Spain. It was the last Hispano-Muslim capital of the Iberian Peninsula. This culture reached supreme magnificence and architectonic refinement with the Palatial City of the Alhambra. In Granada the past lives together with the contemporary, we start the tour in public spaces with a maze of narrow streets which belong to Islamic urban planning, and pass through the Renaissance squares and temples in order to end in a contemporary area. Along the way we see great examples of architecture by Cruz&Ortiz, Carlos Ferrater, Alvaro Siza, Campo Baeza and the architect from Granada, Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas.

Tours

These are example tours to understand what we do and why we are different. But we can customise the tours for the needs of your studio or your company, and your interests.

Palatial City of the Alhambra

Autor: Manu Barba
  • Description: A general tour to understand the chosen place where the Alhambra was built, the construction and development throughout eight centuries. The tour goes over the essential spaces, with reference to history and daily way of life.
  • 5 hours with a coffee break.

For the tickets of the Alhambra is necessary to book at least two months in advance, and even like this, it is difficult to guarantee availability.

From the Islamic City to the Contemporary one: The Urban Evolution of Granada

Autora: Blanca Espigares Rooney
  • Granada is a city settled on hills and the oldest part is the Albaicin. It still has remarkable features of Spanish-Muslim past and architecture. The city evolved after the conquest, when spaces were Christianised and adapted to a new cultural way of life. From the highest place of the city, the tour visits many areas including the Sacromonte (the cave neighbourhood) and the Albaicin, with narrow streets and spectacular viewpoints over the hill of the Alhambra. We finish up at the flat area of Granada.
  • 4 hours with a coffee break.

Contemporary Architecture in Granada

Autor: Manu Barba
  • Granada is one of the cities where you can visit a wide range of contemporary architecture. Part of it is very tied to the rehabilitation and the relation with historic spaces, but another part is contemporary architecture of the highest level. Campo Baeza, Cruz&Ortiz or Antonio Jiménez Torrecilas are names that have left their impression in the town. This tour goes through the best examples that this beautiful city keeps.
  • 5 hours with a coffee break.

From the Cathedral to Campo Baeza

Autora: Blanca Espigares Rooney
  • Alberto Campo baeza is one of the most important references in the Spanish contemporary architecture. In Granada his first work was the headquarters of a bank. For this project he was inspired by the way the light is treated in the Cathedral of Granada: how it slips along the whitewashed walls and by the elegant scale of its pillars. In the atrium of the cube he built for this bank, he made a wonderful reinterpretation of this historic architecture. In this tour we analise certain keys of the use of the light as a material, the projects of the Cathedral and the Cube of Bankia and how the historic architecture can be reused in contemporary codes.
  • 3 hours.

Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas’ Route

Autor: Manu Barba
  • Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas is an architect from Granada who has left a very interesting work looking into the traditional heritage of the architecture in Granada. He has multiple international awards and some of his most interesting buildings are located in the city. In this tour we will be able to know the landscape of Granada which influenced his architecture, the way he worked with the materials and with the light and how he reinterpreted the traditional heritage in a contemporary code.
  • 4 hours with a coffee break.

About Blanca

I am Blanca, an architect from the University of Seville (2003), specializing in Andalusian heritage, city and architecture. Master's Degree in Architecture and Historical Heritage (2006-2007) and PhD from the University of Granada (2015).
I have worked in projects of restoration and value creation of the heritage in the Alhambra and in other historic cities, which has allowed me to acquire a deep knowledge about its structures and main elements. I have also been a teacher and researcher at the University of Granada where I learned didactic techniques and started with the dissemination of knowledge. For years I have dedicated part of my work to the spread of architecture, and in particular the importance of contemporary architecture with urbanism and historical heritage.

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