On a Journey. Spanish architecture in the Arab World is an exhibition that is being held thanks to the collaboration between Casa Árabe and the High Council of the Association of Architects of Spain. Put together by Luis Díaz-Mauriño and Luis Úrculo, the exhibition gives an overview of the main projects designed by Spanish architects in Arab countries.
It will be open to the public until 29 January 2015 at the Instituto Cervantes in Amman (Jordan). The event was run to mark the opening of the new building of the Spanish embassy in the country. Its overriding message is easy to understand: Spanish architecture is an excellent ambassador of Spain as a brand beyond its borders. Proof of this is that works are on display of well established firms such as Nieto Sobejano, Fenwick Irribarren, Lamela, César Ruiz Larrea, Rafael de la Hoz and Alberto Campo Baeza, whose designs sit alongside those of up-and coming-architects.
The works on display include the building of Kuwait’s Ministry of the Interior by AGI Architects and the project by AV62 to regenerate the development of the Adhamiya district in Baghdad (Iraq). The first of these works reflects innovation, transparency and accessibility. The building by the team from Madrid rises up from the ground like a rock that can be accessed by the general public from three sides. In the second case, the Catalan team worked on the idea that the river Tigris acted as a corridor of movement in the city, thanks to which they have managed to put across an image of unity: the great Baghdad of the future. Indeed, this urban renewal scheme is seen as a stark contrast to more aggressive styles that are common in new buildings.
As a special courtesy, the exhibition displays projects completed in Spain, such as the museum and architectural centre at Medina al-Zahara in Cordoba by Nieto Sobejano, where contemporary architecture blends in with nature, the landscape and the old Arab city, which is one of the legacies of the Arab culture on the Iberian Peninsula.
Full information about this exhibition and a virtual map of all of the works on display can be seen on the website.