– ARCHITECTURE FOR THE SENSES –
In words of Mike Mense, 2012 Chair AIA Committee on Design: ‘Seville is a place that testifies to the irrelevance of style. Style after style after style coexist and are loved equally here’.
Place of confluence and extraordinary cultural hybridization along centuries, bridging the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in a broad sense, both urban pattern and architecture layout are fully impregnated with this unique mixture in Sevilla.
The importance of the Roman ‘Hispalis’; the strong influence of Middle-East cultures linked for more than 800 years by Al-Andalus; and the Spanish activity in America and the Pacific, that settled the capital towards the ‘new world’ in Sevilla -making it the first city operating truly globally- has resulted in three major Unesco World Heritage Sites (Cathedral, Trade House and Reales Alcázares) and a large number of public buildings (Atarazanas Reales), palaces (Pilatos House) and merchant houses (Pinelo House, Salinas House) of extraordinary interest.
Radically rooted on the exuberant and cheerful character of the city, the contemporary architecture offers furthermore a great bunch of works from renowned architects (Rogers, Calatrava, Pelli, Miralles- Tagliabue, Moneo, Cruz y Ortiz, Vázquez Consuegra), combined with an emerging local generation that manages to design, with economy and precision, architecture with sense and for the senses (Sol89, Af6).
‘What do we mean when we speak of architectural quality? Quality in architecture does not mean inclusion in architectural guides or histories of architecture getting my work into this or that publication. Quality architecture to me is when a building manages to move me’ (P. Zumphor). Sonorous waterscapes, mysterious gardens, delicate lattices, labyrinthine whitewashed walls… shared elements of our southern palette, the material substance of our places and memories, that we kindly offer you to explore with us. Welcome to Sevilla and its architectures of senses.
We do not offer programmed tours, but just on demand. We suggest some key itineraries, however we are pleased to tailor-made your architectural tour for you and your group. Enjoy our tours in Seville focused on architecture and urbanism, perfect for architecture lovers, experts and professionals as well as groups and student trips. We can also extend your experience in Andalusia with additional excursions to Córdoba, Granada, Cádiz or Málaga on demand.