TOURS IN SEVILLE
– 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 and merchant houses (Pilatos House, Pinillos 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 suggest some key itineraries but 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.
TOURS IN SEVILLE
Phone: +34 935 196 690
Location: Espacio RES – Avenida de la República Argentina 25, planta 9, 41011 Sevilla
Our associate in Seville
ARCHITECT GONZALO CANTOS
Bachelor in Architecture at Seville University. Awarded with a Talentia Fellowship, his formation was later completed with a Master Degree in Urban Studies obtained in a unique interdisciplinary program, ‘4Cities Euromaster’ (2009-2011), spread along 4 European capitals and 6 Universities including Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Universität Wien, Copenhagen University, Universidad Autónoma and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
He is lecturer in many universities and institutions as the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the European Regional Science Association or the American Institute of Architects, as well as visiting professor at Seville University (Spain), Iberoamerican University (Mexico) and Da-Yeh University (Taiwan).
Gonzalo has also accumulated an extensive experience as commissioner of exhibitions (‘Die Gumperdoferstrasse’, Vienna, 2010), forums (‘Re-encuentros’, 2003) , workshops (‘The Architectures of Senses’, 2017; ‘The Possible Housing’, 2018) other events related to architecture and urban affairs.
Founder partner and principal at his own firm MA | arquitecturas, he has been formed in key influential offices like OMA-Rem Koolhaas (where he joined CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and Cordoba Congress Center), Actar-Manuel Gausa and Coll-Leclerc (Barcelona), and Eddea (Sevilla, where he joined large scale developments as Design Manager in Moscow).