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Altamira Palace, IED headquarters
Madrid, Spain_2005

Project carried out by Irene Benjumea at Allende Arquitectos

Restoration of the 18th Century Altamira Palace into the new headquarters for a design school. (IED)
A classical building was challenged to fit a contemporary use.
Circulation was key in the adaptation of the scheme and the one feature where conservation regulations granted permission for an integral intervention.
Within the classical envelope, lighting was approached as the tool to create the illusion of form. The ephemeral material to bring back the life to the once fully decorated walls.

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