Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
JC 36 in Madrid, Spain by Independent Architectural Diplomacy
July 16th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Independent Architectural Diplomacy
IAD (Independent Architectural Diplomacy) is one of the emerging players in the new International architecture scene. With Offices in Madrid and Paris, the studio led by Stéphane Cottrell, Jérôme MichelangeliandRafael Sá produces an architecture based on ergonomics, functionality and context has been internationally recognized with a large number of prestigious international awards and mentions: 40 under 40
In 2008 IAD was chosen among the 40 best European architects under the age of 40 by the European Centre for Architecture & Urban Studies.
International Architecture Award 2009
Award given by the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for the best international projects of the year, in this case for the Madrid Design Centre. At the prize ceremonies held in Florence, IAD were keynote speakers at the ‘City and the World’ Architectural Symposium.
World Architecture News
Commercial Awards 2009 / Education Awards 2010 / Civic Buildings Awards 2010
IAD has collected several long and short list mentions from the world’s leading architectural website with a monthly viewer base of almost 11 million. Awarded and mentioned projects include the VillaModa Frame Hotel in Dubai, the Tripoli University Campus, the Seville City-Gates Stadium and the Administrative Courthouses of Madrid.
Architectural Review MIPIM Future Awards 2010
Highly commended in the Mixed Use category for the VillaModa Frame Hotel project in Dubai.
International Architecture Award 2010
Yet another Chicago Athenaeum award for their green refurbishment of an office tower on the Castellana Boulevard in Madrid. IAD acted as host at the prize ceremonies which took place at the Madrid Architect’s Association.
This precise architectural laboratory is a diverse team composed of young, multicultural, outstanding professionals and dedicated almost exclusively to large scale projects in the areas of education and master-planning, air transport and infrastructures, hotels and offices.
PHILOSOPHY: “We don’t invent words, each day we learn a new one. That is how we compose our architecture, expressed on a larger scale.”
IAD interprets architecture as the substance of its own language, because only in language is there knowledge. IAD is always ready to speculate, analyse, and reflect on their architectural pieces (yes, this is quite a French legacy), always sowing the field of our opinions with three seeds: ergonomics, functionality and context. Ergonomics: the idea of the adapted object, according to its function; Functionality: because the program is not just a two dimensional sheet; Context: as free as it is visual.
“Throughout our journey, we’ve learned to be economic with our words, in order to achieve the purest lines possible. It is true that in order for the project to follow the idea it needs technology or innovation, but always with the intention of making the project natural, more legible.”
Unpolluted in their dealings with clients, IAD goes out of its way in offering all its constructive knowledge while not getting carried away by the difficulty of the subject. The determining factor is the capacity of the individual to locate himself in his own time, knowing enough to be able to move ahead of it. This is how one can imagine IAD’s team, around a table, debating and reaching agreements on the best architectural form for a particular place in the world.