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Fernando García Mercadal

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Speciality

Architecture

 

 

Date of birth

1896

Date of death

1985
  


" Architect. Fernando García Mercadal was one of the most representative figures of the movement known as the Generation of 1925."

He was born in Zaragoza in 1896. He graduated from the School of Architecture in Madrid in 1921. In 1923 he received a scholarship from the Spanish Academy in Rome. He also studied in Berlin, Vienna and Paris, where he met figures such as Hermann Jansen, Le Corbusier, Otto Bünz and Hans Poelzig. He returned to Spain in 1927 and created the Rincón de Goya building in Zaragoza, following the rationalist ideas which were so popular in Europe. In 1928 he was invited to the International Congress of Modern Architecture in La Sarraz (Switzerland). In 1930, together with architects such as Aizpurúa, Sert and Torres Clavé, he founded the GATEPAC group (Group of Spanish Artists and Technicians for Contemporary Architecture). In 1932 he was appointed head of the Office of Urban Planning, Parks and Gardens in Madrid, a position he held until 1940. Throughout this time he carried out several town planning projects such as the Sabatini gardens, the Paseo del Prado avenue and the Plaza Mayor square. He died in Madrid in 1985.  

Awards

National Architecture Award (1933)

Highlighted works

  • Project for offices in the Plaza del Ángel square (Madrid)
  • Rincón de Goya building (Zaragoza)
  • Villa Amparo (Majorca)
  • Refurbishment of the Plaza Mayor square in Madrid
  • Gardens along the Paseo del Prado (Madrid)
  • Refurbishment of the Sabatini gardens (Madrid)
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