Biography of Fernando Higueras Díaz (1930-2008)

Spanish architect, born in Madrid in 1930 and died in the same city on January 30, 2008.

He studied at the school of Madrid, which ended the career of architecture in 1959. Great amateur arts, participated in numerous competitions and exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography, obtaining a considerable number of awards and distinctions.

It belonged, together with Fernández Alba, Vázquez de Castro, Iñiguez, Miró, Fullaondo and Rafael Moneo to the so-called School of Madrid, which, however, did not have a large number of actions as such, due to the lack of cohesion and unity of criteria within the group.

His accomplishments included works as the project of ten residences of artists, (1960), or the casa Lucio Muñoz (1962-1963), designed in collaboration with Antonio Miró and where it shows a lush, Baroque, posture with special treatment of materials. His later works were based on the expression of the form, either in the recreation of the movement as the center of Madrid (1965) restorations or expressionist of concrete use as dwellings for the patronage of military houses (1967-1975), articulated in terraces and gardens.

Its international section constituted it works such as the multipurpose building at Montecarlo (1969) and commercial and residential complexes in Abu Dhabi (1980, first prize in the international competition for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi). The tourist complex in Park of the Sun Guadalmina (1978-1981, first prize of the Guadalmina tourist complex) and the Casa Ocharán, Eastern-influenced and Wright, revealed the richness of structural Assembly, continuing the ironic line of Fernando Higueras, based on the expressive power of architecture as a response to external pressures.

He also stressed the planning work of Fernando Higueras with several award-winning projects (third prize in the call to the urbanization of the Alameda, Malaga, 1960; Prize in the advance planning of a polygon of decongestion of Madrid, 1960; first prize in the competition of urbanization of the San Francisco-Puerta de Toledo area.) His project for the urbanization of Lanzarote (1969) was highly sought after, and stored in the Museum of modern art in New York.

The richness of the work of fig trees can say that represents the architectural continuity in Spain of Russian Constructivism, next to the best constructive tradition of Wright, and can be considered as one of the forerunners of the informalism in architecture of the time, with its splendor in the 1970s.


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