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Palacio de Longoria, main exhibition of modernist architecture in Madrid

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Palacio Longoria headquarters of the SGAE in Madrid

You like the modern architecture? you like to see it Gaudi buildings?

Undoubtedly it is an architectural style that does not leave anyone indifferent to whom I recognize myself as passionate.

In Madridthere are not too many examples of modernist buildings, because this architectural style that developed in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in Spain had its maximum development in Barcelona.


Longoria Palace, modernist architecture in Madrid

This development was carried out in parallel to similar movements, such as art noveau in Brussels.

However, if in Madrid you walk through the Chueca neighborhood or by the Alonso Martínez square You have the opportunity to see a building that will surely surprise you.

You find it in the Fernando VI Street No. 4, and it's aboutLongoria Palace, better known for being the headquarters of the controversialGeneral Society of Authors and Publishers SGAE

He Longoria Palace, together withGallardo House of the Spain Square, are undoubtedly the most prominent exponents of the modernist architecture in Madrid.


Staircase of the Longoria palace in Madrid

Longoria palace history

He Longoria Palace It was ordered to be built in 1902 by the politician and financier Francisco Javier González Longoria.

The commission was carried out by the Catalan architect José Grases Riera, which curiously was not characterized as a follower of the modernist style.

Riera phrases I had already built the Equitable Building Of the Calle Alcala from Madrid, and later was the author of the imposing Monument to Alfonso XII of the Pond of the Retiro Park.


Longoria Palace, modernist architecture in Madrid

Built as a residential building and with an office, the Longoria Palace became in 1912 to be owned by the Spanish Dental Company and finally, in 1950 it became the headquarters of the aforementionedGeneral Society of Authors.

The main attraction of Longoria Palace, which I had occasion to visit during the Architecture Week, It is in its unequivocally modernist exterior facade, which draws attention to all who come before it.

In it you can appreciate its wavy shapes, not finding any straight elements, as well as the vegetal shapes of the decorative elements, characteristics of modernist architecture.


Longoria Palace, modernist architecture in Madrid

Also look at the metal fence surrounding the building, which also maintains that style.

The truth is that the Longoria Palace of Madrid, practically since it was inaugurated, it had numerous modifications and reforms, so its interior has little to do with the original design.

In fact, in the last major reform carried out in 1992 by the architect Santiago Fajardo, virtually all its interior was demolished.

As a result, now when you enter the Longoria Palace, you check that it only has great architectural value main staircase, with its beautiful overhead skylight of leaded glass.


Longoria Palace, modernist architecture in Madrid

It is also noteworthy the interior garden, with a facade that maintains the wavy forms of the modernist style, and an interior gallery with the characteristic vegetal decorative elements.

Photos Longoria palace

Here you have more Photos of the Longoria Palace and its inner courtyard, which you can see on a trip to Madrid.









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