Córdoba, Spain 2006-2013



Córdoba, Spain 2006-2013

Architecture is always feeding on images concealed in our memory, ideas that at some point become clear and unexpectedly mark the outset of a project. Perhaps for this reason the echoes of the Hispano-Muslim culture still present in Córdoba have unconsciously meant more than a marginal note in our project. In contrast to the homogeneity that globalized civilization seems to impose in all contexts, the Contemporary Art Center aims to interpret a different Western character, overcoming the clichés of that common expression.
Just like those literary structures that include one story within another—a never-ending story—we took a system as starting point for the project, a law generated by a “self-similar” geometric pattern, originated in a hexagonal form, which contains at once three different types of halls, of one hundred fifty, ninety, and sixty square meters. Like a combinatorial game, the permutations of these three precincts generate sequences of different halls that can eventually configure a single exhibition space. The artists’ workshops on the ground floor and the labs in the upper level are contiguous to the exhibition halls, to the point that there is no strict differentiation between them: at the workshops it will be possible to hold exhibitions while using the halls for artistic production spaces. The auditorium—the “black box”—is conceived as a scenic space for theater performances, conferences, and films, or as a unique space for audiovisual exhibitions.
The Contemporary Art Center in Córdoba is not a centralized building: the center moves from one space to another, it is everywhere. It is configured as a sequence of precincts linked to a public space, onto which all the different functions of the building flow. Conceived as a place for interaction, it is a common space in which one can express and exchange ideas, see an installation, access exhibitions, visit the cafeteria, spend time in the media library, wait for a performance to begin in the black box, or maybe simply look out onto the Guadalquivir River.
The materials help to achieve the art factory character pervading the entire project. In the interior, bare walls, slabs of concrete, and continuous paved flooring establish a spatial structure susceptible to being transformed individually through different interventions. A network of electric, digital, audiovisual, and lighting infrastructures ease access to sockets and connections throughout the building. On the exterior, the building asserts its presence by means of a single material: prefabricated concrete fiberglass panels, or GRC. These clad opaque and perforated façades, along with the flat roofs and the sloping ones of the halls. The industrialized conception of the system, as well as the waterproofing and insulation properties and the lightness of the material, help to guarantee the precision and rationality of its execution, being part of the combinatorial concept governing the whole project. The façade toward the river, a true mask that activates the exterior façade of the building, is conceived as a screen perforated by several polygonal openings with LED-type monochromatic maps behind them. Images and text, generated by computer-aided video signals, will be reflected on the river’s surface and enable installations specifically conceived for the place.


Córdoba, Spain 2006-2013

Córdoba, Spain
Government of Andalucía
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Communicative lighting façade
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, in collaboration with realities:united
Art center
Total floor area
12,287 m²
Project architect
Vanesa Manrique
Project team
Carlos Ballesteros, Bart de Beer, Rocío Domínguez, Jesús Gijón, Patricia Grande, Mauro Herrero, Gilta Koch, Juan Carlos Redondo, Sebastián Sasse, Alexandra Sobral, Beat Steuri, Nik Wenzke
Site supervision
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Miguel Mesas, Guillermo Mesas
Structural engineer
N.B.35, S.L.
IDI Ingenieros, S.L.
Mechanical engineer
R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores, S.A.
Fire prevention consultant
3i Ingeniería Industrial, S.L.
Lighting consultant
Arkilum S.L.
Roland Halbe    
Fernando Alda 
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Juan de Dios Hernández—Jesús Rey
Project dates
Competition: 2006
Design: 2008
Completion: 2013 


Córdoba, Spain 2006-2013

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ISSN: 0768-5785
Page: 35 – 36
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Page: 94
Monograph TC CUADERNOS nº 131/132. 2017
Published by General de Ediciones de Arquitectura. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-947421-4-9 
Page: 166 – 197
Published by Presses des Ponts. Paris, France 
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ISBN: 978-2-85978-509-3
Page: 130 – 131
Magazine EXÉ nº 29. 2017
Published by Á Vivre édition. Gentilly, France
ISSN: 2109-2389
Page: Cover, 124 – 1377
Published by Verlag für Innovationen in der Architektur. Gütersloh, Germany
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Author: Jo-Eike Vormittag
Page: 30 – 35
Magazine GA DOCUMENT nº 136. 2016
Published by A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo Co. Tokyo, Japan
ISBN: 978-4-87140-296-5
Page: 92 – 105

Catalogue ICONIC AWARDS. 2015
Published by Rat für Formgebung. German Design Council. Germany
ISBN: 978-3-946318-00-2
Page: 80 – 83

Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-95553-247-5
Page: 160 – 164

Mies Van der Rohe Award 2015
Published by Fundació Mies Van der Rohe. Barcelona, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-941836-0-7
Page: 128 – 131

Magazine BITACORA ARQUITECTURA nº 29. 2015
Published by Facultad de Arquitectura UNAM. Mexico
ISSN: 14058901
Article: Fachadas media. Elementos para un debate crítico
Author: Ignacio Valero
Page: 140 – 147

Book SPAIN BUILDS. 2015                                                                                                                                  Arquitectura en España 1975-2015
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain                                                                                                     Author: Luis Fernández-Galiano
ISBN: 978-84-606-7297-5
Article: Materia y espíritu, entre la gravedad y la luz / Matter and Spirit, between Gravity and Light
Page: 218

Magazine ON DISEÑO nº 346. 2014
Published by On Diseño, S.L. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 0210-2080
Page: 56 – 63

Magazine AMC Le Moniteur Architecture nº 236. 2014
Published by Groupe Moniteur Sociétè éditrice. Paris Cedex, France
ISSN: 0998-4194
Page: 68

Monograph NS. 2014
Fuensanta Nieto Enrique Sobejano Architetture
Published by Electa Architecttura. Milan, Italy
Authors: Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
ISBN: 978-88-9180-228-6
Page: 140 – 155 

Magazine CIC. Centro Informativo de la Construcción nº 512. 2014
Published by Grupo Tecni Publicaciones. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1576-1118
Article: El Hexágono como elemento modular y combinatorio
Author: Celia Lozano
Page: 30 – 35

Published by VBK Verlag. S. Kuballa. Bayreuth, Germany
ISSN: 1862-9571
Article: Komposition aus licht und schatten
Author: Sylbia Jung
Page: Cover, 26 – 27

Magazine THE JAPAN ARCHITECT nº 92. 2014
World Yearbook 2013
Published by Shinkenchiku-Sha Co., LTD. Tokyo, Japan
ISBN: 978-4-7869-0250-5
Page: 28 – 29

Published by Bauverlag BV GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-7625-3660-4
Page: 20 – 29

Magazine LICHT + RAUM nº 4. 2013
Published by Bauverlag BV GmbH, Gütersloh, Germany
Article: Kommunikative Schalen. Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Cordoba
Author: Editorial Board
Page: Cover, 12 – 19

Magazine ORIS nº 83. 2013
Published by Oris d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia
ISSN: 1331-7571
Article: Creating New Lesson from the Past
Author: Fredry Massad, Alicia Guerrero Yeste
Page: Cover, 54 – 67

Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Ostfildern, Germany
Authors: Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3619-0
Page: 223 – 243

Newspaper NEUE ZURCHER ZEITUNG. 21.09.2013
Article: Musentemple im Wartestand
Author: Paul Andreas

Magazine SPEECH nº 10. 2013
Published by SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov. Moscow, Russia
ISBN: 978-3-86922-071-0
Article: You have to find a balance. Interview Enrique sobejano
Author: David Cohn
Page: 222 - 224

Magazine RUM nº 7. 2013
Published by It is media svenska AB. Stockholm, Sweden
ISSN: 1650-1330
Article: Historia och samtid ifysiskt möte
Author: Emelie Strömfors
Page: 70 – 81

Magazine BABELIA. 27.07.2013
Extra Newspaper El País. Spain
Article: El nuevo organicismo
Author: David Cohn
Page: 15

Magazine DETAILS nº 33. 2013
Published by A&C Publishing Co., Ltd. Seoul, Korea
ISSN: 978-89-7212-143-5
Page: 56 – 65

Magazine A+U nº 514. 2013
Published by a+u Published Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
ISSN: 0389-9160
Article: Structure to Capture Light
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 10 – 29

Magazine A10 nº 52. 2013
Published by A10 publishers. Amsterdam, Netherlands
ISSN: 1573-3815
Article: Pushing the envelope
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 50 – 52

Magazine DB Deutsche Bauzeitung nº 6. 2013
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden - Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 0721-1902
Article: Verwobene Leere im wartestand
Author: Paul Andreas
Page: 8 – 9

Magazine DETAIL nº 6. 2013
Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0011-9571
Article: Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 662 – 668

Published by Reverse Arquitectura. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1575-1937
Page: 38 – 43

Magazine AV MONOGRAFÍAS / MONOGRAPHS nº 159/160. 2013                                                                        Spain Yearbook
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0213-487X
Article: Piezas Institucionales
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 77 – 87     
Magazine SPACE nº 545. 2013
Published by Lee Sang-leem. Seoul, Korea
ISSN: 1228-2472
Page: Cover, 74 – 83

Magazine THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW nº 1393. 2013
Published by Emap. London, UK
ISSN: 0003861X
Article: Concrete Arabesque
Author: David Cohn
Page: 62 – 73

Magazine ARQ CLARIN. 05.03.2013
Published by Arte Gráfico Editorial Argentino, S.A. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reg: 5205286
Article: El futuro, desde huellas lejanas
Author: Inés Álvarez
Page: Cover, 10 – 13

Magazine BAUWELT nº 14. 2013
Published by Bertelsmann Springer Bauverlag GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany
ISSN: 0005-6855
Article: Bieten Große Chancen. In Córdoba
Author: David Cohn
Page: 16 – 25

Magazine C3 nº 344. 2013
Published by C3 Publishing Co. Seoul Korea
ISSN: 1227-611101
Page: Cover, 89 – 103

Catalogue Exhibition CULTURE: CITY. 2013
Published by Wilfried Wang for Akademie der Künstem. Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-03778-335-1
Published by Lars Müller Publishers. Zurich, Switzerland
ISBN: 978-3-88331-197-5
Page: 128 – 131

Magazine CASABELLA nº 823. 2013
Published by Arnoldo Mondadori. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 0008-7181
Article: Nieto Sobejano. Un Organismo Poroso
Author: Giovanna Crespi
Page: 8 – 27

Magazine HÄUSER nº 2.  2013
Published by Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG. Hamburg, Germany
ISSN: 0724-6528
Article: Raumkunst Wie Bei Den Mauren
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 30 – 31

Magazine BAUMEISTER nº 110. 2013
Published by Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey GmbH. K.G. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0005-674X
Article: De Anti-Libeskind
Author: Alexander Gurzmer
Page: 24 – 35

Monograph WA nº 269. 2012
Nieto Sobejano Architects
Published by World  Architecture Magazine Publications, Beijing, China
ISSN: 1002-4832
Page: 72 – 77

Magazine A+U nº 502. 2012
Published by a+u Published Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
ISSN: 0389-9160
Article: Architecture and Urbanism. Four Practices in Madrid
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 72 – 79

Catalogue Exhibition BS+ ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA 1975-2010. 2012
35 + “Construyendo en Democracia”
Published by Antonio Ruiz Barbarín & Ministerio de Fomento. Madrid, Spain
ISBN-10: 84-615-6173-2
ISBN-13: 978-84-615-6173-5
Page: 193

Magazine MARK nº 35. 2011
Published by Frame Pubishers. Amsterdam, Netherlands
ISSN: 1574-6453
Article: Quietly Brilliant. Nieto Sobejano gains recognition through intellectual rigour
Author: Rafael Gomez-Moriana
Page: 76 – 77

Newspaper EL PAÍS. 09.12.2011
Article: El agujero como sello de identidad
Author: Anatxu Zabalbeascoa
Page: 46

Published by Jovis Verlag GmbH. Berlin, Germany
Author: Tanja Kullack
ISBN: 978-3-86859-086-9
Page: 96 – 103

Cavitá, concavitá e fori nell´archittetura contemporanea
Published by Gangemi Editore spa. Rome, Italy
Author: Gianpaola Spirito
ISBN: 978-88-492-2085-8
Page: 61

Magazine DB Deutsche Bauzeitung nº 3. 2011
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden - Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 0721-1902
Article: Letters From Spain. Spaniens Architekten Trotzen Der Krise
Author: Rosa Grewe
Page: 10 – 11

Monograph AV MONOGRAFÍAS / MONOGRAPHS nº 146. 2010
Nieto & Sobejano 1999-2011
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0213-487X
Article: Memoria en invención / Memory and Invention
Page: 110 – 121

Magazine AV PROYECTOS nº 040. 2010
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1697-493X
Page: 63 – 79
Published by CA-GROUP. Shanghai, China
ISSN: 1683-0717
Page: 222 – 229

Magazine MAGYAR ÉPÍTOMUVESZET nº 4.  2009
Published by Üszaki Könyvkiadó. Budapest, Hungary
ISSN: 1785-282X
Article: Épístészeti szekvencia: végtelen történet
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 19 – 20

Book 10 X 10/3. 100 ARCHITECTS 10 CRITICS. 2009
Published by Phaidon Press Limited. London, UK
ISBN: 9780714849539
Page: 258

Catalogue Exhibition RE-SAMPLING ORNAMENT at S AM nº 5. 2008  
Published by S AM Swiss Architecture Museum. Basel, Switzerland
ISBN: 978-3-85616-371-6
Page: 82 – 83

Magazine NAN Arquitectura y Construcción nº 31. 2008
Published by Grupo TPI. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 2341-1201
Article: Centro de Creación Contemporánea en Córdoba. La huella andalusí
Author: Piedad Bullón
Page: 46 – 53

Book SPANISH ARCHITECTURE (1997-2007). 2008
Published by CA-Group. Shanghai, China
ISBN: 978-7-5083-5690-7
Project: Auditorium and Convention Centre, Contemporary Art Centre
Page: 206 – 213

Catologue Exhibition ESPAÑA (f.) nosotras, las ciudades. 2008
Published by Ministerio de Vivienda. Madrid, Spain - CA-Group. Shanghai, China
ISBN: 84-96387-18-6
Page: 214 – 219

Magazine DESCUBRIR EL ARTE nº 105. 2007
Published by Grupo Unidad Editorial, S.A. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1578-9047
Article: Arquitectos para el siglo XXI. Nieto y Sobejano, memoria con futuro
Author: Enrique Domínguez Uceta
Page: 111 – 120

Magazine ON DISEÑO nº 285. 2007
Published by On Diseño, S.L. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 0210-2080
Page: 94

Magazine EL CROQUIS nº 136/137. 2007
Sistemas de Trabajo (II) / Work System (II)
Published by El Croquis Editorial. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0212-5633
Article: Arquitectura Concreta / Concrete Architecture
Page: 210 – 225

Newspaper LA NACIÓN. 22.08.2007
Interview Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
Article: Conferencias AE’07: Nieto-Sobejano. Usina para el arte nuevo
Author: Luis J. Grossman
Page: 1 – 2

Newspaper LA GACETA FIN DE SEMANA. 16.06.2007
Article: Diseño Vanguardista para Córdoba
Author: Antonio Lozano
Page: 23

Magazine ARKITEKTEN nº 04. 2007
Published by Birgitte Kleis, Eric Juul, Lars Nevald y Sille Kroyer Koppel. København, Denmark
ISSN: 0004-198X
Article: Spansk Saerpraeg
Author: Maria Gomez-Guillamon
Page: 46 – 47

Magazine FUTURE ARQUITECTURAS nº 6. 2007
Published by Future Arquitecturas, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1885-8228
Page: 94

Newspaper ABC. 14.04.2007
Article: Un zoco para la creación
Author: Fredy Massad & Alicia Guerrero
Page: 48

Newspaper EL PAÍS. 22.03.2007
Article: El Centro de Creación de Córdoba comenzará a levantarse en otoño
Author: Manuel Planelles
Page: 50

Newspaper EL MUNDO. 22.03.2007
Article: El Centro Creación Contemporánea de Córdoba se iniciará el próximo otoño
Author: Wanda Cuseo
Page: 72

Newspaper DIARIO CÓRDOBA. 21.03.2007
Article: El Centro de Creación Contemporánea fundirá vanguardia y tradición islámica
Author: Julia García Higueras
Page: 62

Newspaper 20 MINUTOS Córdoba. 21.03.2007
Article: Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Córdoba
Page: 1 – 2

Newspaper EL DÍA de Córdoba. 21.03.2007
Article: Córdoba invoca en Miraflores un nuevo concepto de centro de arte
Author: Alfredo Asensi
Page: 2 – 3

Newspaper ABC Córdoba. 21.03.2007
Article: La Mezquita no condiciona el edificio, pero sí influye, porque intentamos interpretar las raíces
Author: Luis Miranda
Page: 73

Newspaper ABC. 11.09.2006
Article: El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Córdoba representa a Andalucía en la Bienal de Venecia
Author: Andrés González-Barba
Page: 57

Newspaper ABC. 09.09.2006
Article: España, en femenino, triunfa en la Biennale de Arquitectura de Venecia
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 57

Newspaper DIARIO CÓRDOBA. 09.09.2006
Article: Elogios para el futuro Centro de Arte de Córdoba presentado en Venecia
Author: Editorial Board
Article: Trujillo inaugura un pabellón con acento femenino
Author: Mercedes Jansa
Page: 50

Newspaper EL DÍA DE CÓRDOBA. 09.09.2006
Article: Destacan el “uso cambiante” del Centro de Arte de Córdoba
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 55

Newspaper ABC. 07.09.2006
Article: Andalucía presenta en la Bienal de Venecia el centro de Arte de Córdoba
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 68

Newspaper DIARIO CÓRDOBA. 07.09.2006
Article: El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Córdoba, presente en Venecia
Author: Julio Zafra
Page: 57

Newspaper EL DÍA DE CÓRDOBA. 07.09.2006
Article: El Centro de Arte de Córdoba se promocionará en Venecia
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 50

Magazine AV PROYECTOS nº 013. 2006
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1697-493X
Page: 58 – 61

Magazine ARQUITECTURA COAM nº 343. 2006
Published by Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Spain
ISSN: 0004-2706
Article: Entre la lógica y la intuición: La arquitectura reciente de Fuensanta Nieto y Enrique Sobejano
Author: William J.R. Curtis
Page: 30 – 33

Magazine VIA CONSTRUCCIÓN nº 29. 2006
Published by Grupo Vía. Madrid, Spain
Legal Deposit: GI-06-2003
Article: Nieto Sobejano se adjudican el Centro de Arte de Córdoba
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 38       
Published by Consejería de Cultura. Junta de Andalucía. Spain
Page: 20 – 25

Newspaper EL DÍA DE CÓRDOBA. 14.01.2006
Article: La fachada del Centro de Arte será una pantalla de proyección
Author: David Jurado
Page: 2 – 3

Newspaper CÓRDOBA. 14.01.2006
Article: El Centro de Arte de Córdoba evocará la arquitectura islámica
Author: P. Lara
Page: 2 – 3

Newspaper ABC. Córdoba. 14.01.2006
Article: Cultura espera empezar a construir en 2007 el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
Author: Luis Miranda
Page: 55

Newspaper EL MUNDO. Andalucía. 14.01.2006
Article: Sobejano y Nieto presentan en Córdoba su futuro centro de arte contemporáneo
Author: Ángel Munárriz
Page: 52

Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 104. 2005
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0214-1256
Article: Nieto y Sobejano, junto a Koolhaas en Córdoba
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 13


Córdoba, Spain 2006-2013

Iconic Awards 2015 Architecture Category. Best of Best. German Design Council. Frankfurt, Germany
Best Architects 16 Award. Category Public Buildings. Düsseldorf, Germany. 2015
Finalist European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. 2015
Shortlisted in the Wan Concrete in Architecture Award. 2014
AIT Award Category Public Building. 2014