Project: Outstanding Architectures

The Eduardo Torroja Institute, together with the EsPatrimonio Descúbrelo Programme, is undertaking this new project with the intention of giving greater exposure to our Architecture, Architects and Engineers who have made it possible.
It is born with the intention of continuity and will regularly show, through small videos that will be published on social networks and our websites, representative elements of our architecture and/or engineering, as well as different aspects related to them: authors, restoration works, interventions to adapt to the needs of the 21st century, construction techniques, etc. These will be small brushstrokes that will introduce us to this discipline that has become a reference point throughout history.

The Zarzuela Hippodrome, work of the architects Carlos Arniches and Martín Domínguez and the engineer Eduardo Torroja, it is one of the most representative elements of the Modern Movement within its innovative section in Spain. Its outstanding and respectful restoration has been carried out by Junquera Architectos.

Work of the architect Jaime de Ferrater Ramoneda in 1958, who broke with the canons of Spanish industrial architecture up to that moment. The main building for bottling stands out, with a characteristic structure of parallel parabolic arches from which the large beams of the main shape hang.It was restored by architect Carlos Ferrater between 1998 and 2001, carefully respecting the building and, mainly, its operational structure.

The Maravillas School’s Gymnasium, work of the architect Alejandro de la Sota, it is executed by means of a sober architecture, without anything superfluous, leaving the materials and the structure visible and disfiguring the limits with industrial architecture.
An “essential” architecture that responds to a needs programme and whose result is one of the best examples of Modern Spanish Architecture.

The Thermal Power Plant of the University City of Madrid was built in 1932 by architect Manuel Sánchez Arcas and engineer Eduardo Torroja. An innovative central heating system based on American models. It was designed taking into account economic, energy efficiency and ease of maintenance criteria. Master Eduardo Torroja was in charge of its restoration after the Civil War. Although it has undergone some transformations, it still retains much of its original machinery and is currently in operation, as a true Living Museum.


The Recoletos fronton (1935) is the work of the Architect Secundino Zuazo and the Engineer Eduardo Torroja. Its shape responds to the functional and aesthetic needs of the sports space. The curvature of the stands together with the roof, give the building a great plastic expressiveness. During the Civil War the roof suffered important damages that caused its collapse in 1939. With this one of the most avant-garde and innovative elements in the field of laminar structures, at an international level, was lost.