Recently, Audemars Piguet’s Madrid headquarters has been relocated to a new location-3 Marqués de Villamejor. This artistic building represents the pursuit of art by the Audemars Piguet brand.
3 Marqués de Villamejor: Audemars Piguet’s new headquarters in the Iberian Peninsula
In 1908, this Bourgio building was built at the request of Tomás Rodríguez, the entrepreneur who originated León and created the Mantequerías Rodríguez dairy store, which has been inhabited by future generations. Today, the building is officially listed as a protected art and historical relic.
In fact, if we look closely at this building, we will find that Antonio Palacios is very good at highlighting his unique design style with plants and decorations. Therefore, the facade and the interior of the building are cleverly blended with flowers and geometric decoration, reflecting the influence of the Vienna Separatist art that the architect was exposed to. Among all the architectural creations of Antonio Palacios, this building is a masterpiece closest to the modernist art genre.
Palacios takes a very rigorous attitude to creation and pays attention to every detail of the design. Because of this, even the humble door handle or appearance can still see the ingenuity shown in his design today. Here, he was really troubled by the delicate decoration, even the drainage system that ordinary people would not even notice is inlaid with delicate decorative patterns.
Calle Marqués de Villamejor is located on a side street in the Salamanca district of Madrid and contains a total of three buildings designed by Antonio Palacios. One of them is even the former home of the well-known philosopher Ortega y Gasset.
Renowned architect Tarruel, who lives next to the building and is responsible for a thorough renovation, said: ‘This renovation project requires the same kind of investment as a surgeon and the precision of the watchmaker. ‘When Audemars Piguet decided to relocate its headquarters to the second floor of the building, such remarks seemed to be a prophetic prophecy on a certain level.
As for the decoration of the new office, Audemars Piguet has entrusted cabinet CGR Arquitectos with this heavy responsibility, and the latter is also committed to perfectly integrating the brand’s fundamental values into its distinctive style. Among them are oak wood panelling, greenery displayed by plants, and the whiteness of walls and fabrics that are reminiscent of the natural colors of the Swiss Jura Valley.
Architects Antonio Palacios
Born in a small village in the Galician region in 1876, Antonio Palacios spent most of his life in Madrid, and several of the most well-known architectural masterpieces were completed in this culturally rich capital. Nevertheless, the talented architect and his birthplace have maintained a strong cultural and professional relationship. Palacios’ greatest works were mainly designed between 1910 and 1926. , And then gradually turned to regional art with strong local colors. Throughout his career, his work has always been imbued with the imprint of its Spanish roots, and the style has vividly reflected the architectural style of Spanish silver-like decoration in the 16th century and the Portuguese Manuel architecture and decoration in the same period. . In addition, he was also deeply influenced by the expressionist school of art.
Palacios’ work can be divided into three periods according to his mental state. The first period was from 1900 to 1917, during which time he worked closely with his early classmate Otamendui. Later, since 1917, Palacios fought alone, devoting all his personal energy to architectural design and urban planning. During this period, its grand and magnificent design style was gradually strengthened. From 1936 until the third period of his death, he lived a life of solitude living in isolation from the world, and his works were nothing more than absurd visions and hallucinations. Until the year he designed the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid in 1926, his work always won praise in the climax of the wonderful performance. After this architectural masterpiece that symbolized the peak of his career, his designer aura gradually faded, and every bit of the heyday slowly disappeared into people’s memory. Antonio Palacios seems to be quite disappointed with the evolution of heritage styles and the design concept of public buildings. In 1945, he died in a humble house designed by himself in the El Plantío district of Madrid.
The three Madrid buildings that best embody the style of Antonio Palacios’ works are the Palacio de Comunicaciones palace (currently the seat of the Municipality of Madrid), the Jornaleros de Maudes hospital (currently the seat of the Ministry of Transport of the Madrid Autonomous Community) and the Cariátides building (the site of the Cervantes Institute ).
In addition, Antonio Palacios’ relishing achievements include the design of the earliest stations in the Spanish capital’s subway transportation system. In fact, the access and appearance of the first several lines of the Madrid Metro, as well as the famous diamond-shaped signs, were designed by him.