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Alejandro de la Sota

The Architecture of Imperfection
Alejandro de la Sota
Alejandro de la Sota, Iñaki Abalos, William Curtis, Mohsen Mostafavi, José Manuel López-Peláez Photography: Etienne Clement
112pp, 244 x 320 mm, duotone and col ills, July 1997 ISBN 1 870890 74 4
Price £29.50

Alejandro de la Sota was born in 1913, and so belongs to the same generation as Jørn Utzon, Denys Lasdun, Aldo van Eyck and José Maria Coderch. But it is only in recent years that his work has become known outside Spain. It is an oeuvre of impressive consistency, combining a naked abstraction with a rigorous interest in the character of materials. While Sota clearly drew many lessons from the modern masters - from Mies van der Rohe in particular - he also managed to define a language with an internal momentum of its own.

This publication traces Sota's influence on Spain's contemporary culture of architecture through essays and a visual presentation of his most significant projects, from single-family houses to the Maravillas Gymnasium in Madrid and the Civil Government building in Tarragona.