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Josep Lluis Mateo Architecture

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post updated 17 November 2021

Josep Lluis Mateo – Spanish Architect

Josep Lluis Mateo Architect News

17 Nov 2021
Banco Sabadell Space, Calle Serrano 18, Madrid, central Spain
Banco Sabadell Space Madrid bank building interior
photo © Pedro Pegenaute
Banco Sabadell Space Madrid bank building
This is an experimental proposal for bank branch office transformation – a space as a place to work and to meet. Open but active architectural interior.


Barcelona-born (1949) Josep Lluis Mateo graduated in Architecture in 1974 from the ETSAB and gained his doctorate (cum laude) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1994. He has been Professor of the Architecture and Projects Department at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich (ETH-Z) since 2002.

He has also taught at various universities and lectured at foremost international academic institutions. He was Visiting Scholar at the Jean P. Getty Center in Los
Angeles from 1991 to 1992. In 2009, Josep Lluis Mateo was named President of the Board of Directors of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture.

Josep Lluis Mateo architect:
Josep Lluis Mateo Architect Barcelona
photo: Jordi Belver

Josep entered into association with Marta Cervello in 1995, since when they have directed the practice together.

Mateo Arquitectura – Latest Designs

Multimodal Hub – Grand Arénas, Nice, France
Grand Arénas Nice design by Josep Lluis Mateo Architects Barcelona
image courtesy of architects
Grand Arénas Nice

Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France
Boulogne-Billancourt Paris design by Josep Lluis Mateo Architects
image courtesy of architecture practice
Boulogne-Billancourt Paris

PGGM Headquarters Building, Zeist, The Netherlands
PGGM Zeist design by Josep Lluis Mateo Architects
photograph from architect office
PGGM Headquarters Building

Josep Lluis Mateo – Featured Projects

Filmoteca de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain
film library barcelona design by Josep Lluis Mateo Architect
image courtesy of architects
Filmoteca de Cataluña Barcelona – Film Library Building

Banc de Sabadell Atlantic, Barcelona, Spain
Banco de Sabadell interior
photo © Pedro Pegenaute
Banc de Sabadell Atlantic

Free Zone Consortium Office Building, Diagonal Mar, Barcelona, Spain
(Edifici d’oficines pel Consorci de la Zone France)
Free Zone Consortium Office design by Josep Lluis Mateo Architects
photo © Adrian Welch
Free Zone Consortium Office

Place de la République, Paris, France
Place de la République
image courtesy of architects practice
Place de la République Paris

Recent work by Josep Lluis Mateo – Selection

The head office of the Bundesbank in Chemnitz, Germany (First Prize, international competition) 1996-2004

Barcelona International Convention Centre (First Prize, international public competition) 2000-04

Banc Sabadell : Standard office (First Prize, invited competition) 2002; renovation of the bank’s historical head office in Placa Sant Roc, Sabadell, 2004-06; interventions in the bank’s Torre Diagonal in Barcelona, 2009

Sant Jordi Hall of Residence (First Prize, national public competition) 2001-06

Largo da Devesa park in Castelo Branco, Portugal. 2000-07

Office building for WTC Almeda Park in Cornella, Barcelona (First Prize, invited competition) 2004-07

Film Theatre of Catalonia in Barcelona (First Prize, national invited competition) 2005-10

Extension of the office building for PGGM insurance company in Zeist, Holland (First Prize, international invited competition) 2002-10

The office building in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris (First Prize, invited competition) 2006-10

Model of the project for the new Camp Nou:
new Camp Nou
image courtesy of architecture office
Camp Nou Stadium

Model of the hotel in Shanghai, included in the installation:
hotel Shanghai
image courtesy of architects firm

Architecture Projects

Projects at the planning stage, after winning the corresponding national competitions

– Draga-Sibenik Complex, Croatia (1st Prize, invited competition, 2009).
– Renovation of El Ninot central market in Barcelona (1st Prize, national public competition, 2008).
– Dr Josep Trueta General Hospital in Girona, Spain (1st Prize, invited competition, 2006).
– Women’s prison in St. Llorenc d’Hortons, Barcelona (1st Prize, invited competition, 2005).
– Apartment building in Valencia for the Sociopolis Project (shown at New York’s MoMA as part of the exhibition “Spain: On Site”)
– Remodelling of the riverfront in Bayonne, France (1st Prize, invited competition, 2006).

Josep Lluis Mateo building images / information from architects practice

Location: Barcelona, Catalunya, Northeast Spain, Western Europe

Barcelona Architects Practice Information

Exhibitions – selection:
2009 Galeria Ras, Barcelona. “Occasional City”
2006 MoMA, New York. “Spain: On Site”. Group exhibition. Housing block in Valencia
2004 Arkitekturgalerie Aedes, Berlin. “Organic versus Inorganic”
1998 Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Barcelona

Awards – selection:
– Top International Purpose-Built Venue 2008, C&IT magazine. First Prize for the best international building to host events, conventions and congresses. CCIB-Barcelona International Convention Centre
– 2008 Archizinc Award, First Prize. Sant Jordi Students’ Hall of Residence, Barcelona
– Contract World 2006, Second Prize. AC Hotel
– 15th Award of Grupo Dragados de Arquitectura and the CEOE Foundation 2001, First Prize for the apartment building in Borneo Docks, Amsterdam (Holland)
– 1991 Santander Spanish Architecture Biennial. The remodelling of the old town of Ullastret was considered one of the best Spanish architecture projects of the ’80s.
– 1991 ITALSTAT Award for Young European Architects

Monographs – Selection:
Josep Lluis Mateo, Opere e progetti, Electa (Milan, 2007)
Josep Lluis Mateo, Works, Projects and Writings, Ediciones Poligrafa (Barcelona, 2005)
Josep Lluis Mateo, World Architecture, Tsinghua University (Beijing, 2003)
Josep Lluis Mateo, Recent Work, 2G, Gustavo Gili (Barcelona, 2003)
Mateo Atlas, Actar, Ministerio de Fomento and COAC (Barcelona, 1998)
Ideen und Bauten, Birkhauser Verlag (Basel, 1995)
“Catalogos de Arquitectura Contemporanea” collection, Gustavo Gili (Barcelona, 1992)

Books – writings:
Textos instrumentales. GG (Barcelona, 2007)
Bauen und Denken. Quart (Lucerne, 2002)

Books published by the Chair of Professor Mateo (ETH-Zurich):
Iconoclastia. News from a Post-Iconic World. Architectural Papers IV. ETH-Actar, 2009
Global Housing Projects. ETH-Actar, 2008
Natural Metaphor. Architectural Papers III. ETH – Actar, 2007
Big Scale. Grossform. Architectural Papers II. ETH – Gustavo Gili, 2006
Object Laboratory. Architectural Papers I. ETH . Gustavo Gili, 2005

Josep Lluis Mateo Book : Occasions, 2009


Barcelona Architecture

Camp Nou Stadium Competition

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Spanish Architecture

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Rafael Moneo

Camp Nou stadium – Nou Parc Prensa Barcelona
Design: ON-A architecture
Nou Parc Prensa Barcelona landscape design
image © ON-A
Nou Parc Barcelona Landscape Design
Converting the Barcelona football stadium into a 26-hectare park is the proposal of a smart office to renature the cities. The ON-A architecture studio opens the debate to the possible renaturation of urban areas to adapt to the needs of the post-covid future.

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