Mansilla + Tunon, Architects: Mansilla & Tuñón Arquitectos

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Mansilla & Tuñón – Arquitectura España

Contemporary Spanish Architects, Europe – Arquitectos España

18 Apr 2012

Mansilla & Tuñón – Book

Luis M. Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón – From Rules to Constraints

Edited by Giancarlo Valle
With contributions by Stan Allen, Enrique Walker, Sarah Whiting and Augustin Perez Rubio, photographs by Dean Kaufmann, Luis Asín, and Luis Baylón

From 2008 to 2010, Madrid based architects Luis M. Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón held the Jean Labatut Visiting Professorship at the Princeton School of Architecture. More than a collection of student work, From Rules to Constraints is a wide ranging reflection on teaching, design practice, history and the city. Focusing on three sites at three distinct scales, this book examines the constraints of the architectural project-social, political, historical, and environmental-in order to create new rules for working. Examining both their teaching methods and Mansilla + Tuñón’s own design work, the book presents the design process as an ongoing conversation between the building and the environment, between freedom and limits, and between the decided and undecided. In February of this year, as this book was nearing completion, Luis M. Mansilla passed away, making this one of the last records of his work and ideas.

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23 Feb 2012

Mansilla & Tuñón – News

Luis Mansilla (1959 – 2012)

Luis Mansilla of Spanish architecture practice Mansilla y Tuñón died, age 52, of a suspected heart attack.

He died in Barcelona on Wednesday 22nd February. Luis was attending a book presentation about the late Enric Miralles. Emilio Tuñón found Luis dead in his Barcelona hotel room early in the morning.

This world-famous architects studio is based in Madrid. Emilio Tuñón Alvarez was the friend & partner of Luis in both practice and in academia.

All of us here pass our respects to Carmen Pinart and his daughters, Emilio and the rest of the practice.

Mansilla & Tuñón – Major Buildings

Madrid International Convention Centre – CICCM Competition, Madrid, Spain
Architects: Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos + Peralta, Arquitectos
Madrid International Convention Centre
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Madrid Convention Centre
Due to its specific conditions, the site for the competition claims an optimistic intervention able to qualify the surrounding public spaces and buildings with a representative -civic- condition, strong enough not to be overwhelmed by the presence of the four high-rise towers.

The Musac Building, Leon, Spain
Architect: Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos
Musac Building Leon
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MUSAC Building Leon

Mansilla & Tuñón : European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2007

On a vast urban plan, MUSAC draws the scenario for art with the same optimistic attitude used by the Roman surveyors to sketch their cities in the landscape. In contrast to other types of spaces which, in their museum facet, focus on the exhibition of frozen historic collections, MUSAC is a living space that opens its doors to the wide-ranging manifestations of contemporary art. This is an art centre that constructs a set of chessboards on which the action is the protagonist of the space; a structure that develops from an open system, formed by fabric of squares and rhombi, and permitting the construction of a secret geography of memory.

Mansilla & Tuñón – Key Projects

Major Mansilla & Tuñón Designs

Art Museum, Castellón, Spain
Date built: 2002

Aquila Brewery Redevelopment, Madrid, Spain
Date built: 2003
Design competition in 1994

Community centre, Lalín, Galicia, Spain

León Auditorium – Music Theatre, Spain
Date built: 2003
Architecture competition win 1994

León Arts Centre, Spain

San Fernando de Henares swimming pool, Madrid, Spain
Date built: 1998

More architecture projects by Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos online soon

Mansilla and Tuñón lecture : Rice Design Alliance, Houston, USA – 7 Apr Date built: 2010

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Mansilla + Tunon Architects – Practice Information

Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos – architecture studio was run by Luis Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón. Luis died age 52 in Feb 2012.

Both architects are ex-Rafael Moneo

Spanish architect office established 1992 in Madrid.

Luis M. Mansilla (1959-2012) and Emilio Tuñón Alvarez (1959).

Spanish Buildings
City of Justice Madrid
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Mansilla + Tunon Architects : Mies van der Rohe Award 2007

Academic Positions

– Architecture School of Madrid, Spain – Professors
– Princeton University School of Architecture, USA
– Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA
– Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
– Barcelona International Architecture School, Spain
– Frankfurt Städelschule, Germany
– Architecture San Pablo CEU Fundation, Madrid, Spain
– Barcelona Architecture School, Spain
– New Puerto Rico Architecture School, Puerto Rico
– Navarra Architecture School, Spain

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Madrid Buildings
Madrid housing
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