Torres Blancas, a Vertical Garden City
Alberto Sanz

Torres Blancas, the building designed by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza for the Huarte company, was built between 1964 and 1972. Its powerful sculptural form, the expressive use of bare concrete and its experimental nature make it an iconic example of Madrid’s architecture. Proposed as a vertical city with an organic emphasis, Torres Blancas is not the usual stack of flats, but a residential complex of independent housing units with garden terraces and the amenities of a small community. This building thus combines Le Corbusier’s unités d’habitation and Frank Lloyd Wright’s towers.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing, Post-war housing, Welfare architecture, Mass housing, Madrid modern architecture, Torres Blancas, Francisco Sáenz de Oíza, Experimental architecture, Organic architecture.

Issue 65
Year 2021
Pages 108-113

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