Spring 2015 students reporters_week 5 Madrid and Toledo special



Mercado de San Miguel

The tour of Madrid began with a visit to this historical market near Plaza Mayor. The market represents a historic cultural destination for the residents of Madrid that had become run down and unused in recent years. The refurbished market now represents a rebirth of the traditional market cultural and a place to show oἀ the food and culture of the city.

The initial structure was preserved and although the food stands have a new contemporary feel, the experience of being in the market gives great exposure to local residents and an understanding of the lifestyle of those who live in the city.

opening hours: SUN-WED 10AM -12AM; THUR-SAT 10AM-2AM


Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student



Fundación Telefónica 

The previous headquarters of a large Spanish phone company has been transformed into a cultural center in Madrid.

The Fundación Telefónica is now  a cultural center and the home of exhibits of science and the arts. The exhibition on Nikola Tesla oἀers an opportunity to observe the career and mind of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century whose work has contributed immensely to the lifestyle that is so “normal” today.

Additionally the exhibit that features Ferran Adriá and the study of the creative process behind his culinary career offers an opportunity for the public to see inside the mind of one of the most innovative creative thinkers of the culinary industry.

Many may take for granted the science and imagination necessary to invent such unique dining experiences, however the food becomes even more beautiful when the process if understood. This is not unlike architecture in that the creative process is far more extensive than what a passer by may experience, but with the context in plain view, the work is even more impressive.

Free Admission  TUE-SUN 10AM – 8PM


Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student


prado himler

DO TOUCH Exhibit

Museo del Prado, Madrid

January 20 – June 28

The classical art museum in Madrid, the Museum del Prado is currently offering an exhibit aimed towards sharing the visual arts of its collection with those who are visually impaired. The exhibition has taken six works from diἀerent eras and is allowing them to be touched in the hopes that those who cannot see the works may be able to gain a mental recreation of the work and hopefully gain an emotional connection to the work. The exhibit is not intended solely for the visually impaired but features 3D imagery, text in braille, audio-guides, and even opaque glasses for the non-impaired to gain a similar experience.


Matthew Himler, Clemson University Graduate Arch. student


amanda madrid 2

Palacio Real de Madrid

Construction Time: 1738-1755

Architect: Filippo Juvarra

While in Madrid, we visited the Royal Palace of Spain and one of the greatest examples of Spanish Baroque architecture.

We experienced the overwhelming and intricate decoration of the interior and were able to look into the past lives of the Spanish Royalty.


Amanda Adkins, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student


amanda madrid 1

Media Lab Prado

Renovated: 2000

Former use: Wood factory

The students  visited an example of a renovation project much related to their studio work. For the Media Lab Prado, the building was a former wood factory that had been transformed into a digital and project production space with an additional structural that reflects the modern age through its use of color and material.


Amanda Adkins, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student


reina sofia-mel

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Location: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid

Dates: Sun Feb 8 Price: N/A

For the first part of this museum tour, the students visited the terrace of Reina Soÿa.  This space allowed the students to see out over the city and observe the new, modern addition attached to the old museum structure.  The second part of the tour included a viewing of Pablo Picasso’s La Guernica.


Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student


flea madrid-mel

Madrid Flea Market

Location: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, 28005 Madrid

Dates: Sun Feb 8

Price: FREE

Since it was the last day in Madrid for the students, they were treated to a trip to the famous Madrid flea market.  Some items in which the students purchased included tapestries, scarves, shoes, socks, pastries and more.  The flea market has been around for approximately 60 years and is still thriving!


Melanie Sage, Clemson University Undergraduate Arch. student




Catedral de Toledo

The center of the catholic church in Spain, the cathedral in Toledo did not disappoint. A masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque, it reflected the his­torical diversity of the Spanish people by incorporating architectural elements such as the geometric designs of the muslims, traditional gothic elements, and scenes depicting the patron saints of Spain and Toledo.


Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student


Romero Vallejo Arquitectos

While in Toledo we were able to meet Mariano Vallejo and learn about what he and his firm do in Toledo and else­where.

We toured one of their earlier projects, the six patio-houses, which brought to mind the objective of our studio project at the BAC. Their proj­ect centered on creating improved housing on a pecular site, and making the building new and interesting while preserving the historical integrity of the surrounding area.


Matthew West, Texas A&M University Undergraduate Arch. student


Leave a comment

Filed under CLEMSON University, PROGRAMS, TEXAS A&M University, _SPRING 2015

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s