A NEW CHALLENGE FOR IAD - The team of IAD, CVZ and Ingérop has been selected for the tender of the extension of the Bordeaux Mérignac airport, France. The purpose of the project is to develop a connection building of the different areas of the international airport.

MORE ABOUT THE AIRPORT - Serving principally the metropolitan, European and North African destinations, Bordeaux Mérignac airport is an international airport. This airport shares his airfields with the air base 106 Bordeaux-Mérignac Air Force. It is located in the commune of Mérignac in the southwest of France. In 2016 the airport welcomed 5 800 000 passengers within his three terminals A, B and Billi. Due to his total of passengers the airport became the sixth biggest French airport.


In the historical district of Madrid’s city, at Eloy Gonzalo 27 Street, you can find a building dated of 1958. This property is an office building of 6 500 m2. IAD has been chose to improve the performance of the building, it aesthetics, functional and thermal conditions. The renovation of Eloy Gonzalo started March 9th of 2017.

A BETTER ATMOSPHERE FOR A BETTER WORK >>> The definitive objective of this reform is the feeling of winning amplitude. The treatment of the elements of light, material and color, associated with the elements of the existent building is the way that IAD conceived this edifice embracing comfort efficiency and proximity. Eloy Gonzalo 27 is a daylight edifice; in fact the building has a large inner courtyard that permits to bring the natural light. IAD re-designed the building in a way to let the light enter more inside, bringing comfort and dynamism. Otherwise, the work realized by IAD in this refurbishment is going to have an energetic objective beneficial for the edifice that will be certificate BREEAM. Furthermore, the Eloy Gonzalo 27 will provide a universal accessibility for future users with any type of handicap or disability, in addition to improving comfort conditions for all users, the new edifice has been certificate by AENOR.


Day by day this is with gleesome that we observe the progress of the work of CitizenM La Défense. The work of art that will be spotted on the main facade is in an assembly preparation as well as the finishes of the commons areas. The construction, which started in end of 2015, should be completed for spring 2017. We are waiting with impatience the opening of the hotel CitizenM that will occur at the same time that the activity’s launching of the other edifices located in the garden of the Arch, “Les jardins de l’Arche” such as the Arena 92.

MORE ABOUT THE CITIZEN M HOTEL CHAIN >>> The story of citizenM started in 2008 when they opened their first hotel in Amsterdam at the Schiphol Airport. The chain is now beginning to have a worldwide amplitude since it started to developed hotels in the biggest city of the world. The hotels have been thought for the mobile citizens of the world, hence the name citizenM. The concept was to offer a line of affordable luxury hotels for people who traveled a lot and are looking for functionality, comfort and contemporary design. citizenM defined itself as a personality of the modern style inspiring the new way full of new technologies.


VINCI Airports, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and IAD are finalists of the Asuncion airport’s tender and are waiting for the result. The Architecture of Asuncion airport reflects the Guarani’s culture proper to the country, carved and marked as the same to have an edifice in accord with Paraguay. The implementation of the airport complex will be done through a process agreed with the representative entities at the political and social level, respecting the natural environment, landscape and species throughout the area of development and environmental impact zone of the area.

The Asuncion Airport is the most important international airport of Paraguay. This is why the conception of his new international terminal is designed to be able to welcome 1.737.500 passengers in 2025 and 3.380.300 passengers in 2045 in a total surface of 29.799 m2. The implementation of the new international terminal will represent a significant step forward in flow control, particularly tourism. The project of the terminal Silvio Pettirossi, proposed by the team of VINCI Airports, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and IAD, is an idea of public area where people from all over the world meet, while erasing this image of globalization in order to become the gateway of the country through images of a building born of references in the Guarani tradition and modernity itself of airport infrastructures, as well as respect for the local aesthetic lines but especially the projection of an institutional, technological and sustainable image. For the little anecdote the name Silvio Pettirossi, of the Asuncion’ airport, come from the famous Paraguayan aviator.


Mandarin Oriental London [1], Onomo Kigali [2], Onomo Conakry [3], Citizen M La Défense [4], 4 hotels in restructuring or in construction expected to be delivered in 2017. IAD accompanies those hotels’ projects carefully with the hope of seeing them opening their doors successfully. Each hotel typology being different, from a Palace’s restructuring, to an innovating urban hotel concept going by a new hospitality industry on the African territory, IAD mobilized different knowledge and tools for each of his operations.

Citizen M is a hotel concept dedicated to the new urban nomads, which foment the optimization of the room’s space centralized around the bed, to offer the maximum of services and qualities on commons areas. IAD worked on the facade\'s rationality, giving it an aspect at the same time sophisticated and timeless. Delivery expected: June 2017.


The luxury Real Estate company founded by Heidi Barnes in 1994 decided to open a new office in Madrid. For its first representation in Spain,´el barrio de Salamanca´, the trendy heart of the Spanish capital seemed definitively the best location. IAD was designated to imagine a new space in a splendid 19th Century building where Elegance and Discretion were the key words.

SMALL SCALE Change of scale is always a challenge and opportunity for IAD. Interior Design makes us thinking different and requires an intense use of skills and control of details. In this case, we decided to apply two different intervention rules in the spaces provided for the project. The first one, regarding the vertical treatment of the existing walls, based on a very simple duality of texture and colour, dark grey wallpaper and shiny white paint. The second one, working with added sculptural elements, reception desk and meeting box, both made in translucent white KRION® solid surface.


We are pleased to announce that team VINCI Construction Grands Projets + IAD has been awarded during the BIM d´OR ceremony recently organised in Pavillon des Champs Élysées, Paris by LE MONITEUR.Our ´Full BIM refurbishment Project´ won out in the International Category over 130 candidates and more than 30 finalists.>>>> BIM D´OR and BIM D´ARGENT(category Awards) recognize current best practices in Digital Modelling Process.


HYDE PARK VERY BEST >>> Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, located in the Knightsbridge district of London is housed in an historic, Edwardian-style building, originally constructed in 1889 as a\"Gentleman\'s Club\", the hotel opened its doors to the public as the Hyde Park Hotel in 1902. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group purchased the hotel in 1996 and is currently conducting a two phases renovation of the 198 rooms and suites, as well as a re-design of the restaurants and bar.

FULL BIM COORDINATION >>> In order to develop the interior refurbishment project under Full BIM Coordination Process, VINCI decided to call IAD for taking in charge the Architectural modelling of the Building and production of Pre-Construction Design. It\'s without doubt a first ever initiative for a large scale refurbishment of an Iconic Building in London.


IAD was selected by MTN, Africa’s leading mobile service provider, to participate to its international selection process along with two other international studios for its brand new corporate headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. IAD submitted a preliminary concept that foments an open, naturally lighted and communicative space based on a circular geometry generated by 3 main patios linked to the project’s programmatic requirements. MTN Côte d\'Ivoire’s plans for the near future are to accommodate approximately 500 employees, mostly administrative, in this 30.000m2 flagship building.

As an important footnote, MTN Qhubeka, the first African team to compete in the \"Tour de France\" since the 1950s, is currently making history with their Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot, who has become the first black African to wear the leader’s jersey at a grand tour when he claimed the polka dot jersey for best climber and with another MTN rider Stephen Cummings, winner of the 14th stage of the competition – and on Mandela Day...Africa is coming!


IAD’s Rafael Sa as Partner in charge of the Denis Sassou NGuesso University Campus project recently gave a rewarding and stimulating conference in Madrid regarding the Design and Build process IAD maintained with its client and the Congo Republic during the development of this incredible 180,000m2 project in the office and on-site. We could resume Rafael\'s lecture with a tittle: How to Build a Giant in West Africa!

The Large Scale Projects 2015 Conference organized by GrupoVIA took Place in the Hotel NH collection Eurobuilding and brought together 12 speakers from some of Spain’s most important architectural offices to share their recent projects.


MIPIM 2015, March 11th: It was with great pleasure that IAD received The Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Award 2015 in the Regeneration and Masterplanning Category for the MANITOBA CAMPUS VISIONNARY REGENERATION project. IAD Partners Stephane Cottrell and Jerome Michelangeli travelled to Cannes, France (3rd partner Rafael Sa was absent due to a prior engagement) to attend the ceremony and enjoy a night of unrivalled networking and celebration at the Awards. Around 200 submissions had been received for this year’s annual Global Awards Program. Studios such as BIG [Bjarke Ingels Group], Perkins+Will, NIkken Sekkei, Jakob+MacFarlane, and Aedas shared the Awards in other categories.

*As a footnote, this is the second international award collected by the MANITOBA CAMPUS VISIONNARY REGENERATION project this year, as the project also recently received the International Architecture Award 2015 from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design.


In these times, when freedom of speech is at a premium, we wish you a FREE 2015! En ces temps difficiles pour la liberté d\'expression, nous vous souhaitons une année 2015 LIBRE! En estos tiempos dificiles para la libertad de expresión, os deseamos un 2015 LIBRE!


IAD has been commissioned by a renowned international airport consortium to submit a proposal for the new International Airport for Chinchero-Cusco [Peru], the gateway to the historic sanctuary of Machu Pichu. Airports connected platforms found all around the world, are the public squares and central stations of the 21st century. Points of departure or meeting places are characterized predominantly by a futuristic aesthetic and are rarely in resonance with their immediate surroundings. IAD’s proposal gathers the essence of this idea of Public Square while it stands out from this common and global image linked to this type of project, offering a building anchored between tradition and modernity. It clearly maintains a respect for the local aesthetic lines and above all projects an image that is simultaneously institutional, technological and sustainable.

Following the requirements of this international competition, a careful process that took into account the nature and topography of the surrounding landscape has made possible a building that adapts and evolves perfectly. IAD decided to repeat the roof profile of the Chinchero market as a main concept for the main building: 40 000 sqm of international terminal ready to receive 4.5 million of travellers in 2021. Extracted from the collective memory of the people of Chinchero, this traditional structure perfectly fits the needs of the terminal building. IAD’s proposes an active, technological, roof that, through the iridescent treatment of its surface, can adapt to the light and colors of the surroundings like a chameleon. The roof of the building playfully adapts to the seasons with autumn yellow and reddish tones, deep Winter Greens or floral hues of spring. The building becomes a beautiful and changing subject, different atevery hour of the day and from every angle, using the art of camouflage to blend into this unique environment.​


The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have selected IAD’s awarded proposal for the Manitoba Campus (re)Generation for The International Architecture Awards for 2014. Hundreds of submissions were received for this year’s annual Global Awards Program from architecture firms from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas. The program, the most prestigious in the world, honors new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences, and real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and sustainability and promote the best practice in all types of real estate development for the private and public sectors, including new skyscrapers, high rises, corporate and institutional buildings, commercial projects, city planning, restorations and adaptive reuse, religious and civic buildings, and interiors.

“The finalists span the globe, from South America to Asia, from North America to Europe, and we are particularly happy to share that diversity. All projects exhibit innovation in design, acute sensitivity to the environment, sustainability, adaptability to their surroundings, and provision of enjoyment to their many users. In one way or another, each finalist wowed the jury, which will make selection of the winners a real challenge.” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President, The Chicago Athenaeum.

CASTELLANA 36-38 >>> End of Works

Here it is! IAD has just delivered this project which is so near and dear to our entire team, due to its location and the inherent complexity of the organization and duration of the works. The refurbishment of the building at MUTUA Madrilena’s Castellana 36/38 property, an iconic building located in the very centre of the Spanish capital has been realised over several years with the site still occupied by most of its tenants. Thanks to the precise work of the client\\\'s teams in ongoing coordination with IAD, the regenerative target for this building was perfectly finalized.

Our dedication to this project allowed our studio to receive the 2009 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum which more than recompenses the intense efforts employed throughout the process for the Castellana 36/38 project by IAD.

BUCHAREST ARENA > IAD´s proposal unveiled

At the end of 2013, the team led by VINCI Construction Grands Projets and IAD delivered their international competition entry for the future Bucharest Arena located in the Lia Manoliu Sports District, next to the National Stadium. The singular and expressive project imagined by IAD was very well received by the town hall jury and has been rated as the best architectural and technical project of the tender. The tender is currently under administrative review to idealize an appropriate system of funding for the conception and building periods that should start at the end of 2014 if an agreement is reached between all parties .

A protective gesture: The building unfolds upwards, recessing its facades far under its cantilevered roof that allows for generous covered exterior public spaces in front of the main entrances. This protective architectural gesture marks the whole intervention, generating a dialog with the National Stadium, creating a primary visual interactive communication on the facades and generating an active landscape along the periphery of the building.


IAD Partners Stephane Cottrell and Rafael Sa have just arrived from a site visit to Brazzaville with loads of new pictures of the campus construction site. Each consecutive trip to the site brings home the massive scale of the task at hand. 8 of the 25 buildings that form the complex started a few months ago and the site has seen the construction team growing at an exponential rate with the building works accelerating, all while taking into account the logistical challenges of this emerging country. Stay tuned to follow us on this incredible architectural journey.

The student’s residences are the most advanced of the buildings, with the structure now reaching the second storey. Technically, the majority of the building elements including prefab structural elements, concrete blocks and a concrete plant are on-site, with a strong priority given to conventional construction methods and materials, all while employing local workers and avoiding, whenever possible, expensive, complex and wasteful imports.

A very I.A.D. 2014!

IAD WISHES YOU AN INDEPENDENT, ARCHITECTURAL AND, OF COURSE, A DIPLOMATIC 2014! From Paris to Brazzaville, Madrid to Winnipeg, passing through Bucharest, Zintan and Cusco, we wish you a very IAD 2014! De Paris à Brazzaville, Madrid à Winnipeg en passant par Bucharest, Zintan, Cusco, nous vous souhaitons une année 2014 très IAD! De Paris a Brazzaville, de Madrid a Winnipeg, pasando por Bucarest, Zintan o Cusco, les deseamos un 2014 muy IAD!



IAD has been chosen among the 4 laureate teams for the restructuration and expansion of the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus in Winnipeg, Canada following a two-phase international competition. As always, the studio undertook a proposal packed with sustainability and programmatic concepts carefully adapted to the site of the existing campus in order to propose a relevant and complementary program to the University’s existing structure. The main idea was to capture native American constructive strategies, such as the use of built-up embankments to protect the exposed surface of their wigwams from the elements.

The goal of this international competition organized by the University of Manitoba with the support of “Manitoba Hydro” the provincial Crown-corporation company specialized in hydro-electric energy, was to suggest a new vision of the Campus through a masterplan that integrates the challenges of growth, comfort and environmental quality and that will allow the positioning of the Campus as an exemplary space in terms of innovation, environmental values, variety and worldwide integration. This veritable urban challenge includes the development of 4.200 housing units as well as 21.000m2 dedicated to businesses and facilities in the Southwood Precinct extension along with a general reflection devoted to the flows and complementary elements to be integrated within the Campus core as well as its peripheral areas..


The beginning of 2013 has seen a renewed activity for IAD all over the world. Driven by our will to share our work with everyone, this has led to a major renovation of our communications strategy, from a brand new website, to our inclusion in social networks. While our presence in the web has increased, the firm has also grown physically: we changed offices at the beginning of the year and, in order to have a more precise control of all our projects, we opened a new branch office in Paris. These changes have also led us to a name change, more appealing and faithful to our values: Independent Architectural Diplomacy: not only a way to celebrate a new year and the growth of the studio, but also a symbolic mark for a new era.


Afrique Magazine is a monthly, internationally distributed, French-language magazine, published in France by the AMI company and devoted to the African Continent. It is positioned as leader of the pan African monthly press and is addressed to an active, urban readership. In June´s edition (nº333), an article concerning the Republic of Congo made the front page news wherein IAD, through their close client Unicon, appears with their Denis Sassou Ngueso University project in Brazzaville

From Pointe Noire to Ouesso, construction sites in the Congo are readily multiplying; the country looks to the future and plans for a full industrialization by 2025. The spread concerning IAD´s project reads: ´Le futur se construit aujourd´hui´ ´The future is built today´. As such, the featured 170.000 m2 university for 20 000 students, a project of fundamental importance for the Congolese society as a whole, is currently under construction with the site platforms being formed as we write. By 2015, the university will begin to welcome young Congolese and African minds: the true future of Africa.


Casa Árabe and its International Institute of Arab and Muslim World Studies is looking to promote economic, cultural and educational relations, as well as supporting the development of training and knowledge on the Arab and Muslim world. Every year it organizes several exhibitions to sustain its main goal and this year it decided to host with the ´Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España´ in collaboration with the ´Instituto Cervantes´ an exhibit which displays the projects of Spanish architectural firms, such as IAD, carried out in Arab countries, in order to contribute to the strengthening of the ´Spain´ brand abroad and, more specifically, in the Arab world.

IAD was invited to this exhibition, among other studios, as a firm that is firmly placed as one of the emerging players in the International architecture scene especially due to 3 of its singular projects carried out in the Arab world, such as: the Kiss, United Office Tower, a mixed-use building of offices and hotel with a retail base at the entrance of the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia (left), the 7th of April University Campus, comprising 93 000 m2 of educational and administrative buildings with a total of 13 pedagogical buildings, in Zuwarah, Libya (right), and the Civic Center in Homs, Syria.


The Pan African Games will happen in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo in 2015. IAD´s proposal features a stadium, an aquatic center, a sports hall, but also residences for the athletes as well as an hotel. The design for this project wanted to focus in the African traditions and crafts, hence the oblong shapes of the buildings, a reference to the African textiles and fabrics. video

In 1965 the first Pan African Games were held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The goal was to reunite every African nation for sports events. In 2015, they will happen again in Brazzaville, and to celebrate this honor, the government claimed a new area to host the games. IAD´s main goal for his proposal was to emphasize this idea of ´reunion´ between a host country and the rest meaning a project in the heart of the African Continent all the while connected to the rest of the communities. This can be seen in the pathways connecting each building to each other symbolizing the Union between those communities. An other reference is the Congo River of which symbolic values of strength and vitality can also be seen in the meanders of pathways through the complex. This project establishes a dialogue with the river and the surroundings.


The Belgium promotor Codic has sold the office building we have designed 36, Julian Camarillo, Madrid to the Spanish company Seguros Santa Lucia. The building stands out as it is the first office building designed with BREEAM Certification.

36, Julian Camarillo was finished at the end of 2012, it represents a sustainable and modern concept in a strategic enclave in Madrid. It is exclusively offices and consists of 3.900 m2 divided in four floors, with a commercial premises at street level of 470m2 and an underground parking lot of 2 floors with space for 77 cars. It is the first building sold for own use in 2013 in Madrid, and the first in Julian Camarillo since the crisis. This selling confirms the tendency that has started in the second half of 2012 where big companies are taking advantage of the existing opportunities in the market to relocate their offices. Our building promoted by Codic was a very good opportunity given its technical and sustainable features.


We are happy to announce Philippe Sardin as a new member of IAD´s team. He will be supporting the growing number of projects the studio has underway as manager of IAD´s Paris office.

Prior to joining IAD, Philippe was manager of CFA - Iberica, a subsidiary of French real estate company Groupe Financière Duval in Madrid for two years, and was director of the subsidiary of Valode & Pistre architecture studio in Spain for five years. He then became project manager at Bouygues Immobilier and was in charge of the development of Air2 Tower in Paris La Défense for 5 years. At IAD, Philippe will be leading the studio´s ongoing projects in France such as the construction of Sainte Genevieve´s new generation retail park, the development of Hotel Valmy at La Défense - Seine-Arche, the refurbishment of SQY Ouest, and finally the construction of Office Headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux.


IAD has   been  chosen  for   the development  of the International University of  Equatorial Guinea (UIGE). This  multi-phased  project  features  an assortment of faculty,  general  services  and  sports buildings  along with student  and  teacher  residences. Apart from  the construction  of  buildings,  this pedagogical initiative includes    the    signing   of  protocols    with   foreign universities in   the  United   States, Europe and Latin America  which  will  allow professorship interchanges as well as the training of Guinean teaching staff.

For   this   project   IAD   has  voluntarily   returned   to   the   roots of   architecture,   employing   simple,  economic, environmentally-friendly    solutions    and   concepts   for   a   clean   integration   within   a   rich   and   untouched natural   context.  Far   from   the   constructive   complexity   of     more   media - oriented   architecture, the various projects of  the campus  seek equilibrium  between  teaching  and living  spaces,  opting  for  a  comfort  level to  be achieved  by  natural  ventilation and protection from the elements.


The organizational  entity of the  international  competition for the  development  of  an  iconic  Super-Skyscraper  along  the, Hudson  River has  awarded  IAD  with  a  special  mention  for its proposal  packed with new sustainability and  programmatic concepts.

The 468 meter landmark tower, an urban ecosystem, combines poetry and eco-technology.

The building achieves  the realization of the challenge to create a vertical garden, a  genuine orthogonal projection of  New York´s main lung: Central Park. In all its aspects, from the ecosystem it offers to the set of activities it proposes along  12.5 km  of  internal  pathways,  this  organic  gesture gathers the different parts  of  the building into a whole, giving meaning to its height and allowing it to breathe.


Due  to  the sustained  growth  IAD has experienced  internationally,  wanted a change of climate and decided to move to new offices. IAD Spain finally found the ideal place at Miguel Yuste 12, 2nd floor, Madrid a hundred feet away from ´El País´, and  moved  in after some improvements.

The both functional and ergonomic disposition of the space allows us to work as a group and to communicate easily, in keeping with IAD´s methodology. The fact that we moved has increased our desire to build even more projects, and as a team we are working harder than ever, with new horizons and perspectives in mind.


IAD is currently developing the final stages for the Brazzaville polytechnic university campus.

This exceptional initiative is the result of a public-private educational partnership which plans to build a sustainable university complex of 160.000m2, divided among 25 buildings on a 240 Ha site along the banks of the Congo River in the Kintele suburb of Brazzaville.

The IAD production team is working at a fast-track pace, currently delivering the construction documents for the sports, residential and faculty buildings designed to house the first 2500 students expected to enroll. The architectural theme for the campus is characterized by a will to create a network of semi-open spaces, using natural ventilation and/or energy-efficient solutions in an attempt to better adapt European know-how to available local methods and traditions while maintaining a voluntarily modern global image. The development of this large-scale project is scheduled for completion by the end of the second quarter of 2013.

2013... GO FORWARD!

Taking advantage of the final delivery of the JC36 office building for CODIC Spain, IAD partners Stéphane Cottrell, Jérôme Michelangeli, Rafael Sá and the whole IAD team wishes you a happy and successful 2013.

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A Gift Idea from IAD

Just in time for `los Reyes Magos´, the Huazong University of Science & Technology Press has published `Modern Architecture into the Future´, an encyclopedic volume of the most important projects underway around the globe. IAD´s `The Frame Hotel´ is featured on the cover and within along with 2 other of our recent projects.

The projects featured in the book showcase a variety of architectural solutions from the bold and imaginative to the sensitive and composed, all of which clearly demonstrate a commitment to the resolution of the environmental, social and economic challenges faced by the planet in this decade.
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IAD / Rafael de la Hoz win competition in La Defense

RIADH, the association of IAD with Rafael de la Hoz has been announced as the winner of the competition held by Unibail Rodamco, Epadesa and the City of Nanterre for a new hotel in La Defense, Paris within the programme for the Jardins de l´Arche masterplan currently underway.

The 170 room, 4800m2 hotel will be located in the heart of Paris´ financial district, across from Christian de Potzamparc´s future Racing Metro Arena rugby stadium. The shortlisted competition entry was chosen over proposals by Rudy Riccioti and Wilmotte et Associés due to the sensitive nature in which RIADH´s proposal contemplates it´s role as an interactive hub, creating various accesses and interfaces at different levels while creating an architectural gesture with the apparently suspended screen that houses the modular room system.
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IAD shortlisted for University Campus in Mumbai

Following a preliminary international competition phase, IAD along with local partner Sanjay Puri Architects and landscape designer Sebastien Sosson Agence de Paysage have been shortlisted for the design of the National Institute of Securities Markets campus in Mumbai.

Responsible for the master planning for the 72,000m2 campus, IAD presented a modular concept entitled ´Pathway to Learning´. IAD´s approach includes a radical landscaping design, where natural features are freely utilized as an active value instead of a contemplative or passive element. Cellular modules are linked by pathways, canals and bridges, all structured around and beneath a canopy structure that allows the whole campus to open or shield itself to nature, as deemed necessary at any given moment or season.

IAD - a cultural bridge between France and Spain

Between their studio in Madrid and projects underway in Paris, IAD has naturally assumed a role of linking the architectural cultures of both countries.

The latest manifestation of this cultural bridge is an article featuring Spain´s oldest and most sought-after architecture school, Madrid´s ETSAM in issue 145 of the foremost architectural concept magazines of France, `L´Architecture d´Aujourd´hui´. IAD´s longstanding contact with ´A´A´ as well as their general will to internationalize the Spanish architectural scene led them to be contacted in order to collaborate in the coordination and production of this feature piece. The eight-page article features recent projects created within the student workshop system under the tutorship of the school´s dean Dario Gazapo.

IAD´s 1st Commission in France

After an intensive process of prospection to extend IAD´s design philosophy into Western Europe, IAD has received it´s first direct commission in France from the hand of the joint venture of CODIC / HAMMERSON for the refurbishment of a 50,000m2 Shopping, Leisure and Urban Center outside of Paris.

The project in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will entail a thorough restructuring of the mall´s internal and external structure, image and dynamics with the added challenge of extending the internal world of the shopping center into the surrounding urban area, including the nearby pedestrian zones, artificial lake and canals of the old city center following the master concept previously elaborated by Bruno Fortier (urban design) and Jean Christophe Nanni (landscaping). The proposition has been titled `Hypercenter´, referring to the essentially urban, mixed-use aspect of the commission.

IAD featured in `Madrid 100% Architecture II´

COAM (Madrid´s Architectural Association) has published the second edition in the `Madrid 100% Arquitectura´ series, a compendium of the best production of Madrid´s most important architectural firms.

This is the second year of COAM´s initiative which includes an itinerary exhibit that has already travelled to cities around the world such as Rome, Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro.

The first city on this year´s exhibit tour will be Brasilia, where the featured works will be on display in Niemeyer´s National Museum from the 6th of June.

Another first in Eco-Tech design for IAD

Promoted by CODIC, the international real estate developer based in Belgium, IAD´s newly designed project at Julian Camarillo 36 in Madrid has been the first office building in Spain to achieve a `Very Good´ or higher BREEAM International Offices certification (BRE Environmental Assessment Method).

The building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2012. IAD´s methodology for all of their projects begins with the use of 3D building optimization software even in early conceptual design stages and ends with the exhaustive revision of the origin and processes of materials used in the construction phase, thus allowing the end user to experience superior comfort and quality levels as testified by the awarding of this prestigious and exigent certification.

Eco-University On Hold

Works in-office and on-site have been indefinitely halted for IAD´s Tripoli Eco-University campus due to the current situation in Libya. We can but offer our sincerest wishes for a timely and sustainable resolution to the country´s internal conflicts.

We hope that one day works can resume on this notable infrastructure, conceived as a vehicle of progress and education while serving as a model of modern, responsible edification.

Avenue / Neo Elegance / Eco-Tech

IAD graces the pages of the Rossy de Palma Limited Edition Winter Issue of `AVENUE, a very important magazine` in a 4-page article entitled `Eco-Tech, a beautiful responsible edification` featuring the Eco-Campus in Tripoli, the Malabo International Airport Terminal and the solar rehabilitation of a well-known office tower in the centre of Madrid.


With the innocence, optimism and good faith of a child, we wish you a very happy and sweet-tempered new year ///// Con la inocencia, el optimismo y la fe de un niño, os deseamos un feliz y dulce año nuevo /////// Avec toute l`innocence, l`optimisme et la foi d`un enfant, nous vous souhaitons une douce et heureuse année /////////

NOX - Vanguardia Singular

The magazine nox, known for its exigent vanguardist filter and well-established role as an opinion maker for the Spanish thirty-somethings has published an 8-page feature article on IAD and its recognizable signature style that plays freely with notions of eco-tech architecture, responsible building and a certain idea of beauty that lies between contextual poetics and pure functionality.

Projects featured by the trend-setting style magazine include the Madrid Design Centre, the Tripoli Eco-University campus, the rehabilitation of the building at Castellana 36-38 and the already widely published The Frame Hotel in the Bawadi district of Dubai. Available now at your local newsstand.

Thank You!

More than 150 international projects of the highest calibre, 300 exhibit panels, a dozen architectural models, video content, 40 young european architects, IAD, BIG, FOA, SOM, Ferrater, Mangado, Piano, Herzog & de Meuron, Snohetta. Our first commissioning of the International Awards of the Chicago Athenaeum awards has been a resounding success thanks to the dedication of the Fundación COAM and all involved.

We hope to see you all next year when the City and the World Symposium will coincide with the Madrid Architecture Week.

JC36 - Small is Beautiful

Construction works have begun on a new type of product for a reduced marketplace, of controllable size, sober aesthetics and oriented towards sustainability and energy efficiency. Located in the formerly industrial and increasingly technological area of Ciudad Lineal in Madrid, this new office building will provide a benchmark for future projects in the whole neighborhood.

Promoted by CODIC, the international real estate developer based in Belgium, this new office building at Julian Camarillo 36 aims to provide its tenants with the advantages of a project that has been conceived from the outset to obtain a Very Good Sustainability Certificate by complying with the stringent international norms of BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method). This process directly and indirectly confers the building with a superior quality/comfort level from the general energy management scheme to details such as the inclusion of access for non-contaminating means of transportation. When IAD designed this project, they were concerned with a different kind of challenge: not of creating an architectural statement, but of achieving an extreme simplicity as one would expect in an optimized industrial object while still being able to showcase a large dose of design. This project exudes the sensation that it has not been over-designed, every line being just where it should be - a delicate equilibrium broken only by the slight inflection of the facade. After this gesture ensues a careful yet intense dialogue between raw materials: concrete, metal, glass and a single color, repetitive and obsessive that marks public spaces as a sort of passive signage for direct communication with the building´s end-users.

2010 International Architecture Award

Having won in 2009 for the Madrid Design Centre, currently in design development, IAD has again received this prestigious acknowledgement for their refurbishment of the office tower at Castellana 36-38, one of the well-known silhouettes among the exclusive urban profile of the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s main boulevard.

‘We believe that the Chicago Athenaeum valued the will to re-design this building according to current references, questions and concepts. Not just as a mere office building, but as an actor on the urban stage, active, and ecologically sensitive to his surroundings.’ comment Stephane Cottrell and Jerome Michelangeli, the french cofounders of IAD. The project proposes the recreation of an urban dialogue with it’s immediate context such as the extension of the adjacent Sculpture Garden, home to pieces by Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida with the use of a vertical garden, or with it’s proposal for the main façade to be a fan of solar panels, composed in such a manner as to provide all the energy required to run the common areas of the building. IAD and their project will be accompanied by such noteworthy architects as Steven Holl, Morphosis, SOM, Shigeru Ban and Eduardo Souto de Moura at the travelling exhibit “The City and the World”, whose inauguration will be from the 4th to the 7th of November in Madrid itself. The exhibit will then be continuing to other European capitals and selected North American cities.

IAD jury members at ´40 UNDER 40´ Awards

On the 30th of April the selection of the 40 best European architects under the age of 40 was recently organized by IAD. The proceedings were held at the official college of architects of Madrid (COAM) due to the inherent stamp of quality and the volatile mix they could provide for a jury composed of very different profiles that were unusually consistent and complementary in this task.

Christian Narkeiwicz-Laine and Kieran Conlon (European Center of Architecture), accompanied by Jose Manuel Davila (acting as representative of the COAM´s Dean Paloma Sobrini), Ignacio Vicens (Vicens & Ramos Architects), Stéphane Cottrell & Jérome Michelangeli (IAD, International Architecture Development), Ignacio Fernandez (ARUP Spain), Rafael de La-Hoz (R La-Hoz Arquitectos), Alberto Veiga (Barrozzi-Veiga Architects) all formed a compact, committed and demanding jury that chose 40 winners from among the 400 candidates in a second round punctuated with strong comments and fair comparisons.

IAD at MIPIM Future Projects Awards 2010.

THE FRAME- significant mixed use project designed for Villamoda, Dubai, recent finalist of WAN competition, was awarded a ´High Commmended´ prize by the panel of judges of MIPIM awards, selected from hundreds of entries. The 8th annual MIPIM competition named winners in eight sections, THE FRAME accompanies London´s One New Change-the winning project of Jean Nouvel in the mixed use category.

The award ceremony will be held in Cannes, France, during a special dinner on the 17th of March, throughout the MIPIM market event. The winning project entries will be presented on the display on the London Stand.

IAD designs university campus in TRIPOLI, Lybia

Libyan Governmental Agency responsible for the development funds of the country’s educational projects, has chosen BRUESA and IAD, complemented by ARUP to carry out the planning and construction of the Seventh of April University’s Zuwarah Technological Campus. The realization of this international project will be carried out in 36 months.

Cottrell & Michelangeli, the Design team leaders, have placed particular emphasis on environmental sustainability, as well as energy and water management throughout the complex. The buildings are oriented and designed for an optimised solar and thermal control, adapted to the coastal area of Zuwarah, west of Tripoli.

IAD ´40 UNDER 40´ jury members + Project publications

The European Center for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum invited IAD partners Cottrell & Michelangeli, 2008 ´40 UNDER 40´ award winners to sit on the jury panel along with Paloma Sobrini, Rafael de la Hoz, Ignacio Vicents and ARUP Spain in order to select this year´s most promising and emerging European design talents under the age of 40. The judging will be taking place next Thursday at COAM, Madrid\\\\\\\'s Architects Association.

Nine IAD projects were selected and published in the \\\\\\\'Panel Layout Competition\\\\\\\' book series. The Korean publisher Damdi has chosen 72 teams in 267 competition projects from all around the world. The projects by IAD that have been selected include competitions from Spain to the UK, from Kuwait to Qatar, from stadiums and hotels to administrative courthouses.