The XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU), Spain’s home-grown architectural celebration, has just opened at the Palace of Charles V of the Alhambra in Granada. The biennale, showing the best of the best of Spanish architecture from the last couple of years, includes a variety of work that spans heritage, urbanism and innovation, as well as research and outreach work.
Brought together under the title ‘Alternatives/Alternatives’, the large scale exhibit – the biennial’s 13th edition – shows 89 Spanish works that have been carefully selected by an expert jury from a rich pool of some 450 architectural projects and 32 publications, exhibitions, scholarly articles and blogs. Student work in the country is also well represented through the presence of top-of-the-class thesis projects.
The offerings range in scale and scope tremendously – from small-scale interventions and single-family houses, to larger public and civic work. However, they all share a common thread: excellence in design, flying the flag for great contemporary Spanish architecture.
Seen in its impressive architectural venue and Granada's magical surroundings, the event is a collaborative effort, directed and curated by local architects Begoña Díaz-Urgorri, Juan Domingo Santos and Carmen Moreno Alvarez.
Following up on Spain’s success at the Venice Architecture Biennale, where the Spanish pavilion scooped this year’s prestigious Golden Lion award, ‘Alternatives/Alternatives’ will be on show in Granada until October. Future plans include the display travelling to New York and then further afield internationally.