The ‘Portraits’ collection, which includes texts by Luis Fernández-Galiano on the life and work of a group of current architects, closes with Enric Miralles, who disappeared prematurely two decades ago. Illustrated with his drawings and some of his letters, this little book wants to be a tribute to the trajectory of this young master.
Disappeared at age 45, Enric Miralles nevertheless had a brilliant career, leaving behind a handful of masterpieces and a unique way of doing things, which shook Spanish architecture like an earthquake during the last decade of the 20th century. The articles gathered here begin with a chronicle of the rugged construction of the Palacio de los Deportes de Huesca that serves to present its unstable and lyrical forms, and also deals with the Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Alicante, the Círculo de Lectores in Madrid, the Gas Natural headquarters in Barcelona and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, his most controversial work with the greatest international repercussion, completed posthumously as was the Barcelona headquarters. One of the texts is dedicated to the extraordinary Igualada cemetery, where the architect rests today, and the one that closes the volume recalls Miralles's relationship with the author, rebuilt twenty years after his death with the melancholy of a premature absence.