The Nordic and Spain. An Architectural Journey


Andriette Ahrenkiel, Sara López Arraiza, Nacho Ruiz Allén, Jonathan Foote (co-editor)


Thomas Bo Jensen (preface); Nacho Ruiz Allén (intro); Rafael Moneo (interview); Andriette Ahrenkiel, Frans Drewniak, Nathan Romero Muelas (essays); Javier García-Solera, José Ignacio Linazasoro, Luis Martínez Santa-María (short texts). Francisco Cifuentes, Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio García Pedrosa, José Ignacio Linazasoro, Jaume Mayol, Irene Pérez, Xavier Ros, Luis Martínez Santa-María (conversations). Projects by: Linazasoro & Sánchez, Nieto Sobejano, Paredes Pedrosa, Luis Martínez Santa-María, Javier García-Solera, Tabuenca & Leache, BAAS, Harquitectes, TEd’A arquitectes, Aulets, Carles Oliver.

Collaborating institutions

Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya – ETSAB-UPM, Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid – COAM , Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Demarcació Girona – COAC, Fundación Arquia, Fundación Arquitectura COAM, Biblioteca General – Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana, Secretaría General de Agenda Urbana y Vivienda – Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana.


Aarhus School of Architecture, The Utzon Center, Dreyers Fond, Danmarks Nationalbank Jubilæumsfond, Henrik Frode Obel Foundation, Embajada de España en Dinamarca


The Architectural Publisher B

Graphic design

Gilbert Hansen


Narayana Press




Shortlisted (2023) – Premios Arquitectura 2022. Madrid, Spain


This is the story of a journey, a journey that contains multiple journeys within it. These journeys are defined by physical movements between one place and another, but also by mental, intellectual, or even emotional movements. The material contained in this book follows the path delineated by a representative group of practising architects that exemplify what decades of interpretation and re-elaboration of the stimuli coming from Nordic architecture have meant in Spain. They are: Linazasoro & Sánchez, Nieto Sobejano, Paredes Pedrosa, Javier García Solera, Luis Martínez Santa-María, Tabuenca & Leache, BAAS, Harquitectes, TEd’A arquitectes, Aulets and Carles Oliver. Their production stands out among the best of Spanish architecture over the last two decades, while maintaining a certain sense of continuity with the work of previous generations.

The merit and value we give to these architects not only apply to their projects or the most recent Spanish architecture. They signify a collective endeavour that started several decades ago, when people like Erik Gunnar Asplund, Miguel Fisac, Jørn Utzon or Rafael Moneo planted the seeds in their trips to learn from other cultures. This effort is continued today by many, embarking on a shared journey to follow the marks left by their predecessors. The book reproduces some of the most recent imprints of the path between the Nordic and Spain, observing and demarcating them very closely, without adding any unessential gesture. Instead of leaving more traces, we concentrated on deepening those already existing, quietly leaving our footsteps in the footprints.