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HERNANDO, Jaume. Jose Antonio Coderch and His Unexplored Work: The Diagonal Beethoven Building in Barcelona. An. Investig. Arquit. [online]. 2023, vol.13, n.1, e204.  Epub June 01, 2023. ISSN 2301-1505.

This article, presents, analyses and discusses the Diagonal Beethoven Building, an unexplored work by one of Spain’s leading 20th-century architects, Jose Antonio Coderch. Its significant size, location, the period in which it was built and its use, as offices, which, although uncommon in his work, does not make it any the less important, are all good cause for bringing greater visibility to this project. Such a contribution to our knowledge concerning the works of this architect in his later years is of potential interest for researchers, professionals, and public bodies. The building displays elements that are characteristic of the architect, in large part rooted in the tradition that forged his highly distinguished style. From the search for light and user-focused solutions for curves, windows, courtyards, and corners to the smallest of interior details, which highlight his skill in the resolution of construction joints and his handling of materials, Coderch applied his architectural style in single-family homes, multi-family homes and office blocks. This article helps to expand our understanding of his work and its evolution, providing a common thread, because of their shared period, use and geographical proximity, that includes some of his emblematic projects, the Trade Buildings or the La Caixa Towers, broadening our knowledge of his legacy and the era in which he lived.

Keywords : Commercial Architecture; Coderch; Spanish Architecture. 20th century; user-focused solutions; architectural design.

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