José A. Martínez Lapeña

Tarragona, 1941

An architect, street furniture designer and teacher, José Antonio Martínez Lapeña has worked extensively with Santa & Cole, whose catalogue includes many of the designs he has created with Elías Torres.

Juan Antonio Martínez Lapeña was born in Tarragona in 1941, obtained a technical title in architecture in 1962, and graduated in architecture in 1968 from the ETSAB (Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona.) That same year, he set up his architecture studio with Elías Torres. They have a vast list of projects that they have carried out together, public as well as private, The list of the projects Torres and José Antonio Martínez Lapeña have undertaken, public as well as private, is fairly vast, and many of them have been awarded with FAD architecture awards. It is the case, for instance, of the Villa Cecilia garden in Barcelona, the Móra d'Ebre hospital in Tarragona, the Villa Olímpica housing complex in Barcelona, the La Granja escalator (Toledo), the restoration of the Ronda promenade in the city walls of Palma de Mallorca, or the restoration of Gaudí's Park Güell (Barcelona). Another of their outstanding projects was the Kumamoto Annex Museum in Japan, for which they received the Belca prize in Tokyo in 1995. Among their most recent works, it is worth mentioning the project of the Fòrum esplanade and its photovoltaic power plant (Barcelona, 2004). In fact, it received the special award of the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Among Martínez Lapeña's and Tores' urban designs we may find the famous Pal·li bus stop shelters in Barcelona (ADI-FAD Delta award in 1988, with J. L. Canosa), the first element that represented a new contemporary approach to urban elements by combining it with advertising. Another of their designs is the panel assembled Plaza flower bed; the Lampelunas streetlamp (ADI-FAD Delta de Oro award, 1986), which seems like a lighted tree, one of the first Streetlamps that reflects a worry on its formal impact on the urban environment; the Rodes hanging system, that was designed for the monastery Sant Pere de Rodes in the Empordà (Girona); or the obstacles for the horse riding competitions in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

José Antonio Martínez Lapeña is also a projects professor in various Catalan architecture schools.

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