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Lineage and Legacy. A certain Modernism in Cadaqués

Stephen Bates,


Stephen Bates

Born in 1964, Stephen Bates
graduated from the Royal College of
Art in 1989 and gained professional experience in London and Barcelona before establishing Sergison Bates architects in 1996 together with Jonathan Sergison. Over the last two decades the practice has won a number of prestigious commissions and awards – among them the Erich Schelling Prize and Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal – and established new studios in Zurich and Brussels.

Stephen has taught at the Architectural Association and been Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, ETSAB Barcelona, the...

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Fernando Villavecchia


Fernando Villavecchia

Born in Barcelona in 1951, he studied architecture at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), where he also worked as assistant editor of the influential architecture magazine ‘Arquitecturas Bis’ in the 70s and 80s. He graduated in 1987 and, together with his wife Eileen Liebman, established Liebman Villavecchia Arquitectos. The practice has focused in particular on the reuse of historic houses, both in urban and rural settings, which have been consistently selected for the FAD Awards and have earned the practice a number of architectural prizes. In 2016 an...

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| 2021

This book investigates a particular kind of architecture that thrived in the 1950s in Cadaqués, a small Spanish fishing village on the Costa Brava. It explores a number of holiday houses built between the mid-1950s and 1960s by a group of architects who shared bonds of friendship and architectural affinities, as well as connections with the international Modern movement (including José Antonio Coderch, Lluís Clotet, Federico Correa, Alfonso Milá, Oscar Tusquets, Manuel Valls). Observations on the common threads that link eight case studies are enriched by a photographic essay by David Grandorge and by detailed architectural drawings on a number of significant projects of the time. An interview with the authors Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates architects, London) and Fernando Villavecchia (Liebman Villavecchia Arquitectos, Barcelona) provides a background to their shared fascination with Cadaqués. A timeline contextualises the projects against the backdrop of historical events and the milestone in the lives of the clients and architects who made the village a unique locus in the history of architecture.


ISBN 978-3-03761-237-8
Stephen Bates, Fernando Villavecchia – 2021
Spanish/ English
Hardcover, thread-stitched, 26 cm x 20 cm / 10.24″ x 7.87″
175 pp
385 images, 118 sketches and plans

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