Roser Amadó i Cercós (22 January 1944 – 12 September 2023) was a Spanish architect known for her transformative contributions to both public and private spaces. With a portfolio spanning residential buildings, commercial structures, and public areas, Amadó i Cercós left an indelible mark on Spanish architecture.
Early Life and Education
Born in 1944, Amadó i Cercós pursued her passion for architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona. She had the privilege of studying under Lluís Domènech i Girbau, a renowned figure in the field.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Archive of the Crown of Aragon
One of her notable early projects was the conversion of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies from 1986 to 1990. She was also responsible for designing the new headquarters for the Archive of the Crown of Aragon between 1990 and 1993.
Revitalizing Lleida’s Historic Center
Between 1981 and 1984, Amadó i Cercós took on the role of project manager for the renovation of the historic center of Lleida. The project encompassed various key elements, such as the Palace of Justice, the elevator Canyeret, the Cervantes School, and Marius Torres Park.
Contributions to the 1992 Olympic Games
The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona provided Amadó i Cercós an opportunity to showcase her skills on a global stage. She designed the La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou and the Eurocity 1 office building during 1989-1992.
Other Notable Works
Amadó i Cercós’s portfolio is rich and diverse, featuring a range of structures:
- Street Rec Comtal 20, Barcelona (Residential Building, 1982–1985)
- Headquarters of Air Products SA (1990–1994)
- Storage Vessel Honda in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda (1992–1993)
- Block of 240 homes in the Machinist (1999–2000)
- Chic & Basic Hotel in Amsterdam (2006–2007)
- House Traffic Lights and the Police Headquarters in El Prat de Llobregat (2006–2009)
- Nuria Espert Theatre in Sant Andreu de la Barca (2004–2010)
Founding B01 Arquitectes
In 2001, Amadó i Cercós co-founded the architectural firm B01 Arquitectes. She was joined by a team of skilled architects, including Lluís Domènech, Ramon Domènech, Carles Cortadas, Sander Laudy, and Laura Pérez.
Roser Amadó i Cercós was not just an architect; she was a visionary who transformed spaces to elevate both form and function. Her work has been integral in shaping modern Spanish architecture, from public spaces to private structures.
The architectural landscape of Spain has been profoundly influenced by the work of Roser Amadó i Cercós. Her ability to blend aesthetics with utility made her one of Spain’s most respected architects. Although she passed away on September 12, 2023, her legacy continues to inspire and will live on in the buildings and spaces she so skillfully designed.