THE PROLIFIC TRAJECTORY OF A VISIONARY REVEALED AT THE ALT EMPORDÀ DELEGATION OF THE COAC
The exhibition presented a
selection of projects by the architect, engineer and entrepreneur Josep Maria
Bosch Aymerich, from the documentary collection that the Fundació Privada Bosch
Aymerich, which manages his legacy, has conceded to the COAC Historical Archive
On 20 February
2019, the Alt Empordà Delegation of the College of Architects of Catalonia
(COAC) in Figueres hosted the inauguration of the exhibition “Col·leccions COAC / Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich”. The exhibition specifically included the “leisure
and tourism” section, which used models, plans, drawings and photographs
to present the projects of the Hotel Cap Sa Sal in Begur (1955-1963) , the
unrealised project of the Flotel (floating hotel) (1978), the Chalet for Mr.
Bloch, and the Masella. Pirineu de Girona ski resort (1965-1967).
The event was
attended by Mr. Roger Subirà, architect and curator of the
exhibition, who reviewed Bosch Aymerich's professional career as an architect,
engineer and entrepreneur.
“Col·leccions COAC / Josep
Maria Bosch Aymerich”
The exhibition, which opened on 8
November 2018 at the COAC exhibition hall in Barcelona, presented the figure
and work of Bosch Aymerich within the set of 20th century architecture in our
country. And it did so through four large sections: “large clients”, “corporate
landscapes”, “leisure and tourism” and “social services”. The display was
produced from a collection of models, plans, drawings and photographs selected
from documents that the Bosch Aymerich Private Foundation ceded to the COAC
The centre in Figueres displayed
the section of leisure and tourism, which focuses on the central years of the
work of Bosch Aymerich that coincide with the great explosion of the tourist
industry in Spain.
These projects present a greater
stylistic diversity and formal freedom. Projects full of optimism that include
peculiarities and curiosities such as a large floating tourist complex with
architecture clearly influenced by the utopian architectures of the Archigrams
of the sixties.
Large tourist complexes were also
revealed with interesting architectural complexes of organic growth and spatial
deployment, especially on the Andalusian Costa del Sol, typical of the sixties
and seventies, mixed with elements of Mediterranean vernacular architectures.
This space highlighted works such
- Hotel Cap Sa Sal,
The topographic and massive nature
of this architecture, in which Rubió i Tudurí worked as a landscaper and Josep
Guinovart as a muralist, shows one of the clearest examples of the early
tourist development in our country.
- Masella, Pirineu de Girona, ski
Many of his family homes are second
homes and some of the most successful examples of his architecture, to such an
extent that some were included in the Docomomo Ibérico catalogue of modern
AN EXCEPTIONAL FIGURE IN THE ARCHITECTURAL
PANORAMA OF THE 20TH CENTURY IN CATALONIA
Josep Maria Bosch Aymerich
(1917-2015) was a brilliant student. He combined his studies in engineering and
architecture - completed in record time - with his directorship of the Humet
school for student reinforcement.
His achievements as a student
allowed him to be a delegate for the National Institute of Industry in the
United States, where he completed his training at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and met the main figures of the modern movement.
In 1947, he
returned to Barcelona as the technical director of the Zona Franca, where he
played a key role in establishing the SEAT factory.
In 1953, he
joined Frederic H. Harris - the American engineering giant responsible for oil
installations in the Persian Gulf - and created Harris Bosch Aymerich SA, with
whom he undertook works such as the motorway network of the Basque Country,
the dock of the Port of Barcelona and the American bases.
He also founded companies and
institutions such as the North American Study Institute and Banco Madrid.
difficulties in achieving large commissions in Catalonia, he left notable
buildings such as the Hotel Cap Sa Sal in Begur, the housing complex
for Seat workers on the Paseo de la Zona Franca, the North American
Study Institute on Via Augusta, the L'Aliança clinic and the head
offices of the Hoechst chemical company on Travessera de Gràcia, all four
in Barcelona. Moreover, some of the key projects of his career, such as a skyscraper
in Plaça Catalunya, never saw the light due to the opposition of the
As a developer,
he pioneered the importation into Spain of the American model of extensive
residential suburbs in sectors such as La Moraleja. He was also a key figure in
the tourist development of the Spanish coast, especially southern Spain and the
Catalan Pyrenees, where he founded the Masella ski resort. Until his
death, his table was full of great projects, such as those of districts
developed by him in Madrid, Manchester and London.