Our design publications include introductions by Rafa Nadal, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Ferran Mascarell, Jordi Hereu and Santi Santamaria
Luis Alonso and Sergio Balaguer
Established in 1978 by Luis Alonso and Sergio Balaguer, we are headquartered in Barcelona and we have expanded internationally.
Our strong team specializes in Building Design, Urban Planning, Interior Design, Industrial Design and Graphic Design.
It is precisely this internationality which underlines and defines our present standing with more than 700 projects and completed commissions illustrating the geographically diverse extent of our accomplishments (Spain, USA, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, China, Poland, Qatar, etc.). Projects which include skyscrapers (second tallest in South America), sports centers (more than 60), hotels (including 'boutique hotels'), residential (over 10,000 units), master planning (Olympic Village for Rio'16), offices (headquarters for companies such as Seat-Volkswagen and Iberdrola), etc.
Our most representative projects include our own headquarters 'Espai Baronda' in Barcelona - an old factory reconverted into multi-functional space that won the 'Contract World Project Award' in Hannover as best office building; the former Las Arenas - a reconversion of a historical bull fighting ring into a recreational and shopping center, exhibited in Venice Biennale; and the Protos Winery in Ribera del Duero, Spain - awarded with Sterling Prize in UK.
Ignacio Alonso's professional career began in London at the Richard Rogers office. There he participated in the design of the Silvercup Studios in Queens (New York), Las Arenas renovation (Barcelona, Spain), Hotel Hesperia Tower (Barcelona, Spain), Almada-Lisbon master plan (Lisbon, Portugal), Seoul Yoido master plan (Seoul, South Korea) and several other master plan competitions for the Chinese Government.
In 2005 - and as part of Alonso Balaguer's design team - he participated on the design and construction of the headquarters for Spanish car manufacturer SEAT (VW Group), completed in 2007; and the 'Plan Repsol' in the City of Málaga - a master plan that includes city's tallest building and city's largest recreational park, currently all under development.
In 2007 Ignacio was awarded with the first prize for Iberdrola's Corporate Campus (LEED Gold project): a master plan consisting in a 500,000 square feet gross floor area distributed in 7 buildings that share a 350,000 square feet canopy structure above it to provide shade and renewable energy systems - all completed in 2019.
In 2011 Ignacio became President of Alonso Balaguer Designs - an office based in New York City - to lead the design and construction of AIRE Ancient Baths in TriBeCa, a project awarded in Spain as best interior design of the year by 'NAN Construcción y Arquitectura' and awarded by 'Condé Nast Traveler' as best SPA in the world. Since then Ignacio has become responsible of multiple residential projects and new water spa facilities - all in New York City area and US territory.
Ignacio's drawings has been exhibited in the Pompidou Center and the London Museum of Design as part of the Richard Rogers exhibition 'Richard Rogers + Architects' and published on Richard Rogers book 'Architecture of the future' and Alonso Balaguer's book 'Arquitectura en tránsito' and 'Arquitectura sin jet-lag'.
Ignacio is currently involved in the celebrations of Architect Josep Lluis Sert's 50th anniversary of the Roosevelt Island project alongside with the Farragut Fund.
Awards and mentions
2ond. prize Contract World 2011 Award for world's best office building for Espai Baronda ,Barcelona
European RIBA Award 2009(Royal Institute of British Architects) for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Finalist at European Mies Van Der Rohe Awards, Contemporary Architecture Category, for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Prize for Protos Winery, in Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; awarded by "The Chicago Athenaeum: The international architecture award for 2009”, in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Civic Trust Award 2012 for "Las Arenas" Bullring Barcelona, for commercial and leisure centre, in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners.
Éxito Empresarial en Cataluña (Management Success in Catalonia) Prize for the Best Urban Project for Las Arenas Commercial and Leisure Centre, awarded by the magazine Actualidad Económica
Bonaplata 2010 Rehabilitation Award. College of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia award to 'Espai Baronda' for renovation of historical factory and its functional and landscape integration"
Civic Trust Award 2010 for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain
Conde Nast Traveller ID&D Award 2010, Gourmet Category, for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Finalists RICS Award 2009, sustainability category, awarded by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, United Kingdom, with the Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
First prize by 'NAN construcción' as 2014 best interior design in Spain for AIRE Ancient Baths New York
Finalist in the 2008 Awards by the magazine Great Hotel, Architecture Award category, for Hotel Hesperia Tower, Barcelona; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners.
Quatrium Award 2008 for most innovative office building 'Viladecans Business Park'
First Prize APCE 2007 forBuilding of Council Housing, for 49 dwellings in building CIBA in Santa Coloma, Barcelona
Work selected as finalist for LEAF Awards 2005 (Leading European Architects Forum) for Wellness Centre project O2 and CIMA, Barcelona
Work selected finalist for LEAF Awards 2005 (Leading European Architects Forum) for the housing project "Illa del Cel" in Diagonal Mar, Barcelona
Hotel Hesperia Tower, L' Hospitalet de Llobregat. Nomination for WALLPAPER magazine awards
Structura Engineering Award 2009, awarded by Istructe, for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
World Architectural Festival Production, Energy and Recycling, 2009, for Protos winery in Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Quatrium First Prize for most innovative architecture for "Espai Baronda", Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
First Prize Salón Rehabitec 1992 for historical housing renovation in Calle Padua, Barcelona. Year's best renovation project in Catalonia
Finalists RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards Stirling prize 2009 for Protos winery, Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain; in Association with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour & Partners
Competitions first award
Olympic Village Rio Janeiro 2016, Brazil. In association with Joao Pedro Backheuser. Build
Campus Formación Iberdrola, San Agustín Guadalix, Madrid. Build
SEAT presidential building, Martorell, Barcelona. Build
Caribe Resort Port Aventura, Salou, Tarragona. Build
Sunborn cruise ship hotel, Malaysia. Build
Carlos Arguiñano winery, Guipuzkoa, Spain. Build
CEFER institute of assisted reproduction, Barcelona
Loma Colmenar social housing, Ceuta, Spain
240 dwellings housing block, Barcelona. In association with Carlos Ferrater. Build
High rise complex in Plaça Europa, Hospitalet Llobregat, Barcelona. Build
Secondary School building San Salvador in Tarragona. Build
Praia do Forte Master plan for 240 residential dwellings, Brazil
O2 wellness center, Girona. Build
Las Arenas Barcelona in collaboration with Rogers, Stirck and Harbour
Hesperia Tower Barcelona in collaboration with Rogers, Stirck and Harbour
Protos winery Ribera del Duero in collaboration with Rogers, Stirck and Harbour
Diagonal Mar Illa del Cel Barcelona in collaboration with Carlos Ferrater
Olympic Village Rio'16 in collaboration with Joao Pedro Brackheuser and Ignasi Riera
La Vanguardia - La huella de J. Ll. Sert en Roosvelt Island (06/30/2019)
8 al día amb Josep Cuní (01/27/2015) http://www.8tv.cat/8aldia/videos/un-arquitecte-catala-triomfa-a-nova-york/
Sky rise cities World's first crowdfunded skyscraper: http://skyrisecities.com/news/2016/04/new-images-show-construction-worlds-first-crowdfunded-skyscraper
New York Times - Barcelona, six stories of glass (04/20/2010) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/greathomesanddestinations/21gh-barcelona.html?_r=0
Architizer 'Timber is the new concrete': http://architizer.com/blog/nice-curves-sinuous-laminated-wood-framework/
Alonso Balaguer main group: http://alonsobalaguer.com