The Community of Madrid pays tribute to Antonio Palacios, the Metro architect, in 2024 to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth

Rodrigo presents Metro de Madrid's initiatives for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the architect Antonio Palacios
Today at Gran Vía station, Councillor Rodrigo presented the activities programmed by the underground company to mark this important date. The porticoes of the eight stations designed by the artist in 1919 will be decorated with a golden wrought iron print of this number and a commemorative plaque. The programme includes the creation of a website to disseminate his legacy and his contribution to the development of the capital.

The Community of Madrid will pay tribute in 2024 to Antonio Palacios, the Metro architect and one of the most outstanding figures in the history of Spanish building, on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

This was announced today by the Regional Minister of Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, Jorge Rodrigo, at the presentation of the activities that the Madrid underground company will be carrying out throughout the year to commemorate the event. Among them, all the stations designed by the artist in 1919 (Sol, Tribunal, Bilbao, Chamberí, Iglesia, Ríos Rosas, Cuatro Caminos and Gran Vía, where the event took place) will have a new design on the portico with the date printed in golden wrought iron, as well as a commemorative plaque being installed.

Palacios was instrumental in shaping the capital during the more than two decades that he worked for the then Compañía Metropolitana, which was the embryo of Metro de Madrid. Not only was he the creator of the first stops, but he was also the one who conceived the organisation of its accesses and the lozenge logo that identifies this means of transport so deeply rooted in the life of the people of Madrid and so crucial in the development of the region.

The programme includes the creation of the www.metromadrid.es/es/antoniopalacios website, which will be dedicated exclusively to disseminating the legacy and professional career of this architectural genius through photographs, videos and podcasts. This page also contains a map to tour some of the most emblematic buildings in the city that were thought up by this architect and a playful and interactive space that will test the public's knowledge of his work.

Likewise, on 5 January, on the occasion of Metro de Madrid's first participation in the Three Kings Parade in the capital, a nod to this artist was made on the float that paraded through the streets of Madrid and which was decorated with different elements representing this fascinating character, together with the Gran Vía pavilion and the Cuatro Caminos totem pole.

MADRID BUILDER AND METRO ARCHITECT

Antonio Palacios was born in the municipality of O Porriño (Pontevedra) on 8 January 1874 and is the author of such emblematic buildings as the Palacio de Comunicaciones, the Hospital de Maudes, current headquarters of the Regional Ministry of Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, and the Círculo de Bellas Artes. In 1917 he began working for the Compañía Metropolitana Alfonso XIII.

Although he combined this post with the execution of major projects that earned him the title of great builder of Madrid, Palacios remained the Official Metro Architect until his death on 27 October 1945. Among the most emblematic works carried out for the underground are the Gran Vía pavilion, a replica of which can be enjoyed as of 2021 in the station itself; the Tirso de Molina and Chamberí stations, the latter of which has been converted into a museum, which preserve the interior decoration designed by the urban planner; and the Nave de Motores de Pacífico, an example of his contribution to Madrid's industrial heritage.

Thanks all this artistic legacy, Palacios is considered one of the most important and influential Spanish architects of the first half of the 20th century.

Jorge Rodrigo, Regional Minister of Housing, Transport and Infrastructure

Tribute to Antonio Palacios

Rodrigo presents Metro de Madrid's initiatives for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the architect Antonio Palacios
Rodrigo presents Metro de Madrid's initiatives for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the architect Antonio Palacios