The firm has offices in Madrid, Warsaw, Mexico City and Rotterdam.
Estudio Lamela has expertise in all areas of architectural activity: sports, transportation, offices, residential, healthcare and hotels, as well as urban planning.
Since 2001, the firm has supported the EAN (European Architects Network), a large European network of architectural firms with more than 700 professionals, which groups together some of the most important European firms, such as HOK, TCHOBAN VOSS, ARTE CHARPENTIER, ALTIPLAN Y PROGETTO CMR.
In constant search for the improvement and satisfaction of its clients, Estudio Lamela holds the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001 international certifications granted by BUREAU VERITAS.
Committed to the environment, many of the firm’s projects have certification from LEED, BREEAM, etc.
At the beginning of the 1960s, the firm began working on projects in the south of Spain and on the Balearic Islands, sparked by the growing demand for residential complexes for tourism use due to the rise of international tourism on the coast. During these years, one of the most significant buildings of the time was constructed: the Colon Towers, an office complex composed of two parallel towers in the emblematic Plaza de Colón in Madrid.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the firm diversified its work and became a leader in the development of major urban, residential and office complex projects. Carlos Lamela joined the firm in 1984.
During this period, Estudio Lamela developed some emblematic projects such as the refurbishment of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for Real Madrid Football Club. At this time, the firm began to specialize in sports projects. In the 1990s, several significant projects were awarded to the firm including the Terminal T4 at Madrid Barajas Airport – a 1,200,000 m2 project undertaken in collaboration with Richard Rogers Partnership, Initec and TPS – and the City of Communications for Telefónica, the 200,000 m2 headquarters for the company.
The twenty-first century brought important changes in the philosophy and strategy of the firm and the internationalization of its services was notably increased.
In 2000, Estudio Lamela was awarded the expansion of the Warsaw Airport, the most ambitious and important infrastructure project in Poland, in partnership with Ferrovial-Budimex. In 2002, the firm opened an office in Warsaw from where it developed the Stadium of Krakow, the Lublin Municipal Stadium, the remodeling of Terminal A (formerly T1 and T2) of the Warsaw Airport, the Metro Line 2 stations, as well as various residential projects and offices. One notable project in the Polish capital, the Pacific building –the headquarters of Nestlé Poland– has been awarded the 2016 Prize by the PLGC for the Most Sustainable Building in Poland.
Since 2006, Estudio Lamela has had an office in Mexico City. In Querétaro, the firm has built an emblematic Contact Centre for Banco Santander, a project of more than 90,000 m2 for 2,000 employees and the recipient of several awards, including the National Energy Saving Prize in 2012 awarded by the Energy Ministry. Other residential, office and transportation projects, such as the Tijuana Airport, are currently being developed.
In 2007, Estudio Lamela began developing projects in the Persian Gulf countries (G.C.C.), especially in the Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
In 2009, an international consortium was created by partnering with a large architectural studio specialising in hospitals: AIDHOS. The consortium developed the Luis Fábrega Regional Hospital of Veraguas in Panama, inaugurated in 2015.
In 2011, the firm successfully created the Master’s Degree in Professional Practice for Architects, which sought to train architects to face the demands of the profession, organize projects and undertakings, and develop the capacity to function effectively at various work scales, both at the national and international levels.
In 2012, Estudio Lamela opened an office in Qatar, thereby centralizing all projects in the Persian Gulf countries. A number of projects have been developed, notably the Lusail light rail stations in Doha and the Marina Mix 004 Tower, where work has recently begun.
Outside Spain, the Astro Tower in Brussels is also being finalized, a project developed in collaboration with our Belgian EAN partners, Altiplan.
In 2017, we were awarded the New Terminal project of Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, which is currently ongoing. For this reason, we’ve opened a new office in Rotterdam.
In Spain, Estudio Lamela has developed important projects such as the reconversion of the Business Park of Expo Zaragoza 2008, the headquarters of IMDEA Software in Madrid, office buildings such as ‘Discovery Building’ for Colonial Group, Pegaso City, and the headquarters of John Deere, the headquarters of Caja Badajoz, the Roca Madrid Gallery which is also in Madrid, the new residences of the Real Madrid first football team and the youth team, and the enlargement of the airport in Gran Canaria.
In 2020 and after eight years of work, Estudio Lamela completed the Centro Canalejas in Madrid. One of the most important interventions in Europe in recent decades, and undoubtedly one of the most ambitious works in the history of the Spanish capital. The development includes a luxury Four Seasons hotel, an exclusive retail area of 15,000 m2, 22 luxury homes, and a parking garage for 400 spaces and will transform and modernize the image of Madrid’s city center. In the same year, the office also completed another major project: the Campus and Headquarters for Airbus Defense & Space in Getafe (Madrid). This project covers more than 50,800 m2 and represents a commitment to the aeronautical sector, in which Estudio Lamela has extensive experience.
In the residential sector, the office is currently developing Málaga Towers (Málaga), the most important project currently underway on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Located in the Andalusian city, it is a housing complex distributed in three towers with a single, unified image and a shared interior housing scheme.
One of our most recent projects is in the Balearic Islands. Estudio Lamela, in collaboration with the Mallorcan office SCT, will remodel the mythical Hotel Formentor (Mallorca). Scheduled to open in 2023, this will become the second hotel of the Four Seasons chain in Spain. It will be a five-star luxury hotel with more than 100 rooms.
The Méndez Álvaro Office Complex is in a very advanced stage of design, it will be the largest project of this kind built within the M-30 (the capital’s main ring road) in Madrid. The buildable area is approximately 110,000 m2.
There are also several residential projects underway in the Chamberí district of Madrid, both in the construction phase and already completed.