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 and suspended 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 coinciding with the expansion of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in which he actively collaborated.
At the end of the 1980s, Estudio Lamela developed some emblematic projects such as the forementioned expansion of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for Real Madrid Football Club. At the end of the 1990s, the studio won the competition to design Terminal T4 at Madrid Barajas Airport in collaboration with RHSP, Initec, and TPS, whose construction was completed in 2006.
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 – was awarded the Prize by PLGC for the Most Sustainable Building in Poland in 2016.
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 expansion of 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 specializing 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 finalization of the Astro Tower in Brussels is also noteworthy, a project developed in collaboration with our Belgian EAN partners, Altiplan.
In 2017, the studio was awarded the New Terminal project of Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, which is currently in the project phase. For this reason, Estudio Lamela 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 showroom 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, among others.
Recently, in 2020, 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, which has transformed and modernized 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).
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. This project is in the construction phase.
One of the 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.
Also in Mallorca, in collaboration with HKS, the studio is renovating the Punta Negra Hotel in Calviá, property of Blasson Property Investments, which will be operated by the Mandarin Oriental chain. The project, which is foreseen to be completed in the second half of 2024, includes the construction of new buildings in the northern part of the plot, as well as the rehabilitation and reformation of the existing protected buildings. Both interventions are in the construction phase.
The Méndez Álvaro Office Complex is also in the construction phase, the biggest project of its kind built in Madrid within the M-30, the capital’s main ring road. It integrates residential, office, retail, and green areas.
The rehabilitation of the Generali headquarters on Calle Orense in Madrid, and the rehabilitation of an office building on Calle Amador de los Ríos in Madrid, in which the glass façade and stone slats stand out, are also in the construction phase.
Among completed residential projects in the Chamberí neighborhood in Madrid, the houses on Espronceda, Bretón de los Herreros, and Modesto Lafuente streets stand out. Other office buildings that are practically finished are those located on Vía de los Poblados and Josefa Valcárcel street in Madrid.