Creating Buildings for a Changing World
TEXT: EDDI FIEGEL | PHOTO © CRISTINA BELTRÁN ARQUITECTOS
“The world around us is changing,” says acclaimed architect Cristina Beltrán, “and so it’s more important than ever that the buildings we create not only meet the needs of our clients, but are also designed for today’s world.”
Since forming the Cristina Beltrán Arquitectos architectural studio in Madrid in 2015, Beltrán has worked with a wide range of both private and corporate clients in Spain, France and Canada on projects from family homes to offices, hotels, shops and restaurants and industrial and retail units.
These include homes in Madrid’s smartest and hippest neighbourhoods, such as the leafy, affluent Salamanca, as well as more than 300 apartments and villas across Spain.
Residential properties are one of the studio’s specialities and one area of particular expertise is in readapting buildings for change of use, whether it is from commercial to residential or vice versa.
“There are two reasons for this,” explains Beltrán. “The first is that holidaymakers are often looking for something different when it comes to holiday homes and villas; the second is the rapidly rising cost of residential property.”
The studio also has extensive commercial experience including a hotel near the Retiro Park, a restaurant in the Tetuán neighbourhood and a sports retail unit near Madrid’s famous Bernabeu football stadium. Not to mention grand scale corporate projects such as the major overhaul of the Novosur building, also in the Spanish capital.
Beltrán and her team of planners, engineers, interiors and landscape designers work closely with their clients to make the entire process as smooth as possible from start to finish.
“We bring our clients our professional expertise, using the latest technology and developments,” says Beltrán, “but we also bring them our enthusiasm, passion and dedication.”
“Whatever the project, our goal is to bring our clients the best quality, to improve our environment and to enrich people’s quality of life.”