Alejandro de la Sota

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The exterior of the Maravillas College Gymnasium
The interior of the Maravillas College Gymnasium
Pavillón Municipal dos Deportes de Pontevedra.

Alejandro de la Sota Martínez (October 20, 1913 - 14 February 1996) was a Spanish architect. He was born in Pontevedra in Galicia. He graduated from the university in Madrid in 1941 and, from 1956 to 1972 he was a professor there.

After graduation, Sota continued to live in Madrid, although he maintained links with his native Galicia. He was a promoter of the industrialisation of construction in the 1960s. His Maravillas gymnasium of 1961 was the first steel-framed building in Madrid. Dora's buildings combine geometric rigor with constructive sincerity and a structural boldness of form that still surprises today.

Sota received the National Prize of Architecture and the Gold Medal of the Council of Architects.


  • Gobierno Civil (Tarragona) (1956-1963)
  • Talleres Aeronáuticos TABSA (Madrid) (1957-1958)
  • Maravillas College Gynamsium (Madrid) (1961)
  • Block of Houses (Salamanca) (1963)
  • Colegio Mayor César Carlos (Madrid) (1967)
  • Residencia de Verano Infantil (Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid) (1957-1959)
  • Central Lechera CLESA (Madrid) (1963)
  • Viviendas en calle del Prior (Salamanca) (1962-1963)
  • Edificio Industrial CENIM (Madrid) (1965-1967)
  • Pavillón Municipal dos Deportes de Pontevedra (1966)
  • Colegio Residencia Caja de Ahorros Provincial (Ourense) (1966-1967)
  • Classrooms and Seminaries of the University (Sevilla) (1972)
  • Computer center of the Post Office (Madrid) (1973-1976)
  • Banco Pastor (Pontevedra) (1974)
  • Post Office and Telecommunications Building (León) (1980-1983)
  • Edificio Caja Postal de Ahorros (Madrid) (1986-1989)
  • University Library (Santiago de Compostela) (1990)
  • Court buildings (Zaragoza) (1991-1993)
  • Rediseño y Rehabilitación del Edificio del Cabildo Insular (Las Palmas) (1994)