Tessellations in the Architecture of Pablo Palazuelo

  • Gonzalo Sotelo CalvilloEmail author


After studying the unpublished sketches of the Spanish artist Pablo Palazuelo, this essay proposes the existence of geometric patterns that order his designs. To illustrate the proposal, this paper selects three representative projects by Palazuelo that attempt to demonstrate the presence of a working process related to a mathematical substrate. Specifically, the use of an irregular tiling is proposed for the creation of the following architectural elements: the scenery for a composition by Kandinsky (1950–1954), and the plan for a hotel on Princesa Street, Madrid, (1961). This study also examines the use of regular tessellations in the design of the ceilings of the Huarte Residence in Madrid, (1965). The treatises by Bourgoin and Ghyka have been selected from the library of Palazuelo as the primary theoretical bases of this study. This methodology constitutes a line of further research to analyze different architectural projects.


Pablo Palazuelo Design analysis Geometric analysis Harmonic proportions Geometric patterns Tessellations 



I would like to acknowledge the Fundación Pablo Palazuelo (FPP) (, for allowing me to undertake this research work and to reproduce the documents that illustrate the present writing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ideación GráficaUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSAMMadridSpain

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