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March 22, 2013 5:49:00 AM GMT

Audemars Piguet's new Iberian headquarters located in an emblematic building in Madrid designed by Antonio Palacios: the 3 Marqués de Villamejor

Audemars Piguet has recently transferred its Madrid headquarters to number 3 Marqués de Villamejor Street. This building, one of the most emblematic in the Spanish capital, is the work of architect Antonio Palacios Ramilo, who also designed the Palace of Communication in Plaza de Cibeles, now Madrid City Hall.

  • Audemars Piguet Lounge
  • Audemars Piguet Lounge
  • Audemars Piguet Lounge

This stately building was constructed in 1908 at the request of Tomás Rodríguez, a businessman from León, who created the dairy Mantequerías Rodríguez (his descendants still live in the area). Today, the building is a protected artistic and historic monument.  

It is a fine reminder of the extensive use Antonio Palacios made of plants and ornamentation. The facade and the interiors are a combination of floral and geometric decors that evoke the influence of the Vienna Secession. A work of the known Spanish architect that most closely relates to modernism. 

Palacios was very meticulous in his architectural style; he was very fond of details like door handles and aesthetics which still testify today to his genius. In this building, he paid such attention to finishes that even the pipes are decorated.

A small street in the Salamanca district, the Calle Marqués de Villamejor has three buildings designed by Antonio Palacios. One was in fact the residence of the philosopher Ortega y Gasset.

The renowned architect Tarruel, himself a neighbour of this building and in charge of renovating it in depth, explains: "This renovation required almost surgical interventions, with an accuracy worthy of a watchmaker." Words that seem almost prophetic when you realise that Audemars Piguet has decided to set up its Iberian headquarters on the first floor of this building.

The decoration of the new Audemars Piguet offices has been entrusted to the firm CGR Arquitectos, which has found a way to instil the brand's values into its own style. Oak woodwork, green plants and textiles that evoke the colours of Audemars Piguet’s origins, the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland. 

The new offices offer the opportunity to all friends of the brand to discover the newest collections in a private and friendly environment. Client after sale service also located in the same building.