The Valladolid College of Architects (COAVA) has given the DOCOMOMO plaque to the building of Sonae Arauco’s industrial unit in Valladolid, previously known as Tafisa, as a recognition for its patrimonial value.

The Fundación para la Documentación y Conservación de la Arquitectura y el Urbanismo del Movimiento Moderno (DOCOMOMO) – which is dedicated to the study of modern architecture in the twentieth century – was the entity chosen to place the DOCOMOMO plaque on Sonae Arauco’s building. As a result of this distinction, the building now belongs to the heritage of the Modern Movement.

The placing of the plaque on the building, which was designed in the 1960’s by the architects Antonio Vallejo and Santiago de la Fuente, was done by Manuel Saraiva, Councilor of the Valladolid Urban Planning, and Manuel Vecino, President of COAVA.

A small ceremony was held and was attended by Alberto Castrillo and Domingo Rodríguez, amongst other employees of Sonae Arauco. Andrea Criado del Rey, from the Governing Board of the Official College of Architects from Castilla y León Este (COACYLE), Darío Álvarez, from the Higher School of Architecture from Valladolid (ETSAVA), Daniel Villalobos and Sara Pérez, from the DOCOMOMO Iberian Foundation, and José María Jové, the architect in charge of investigating the history of the building.

Alberto Castrillo, Plant Manager at Sonae Arauco’s Valladolid industrial unit, said that “it gives me a great pleasure to see our Valladolid building recognized as one of the best industrial spaces in this region. The fact that we were able to maintain its original concept and good conditions was essential in order to receive this award which, in a way, reinforces the importance of our brand in this region.”

The building, according to Valladolid College of Architects
Sonae Arauco’s building is thus officially identified as a prime example of Valladolid’s industrial architecture. The elements that make up the structure are framed into the modern influence of its authors and the lines of the most innovative European buildings of the time.

Despite the expansions, transformations and modernizations under which the building has gone throughout the years, it retains its original character.

The industrial complex, located on the right bank of the Castilla Canal, includes several buildings for the production rooms, although the offices built with large concrete beams are more prominent.

Some of the elements that make up the building, such as the continuous windows and the flat ceilings, confirm the preferences of Vallejo and De la Fuente for the paradigms of modern renovation. Similarly, the European influence is evident on the brutalist character of the whole structure, on the modern gargoyles and on the concrete brick façades.

Older picture of Sonae Arauco’s building in Valladolid