Laboratory. Source: produced by the author, Jorge Magaz.


An urban setting for Franco’s court: the settlements of the Bárcena reservoir

Author: Jorge Magaz Molina

The city of Ponferrada (Leon, Spain) was the focal point during the Franco Autarky (1939-1959) for major public works, which given their accessibility along the summer route followed by Franco, received frequent official visits.

Anticipating the need to accommodate these dignitaries, during the design of the workers’ settlements for the construction of the Bárcena Reservoir, the design engineer included plans for a residence for ministerial figures, offering a new reading of this mannerist setting, representing one of the first examples of worker accommodation with a paternalistic-totalitarian air in the district of El Bierzo.

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The presentation made at the International Congress on Worker Settlements and Factory Towns held in October 2018 may be found here