José Seguí, Architect

By Lola Gómez
INTERVIEW WITH THE GREAT ARCHITECT FROM MALAGA WHO HAS OBTAINED THE HIGHEST AWARDS AND HONOURS DURING HIS CAREER AND WHO IS CURRENTLY IN CHARGE OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROJECTS PLANNED FOR MALAGA
Trained at the Madrid School of Advanced Architecture, in 1975 he founded and directed the SEGUI STUDIO with its main offices in Malaga and Madrid and delegations in South America.
 
 
Jose Segui has been chosen for projects such as the refurbishment of the Miramar Palace, and its conversion into a hotel, the extension of Marbella’s La Bajadilla Port, the integration of the Guadalmedina into the city landscape and others. He has also been behind Malaga’s City of Justice, the Bus Station, La Rosaleda Football Stadium, etc. His most recent project is the skyscraper hotel in Malaga Port.
Mr Segui, before anything, I would like to congratulate you on your trajectory.
You have said that you felt you were returning a piece of history to Malaga with the refurbishment of the Gran Hotel Miramar.
I have always said that the Miramar Hotel is more than just a hotel. It is a magnificent historical building from the early20th century created by architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan, which after a long journey has returned to its original use as a hotel. The Junta de Andalucia put the project out for public tender and awarded it to chain Hoteles Santos. The aim was to return it to its former architectural quality and make it once again into the city hotel that witnessed all the major events of the 20th century and which can now become the best hotel reference for the city and the Costa del Sol.
How do you see Malaga’s current tourism development?
Malaga city is currently undergoing a major development of its urban and tourism scene. The offer of museums which the city now has with the Picasso, Thyssen and Russian museums... and the upcoming opening of the Customs Museum with paintings from the Prado Museum, which give the city a special cultural attraction. On top of that we have the renovation of Malaga Port with its current commercial and leisure offer, which is also boosting cruise ship tourism in Malaga, and new, top quality railway infrastructures (the AVE high speed train), as well as the improved airport and roads, which have made the city into a main point of reference for national and international tourism, giving it back its status as the centre of the Costa del Sol territory.
 
 

 
HOTEL MALAGA PORT 5* GRAND LUXURY (MALAGA PORT SKYSCRAPER)
The project for the Hotel Suites Malaga Port awarded in Public Tender, convened by Malaga’s Port Authority, which is 135 metres tall and has 35 floors, with a commercial area, casino, auditoriums and 350 rooms. (2020)
 
You have been called the ‘hotel architect’, the ‘city doctor’ and the ‘carpenter architect, how do you see yourself?
These are expressions which coincide with the different professional activities I have carried out. I started in the profession carrying out designs for furniture and household objects, later there was a phase for architecture and city territorial planning, and now we are developing several proposals for hotels. Carrying out such diverse projects and phases is precisely what has defined me in my work as an architect.
What stage is the project for Marbella Port at?
Marbella Town Council is currently overseeing the launch process, due to the huge importance which the port will have on the development of Marbella city. Remember that it is the most important project for a Mediterranean Tourism Port, and I am sure that it will be an important boost for tourism, not only for Marbella, but for the whole of the Costa del Sol.
Which projects do you recollect most fondly?
All projects are fondly remembered because they are part of a certain professional moment, and they respond to the need to solve problems at different urban or territorial levels. I had the opportunity to study the Alhambra or to come up with the urban planning of cities such as Malaga, Cordoba. Granada...
I have carried out projects which I was lucky enough to be awarded in Public Tender, such as Malaga’s City of Justice, and other similar phases, are all professional challenges which I have carried out with love and excitement, although for me the latest project is always the most exciting.
What is the key to making your projects into winning proposal?
I would say that perseverance in the ongoing search for innovation. And I say that because we mustn’t forget that to win some awards we have to lose often, from which we learn for the next time, and that innovation is almost always the most important aspect to have a change at winning.
 
 
MALAGA CITY OF JUSTICE
The Segui Studio presented the winning project for the National Contest convened by the Junta de Andalucia Council for Economy and Taxes General Directorship for Heritage to carry out the Central Headquarters for Malaga’s Courts, the Provincial Court, the Civil Registry office and the Institute of Legal Medicine, in collaboration with J. Frechilla and J.M. Lopez Pelaez (2007).