EAHAD 2018 Welcome Reception
EAHAD 2018 invites you to join the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, 7 February 2018
at the conference venue.
It will take place in the Networking / Poster area from 19:30 – 20:30
Attendance to this event is included in the registration fee but needs to be reserved upon registration.
EAHAD 2018 Networking Evening
Please join us at the EAHAD 2018 Networking Evening for a cocktail dinner with entertainment at the Glass Gallery of the Palacio de Cibeles
This networking will take place on Thursday 8 February 2018
from 20:00 – 00:00
The cost of participation is € 50
which can be paid through your online registration account.
This former communications palace is a colossal building and one of the city’s landmarks. Designed and built by Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi as the headquarters of the Spanish Post Office and Telegraph Company, it was inaugurated in 1909 and since 2007 it has housed the offices of the Madrid City Council.
The building combines features drawn from a variety of sources, including: Gothic Revival architecture, especially the work of Viollet-le-Duc; the original approach to structure and materials of architects and engineers like Gustave Eiffel and Otto Wagner, and Antonio Palacios’ passion for Spanish regional styles, in particular Late Gothic architecture and the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón.
The design for the Post Office building was based on rational and functional criteria. A large courtyard led to the general postal, telegraph and telephone services on the ground floor, which needed to be accessible to the public. These could also be reached via the many additional entrances around the exterior of the building. The upper floors were reserved for administrative staff, management, the sorting room and a telegraph office with direct access to the aerial on the roof of the building, which was 70 metres high, including the central tower. The building was designed as a “total work of art” in which the smallest details, from the lights and the ventilation system to the desks in the operations room, formed a unified artistic whole serving the building’s primary function as the central post office.
The huge vaulted courtyard in the Cibeles Palace, where the networking takes place, hosts a variety of public and private events. In the summer, it even screens movies. Previously, it was part of the Buen Retiro Palace and then it was converted to a recreational garden as well. In the twentieth century, with the annexation to the Communications Palace, it became an essential element of the new City Hall and a pedestrian street open to the public during the daytime.
The 2,400m2 gallery boasts a magnificent glass-domed roof made of more than 2,000 triangle-shaped pieces forming a mesh structure. Since it is intended to be a place where visitors feel at home, it has underfloor heating and air conditioning.
The Glass Gallery has played host to a number of very different events, including as the Pop UP Film season and the Swing Night which saw the place transformed into an original dance floor.