Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

Sergio Sebastián’s BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid – All photos by Irene Ruiz Bazán – courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

ChristmasSergio Sebastián has planted the BaumHaus lighting tree on the Cardenal Cisneros Square in Madrid. The installation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the iconic BauHaus architecture and design movement founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

We wanted to honor one of our most important referents about contemporary artistic culture.” Explains Sergio Sebastián, founder of  Sebastián Arquitectos. “Feininger or Larionov’s expressionists drawing lines and Gropius’ texts arrive to Moncloa district as a tree made of crystal and metal geometry. That is why we have named it Baum – the German word for tree – and Haus.

 

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

Located by one of the main gates of Madrid, BaumHaus interacts in a new way with the flowing traffic lightscape of  La Coruña, one of the Spanish capital’s main highways constantly crossed by lots of vehicles that appear and emerge from the city in a very quick way.

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

Our response should have the enormous strength of an unprecedented thing, of an icon, of an image with the necessary power to emerge as a reference in this place and also should work by day and night.” Adds Sebastián.

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

Building BaumHaus proved to be quite challenging for both the manufacturers and installers: 24 metres high, eight freight trucks, and five days of intense work in situ that convert it “in one of the more sophisticated installations ever made in this city”.

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

Based in Zaragoza, Sebastián Arquitectos is a multi-awarded studio working on different scales and objectives from landscape to lighting and industrial design, from urbanism to to graphic design and museography. BaumHaus is the ultimate Christmas tree and lighting installation in Madrid.

Sergio Sebastián's BaumHaus Christmas tree in Madrid - Photo by Irene Ruiz Bazán - courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos.

All photos by Irene Ruiz Bazán – courtesy of Sebastián Arquitectos

Walter Gropius' BauHaus publication with Feininger or Larionov’s expressionists drawing.

Walter Gropius’ BauHaus publication with Feininger or Larionov’s expressionists drawing.