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The work of Spanish architect Julio Salcedo is shown in this book as a series of built and speculative projects. Salcedo's houses - early achievements that stunned both academic and professional circles with their freshness and precocious sophistication - are presented along with unpublished competition proposals for large-scale buildings. The projects in their varying locations, scales and ambitions all demonstrate a commitment to architecture as a conceptual medium with a capacity to tackle complex ideas as well as working projects with a transformative practicality. Each is a built essay that works through architectural problems of form, construction and material to achieve a thought-provoking resolution of satisfying beauty.