5 Sagasta Street
The building on 5 Sagasta Street, at the junction with Herrería del Rey Street, is usually ascribed to Málaga-born architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan. According to Enrique Atencia, however, it was designed by Daniel Rubio in 1925.
Standing on a narrow, irregularly shaped plot, the building rises at the corner, resembling a ship’s keel. Its most salient features are its round tower, marking the building’s primary axis, and the variegated ornamental motifs below the windows. The building’s style can be said to be the local version of eclectic regionalism – an alternative to modernism in the search of local identity in architecture. Although it was built in the twentieth century, neo-Islamic architecture was very popular in the Western world from the eighteenth century on – especially during the Romantic period. Other buildings illustrating this style can be seen on 44 Paseo de Sancha – the Cele María Villa – and 4 Sánchez Pastor Street (façade).