Federico García Lorca Centre Granada, New Andalusian Building Design, Plaza de la Romanilla Images
Federico García Lorca Centre, Granada Building
Contemporary Andalusia Architecture design by MX-SI architectural studio, Spain
5 Jan 2017
Centro Federico Garcia Lorca Granada
Location: Centro Federico Garcia Lorca, Plaza Romanilla, Granada, Andalusia, south west Spain
Design: MX-SI architectural studio
Federico García Lorca Centre in Granada
The boundary between urban historic context and contemporary architecture spaces blends by extending the threshold on a dynamic concrete construction.
Photos © Pedro Pegenaute
The building establishes a natural, continuous relationship with Granada’s historic city by means of two main scales of intervention:
– The immediate urban space of Plaza de la Romanilla blends into a single continuous space with the building’s main foyer. The boundary between urban and architectural space blurs, extending the threshold.
– At roof level, the building acquires a smaller, more domestic scale. The resulting texture, as in a jigsaw puzzle, completes the existing urban tissue where there used to be an empty plot.
The geometric proposal avoids sculpting a prominent architectural form. The force of the image is produced instead by the resulting void: the threshold, the passageway.
The building establishes a natural, continuous relationship with Granada’s historic city by means of different scales of intervention.
The main entrance is a great threshold where shadows and half-light create an interplay of three-dimensional spatial relationships.
Structure and geometry are so closely related that the poured concrete was used for both the bearing structure and the main finishing material.
Integration of this almost industrial material in a historical setting is achieved by applying textures and patterns to the concrete surfaces. This strategy is a fresh new way of using poured concrete, as well as a way of giving the building a warmer presence in the historic city centre.
The building is laid out in two volumes that maintain visual connection at every level. The structural elements are located around the edge of the irregular site, connecting the two volumes at the top with a tripod beam.
The absence of intermediate structural elements allows the accommodation on the ground floor of the auditorium with its 400 movable seats and, on the basement floor, the large exhibition gallery.
Movable walls open up the auditorium onto the foyer to create a more versatile space that continues the plaza thanks to the new micro-topography.
Federico García Lorca Centre Granada – Building Information
Name of work in English: Federico García Lorca Centre
Name of work in original language: Centro Federico García Lorca
Prize year: 2017
Location: Granada, Spain
Year completed: 2015 (Year began 2008)
Studio: MX-SI architectural studio
Authors: Boris Bezan (1972 Slovenia); Mara Partida (1974 Spain); Hector Mendoza (1974 Spain); Norma Monica Juvera Jimenez (1974 Not From Eu)
Collaborator (office): Rodrigo Escamilla, Oscar Espinosa, Albert Manubens Collaborator (external): Samuel Arriola Technical architect: Anotonio Navarro Acoustical: Higini Arau Climatisation: Joan Escanellas Quantity surveyor: Miquel Millian Structural engineering: Agustin Obiol, Diego Martin, Pere Vidal Mechanical: Teresa Curiel
Labels: Culture Centre, Theatre
Total area: 1.021,79
Usable floor area: 4.695,89
Client: Fundación Federico García Lorca
Client Type: mixed
Map: LatLng: (37.17657756689365, -3.600696408539079)
Federico García Lorca Centre Granada images / information from Mies van der Rohe Awards
Address: Centro Federico Garcia Lorca, Plaza Romanilla, S/N, 18001 Granada, Spain
Phone: +34 958 27 40 62
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