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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa del Lector in Arganzuela, Spain by Ensamble Studio

June 5th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ensamble Studio


Madrid’s Old Slaughterhouse is becoming an important Center for Contemporary Creation in Madrid, organizing architecture competitions that can give rise to proposals that will recover its 148 300 m2 to house creative processes, artistic training and participatory dialogue between the arts.

Front View

  • Architect: Ensamble Studio
  • Project: Casa del Lector
  • Location: Arganzuela, Madrid, Spain
  • Date of Project: 2006           
  • End of building construction: June 2008
  • Author of the project: Antón García- Abril

Exterior View

  • Associated Architect: Débora Mesa Molina
  • Collaborators: Ensamble Studio – Marina Otero, Elena Pérez, Ricardo Sanz, Alba Cortés
  • Quantity surveyor: Javier Cuesta
  • Developer: Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez
  • Construction Company: Ferrovial

Interior View

The Reader’s House project is the result of a competition that took place in 2006, in which Ensamble Studio won the first prize. The purpose of the competition was to restore the warehouses 13, 14, 17b and 17c of the Old Slaughterhouse to incorporate a new educational program.

3D Rendering 01

The proposal made by Ensemble Studio maintains and enhances the original character of the industrial complex, by imposing a new order to the one of the pre-existent buildings. The confluence and relationship of the new system and the existing one forms a new space.

3D Rendering 03

Two physical, perceptual and activity levels are defined forming a mutable scenario. The upper level, constructed with precast concrete beams of 40 Tons each, is a space for research and study. These beams are bridges, aerial streets, vectors of activity. In opposition to the basilica-like structure of the warehouses, longitudinal, light and metallic; the new structures are inserted through the windows and sew the space transversally, giving unity to the complex formed by the warehouses 13 and 14, which were previously independent buildings. The lower level participates, without losing its essence, of the rhythm marked by the upper level. Dynamic and mutable, this level will host the educational and cultural diffusion activities, enabling their future redefinition.

3D Rendering 02

The warehouse 17c houses the office area, while the warehouse 17b becomes a multipurpose room or auditorium. The pitched roof of the auditorium is rebuilt, respecting the original profile. However, inside, a different order is re-imposed. An arc generated by aluminium slats encloses, dresses and lights the space. The material palette includes the industrial tradition of the whole Madrid’s Old Slaughterhouse. Granite, steel, precast concrete, dress space.

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