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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.

Warehouse Rehabilitation of Public Library and Music School in Almonte, Spain by Donaire Arquitectos

 
June 14th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Donaire Arquitectos

Rehabiltation of the “Los Reales de Almonte” Warehouse for use as a public library, and School of Arts (Music, Dance and Art).  The project is centred on a warehouse registered as being of Cultural Interest.

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

  • Architects: Donaire Arquitectos
  • Project: Warehouse Rehabilitation of Public Library and Music School
  • Location: Antonio Machado en Almonte, Huelva, Spain
  • Project year: 2004-2010
  • Client: Almonte Town Hall
  • Area: 1.725,00 m²

Public Library and Music School (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

  • Budget: 828.214,10 €
  • Architect authors: Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero
  • Photography: Fernanado Alda
  • Engineering: Javier Drake Canela, Guillermo Márquez Villanueva, Alfonso Buiza Camacho
  • Architect team: Jesús Núñez Bootello, Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Carmela Domínguez Asencio, Tibisay Cañas Fuentes, Beatriz Hacar Hernández, Juan Vega Espinar, David Rapado Moreno, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Pablo Baruc García Gómez

Public Library and Music School (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

It is situated in the “Ciudad de la Cultura” en Almonte, next to the town’s new Theatre and enclosed within a public square. Specifically, the library is located in a wine cellar, typical of the local area.  The building is 78m long and 10,5m wide, with a total area of 821 m² The building is open on 3 sides.

Staircase (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

The work carried included the construction of a gallery with a new structure and foundations without alerting the original structure of the building to maintain and incorporate the original features.  The library occupies 14 of the 17 modules, the 3 remaining modules in the East Wing house the Arts Schools.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

The main Entrance is in the South-East of the building, in such a way that gives it a spacious feel.  Book control / loaning / administration is the first area encountered, that has a controlled height.  This is followed by Press and Reading Room using the full height of the Warehouse.  The last area is the Children’s Area lit by large and diffuse light sources, with a small storage area and a second flight of stairs.  In the upper floor there is a Reading Room and Audio-Visuals.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

The project accentuates the original features of the building, as a Warehouse, creating different spaces each adapted to its new use.  The interior design and furniture forms a fundamental part of the work, with simple designs easily repeatable within the different needs and varied program of the library and public services offered in this space.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Stair (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Classroom (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Classroom (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Public Library and Music School (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Before View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

Before View (Image Courtesy Fernanado Alda)

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