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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 Mediterráneo, Refurbishment of and old train station in Alicante, Spain by Manuel Ocaña del Valle

January 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Manuel Ocaña del Valle


Casa Mediterráneo is an institution born to cater for public diplomacy. Its main aim is to foster the common identity of the Mediterranean cultures. Its new headquarters are to be established in the old Benalúa railway station. The new institution needs spaces in orderto host events, exhibitions, concerts, projections and all kinds of parties.

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  • Architect: Manuel Ocaña del Valle
  • Name of Project: Casa Mediterráneo, Refurbishment of and old train station
  • Location: Benalúa Railway Station, Alicante, Spain
  • Date: 2010-2012
  • Photography: Manuel Ocaña

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  • Developer: Casa Mediterráneo
  • Collaborators: Miguel Molins Jiménez, Karolina Kurzak, Adriana Cepeda, Paloma Montoro, María Ortiz-Muyo, BeDV Arquitectos
  • Project Management: INECO
  • Project Director: Marisa Guillamot Bernardo
  • Built surface: 3.500 m 2

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The most valuable element of the old building is the awesome space above the railway tracks: a 20 m.span covered by slender iron work almost imposible to achieve now a days.

The project focuses on the sophistication of that simple, linear space for trains and thus on turning it into an experience space for people. A space intended to be blue, liquid, central, excited, changing, consecutive, zenithal, cabriolet, tinted, rhytmic, indivisible, programmable, thermodynamic and profitable.

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The most experimental uses or activities are to be developed in and between two volumes that are light weight, translucent and faced.These volumes enclose and help to centralize that main space of multiple properties all owing for simultaneity of different events.

The space works the colour white in its brand new volumes and also in its walls and pavements. The colour white is used in a phenomenological and sensual way. White is a colour which can easily be excited and tinted. It is the colour of the cinema screens.

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The Costa Blanca sunlight is going to be tinted blue in the inner space by means of the colour and translucent effects of the roof boards,and tinted orange in the interior of the auditorium at sunset. This sunlight will also excite the facing of the space and the volumes with the help of colossal blades in rotational movement, its motorized and textile covering and with the moving-shade provided by lattice work of aluminium rings,which also pacifies the encounter between the old walls and the new volumes.

In the blue space the air is not climatized. People are climatized. How? By means of gigantic ceiling fans, the well-known chimeney effect, the cabriolet covering and the possibility of activating a fun, cool, and artificial fog system.


Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

Images Courtesy Manuel Ocaña

Climbing Old Walls

Consecutive spaces

Excited Blue Space

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