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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.

Club Nautico Lo Pagan in Murcia, Spain by XPIRAL

October 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: XPIRAL


Every big facility needs a running-in period for fitting to the day-a-day life of the entities that develop them.

From the opening of the Marina, several requirements have been coming out. Some of them functional, some others representative; these requirements have been solved with the creation of several infrastructures.

The main building was probably the most deficient facility of all, so it has been modified in a global, powerful way that enhances all the shortcomings of the original building.

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  • Architects:XPIRAL
  • Project: Club Nautico Lo Pagan
  • Location: Lo Pagán (San Pedro del Pinatar / Murcia / Spain)
  • Architect: Javier Peña Galiano
  • Photographer: Juan de la Cruz Megías
  • Completion date: March 2007
  • Collaborators: JOAQUIN FERNANDEZ CASTRO (Basic project), LOLA JIMENEZ (Project and work)
  • Promoter: NAUTICAL CLUB Lo Pagan
  • Owner: Ricardo Escribano
  • Contractor: RODENAS Y JARA SL
  • Wooden Structure: Holtza
  • Facilities: Federico Garcia Salmeron
  • Area/Size:
    a)    Interior built area:
    b)    Exterior built area:
    c)    Volume built:
    2195 m3

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This refurbishment attempts to reach the following targets:

  • The creation of a double entrance for the restaurant, independent for members and for the public, so access control is easier and public is welcome simultaneously.
  • Providing accessibility to every space of the building with the implementation of ramps, stairs and lifts; indoors and outdoors.
  • The construction of a public space, generously sized and with a representative character, for fostering relations between members.
  • The extension of the restaurant and its kitchen. The lounge expands towards the sea avoiding the sight of the passing vehicles.
  • Reorganization of the numerous installations of the offices and the kitchen on the roof.
  • Updating of the offices, public attention area, archives and seminar rooms, all included in a functional cluster.
  • Providing the building with a contemporary image: a landmark, appropriate to the central position it has respecting to the seafront, the square, the promenade…like an institutional icon.

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Chassis + bodywork

Starting from the structure of the original building, we have wrapped it with different skins, pierced with openings when needed, finding paths for new installations, pipes, etc…

Thus, the original building merges partially, virtually untreated, showing its scars. Each one of the new enclosures has its own geometrical and constructive laws. The only thing in common is the capability of being dismantle: the dry construction.

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As a result of the application of this constructive system, we have created, without minding it, an object that evokes marine iconographies: a grounded building, a ship under construction…

From the inside as well as from the outside, the building seems to be unfinished, in progress…moreover the curved timber structure (with different woods, sections and treatment) and the usage of a variety of metal coverings (zinc, aluminium, steel in different finishes, etc) deconstruct the image of the building as a unique, complete, definitive structure, in the scenario of the comings and goings of a harbor.

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A variety of materials (closed and opaque, opened or translucent) are intended to put an accent on the Mediterranean light. The building puts together a range of light hues that depend on the kind of skin that enclosures the space.

The timber structure takes curved geometries in order to give continuity to the façades and roofs: a double scale game which magnifies the size of the building. The variable sections help with the bracing of the new structure in a light, fluent way, all around the original building.

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A zinc cover fits the cylindrical geometry of the façade and roof, providing water tightness and solving the joints with the framework by means of a folded gasket system.

The windows are specialized responding to the diversity of situations: aluminium swing windows to the west, glass walls alternating with sliding panels, transparent and translucent, to the east; folding doors in the restaurant enphasizing the idea of a porch /terrace and rounded windows in the offices and seminar rooms pierced in the original wall.

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The expanded metal crooked volume of the lift nucleus is halfway between a nautical lamp and the finger of an airport and it’s able to filter natural and artificial light homogeneously.

Copper naphthenate treated pine planks in different sizes give continuity between floors, façades and the roof: we check this in the terrace and lattice of the restaurant or in the curved floor of the lounge that becomes the wall and the ceiling in the west part.

The family of components is completed with compacted cellulose panels, cellular polycarbonate, translucent glass, OSB board and gresite tiling in light blue.

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Equipped spaces

Spaces are generated differently in response to the diverse functions put together in the building. Each space is specialized by using different materials or choosing locations, measuring the elements…

The restaurant is elevated with respect to the road outside, looking for a long sight over the cars. There are two different accesses: one from the esplanade for the public and another from the Club for the members. The space is continuous, illuminated lightly and evenly from the polycarbonate ceiling (that hides the lamps), and from the glass folding wall that can be completely opened when thermal conditions allow it. Finally, the kitchen and bar have been renewed and a set of toilets, independent from the Club’s ones, have been implemented.

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The offices are re-distributed in the old part of the building which accessibility is improved by a new communications body. This nucleus is compound by a central lift and some ramps and stairs around it, which stand out the façade and create a reception area outside. The main access is situated between this piece and the restaurant. The skin of the staircase, made of polycarbonate sheets and expanded metal, provides new facilities: during the day, and from the public areas it is a opaque body that bocks the undesirable sigh of the parking while inside it is naturally illuminated. During the night it looks like a lamp that illuminates the access to welcome us to the Yatch Club.

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The members’ lounge and its extension in a large terrace are both situated in the best place of the building. A large window is opened towards east, to the best views of the marina and the Mar Menor, while the zinc façade protect us from the west and the esplanade. The timber structure provides extra-height while a soft wood on the floor gives comfort (even barefoot) in the terrace, and a tough slate floor handle with celebrations and parties indoors.

A new external stair provides the access for members to the upper level from the marina, without passing through the offices.

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The parking area will be organized by painting the International Code Flags on each park spot. It gives an amusing image to the place and facilitates car maneuvers.

Outside the Club, the esplanade will be modified around the building for improving accesses and creating a plant-line area beside it.

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In the future, the refurbishment of these spaces around and the new sings for the Club and the restaurant, will complete the external image of the new Yatch Club of Lo Pagán.

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Introduction of the Company/ Designer:

JAVIER PEÑA GALIANO (Murcia 1966). Architect by the ETSAM in 1992. He has been professor during the last 12 years in several Universities and workshops. Since 2010 he is Master Professor at IAAC and external professor of project work at ESARQ UIC as well; from 2001 until 2011 he was associate professor of project work at the School of Architecture in Alicante. In his professional life he founded XPIRAL Architecture that is working since 1997 having head office in Barcelona, Murcia and Madrid.

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As head of XPIRAL team, he leads the development of several proposals that explore alternatives to problems no-interdiscipline, supported by new technology and multimedia resources, beyond the architecture, urbanism and design. In the point of view of permanent learning makes many trips to various countries. It also develops an intense activity not only architectural but also by participating in several panel discussions, lectures and meetings, as in Barcelona, Lima, Moscow, Madrid , Sao Paulo, Panama… On the spot he participated in the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice, 2002, the exhibition of Spanish “architecture-On-Site” at the MOMA in New York and continuing at the Botanical Garden of Madrid, 2006, and in the international exhibition of Spanish architecture “innovación abierta” celebrated in Panamá.

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He has spoken at various international exhibitions and workshops such as the V Biennale of Architecture and Design of Sao Paulo, 2003; Workshop of Architecture University of Alcalá, 2004; “7 Ideas of Beauty”, Madrid 2005; “talent and spirit”, Santander in July 2005. He has been honored with numerous awards, among them Architecture Prize Europan 6; FAD 2000 Finalist  in the Awards Saloni; Second Prize ATEG 2006; First Prize in Contest of the Municipal Pool Mazarrón, Murcia 2006; First Prize ‘Barrio de la Paz’, Murcia 2006; selected in the Prizes Mies Van der Rohe 2009; finalist in ONE PRIZE 2011 of New York 2011.

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