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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.

Unquera Parish Center – Church of the Holy Martyrs in Cantabria, Spain by Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

 
May 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

The center, located in the extension of Unquera, is aligned to a road in the base of the mountain which characterizes and darkens the plot. We projected and elementary volume slightly elevated from the land, like a palafito. Its abstraction and scale facilitate its implantation as primary element in the heterogenous and little qualified urban fabric. Its distance against the ground level avoids the damages caused by the swellings of the Deva river.

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  • Architects: Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos
  • Project: Unquera Parish Center – Church of the Holy Martyrs
  • Location: Unquera, Cantabria, Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images
  • Architects In Charge: Luís Alberto Alonso Ortiz, Joaquín Barrientos Barquín, Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira, Florentina Muruzábal Sitges
  • Collaborating Architect: Carlos Alberto Gómez Santos
  • Area: 444 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Structural Engineering: Miguel Terán Garrido
  • Me Engineering: Juan Carcedo Haya
  • Contractor: Juncalmar
  • Technical Architect: Raquel Gómez Gregorio
  • Client: Obispado de Santander
  • Budget: 643,303 €

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The program was organized in a rectangular plant of extreme proportions,differentiating the functional areas. We access the building trhough a footbridge to the luminous lobby, that articulates the spaces and serves as meeting area. The church has two naves.The smaller nave is defined by a strong beam and it allocates the confessional and the sacristy.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The zenital entrance of the light through the small nave and trhough the bottom of presbitery, clarified by a free wall, emphasizes the space asymmetry. The center has an office, two classrooms, open to the side facade, and a band of services. The center has been built with very few materials, concrete walls, industrial wood grounds, mixed carpentries… The disposition of the building at the bottom of the parcel, created a new urban space with cypresses and liquidámbares.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

Image Courtesy © Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

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Image courtesy Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

Image courtesy Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

Image courtesy Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

Image courtesy Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

Image courtesy Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

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