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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.

CAIXA ONTINYENT CULTURAL CENTRE by Ramon Esteve

 
October 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ramon Esteve

The main purpose of this project is to conceive a building that contains the cultural activity such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, conferences… and at the same time it represents the enterprising spirit of the entity.

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

  • Architects: Ramon Esteve
  • Project: CAIXA ONTINYENT CULTURAL CENTRE
  • Photography: Xavier Mollà
  • Collaborator Architects: María Daroz, Rubén Navarro, Olga Badía Anna Boscà
  • Collaborators: Silvia M. Martínez, Patricia Campos, Rafael Codina
  • Building Engineer: Antonio Morales
  • Promoter: Caixa Ontinyent. La caixa de les Comarques
  • Construction company: Construcciones Francés SL
  • Works manager: Gonzalo Llin
  • Building Gross Area: 1.855,83 m2
  • Project: 2007
  • Completion date: 2010

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

The site is located between buildings, the shape is like a polygon and it crosses the block in the way to the river. So the building will have two facades, the historic one, linked to the memory of the city and the contemporary one that looks to the Clariano River.

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

The project represents a big volume formed by two pieces which are intersected, creating a big garden in the private courtyard. The main entrance is in the historic façade, through a low height we arrive to a high space where all the rooms look into.

The big hall has a lot of functions, like reception, foyer and multipurpose area that can be used in exhibitions and meetings.

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

There are a lot of crossed views, from here to the café, the office, the council room, the exhibition hall, the auditorium… creating relationships but maintaining their own independence. There are some big skylights in the high central part that produce a great lighting of the space. This treatment is taken to the design of the façade of the courtyard; big hollows give sense of depth and frame the sights to the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

Image Courtesy © Xavier Mollà

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Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

Image Courtesy © Ramon Esteve

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