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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.

MUCAB in Murcia, Spain by Martin Lejarraga Architect

 
January 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Lejarraga Architect

The MUCAB complex (Museum, Music School and Center for Local Development for Women and Youth, Daycare/Child Assistance Center), located in the town of Blanca, was designed to be a core for local representation, where a new kind of urban tension is created to foster activity in the environs of the Segura River.

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  • Architects: Martin Lejarraga Architect
  • Project: MUCAB
  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • CLIENT: Ayuntamiento de Blanca
  • AUTHOR: Martín Lejarraga
  • PROJECT TEAM, collaborators: Juan García Carrillo. (architect), Francisco Pérez. (technical architecture),Manuel Gil de Pareja. (technical architecture), Mar Melgarejo, Arancha Fernández. (architects), Julián lloret.
  • General consultor: ACE Edificación
  • BUILDER: VILLEGAS
  • EQUIPMENT-FURNITURE: QUARTA mobiliario
  • SITE AREA: 2.150 m2
  • BUILT-UP AREA: 4.629,50 s/r + 2.574,90 b/r m2c
  • START OF PLANNING: project / October 2006
  • COMPLETION: works / April 2007 – November 2010

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

This building, which combines areas with highly diverse uses, is divided into three schematic packages connected by courtyards. Each area functions independently, while allowing for communication, so that the schemes overlap each other, to provide visual communication and temporary occupancy.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

The museum occupies the central position, organized into halls with varied conditions and geometry, and the roof above the daycare center on level 1 can also be used as exhibition space. The museum’s general communication is created by means of a large staircase on the façade offering views of the river and the town.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

The north building, facing the urban center of the city, houses a variety of uses related to public social infrastructures. The various contents are developed on the basis of a rectangular structure, separated by levels and sharing communal zones, courtyards and open terraces.

The daycare center is located on the ground floor, with a privileged position towards the river and the housing development, enjoying a dual orientation with courtyards facing south and north.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

The underground parking garage is the starting point for the building and occupies not only its footprint but rather the entire area available to the south of the plot. The courtyards above are perforated to allow natural light and ventilation in through the roof, also providing a visual connection with the rest of the uses on upper levels of the building.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

Image Courtesy © Martin Lejarraga Architect

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Categories: Center, Mixed use, Museum, Park, School

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