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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.

MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM in Teulada, Spain by Francisco Mangado

 
April 13th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Francisco Mangado

Teulada-Moraira is an unusual urban center. Although it is divided into two separate physical units, Teulada and Moraira, these belong to a single administrative entity. Located in Alicante, in a valley that descends from the mountains to the sea, the city takes full advantage of the two realities, earth and sea, which define its environment and serve as visual references.

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM
  • Location: Teulada, Spain
  • Photography: Juan Rodríguez, Roland Halbe
  • Total area: 5,100 m2
  • Budget: 11,000,000 €
  • Competition date: 2004. 1st Prize Project Competition
  • Project date: 2004
  • Construction date: 2011
  • Clients: Teulada Town Hall and the Generalitat de Valencia (regional government)
  • Collaborators: Jose Gastaldo, Idoia Alonso, Birte Lattermann, Borja Fernández, Edurne Pradera. Jaime Sepulcre
  • Structural engineers: NB 35 SL (Jesús Jiménez Cañas / Alberto López) Ingenieros
  • Mechanical systems: Iturralde y Sagüés ingenieros
  • Acoustic engineers: Higini Arau Estudi Acustic
  • Lighting consultants: ALS Lighting arquitectos consultores de iluminación (Antón Amann)
  • Quantity surveyors: PA Aparejadores (Luis Pahissa / Fernando Pahissa)
  • General contractor: Constructora San José SA

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez

As part of a new urban development, the Municipal Auditorium rises in Teulada, the higher part of the city. From this point, and over the valley sprinkled with small white buildings, one can see the town of Moraira by the sea. Such a unique location makes the building work as a link between two urban centers that are physically separated but share territory, landscape, and of course culture. This significant location and presence of the new building in the city and the landscape underlies all the essential decisions that have been made with regard to the spatial configuration and formal definition of the proposal. The topographical features and the slopes of the plot have provided the remaining references.

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

The design adapts to the natural topography of the plot, making the auditoriums descend towards the southwest and putting the main access areas on the northeast and southeast edges of the site. These accesses are organized and oriented to afford the best views of Moraira and the sea, in the process emphasizing the building’s ‘connective’ role. The halls flanking the main auditorium are particularly important, constituting large vantage points over the sea.

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez

In configuration and construction they constitute a large space-facade, deep, geometric, and carefully sculpted like a diamond, always taking into account the position of the Mediterranean sun, which in this orientation would otherwise glare down relentlessly. This side facade formally combines all the project guidelines. In carefully carved pieces it contains the cafeteria and restaurant and an exhibition area at a lower level, all of them with views onto the Mediterranean. Like the ceiling, the floor of this ‘huge opening’ folds here and there to evoke the seashore rocks. At night this facade is a backdrop, a lighthouse shining over the paths that join Teulada to Moraira.

Image Courtesy © Juan Rodríguez

Image Courtesy © Roland Halbe

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

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