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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.

Espacio Miguel Delibes in Alcobendas, Spain by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos

 
May 24th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos 

The new building hosts the Universidad Popular, the headquarters of the PhotoEspaña International Centre in Alcobendas, as well as a media library and a citizen’s advice service of the City Council.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

  • Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos 
  • Project: Espacio Miguel Delibes
  • Location: Avenida de Pablo Iglesias, sector ‘Fuente Lucha’, Alcobendas, Spain
  • Photography: Alfonso Quiroga
  • Client: Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Alcobendas (EMVIALSA)
  • Team: RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos
  • Project Team: Belén Rivera, Marta Tobías,  Silvia Villamor y Saúl Castellanos
  • Graphic design: Luis Muñoz, Carlos Ripoll y Daniel Roris
Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

  • Models: Fernando Mont y Víctor Coronel Benítez
  • Project Management: DPS, Javier Poole Derqui
  • Structure engineering: NB-35  S.L.
  • Start-End of Works: 2011-2015
Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Inaugurated with the name of the famous Castilian writer Miguel Delibes, the new building is erected on 6,000 square meters in the Avenida Pablo Iglesias of Alcobendas, one of the youngest areas of the city. This results from the express will of the developer to create an open and dynamic centre so as to generate a singular volumetry.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Rafael de La-Hoz proposes a building with three bodies that clearly differ from each other but are completely interrelated: a glazed cube, a massive volume of greater height and a horizontal perimeter crown, which rises from the ground and creates another space, a place of convergence and exchange.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

The gap generated by the perimeter crown forms a large void, a spacious patio in which the other two volumes are inserted, leaving spaces filled with air and light between them. This results in two opposed patios in terms of size, proportions and orientation. The bigger one is a landscaped and sunny winter patio. The second is a vertical summer patio that provides shade in the summer.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

The glazed central volume represents the core of the concept. It will host the multipurpose hall on the ground floor and the general vestibule of the building together with the exhibition and rest area on the first floor. Its centred position in the complex, between the two patios and tangential to the perimeter volume, turns it into an isolated body which, thanks to its crystalline materiality, looks like a huge night lantern from the outside.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

The perimeter crown includes the lecture halls and workrooms of the University. The citizen’s advice service (SAC), the PhotoEspaña International Centre, the teacher’s room and the direction are included in the massive volume.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Each of these volumes have independent use and access from the street. They can thus be used at different times and in different ways, which allows for a completely flexible use of the complex.

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Quiroga

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