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.
Learning and Research Center (LRC), University of Alcalá in Spain by Echeverría y Celis
June 19th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Echeverría y Celis
The project development has combined various goals, such as maintaining the pre-existing building through the introduction of a complex functional program within a given volume.
Maintaining the façade and its formal and material characteristics was mandatory. The intervention consisted on rebuilding the interior space, maintaining a balance between the pre-existing conditions, the conceptual interpretation of the disappeared elements and setting a new program of needs through the use of contemporary materials and figurative codes within a logical and coherent project. It is important to consider that the interior of the building had been continually modified over decades by the military, which did not preserve, except for the entrance hall, any relevant characteristic or original elements.
Beyond preserving the outer limits of the building as it was required by the law, we tried to emphasize some of its key features: the entrance hall access as a transition element between the public space of the city (the square) and the public space inside the headquarters (the courtyard); the placement of different levels of slabs in accordance with the original levels and the maintenance of the height of the windows to conjure up the ancient user’s relationship with the outside space. Although the building was always very compartmentalized, much importance it was given to the restoration of the inner perception of the construction, whose urban perception it always was unified.
The global operation was performed using a contemporary contained language and limited to a structure of columns and slabs, and a roof structure to which the services are attached. A lift core and a longitudinal stair, which runs linearly across the building, are the only elements that cross and connect the different levels. The inclusion of some patios allows a unified vision of the building from different angles.
The new LRC has won the Ciudad de Alcalá Architecture Award 2014 and has been finalist of The Plan Award 2015.
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