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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.

VALDEMAQUEDA TOWN HALL in MADRID, Spain by PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS

 
July 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS  

The village is small and the building is of a small scale, with a correspondingly small budget and program that included formal configuration of this square, a transcendental feature of rural Spanish life that the village lacked.

Village Valdemaqueda,Image Courtesy © Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

Village Valdemaqueda,Image Courtesy © Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

  • Architects: PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS
  • Project: VALDEMAQUEDA TOWN HALL
  • Location: Plaza de España, 1. Valdemaqueda. Madrid. Spain
  • Photography: Eduardo Sánchez
  • Client: Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid,  Dirección General de Administración Local
  • Téchnical engineer: Joaquín Riveiro Pita. C.A.M.
  • Collaborators: Manuel García de Paredes, Nuria Ruiz
  • Consultants: GEASYT (MEP). GOGAITE (Structure)
  • Project: Enero 1996
  • Area: 527 m2
  • Final cost: 302,000 Euros / $US 292,000

View from South, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

View from South, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

The design takes its cue from the village’s small and dispersed volumes. It unfolds in two forms that stand at  a slight angle to each other, creating a small concavity that helps shape the main square in front of the building’s northern façade. The structure’s two portions, which are linked by a light-filled entrance hall, feature both one- and two-story volumes, which help integrate it into the surrounding scale of nearby buildings. The back of the structure, which is open to the landscape, offers spectacular views of the woods. Materials – concrete, wood and slate – were chosen to blend with the colour range of the site. Several elements of the structure’s public face – the small cubical volumes, the position and size of the openings and details like flag masts and a clock – emphasize its institutional character.

Entrance Hall, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

Entrance Hall, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

View from Plaza, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

View from Plaza, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

Exterior view at night, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

Exterior view at night, Image Courtesy © Sánchez & Baltanás

Façade detail, Image Courtesy © Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

Façade detail, Image Courtesy © Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © PAREDES PEDROSA ARQUITECTOS

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