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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.

REFURBISHMENT SIMÓN BUILDING in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain by Equipo Olivares architects

 
September 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Equipo Olivares architects

This project intervened in a site resulting from gutting the interior of two historic (listed) buildings. We conceived the new building from the conservation of the historic façades, whose stability was assured by buttressing them with a metallic structure. Taking these façades as our starting point, we worked out a strategy to erect one building where two stood previously. We then set out to consolidate the height of the new slabs. To bridge the gap in preexisting elevations, we placed the open staircase-patio on the front of the building at no. 33, setting back the new volumen. In this way, the slabs would not face old gaps.

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  • Architects: Equipo Olivares architects (JAVIER PÉREZ-ALCALDE SCHWARTZ, FERNANDO AGUARTA GARCÍA)
  • Project: REFURBISHMENT SIMÓN BUILDING
  • Location: C/CANDELARIA nº33 ESQUINA PLAZA de CANDELARIA, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain 
  • Photography: Rehab E Simon eo
  • Collaborator: RAQUEL PADRÓN LASO
  • Surveyor: JOSÉ FLOREAL MARTÍNEZ
  • Structure: AQUILINO DORTA
  • Developer: EPCOT Canaria S.L.
  • Built area: 826,91 m²
  • Year of completion: 2016

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In the covering volumen, we aligned the cornice that unifies both shapes, envisioning it as a clean crest enhancing the original building. This is a terse, luminous body without edges, where expressiveness is defined by the large-format pieces in Macael marble, trimmed with glass holes and hidden profiles. We also redesigned the display windows on the ground floor, combining new safety needs with our proposed synthesis of materials: marble and mulberry wood.

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The resulting building seeks to highlight underlying values through a careful reconstruction of original woodwork, floral metalwork and other decorative elements on the façades. Finally, the elegant covering volumen provides a clean finish: high-quality natural materials that compete with the original building while also aspiring to highlight its value.

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