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Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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In 1904 Antonio Palacios y Joaqu�n Otamendi won the competition to build the new General Post Office Palace of Madrid. In 2004, a competition is launched in order to rehabilitate it and to adapt it to new functions such as Cultural Center and the Madrid Municipal Government dependences.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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The proposal seeks to respect the architectural values of the existing building and tries to be coherent with the original intentions of the architects Antonio Palacios y Joaqu�n Otamendi.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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The design is based on a series of interventions in the building that can be put in order according to the following conceptual sequence:

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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A. Analysis of the current state of the building and valuation of the elements that have to be demolished. The elements that are going to be kept are the protected floors, facades and artistic elements, as well as the original structure. The rest of the building is in its majority demolished.�

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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B. Analysis of the new programme which could be easily integrated in the existing building and the functions that should be placed in the new interventions.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

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C. New interventions: glazed volumes.� Four compact interventions will be in charge of revitalizing the four most significative areas of the project.

Casanova+hernandez Architects — Lighthouse Of Culture - Second Prize

Image: Casanova + Hernandez Architecten © All rights reserved.

The first intervention is executed in the main inner courtyard of the existing building and it consists of two glazed prismatic volumes that connect the different levels of the building vertically and that will become the main reference point of the cultural center.

The second intervention appears in the exterior courtyard in a strategic place linked to all the different areas of the programme. Because of it easy connection to the rest of the building, most of the new required programme is placed in this point of the complex. A new glazed volume will shelter the main auditorium and above it, the room for the plenary sessions of the Municipality of Madrid will be located. The new volume is inserted in the courtyard without touching the existing facades in order to preserve them and to create a fluent space around the new volume, capable of articulating the flows of people of the different areas of the complex.

The third intervention is placed in the tower of the existing building. The aim is to open it to the general public. In that way, the tower will become a privileged belvedere over the city of Madrid.

The fourth intervention consists of a glazed vertical communication core that resolves the communication system of the administration area.

AWARD: second prize


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This project appeared on europaconcorsi home page slideshow dedicated to dutch architecture. The series was realized in cooperation with Miguel Loos. We thank him for his help, kindness and professional advice.

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