The project is a natural response to the particular stimulus, offered by the location.On one hand the need to respect the urban tissue that growths inside, on the other, the one’s to preserve the expressive hue of the natural landscape.
It is through from this contrast, that we define and articulate tensions which allows the project to organize itself while a coherent response to the constraints of place. The building is a dialectic reflection, simple but at the same time strong, between the urban artificiality and the organic naturalness.
Thus, the building results in a large mass, shaped in function of the tensions that proceeds from the different character of the spaces surround it. Tangent to the town, the facades are clean, orderly and paused, while tangent to the sea, the facades translate the surrounding space and the configuration offered by the landscape and geography, through large and concave surfaces, that provides a direct and intensive relation with the surrounding natural environment.
Project name: Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena in Águilas
Location: Águilas, Spain
Program: Auditorium and congress palace
Project Area: 10,200 m2
Design Year: 2004 (international competition 1st prize)
Client / Owner: City of Águilas
Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Design Team: Alberto Fernandez Veiga, Fabrizio Barozzi, Luca Colomban, Paulo Lopes, Tanja Oppowa, Antonio Pinto, Agnieszka Samsel, Antonis Vourexakis
Text Description: © Courtesy of Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Images: © Julien Lanoo