The project has supposed the reinvention of an existing construction, respecting its heritage value and architectural design, but adding a new architectural element able to equip the building according to new requirements. Past and present, far from being antagonistic elements, become respectful partners that fight for the same goal: an alive and coherent architecture with its time.
It has been proposed the introduction of a worm structure which configuration of space is intended to create the feeling that it is a building within another building, two constructions coexisting together in the same space.
“La Seu” is reinvented, establishing a dialogue between each stage of its evolution and being part of the collective memory.
The building is set in an old school which was built during the Second Spanish Republic in the 30s. The university “La Seu” is located in a free-standing building centered on a block that is closed peripherally by railings, on drywall.
It has been proposed the introduction of a worm structure, able to equip the building with new technologies and services, creating new spaces as well. This new structure is wreathed on itself, materializing an air volume above the entrance of the old San Rafael school and enabling new sea views from the hills of La Nucía. The new architecture channels circulatory flows, expanding the possibilities of social exchange that its location gives to the whole.
The system is able to expand and colonize the pine forest through programmatic annexes (plug-ins), or mutate, housing new facilities and services (updates). But it is also allowed the occupation of other gaps or equipment, establishing an effective strategy of intervention in an environment which is already consolidated and it is necessary to strengthen and to define its own public, democratic and open identity.
“La Seu” opens onto a square that gave entrance to the old school, that it has also been recovered, integrating the building in its environment, following the premise of respecting the most of the existing architectural complex, but at the same time adapting it to contemporary needs.
To achieve this coexistence, CrystalZoo has adopted a unique solution: a worm structure able to equip the building with new technologies and services, creating a system that twists on itself and moves towards the entrance of the old school, for materializing in an air volume that it manages to appropriate the city and enjoy its landscapes, taking them in its common spaces.