Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

The ABC Centre in Madrid, Designed by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos is an example of the reemergence of an aspect of architecture, integral for millennia, but shirked in the last century or so. Yes, ornamentation.

Form follows function, less is more, less is a bore, I am a whore… Architecture has followed its own progression and growing pains, vying for a place within and alongside technological development- and with it, humanity’s growing obsession with pragmatism. But perhaps the contemporary breeze- if not necessarily a wind of change, is proving to a growing portion of people that the things we inhabit, might also admit that part of their function, is our delight. Ornamentation may be superfluous, but we are finding that this is just another of those damning dualities that seem to crop up everywhere in modernity.

SEBASTIAN CERREJON

Courtesy of  Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos

Below is the description of the Centre, provided by the architects. At times, it does wax a bit emotional and sentimental, but this does nothing but lend even more to the case stated above.

The new Drawing and Illustration Centre of ABC appears with the will to become an artistic reference at an international level and also a symbol of the cultural offer in Madrid.

Its instillation in the building of the old factory in Calle Amaniel, must respond to an intervention that is appropriate for a historical building, without renouncing to express it contemporanean centre nature with a wide cultural and artistic offer linked to the most avant-garde institutions within our context.

SEBASTIAN CERREJON

Courtesy of  Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos

The current building provides access from two streets, connecting these with an internal patio.

One of these accesses is currently offered under a one-floor high, longitudinal building body closing the internal patio towards the street. The main doors for access to the new ABC Centre are considered on this front. The aforementioned longitudinal body is restructured for this, as a large translucent glass “beam” that works as the lintel of a gap for passage to the internal patio. The cafeteria will be housed inside this, with the basement floor of the new centre receiving light through a glass floor for access to the patio.

In order to create a space or “atrium” for the new institution, allowing it to express its contemporanean and modern character, the solution presented proposes using the internal patio for this space as a lobby for access to the building, becoming the waiting area before entering.

SEBASTIAN CERREJON

Courtesy of  Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos

The architectural mechanism used to obtain the aim stated, is based on the creation of a “tensioned vacuum”, a “spatial dihedron” formed by the horizontal plane of the floor of the patio and the vertical plane of the internal façade of the old factory.

Both planes will be built with the same material, blue annealed steel in a matte grey shade, and both presenting similar triangular gaps, supplying the light inside the spaces served by these. This generates the “weightlessness” between that which is real, imaginary and symbolic.

SEBASTIAN CERREJON

Courtesy of  Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos

As a “large magnet” it will attract and transport us, with a certain power of seduction, towards the inside of the new institution, causing combined curiosity, anxiety and pleasure when visiting it. Building at any time a space with a definite scenographic character does not mean renouncing to dosing the feelings caused in order to mark the identity of the new centre.

The last operation in the external part of the set, consists in creating a “bar of light” over the roof of the old factory. The construction of this intends to provide spaces to house the machinery of the installations, currently located there, to house a well-lit work and reading area over the city; and to identify the ABC Foundation as a new “torch in the city” at the Conde Duque centre.

Courtesy of  Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.
ARE YOU READY? GET IT NOW!
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.. It's Free !
Email confirmation is required. Please check your Junk E-mail folder just in case !