Auditorium Atlantida by Josep Llinas


Photographer Filippo Poli has sent us some images of an auditorium in Vic, Spain, made from a jumble of golden blocks by architect Josep Llinas.

Called Auditorium Atlantida, the building is an extension to an existing music school and will include a theatre, an auditorium and restaurant.

The façade features copper-aluminium alloy panels.

Photographs are by Filippo Poli.

Here's some more information from the architects:


We understand the project responds to the particularities of its location and program needs.

In relation to the location, the site is placed between the boundary of the consolidated town and the future expansion areas.

The transition from one fabric to the other is articulated by a strip of natural land supported by the Meder River.

In the northern edge, the consolidated town is composed by courtyards where the rear façades of row housing look over.

Among them we find “Can Serratosa”, the current home of the Vic Music School, which will hold the common areas of the new Music School.

Can Serratosa has a side lane that permits direct access from the street to the site.

This will become an important aspect in the development of the proposal.

The southern edge, on the other hand, only has a property boundary without any real consistency, which we think should be dissolved using the continuity solution for the unbuilt site and the green area defined by the river flats.

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In relation to the program: It is basically made up of parts of different constitution: Theatre, Auditorium, Services, Music School and Restaurant.

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While the Theatre and the Auditorium are large-scale units with no need of natural light, the Music School is the repetitive addition of small units that need natural light and ventilation.

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In the case of the Theatre, the inevitable height of the fly tower is an outstanding feature.

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Its volume will make it a visual reference for the complex in relation to the city and the local environs.

PROPOSAL We bore the following aims in mind while drafting the proposal:

1. Regarding the building ascribed to the consolidated town as a melted part of the urban fabric. While, on the other hand, linking the open space to the natural territory organised by the riverbank.

2. Using project systems that would be able with the same designing tools - basically the relationship with the ground, the geometry and the roofs- to resolve items with utterly different uses and scales like the ones that form the programme. And, at the same time, managing to include the fly tower volume in the rules of the system applied.

3. In this sense, it has been quite important the use of the lane from “Can Serratosa” to the open space as a backbone that situates and provides access to every part of the programme. And also the use of the sloping roof which descends from the top of the fly tower and spreads out until it covers the porches and classrooms.

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The building's facade is covered with a copper-aluminum alloy with golden appearance (TECU-GOLD).

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The other facades, mostly related to the Music School are made of basalt and concrete. The cover is made of zinc.

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Credits: Plans and text by J.Llinas office

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See also:


Zagreb Dance Center
by 3LHD
Schloss Grafenegg
Concert Hall
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Posted on Monday May 24th 2010 at 12:57 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • maz

    looks abit like it should be a church

  • pacman

    Llinas should let go his Miralles soul into the light once and for all!!…

    Its a bit sloppy in my opinion…

    but love the gold!

    • h.a.

      Don’t see Miralles anywhere in this project. Aalto perhaps, some of Siza, Gehry even, but Miralles… it’s not about the shape!

  • mago

    i think it looks like you want to be but you can´t…. plus i would like to see this building after one year, like all his buildings get old so fast, i don´t knw why

  • Il@na

    To me the design looks a little far-fetched. It reminds me of the Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind which already needed major renovations last year.

  • bebo

    architects and there architecture should check into rehab…

  • @bebo, we tried to make them go to rehab, they said “no, no, no”

  • slater

    Il@na, great point. I live in Denver (sounds like you may as well) and the DAM was a total disaster. I think mostly due to a contractor/workers that didn’t know how to properly install the metal panels. I think european workers have more expierence with this sort of detail and hopefully the same problem won’t happen here.

    As far as the design goes, I think this has been done before. I’d have liked to see a more creative solution but not completely covering the facade with metal was a start in the right direction.

  • m

    I appreciate Josep Llinas for his library in Barcelona, which isn’t a true masterpiece, but still, it’s nice. This is more of the same, but feels very uncontrolled. Even the cladding looks bumbpy.

  • William

    Obviously Llinas was giving deference to Hans Scharoun’s Berliner Philharmonie. From the organic arrangement of the auditorium to the gold panels, it is a nice updated interpretation of Scharoun’s masterpiece.

  • Jürgen

    Could be a very nice project without this facade … the copper-aluminium looks very cheap …

  • It wants to be bigger than it really is.

  • angry catalan

    Llinàs says his strategy for his recent projects is using the roof as the primary spatial mechanism which articulates the project. So his answer to the context is twisting the roof here, cutting a hole into it there, making it lower over there, etc.

    That’s an interesting strategy although my favourite projects of his aren’t his “roof series” – the Illa Fort Pienc or the “other” Gràcia library are much better in my opinion. Not that his other projects are bad by any means… however here I can’t help but think the sub-Scharoun gold coloured aluminium is a bit too much…

  • JuiceMajor

    God I luv Spain. They are the only one who really invest in a good piece of architecture!

    • rock

      it's in catalonia actually c:

  • really?

    yes, they really invest in a good piece of architecture and “lots of maintenance” as well

  • yumiki

    reminds me of gehry