El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis Arquitectura

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El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Spanish studio Eneseis Arquitectura have inserted this glass-fronted box housing a cultural centre into a town square in Alicante, Spain.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

At street level the glass façade of the El Claustro Cultural Centre faces the square, allowing views into the building.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

A basement level beneath the square features a series of mobile walls allowing the size of each room to be altered.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Photographs are by Pablo Pacheco.

The following information is from the architects:


EL CLAUSTRO

The “El Claustro” cultural centre is placed in the heart of the old town, in the protected enviroment of the San Nicolas con-cathedral, in the “ElClaustro” square. The old town is an strategical point for social and cultural life of the city.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Along the day, it’s one of the most turistic and gastronomic places, visited not only for its bohemian atmosphere but also for its historical value.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

At night, it becames the main leisure time zone of the city. The place where every citizen of Alicante meet each other in a continuos mass of people, terraces, pubs, bars and restaurants.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

The Clautro square was a deep-set urban space. Where the San Nicolas’ itself was open at the same level.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

We started the Project with these premises:

Take the square at sourrounding streets’ same. This would osigenate the “old town” urban matrix, so dense and narrow. Dignify the protected block of the con-cathedral. Give back the cloister its own meaning and function.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Closed and looking into itself. Turn this place into a city center, enhancing its public life and old town vitality too, in both daily and night sides.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

THE BUILDING

Our answer was a building-square at street level. A stony square, according to the sourroundings materials and weight. This stone ground breaks itself and raises to build the upper floor roof.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

That makes visible the vitreous inner core, which is always sourrounded by metal sheet. Thus, the building shows his two faces, historic and technologic.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

The building attached to the square is an informational interface and display, An interface that everybody can use as an office when it's opened. And the rest of the time, a display that everyone can see and hear, trough video and sound projected into the public space.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Besides, the building completes the block, closing the cloister as it was required. The lower level, beneath the square, it's a space for showrooms and atteliers, shaped by moving walls.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Thanks to this moving walls, it's possible to make bigger or shrink the space, according to the needs. It also gives the chance for individual access to each space, using an ID card.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

To overcome the gap between these rooms and the square, the activities can be projected on the square in realtime. That allows us to make visible the creative process, making this another tool to enhance the cultural activity. It also improves the building's use, making the whole square join the activity

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Therefore it's a square, meaning that it's a social place, a place for exchange and relationship. Capable to generate activity and making people feel closer. A place able to attract citizens, while able to activate it's surroundings.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

CONSTRUCTION

The whole building is organized through a system, which assumes the structure, distributes the space, the facilities (lighting, informatic, ventilation, air conditioning), hosts furniture, are the walls themselves...

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

This system is ready to adopt new requirements and needs. It can be easily assembled, or even disassembled, whenever it's not needed anymore.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

We re-use part of the demolition materials in our building, in order to reduce transport costs and save energy as far as possible.

El Claustro Cultural Center by Eneseis

Name : “El Claustro” cultural center by eneseis
Architect/author: eneseis (Daniel Solbes-Jose Luis Durán) and Javier Martin
Developer: Patronato de vivienda de Alicante


See also:

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Casa Llorens by
Eneseis Arquitectura
The Long Barn Studio by Nicolas Tye Architects Cultural Centre Association by RMDM Architects
  • http://www.francoisbeydoun.com French1st

    What is very interesting is the integration of this modern architecture without damaging the beauty of the old city center.

  • rock

    well articulated plan + section. good finishes, restrained + very tidy. another project well worth the visit in alicant. en hora bona arquitectes!