Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo

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Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Spanish studio CrystalZoo have renovated this former school in Novelda, Spain, to create a youth centre for the area. 

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Top photograph is by David Frutos

Called Casal de la Juventud de Novelda, the upper part of the building has been wrapped with a skin of polycarbonate panels, causing it to overhang the lower part.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

The architects have created a new plaza at the entrance of the building, featuring little grassy mounds and a zig-zag pattern on the paving that creeps up onto the wall of the centre.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

The windows are slightly recessed in the façade and highlighted in bright colours.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Photographs are by Rafael Galán unless otherwise stated.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Above photograph is by David Frutos

The following information is from the architects:


Casal de la Juventud de Novelda

This building is placed in Novelda, a small town near Alicante (Spain).

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

It consists in a renovation of an old school building ant its yard to allow new public uses.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

This proposal is a work about the reuse of old buildings and their adaptation to contemporary needs.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

In this sense the Casal de la Juventud reinvents itself and establishes a dialogue between each stage of its evolution.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Above photograph is by David Frutos

Life opens up, in this case, creating a new wrapper able to equip the building and the plaza with new technologies and services.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Above photograph is by David Frutos

The plaza is raised as a hub of social activity in Novelda.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

Above: existing building

This system consists in connecting paths that also define soft areas that can adapt and establish links with what is happening inside the building.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Working with an old school offers the opportunity to have the yard, which is a valuable open space within the dense urban fabric.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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This courtyard is a place that complements and makes possible the use of this new building.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Materiality and lighting are the way this proposal establishes new links and relationships between the building and the public space.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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We try to provide complete and sophisticated equipment to this building and its plaza, through the installation of a new structure that surrounds the old school, with its own program, and also the support for the new activities.

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This structure provides lighting, energy and information systems, that define the specific environments for all the different situations that may happen.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by Crystalzoo

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Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 at 11:12 am by Catherine Warmann. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • nofelix

    Exiciting, fun and subtle, what an achievement.

  • http://twitter.com/tommypniewski @tommypniewski

    I really like this. It has humbleness to it. The transparency of the materials and the colours work with light very well. The landscape, (also very humble) connects with the building giving it more permanence. Awesome!

  • http://www.cadblockparty.com Cadblockparty

    When Urban Architecture is done well is both cool & fun.
    Great design, graphics & use of materials.

  • http://twitter.com/tommypniewski @tommypniewski

    I like it. its humble. it plays nicely with transparency colours and light. The landscape also connects the building to the ground. awesome

  • http://www.inkfreakz.com Inkfreakz-Tattoo

    all credit going to architecture