Lalìn Townhall by Mansilla+Tuñón

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Townhall Lalìn/E by Mansilla+Tuñón

Photographer Roland Halbe has sent us some images of this town hall in Spain composed of overlapping cylinders, designed by Madrid architects Mansilla+Tuñón.

Townhall Lalìn/E by Mansilla+Tuñón

Horizontal bands of the modular glass facade are screened, giving the Lalìn Townhall a striped turquoise exterior.

Townhall Lalìn/E by Mansilla+Tuñón

A large circular void in the building's volume creates a central courtyard, where the entrance is located.

Townhall Lalìn/E by Mansilla+Tuñón

Internally, a spiralling staircase at the heart of the building connects the ground and first floors.

Townhall Lalìn/E by Mansilla+Tuñón

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The following text is from Mansilla+Tuñón:


Lalìn Townhall
Mansilla+Tuñón Architects

While the present is under construction, the past and the future take new forms. Every single moment, each new action, enables a revision of what has been done, and also lends a new profile to what is about be done, modifying continously as much the collective memory as the projects to come.

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In this changing scenario, with a past and a future in constant construction, PROBABILITY becomes the only appearance possible of certainty; it is the only face that allows looking into reality.

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In the heart of this transformation, architecture focuses its view attention in a broader sense, considering the definition of space as only a small part of the assignment to what is called: The construction of ARTIFICIAL ENVIRONMENTS, of the ATMOSPHERE in which the actions of mankind are developed.

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This is a kind of MOBILIZATION OF THE WORLD in which the principal tool is the negotiation between the parts and the OBJECTIVE is the creation of SCENARIOS OF WILLS that will encourage the collective identity.

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In this way, the proposal for the Concello of Lalín oscilates between precision and probability, building an ANTIMONUMENTAL STRUCTURE in which, as in the clouds, each one can guess the changing shapes of the personal references, so that the COLLECTIVE IDENTIFICATION is the result of the diversity of each interpretation: a TECHNOLOGICAL CELTIC VILLAGE, some colored clouds, a civic palimsesto, a patterned fabric, etc.

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An OPEN STRUCTURE is proposed, almost a mathematical field, that establishing a local main behavior system, impacts against the dialogue with the environment in front of indifferent autism, chosing the DISPERSED thing against the compact thing, the TRANSPARENT thing against the opaque thing and the DIFFUSE thing against the limited; finally, a social and architectural structure without any kind of hierarchie.

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All in all, this is a matter of confronting what we think to be with what surrounds us, so that, what is most important is the capacity to multiply, to intensify and to diversify, the relationships between HUMANS and NON-HUMAN, otherwise it is a matter of doing present that we are nothing less but also nothing more, than a small part of a world that turns without stop, tirelessly...

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Credits

Principals-in-charge: Luis M. Mansilla & Emilio Tuñón Álvarez
Location: Lalín (Pontevedra)
Client: Lalín Town Hall
Site area: 6,760 sq m
Total floor area: 2,842 sq m
Building area: 7,200 sq m

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Cost of construction: 15,000,000 euros
Competition team: Andrés Regueiro, Luis Díaz-Mauriño, Carlos Martínez de Albornoz, Anna Partenheimer, María Langarita, Asa Nakano.
Model makers: HCH Models
Competition date: November 2004

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Project team: Andrés Regueiro, Matilde Peralta, María Langarita, Ana del Arenal, Asa Nakano, Bárbara Silva.
Quantity surveyor: Sancho Páramo
Structural engineer: Alfonso Gómez Gaite
Mechanical engineer: Quicler-López ingenieros
Design years: from November 2004 to July 2005

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Construction directors: Emilio Tuñon y Luis M. Mansilla
Construction surveyor: Sancho Páramo
Construction team: Andrés Regueiro, Sara Murado, Carlos Brage, Briony Roberts, Rubén Arend, Nuria Martínez Salas, Coco Castillón, Elke Gmyrek, Carlos Cerezo, Alfonso Gómez Gaite (structural), Quicler-López Ingenieros (mechanical)
General contractor: FCC Construcción
Construction years: from November 2005 to Febraury 2011

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  • Kevin

    Oh, my, that is very tacky. It looks like San Francisco's jail / holding area for the criminal courts.

  • http://jcspreitz.home.comcast.net/~jcspreitz/index.html jspreitz

    I cannot hold back my sorrow at the lack of thoughtful design in creating such a nightmare as this city hall that resembles a mid-century Soviet airport. Or worse, resembles the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco from the same era.

    Get a new architect who lives in this century!

  • Henry

    Very neo-80s, looks more dynamic in plan than in reality.

  • yuc

    The text shows that there are very complex intentions behind the project. I am not sure if t is possible to create a real connection between such inspirations and architecture without an overarching theory though.

    By the way, I would love to know if anyone talks or writes that the Iberian architecture is going Nordic?

    • barceloneta

      The Nordic influence has been there since Franco started to allow modernism. The functionalism and purism of 1930's GATCPAC modernists was gone and greats such as Coderch used to say Corbu was a "bad architect" and would only accept the likes of Aalto.

      To be honest, a superficial reading of Scandinavian architecture has been very harmful on, at least, Barcelona school architecture right to this day… you have these mind-numbing brick houses (the ones architects do, not the ones made just for specualation) to understand.

  • PEZ

    Micky Mouse building

  • felix

    Boring and dated. Courtyard looks to be an uninviting space, with not much shade. No shading on the windows either. The floor plan being based around TECHNOLOGICAL CELTIC VILLAGEs is kind of cool, but you'd never glean that from the exterior.

  • nicey

    love the purity of the 32 riser central staircase, most public spirals get hamstrung by regulation landings.

  • circle

    Oh man! This is SO wrong… How could a little joke made in a project class become a building? Someone didn't understand a thing.

  • chema

    disgusting post-war glassy monster…..what a lack of ingenuity!!!

  • h.a.

    agree with all coments. However if you see other buildings by the same architects you'll be surprised. They are among the best 10 in spain

  • debles

    You don't know much about architecture if the only thing you say about it is that it "looks" from the 80's

  • http://autarkic.org J.Leo

    Circles. How convenient.

  • ZAC

    This is a great building, it's form fits its purpose well, to promote equality and openness. It's unfortunate that only jealous haters leave comments.

    • ETM

      How on earth can you say that if the building is not operating yet? I guess user will provide proper feedback
      Glass and curves promote "equiality" …what else ..?
      every building has to be open to scrutiny , don´t be so simplistic

  • chema

    hey zac….i can't get your view on well fit for purpose, seems to me like an orgy in a hot tub….far more convenient to promote equality and openness!!

    ….jealous about the lack of overheating!!

  • Mr. Doubt

    Trying to criticize or praise a building just by seeing some photos on the Internet only shows either a lot of critical capacity or none. Where do you think you are?

  • marcodelia

    Circles are more reliable than unconscious splines; effective building are more durable than trendy projects; understanding buildings is far more interesting than judging online (acting as a arch-mag-reader-criticist). IMHO, of course.

  • eugmir

    holy circles, batman!