Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta
Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

A seafront auditorium in southern Spain has concave walls that resemble the deflated cheeks of someone taking a deep breath (photographs by Julien Lanoo).

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Designed by Barcelona-based architects Estudio Barozzi Veiga, the Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena provides a hall for theatre and concerts in the town of Aguilas.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Located on the seaside promenade, the building provides sheltered terraces within recessed balconies.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Two large rectangular windows on the south facade offer sea views from the central lobby and stairwell.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

This auditorium is the second sea-facing building featured on Dezeen this week, following a cliff-top house in Sydney inspired by a Picasso painting.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Other auditoriums recently featured on Dezeen include a convention centre crowned by a ring of mesh thorns and a performing arts centre resembling a pair of shells.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

See also: a house with a concave roof also by Estudio Barozzi Veiga.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Here's some more information from the architects:


Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena in Águilas, Spain

The project is a natural response to the particular stimulus, offered by the location.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

On one hand the need to respect the urban tissue that growths inside, on the other, the one’s to preserve the expressive hue of the natural landscape.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

It is through from this contrast, that we define and articulate tensions which allows the project to organize itself while a coherent response to the constraints of place.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

The building is a dialectic reflection, simple but at the same time strong, between the urban artificiality and the organic naturalness.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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Thus, the building results in a large mass, shaped in function of the tensions that proceeds from the different character of the spaces surround it.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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Tangent to the town, the facades are clean, orderly and paused, while tangent to the sea, the facades translate the surrounding space and the configuration offered by the landscape and geography, through large and concave surfaces, that provides a direct and intensive relation with the surrounding natural environment.

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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International Competition: I Prize
Project: 2004
Construction: 2008- 2011
Investor: City of Aguilas
Use area: 10 200m2
Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga S.L.P.
Team: Alberto Fernandez Veiga, Fabrizio Barozzi, Luca Colomban, Paulo Lopes , Tanja Oppowa, Antonio Pinto, Agnieszka Samsel , Antonis Vourexakis

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

  • David

    Simplicity which Ghery and Hadid seem to miss – a display of finesse.

  • PETER WOOD VUW NZ

    This already looks terribly dated… imagine in 10 years!

    • bill

      It doesn't look dated, and who cares anyway? Why does everything have to look new. When I visited it works well, has great plan, v elegant and striking on exterior and nice, calm spaces inside. Approach is nice too.

  • yuc

    Nice form; exterior color, curves and the window-to-wall proportions contribute reducing the heavy mass of the auditorium.

    Yet the 4-storey high gallery is too strict in comparison to the exterior. The exterior form could have continuation here. Moreover, this gallery's void and the materials used will help aggrandize the noise coming from the crowd.

  • OPA

    wonderful! Barozzi+Veiga rock.

    would be interesting to see some pics of construction process

  • amsam

    lovely– walls like sails

    • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

      My thoughts exactly :) Very simple and yet it works rather well

  • Seb

    Welcome to the latest fashion in architecture; buildings that look like giant foam core models.

  • Lee

    Seb,

    What have you built? Seriously? I would like to see your offerings to the built environment in light of this comment……Please enlighten us.

  • lacritic

    exterior forms are really seductive but it seems to stop there. The language of the exterior and the interior space do not have a strong relationship.