Auditorium and Congress Palace Infanta Doña Elena by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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