Torremadariaga Basque Biodiversity Centre

Paesi Baschi / Spain / 2008

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The proposal is based on absolute respect for the existing building, which consists of a 15th century tower house with a later to which a mansion was attached in the 18th century, both examples of the Basque vernacular architecture. Based on this premise, a proposal that emphasized the historic and architectural values of these buildings was designed, housing the new public programme below ground with the only new construction visible from the exterior being punctual elements to solve access and lighting requirements. Whilst the 18th century mansion slab structure was rebuilt, the interior of the tower was left empty to highlight the historical memories of the bare architecture of the construction. The old and new buildings are connected on the ground floor, so the mansion-tower maintains its dominant position over the landscape. This connection is considered to be a natural extension of the building itself, creating perfect harmony between the two parts and their surroundings. The selection of materials also follows a respectful attitude towards the existing architecture. using wood stone and glass as the only main materials. [ES] La propuesta parte del máximo respeto a las edificaciones existentes, que constan de una Casa-Torre del siglo XV a la que posteriormente se adosó un Palacio en el siglo XVIII, ambos característicos de la arquitectura vernácula vasca. A partir de esta premisa, nace una propuesta que enfatiza los valores históricos y arquitectónicos de estas edificaciones, donde el nuevo programa de espacios públicos se entierra bajo él. Así, surge una planta en el sótano del actual edificio que sólo se muestra al exterior en elementos puntuales que resuelven los requisitos de accesos e iluminación. En el interior del Palacio del siglo XVIII, se plantea la reconstrucción de sus forjados, mientras la Torre se mantiene como un elemento vacío, contenedor de los recuerdos y elemento rótula del proyecto. La unión entre el edificio rehabilitado y su nuevo anexo se da en planta baja, manteniendo el Palacio-Torre su posición dominante sobre el paisaje en el que se enclava. Dicha unión se plantea como una ampliación natural del propio edificio generando una perfecta armonía entre las dos partes y su entorno. Siguiendo el mismo criterio, se utiliza una paleta mínima de materiales consistente en madera, piedra y vidrio para resolver el edificio, generando una adecuada intervención del conjunto.
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    The proposal is based on absolute respect for the existing building, which consists of a 15th century tower house with a later to which a mansion was attached in the 18th century, both examples of the Basque vernacular architecture. Based on this premise, a proposal that emphasized the historic and architectural values of these buildings was designed, housing the new public programme below ground with the only new construction visible from the exterior being punctual elements to solve access...

    Project details
    • Year 2008
    • Work finished in 2008
    • Client Eusko Jaurlaritza (Gobierno Vasco/Basque Government)
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Research Centres/Labs / Museums / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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