Training Center of Town Hall in Sevilla / sol89

© Fernando Alda

Architects: sol89 / María González y Juanjo López de la Cruz
Location: Barriada de Palmete, ,
Project area: 1,451 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2009
Photographs: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda

We could see the suburban blocks that originate in the neighborhoodwhere the Training Center is located as if they were a single constructive fact. We would discover then a labyrinth of unexpected and surprising spaces that have been adhering to one another in a hazardous way over time. Setbacks that blur the line between the public and the private, linked patios hollowing out the block, intermediate floor plans, spontaneous gardens, ambiguous places between the exterior and the interior, winding paths, condensed urban events on the built mass that have arisen from the unplanned accumulation.

© Fernando Alda

In our case, the existing gap and the obligation to adapt to the morphology of the block allow us to explore this resource where the floor plan notion is diluted by a continuous path that links the different theoretical spaces, related to façade, with the perched workshops around the interior void. As if we could plot the possible section that the picture of the House of Mirrors at Clarence Schmidt at Woodstock hides or the path that Monsieur Hulot describes walking around his house in Mon Oncle from Jacques Tati, broken sections appear where each space is where it must be beyond structural efficiencies or regulatory limits.


The Training Centre offers a labyrinth of spaces that face each other joined by a continuous path, diagonal views, places that involve other places,diluting the relationship between the interior and the exterior, situations of density, which like in the unplanned plot, accumulate spatial events and mix uses.

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Cite: "Training Center of Town Hall in Sevilla / sol89" 02 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • martin

    Now THATS what i call architecture folks!

    Very refined project and excellent materialization.

  • nate

    simple moves = powerful articulation. really well done.

  • up_today_arch

    Strong solutions for colors… Color is a big part of impressions of this project…