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Merida Factory Youth Movement / Selgas Cano

  • Architects: Selgas Cano
  • Location: Merida, Spain
  • Architects: Selgas Cano / Jose Selgas, Lucia Cano
  • Client: Junta de Extremadura
  • Area: 3090.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan

From the architect. Skatepark, Concert area, broadband Internet, Modding, Tuning, Modeling, Graffiti, Urban Art, Street Theatre, tightrope walking, circus activities, Video Art, Electronic Music, Acrobatics, Performing Arts, Manga, Parkour, Audiovisual Art, Contemporary Dance, Dance Funk and Hip Hop, Ballroom and MACC (contemporary artistic body manifestations) are all activities that make up the collective Factory Program and will we will continue to offer these activities in the new Factory Merida project.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

As new people join, it appears that in the near future we will have to filter some of these activities, but our goal as architects is that no one will have to be filtered. The building is designed as a large canopy that is open to the entire city and available to anyone who would like to come. This canopy is composed of a series of volumes with oval floor plans with treated as isolated modules, allowing independent access. Since there is no system to control climate within the site, a large thermal covering, a meter thick, protects the youth from rain and sun while they participate in activities below. The cover also helps control the climate within these activity areas. Protective and translucent, the roof extends like a floating cloud.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Merida Factory Youth Movement / Selgas Cano" 07 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>