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Bajo Martin County / Magén Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 11 February, 2012
Bajo Martin County / Magén Arquitectos
Bajo Martin County / Magén Arquitectos, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Híjar, Spain
  • Architects

    Magén Arquitectos  - Jaime Magén
  • Collaborators

    Beatriz Olona, María Tejel (architects), José Luis Sánchez (quantity surveyor), Rafael González (engineer), José Sainz (structure)
  • Developer

    Bajo Martin County Seat
  • Construction

    Conavinsa SA. Grupo Praínsa
  • Photographs

   

first floor plan
first floor plan

The Bajo Martin County is formed by nine historic populations in Teruel, located in the basin of the River Martin. Alabaster, which is extracted from quarries in the area, is one of its main resources, dedicated to both the export and cultural promotion, through routes, meeting craft and art activities, organized annually by the Center for Integrated Development of Alabaster.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

The site is located on the outskirts of Hijar, capital of the county, along the national highway N-232 and the old abandoned silo. It was a dysfunctional urban environment, including existing industrial buildings, and the front of residential townhouses, just across the road.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

The absence of urban qualities in the environment legitimizes a certain autonomous condition of the building, rising from the land to form a unified solution, clear and compact. Therefore, the necessary link of building and place, reinforced by its institutional character, not articulated from urban relationships with the immediate environment, but from references to geographical landscape, history and culture, present in their external configuration. The group of carved volumes on local materials -stone and alabaster, alludes, in an abstract and geometric way, to stone groups that occur in quarries in the area. The stone surfaces, opaque or translucent, exhibit materials and expressive features of alabaster in relation to the day or night lighting.

second floor plan
second floor plan

The ordered group volumes in the outside, compact, heavy and massive, is poured inside. The space pierces and perforates the solid volume, producing a dynamic system of voids, connected visually and spatially, diagonally, linking the three floors and articulating the circulation spaces, access and meeting. The continuity with the outside material and the presence of natural light into the interior through various gaps, strengthen the condition of the interior space as empty excavated, drawn from the section as a fundamental tool of the project.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

The functional organization of the project is divided into three bands constructed parallel to the path. The first is the plenary hall access and, second, the lobby and areas of management and administration, and third, to the auditorium and classrooms. The distribution of plants distinguishes between the more public areas at ground and first floors, and more related to internal management and work in the second. In contrast to the stone walls inside the bamboo wood finish in the most significant spaces such as the plenary hall, underscores its public, institutional and representative.

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21 Comments

Captain Zhu · December 16, 2014

nice facade material, changing by the light.

Thomas Wall · May 03, 2012

I am absolutely enamoured with this project...the marble is the best! Bajo Martin County: Magén Arquitectos http://t.co/0UQgVwsG @archdaily

Scott Bodenheimer · May 02, 2012

So this is a building that promotes the trade of alabaster? Because that's not clear in your text. You really should run your writing by someone who isn't an architect who speaks Architectese, this is the web now, and if what you put out there is unclear it will be unusable in the future.

Alan Halpin · April 03, 2012

Stone / alabaster house http://t.co/K36gkQmx #architecture

Amelia Cazorla · February 16, 2012

Arquitectura + Teruel + Alabastro http://t.co/2rolvHAY

Mughsin · February 14, 2012

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Mara · February 13, 2012

wow what a great effect with transparency of stone!

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Joshua Simoneau · February 12, 2012

Beautiful simplicity: http://t.co/ZhUoVQpt

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Architecture+Molding · February 12, 2012

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Fabio Pradarelli · February 12, 2012

Interesting clear geometry. The use of materials reflect Spanish architectural school, and a very intelligent example of genius loci.

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