La Cros Old Factories / Diaz y Diaz Architects

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Architects: Díaz y Díaz Architects – Lucas Díaz and Gustavo Díaz
Location: , Spain
Client: Culleredo Town Hall
Surveyor: RamoÅLnRodilla Marcos
Area: 9,000 sqm
Date of Construction: 2011 (phase I)
Photography: Courtesy of Xoan Pinon

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Faced with the Burgo estuary, along the new promenade stand proud of the old factory Cros structures. The first phase project includes the decontamination of structures and terrain as well as a complete renovation. To undertake this phase structures were settled with pine wooden formwork and the roof was recovered ceramic tiles.

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Carefully studying the circulation of the Cros Old factory buildings and in knowing, that when considered together, the three existent buildings have a great value for its urban and architectural system, volumetric plastic qualities andspatial configuration, DiÅLaz y DiÅLaz Architects sought an integration of architectural space. In doing so, their design isperceived as a unified whole.
The auditorium, as the Library and the cafeteria, have their own entrances and circulation systems, so they can be operated independently.

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From the formal point of view, all new projected spaces are conceived as free bodies, with a clear volumetry, staying within the existing buildings, touching them in essential and specified points. The special treatment, seeking toadequately express the contrast between old and new: on the one hand the ships restored with its originalvolumetry of barrel-vaulted naves and visible structure; furthermore, the new bodies based parallelepiped volumessmooth surface.

These old factory buildings are a magnificent example of industrial architecture of the time, which are parts of architectural modern heritage to preserve and to convert in a great cultural pole of attraction and urbanentertainment not only for the municipal level, but to the entire metropolitan area.

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Cite: "La Cros Old Factories / Diaz y Diaz Architects" 22 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • andyl

    These are fantastic. Let’s just hope the Spanish economy keeps them in this state permanently… and if they are developed please don’t insult them with the planned effete blobs which hang flaccid in the space and bulge out of the sides. Have some guts, stand up to them – why not a tower next door? More Lina bo Bardi, less Will Alsop.