Architects: Mestura Arquitectes Location: Lugo, Galicia, Spain Design Team: Humbert Costas, Manuel Gómez, Jaime Blanco, Carlos Durán, Josep M. Estapè Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 5,293.83 sqm Photographs: Andrés Fraga
The volumetry of this building is defined by a U-shaped structure around a courtyard. This courtyard articulates and prioritizes different uses, providing lighting inside the main routes.
This implementation allows to differentiate the location of the offices of the local police and civil protection wich requires a completely separate operation. This is possible thanks to a clear segmentation of the ground and first floors of circulations both indoors and volumetric configuration of the building, giving an image capable of conferring identity to each of the services and strengthening its presence in the two main facades shown from the access.
The general appearance is that of a compact building with controlled openings in the exterior walls and airy interiors in protected facades facing the courtyard and in the areas of access and citizen services. The position of the three vertical communication cores, it means generating a mass fragmentation pursued built to accommodate the scale of the building to the parcel.