Civil Guard Barracks House in Malpartida de Plasencia / MUDAARQUITECTURA

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Location: , Cáceres, Spain
Design Team: Pablo Rey Medrano, Federico Rodriguez Cerro, Mª José Selgas Cáceres, Jorge E. Ramos Jular
Technical Architect: Miguel Ángel Tierno de Dios
Client: Dirección General de la Policía y la Guardia Civil
Area: 2,946.65 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Juan Carlos Quindós

The project is based on a typological review proposing alternatives to the traditional solution of the Civil Guard Barracks House, not only from the compositional point of view but also from its function. They are mostly compact and symmetrical buildings that revolve around a courtyard. This isotropy involves also the overlap of the mixed-use program, housing and Government departments, resulting in obvious problems of function, intimacy and relationship.

© Juan Carlos Quindós

From this premise and two constraints, program and space-site, will be generated and structured the project.

© Juan Carlos Quindós

Taking on account the space-site, its trapezoidal geometry and its location on the edge of a morphologically heterogeneous area of a small town in Extremadura (Spain), we propose, in a natural manner, the separation between the different parts of the program, that include housing and Government departments within a required enclosure.

© Juan Carlos Quindós

On the one hand housing are placed in the more regular area of the site, which will allow the seriation on the same type of detached house and single apartment. This series are organized in two rows with a facade to each of the two inner streets created. Alternating full and empty volumes in the composition of the seriation, enables most of the inhabitable pieces to face south, creating also a dynamic rhythm in front.

© Juan Carlos Quindós

On the other hand, if the typological characteristics of the housing are uniformity, repetition and seriation, the building of official departments is the distortion of the ensemble. A required distortion due to the building location in the bow of the trapezoidal site, so that its geometry is determine by the boundaries of the site, and a necessary distortion because this position and the nature of the program require a greater degree of presence and representation. This building is organized into three levels, a level in basement accompanying the natural slope of the land, and has two floors above gradient that will twist one over the other to reach the boardroom window on the first floor that seeks to look at the Extremadura countryside, the Dehesa.


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Cite: "Civil Guard Barracks House in Malpartida de Plasencia / MUDAARQUITECTURA" 09 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>

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