Architects: TASH – Taller de Arquitectura Sánchez-Horneros
Location: Toledo, Spain
Design Team: Emilio Sánchez-Horneros, Antonio Sánchez-Horneros, Álvaro Cabrera
Area: 680 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán
Structural Engineer: Carlos Asensi, Antonio de Blas
Technical Engineer: Francisco Guadamillas, Ignacio de La Cal
Client: SHG society
Construction: Hospital General de Toledo UTE
Throughout history, large scale projects had auxiliary constructions to host the technical teams and in some cases, their families when they were remote places. Associates to dams, new cities, bridges or airports, architecture of great value emerged. Modern day society allows architecture and engineering to happen without the physical presence of those times. That’s why this Technical Construction Pavilion shows the vocation of making a slow and precise architecture. More than an architecture project, it’s a way of doing architecture.
The expiration of use in a building is normal and common but this must not confuse, nor lead us to design temporal buildings. Designing a building means an economic and environmental wear that shouldn’t be dissipated. Under a strict point of view, temporal architecture should only be associated with theatrical shows, so the wear is seen to achieve higher actions. With this building, we propose to state the temporality in relationship to its use, so it petrifies its character.
Since the Pavilion is the first finished element in the building, the first reference to a hostile environment, of great mountains of land excavation, material stockpiles, dust and noise, the implantation is made so it protects through a cloister structure fully closed in the exterior perimeter and open to the garden defined by the own building. The orthogonality of the building allows to control the space and define a reference for the rest of the project, so extensions can be incorporated for future uses.
The C-form open to the north and closed to the rest orientations benefits a low-rise office building and generates a microclimate in the inner patio that benefits the summer conditions.
The use of a self-ventilated clear brick allows a favorable behavior of the whole set with a well proportioned disbursement. This brick is a key element in the buildings’ expression, seeking an image that constitutes a novelty for this material.