OKE / aq4 arquitectura

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Ortuella, Spain


OKE is the new Ortuella Culture House, in the former mining area of Vizcaya. There is no extraction of iron sulfate. The valleys that previously received rusty sand dunes, now pile groups of metal ships lacquered in polygons. Everything has been erased, and there is no trace.

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We have been lucky enough to build there, where a main street and a square can be joined. OKE looks from side to side through a road, as far as possible, to see and be seen from a distance in a precise approach maneuver.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Windows, Facade
© Adrià Goula

It is a structure that alternates bays of 380 and 750 centimeters to facilitate storage and different activities. Each bay defines its own section. From the topography of the valley, the roofs are displayed as facades.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Brick, Facade
© Adrià Goula

We knew the scale of the underground infrastructures. We wanted to build something that was there long before the absurd polygons.

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Sección 01


Place a building perpendicular to the main route of Ortuella to look at both sides of the valley. See and be seen from a distance.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Wood, Lighting, Column
© Adrià Goula

Connect Otxartaga Square, the most significant public space of the village with Catalina Gibaja Street. Use this opportunity to make the new house of culture "stretch" the plaza to the street and the street to the plaza.

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Planta Nivel 1 Casa Cultura

Shaping the volumes that define the building to respond to the different topographic levels that delimit the place.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Windows, Brick, Facade
© Adrià Goula

Complete a new urban route where existing exterior spaces connect with different activities in the library, square and street.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Windows, Facade
© Adrià Goula

Working with the topography to define two different access and uses that are set by the program. The parking entrance from the existing one on the plaza, can give direct access to Catalina Gibaja street (height 0.00 m).

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Sección 04

Allow the Multipurpose Room to function independently, with an access of 3.35 m as part of the new plaza, where different activities can be developed, although the rest of the building is closed.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Door
© Adrià Goula

Define the empty space - filled space with a succession of bands of different widths, where the program is finding its place.

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© Adrià Goula

Allow a flexible organization by equipping with spaces that serve for predictable and unpredictable uses of the house of culture.

OKE / aq4 arquitectura - Shelving, Chair, Windows
© Adrià Goula

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Project location

Address:Calle Catalina Gibaja 10. Ortuella. Vizcaya.

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Cite: "OKE / aq4 arquitectura" 04 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/301687/oke-aq4-arquitectura> ISSN 0719-8884

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