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New classrooms for the School of Economics at Murcia University / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl

  • 01:00 - 1 April, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
New classrooms for the School of Economics at Murcia University / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl
New classrooms for the School of Economics at Murcia University / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl, © Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

© Gabriel López © Gabriel López © Gabriel López © Gabriel López + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Murcia Spain
  • Arquitectos a Cargo

    Pablo Carbonell Alonso, J.A. Sánchez Morales, M. Mesa del Castillo Clavel, Ricardo Crespi, Juli Novau Mañogil, Luis Miguel Guzmán Sánchez, Laura Ortín, Jiménez, Blanca de Juan Bayan
  • Acoustic Engineering

  • Structural Engineering

    David Boixader
  • Construction

  • Client

    Universidad de Murcia
  • Area

    472.0 m2
  • Year

  • Photography

    Gabriel López
© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

Text description provided by the architects. The design project for eight new classrooms for the School of Economics and Business at Murcia University, the result of a collaboration between Ecoproyecta and Adhoc msl, has been defined from the beginning by sustainability criteria with respect to energy efficiency and material selection.

© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

The original building was designed and executed by the studio Adhoc msl and the architect Enrique Carbonell at the end of the 1990s. The general scheme of the building was determined by four classroom and office blocks, with east-west orientation, that cross with two perpendicular communication rooms, with north-south orientation.

© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

Years later, Murcia University proposes the extension of new classrooms that would follow the criteria of educational spaces defined in the Declaration of Bolonia (organizational flexibility, smaller spaces, less students per teacher, the integration of new technologies, etc). To these criteria, Ecoproyecta added standards of sustainable construction, to accomplish a healthy, comfortable space, with a lower energy requirement. The new classrooms are located in the porches originally left open as part of the interior plaza. The classrooms occupy the porches partially, and maintain the possibility of circulating through the plaza. The access to the classrooms from the exterior plaza revitalizes its use, and takes advantage of the benign weather in Murcia.

© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

The intention was to understand this extension as a new element added to an existing building. Therefore, instead of mimicking the construction in steel and concrete of the original building, the design of the extension, both formally and constructively, was realized independently.

© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

The new classrooms follow the concept of dry and lightweight assemblage, with a structure comprised of laminated wood and prefabricated wood-cement panels in the exterior, and chipboard panels in the interior. Thermal insulation is achieved using natural cork and hemp fiber. Natural cork panels also contribute to acoustic conditions, in terms of insulation and reverberation, necessary for the comfort needed in the classrooms.

© Gabriel López
© Gabriel López

The lack of thermal inertia resulting of a lightweight construction system is compensated with thicker insulation. Each façade contains a layer of hemp fiber 8cm thick and a layer of natural cork 4cm thick. Added to the insulation capacity of the wood panels, a very low thermal conductivity is achieved. Thus, thanks to the low thermal conductivity inertia, the classrooms reach their comfort temperature quickly.


The ventilation and lighting systems are simple, taking advantage of the free perimeter classrooms. Openings on the north and south facades facilitate cross ventilation and natural lighting perpendicular to the orientation of the working plane. These openings are materialized with skylights that give the project its emblematic image.

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Cite: "New classrooms for the School of Economics at Murcia University / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl" [Nuevas Aulas para la Faculta de Economía de la Universidad De Murcia / Ecoproyecta + Ad-hoc msl] 01 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884