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Unquera Parish Center - Church of the Holy Martyrs / Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

Unquera Parish Center - Church of the Holy Martyrs / Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos

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Unquera, Spain
  • Structural Engineering:Miguel Terán Garrido
  • Me Engineering:Juan Carcedo Haya
  • Contractor:Juncalmar
  • Technical Architect:Raquel Gómez Gregorio
  • Client:Obispado de Santander
  • Budget:643,303 €
  • Architects In Charge:Luís Alberto Alonso Ortiz, Joaquín Barrientos Barquín, Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira, Florentina Muruzábal Sitges
  • Collaborating Architect:Carlos Alberto Gómez Santos
  • City:Unquera
  • Country:Spain
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The center, located in the extension of Unquera, is aligned to a road in the base of the mountain which characterizes and darkens the plot.

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We projected and elementary volume slightly elevated from the land, like a palafito. Its abstraction and scale facilitate its implantation as primary element in the heterogenous and little qualified urban fabric. Its distance against the ground level avoids the damages caused by the swellings of the Deva river.

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© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The program was organized in a rectangular plant of extreme proportions, differentiating the functional areas. We access the building trhough a footbridge to the luminous lobby, that articulates the spaces and serves as meeting area. The church has two naves.The smaller nave is defined by a strong beam and it allocates the confessional and the sacristy. The zenital entrance of the light through the small nave and trhough the bottom of presbitery, clarified by a free wall, emphasizes the space asymmetry.

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© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The center has an office, two classrooms, open to the side facade, and a band of services.

© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images
© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The center has been built with very few materials, concrete walls, industrial wood grounds, mixed carpentries…

© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images
© Pablo Ausucua García and Office Images

The disposition of the building at the bottom of the parcel, created a new urban space with cypresses.

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Address:Unquera, Cantabria, Spain

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About this office
Cite: "Unquera Parish Center - Church of the Holy Martyrs / Fernandez-Abascal y Muruzabal + Ortiz y Barrientos" 07 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/369697/unquera-parish-center-church-of-the-holy-martyrs-fernandez-abascal-y-muruzabal-ortiz-y-barrientos> ISSN 0719-8884

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