Southeast of the city, where building is sparser in contact with the last foothills of the Sierra Nevada, is the neighborhood of Lancha del Genil. That is where this Polyvalent Social Center is located. It provides a shared space for the development of neighborhood life, a place for activities to meet, a hybrid between indoors and out, an ambiguous space in which lines of force cross and emptiness takes on its own value.
In that sense, this work is not conceived as a building, but as a knot, both in its program—it is the quintessential space for meeting—and in its manner of tying in the space in order to articulate two topographic levels and two differing situations. The trapezoidal building site is on a hillside near the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. It has a southward drop of 5 meters. The project is on the edge where mountain and city meet and it resolves this by adapting itself to the topography to resolve the design in a straightforward, flexible and rational way. The building’s layout follows the perimeter like a retaining wall in order to minimize its presence on the upper floor, so that the public space, an observation gallery, plays the leading role in the urban scene.
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