Santa Marta de Tormes Town Hall / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos

Santa Marta de Tormes Town Hall / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos - More Images+ 13

  • Project Management: José Francisco González Hernández, José Luis Borrego Rodríguez
  • Construction: Collosa Construcciones y obras Llorente.S.A, Manrique Vecino, Eva Cabezas, José Félix Lozano
  • Budget: 1.580.087,33 Euros
  • Project Architects: Emilio Sánchez Gi, Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado, Emilio Sánchez Cuadrado
  • Collaborator: Antonio García Villanueva
  • Country: Spain
More SpecsLess Specs
Ground Floor Plan

Text description provided by the architects. We begin with an unstructured space with multiple conditions that required specific answers, exposed party walls, immovable telephone substation, a messy urban fabric with uneven heights, streets leading to the site ...

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

We seek a single design capable of solving all the urban problems. 

The general layout of the square consists of two facilities: City Hall and library. Both are separated by the preexisting telephone substation, hidden behind a ceramic panel connecting them.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The town hall takes its representative role over the square it configures, while the library is lost among the trees, an element that reinforces the space created.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The building that generates city.

The proposal arises from the configuration of the representative public space as a generator of the project. We create an elliptical plaza with a slope, about 42x35 meters, a typology with very outstanding precedents in the field of historic urbanism (Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican, Campidoglio in Rome or the Piazza del Campo in Siena). It is embraced by the building, which reinforces the tension of the space generated with the line of the ledges increasing outwards. We have designed a public space-building positive-negative interaction.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The building embraces the public space, creating a welcoming space. It has a ground floor with a continuous arch on which a body of variable height, between one and two floors, rises. The volume is the result of the intersection of an elliptical cylinder with an inclined plane.


The facade of the cantilevered body overlooking the plaza, facing north and east, is glazed in its entirety and is protected by vertical slats of white precast concrete, which unify the image of the building and ensure brightness inside the rooms. The rest of the building facades have a massive character, reinforcing the volume with black exposed clinker brick, in which the openings and ceramic lattices are protagonist.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado


A City Hall is not another administrative building. Its symbolic nature, its representative elements and the traditional relationship with the city make it a unique building, so there has been a new reading of the elements of classic town halls.

© Fernando Sánchez Cuadrado

The building opens to the public space and surrounds the citizen in a friendly and transparent way, as a symbol of the democratic institution it represents, and where great care has been given to the location of the different urban landmarks: Flags masts, rising above the cornice line, the balcony, protagonist during holidays, designed as a gap in the rhythm of the slats, and the clock, which recovers the classical duality with the church tower on the other side of the parkway.

First Floor Plan

Project gallery

See allShow less

Project location


Click to open map
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "Santa Marta de Tormes Town Hall / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos" [Ayuntamiento de Santa Marta de Tormes España / Sanchez Gil Arquitectos] 21 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.