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  7. San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

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San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

  • 09:00 - 17 June, 2015
San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra

  • Architects

  • Location

    Palacio de San Telmo, Avenida Roma, 21, 41013 Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Area

    22080.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba © Duccio Malagamba + 31

  • Design and Direction of Construction Works

    Marcos Vázquez Consuegra
  • Direction of Construction Works

    Ismael Moya, Ignacio González
  • Project Team

    Joaquín Amaya, Stefan Häring, Genoveva Ruiz, Sara Costa, Miguel Chaves, Maria Picone, Valentina Patrono, Fco. Javier Álvarez, Mónica Sanz-Orozco
  • Direction of Works

    Raquel Ruiz, Pedro Hébil, Laura Arroyo, Laura Moruno
  • Furniture

    Elena Laredo
  • Artists

    Carmen Laffon, Paco Pérez Valencia
  • Structure

    Edartec Consultores.
  • Installations

    Insur J.G.
  • Landscaping

    Goyca S.A.
  • Main Contractor

    Ferrovial Agroman S.A., Pedro Coco, Mateo Ferrer.
  • Metalwork

    Talleres Vázquez/ Jorge Vázquez Consuegra.
  • Carpentry and Timber Joinery

    Dionisio Cáceres e hijos S.A., Fabricados Tir S.L.
  • Glazing

    Saint-Gobain S.A.
  • Restoration

    Gares S.L. and Grupo Clar Rehabilitación
  • Painting

    Apym y Sapra Aplicaciones de pinturas Ramos y Morales S.L.
  • Stonework

    Aura S.L., Euro-Bogar S.L., Pavestone S.L
  • Wall Drainage

    Alecsa.
  • Micropiling

    Kellerterra S.L.. HVAC: Inclima S.L.
  • Electrical Installations

    I.F.M. y López Alcón Eléctricas.
  • Exterior Lighting

    Pierre Bideau-C.I.E.L. París.
  • Anti-pigeon treatment

    Rentokil Pest Control.
© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

Text description provided by the architects. The Palace of San Telmo, outside of the historical city centre and integrated into the landscape of the Guadalquivir river, constitutes one of the most outstanding civil buildings of Spanish baroque architecture. Constructed between 1682 and 1796 for the Seminary-School of the University of Mariners, it was transformed in the second half of the XIXth century into the residence of the dukes of Montpensier.

Courtesy of Vázquez Consuegra
Courtesy of Vázquez Consuegra

Transferred to the Church for use as a Metropolitan Seminary, it has been in use until the final years of the XXth century. This period has been considered the most harmful to the heritage of San Telmo; it entailed not only demolition of the interior but the transformation of the buildings formal configuration and tipology. In 1989 it was acquired by the regional government of Andalusia for its Presidential seat.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

The proposal offers an intervention that, for the first time in its history, encompasses the totality of the building.  The intervention is therefore a complex process of summation and superimposition, of acts of restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction. Hence the expediency of defining as ‘restoration’ a set of manifold operations performed on the building.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

It is a proposal based on the desire to formulate not an imposed architecture, but rather, on the contrary, an architecture that serves the building. An architecture that corresponds with that other tradition of modernity, that which does not imply discontinuity or rupture (and not historicist mimicry), in which a certain interaction takes place between the innovative languages of modernity and the aggregate of historical languages, so that a resonance occurs and complementary languages develop, achieving together a physical and historical continuity.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

This intervention proposes to recover, in the non-symmetrical disposition of the patios, the historical memory of the building, establishing an analogical relation with the founding core of the old building, the building that was constructed in the last years of the XVIIth century, in which a set of tiny and erratic courts gave a more domestic scale to the South wing, in contrast to the more formal spaces, which would later be aligned along the transverse axis.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

The presence of the large central void, which was formerly the gardens of San Telmo, suggested the idea of conceiving the intervention as a series of gardens within a garden. The set of operations is structured proposing various enclosures, places to stay, organised by a central architectural element formed by the pools and these enclosures, which are sunken slightly, evoking the Hispanic-Muslim tradition.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

Large masses of vegetation interlace, creating an ambience of a paradisiacal garden, semi wild, where fruits, flowers, colours, smells and textures take the leading role.

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "San Telmo Palace Restoration / Vázquez Consuegra" 17 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/642519/san-telmo-palace-restoration-for-the-presidential-seat-of-the-regional-government-of-andalusia-vazquez-consuegra/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Duccio Malagamba

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