Eneseis Arquitectura designed a cultural centre in the heart of the old town in the “El Claustro” square of San Nicolas Co-cathedral in Alicante, Spain. The strategic point in the center of social and cultural life provides a space for the public to find resources about the city, as well as be exposed to works of art in showrooms and ateliers. “El Claustro” is a space that provides historical and tourist value to the city, and expresses the rich culture of the architecture in the area. During the day it is an attraction for inhabitants and visitors alike. At night, the square transforms into a highly social environment that the citizens of Alicante can visit for its myriad selection of terraces, pubs, bars and restaurants. El Claustro shares the ground plane with San Nicolas, but is a deep-set urban space open on all sides. Eneseis Arquitectura designed the project under the premise that the city center would preserve its distinct qualities in night and day while creating a space that dignifies and protects the block of the Co-cathedral, respects the old town’s urban matrix of dense and narrow streets, and uses the conditions of the closed and inward looking cloister to give contextual meaning to the intervention.
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