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LATINA COUNCIL HALL

Madrid, Spain 1997-1999

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LATINA COUNCIL HALL

Madrid, Spain 1997-1999

The Latina district is a district of Madrid that has grown rapidly since the 1950’s as a result of the urban drift. It has a dispersed, fragmentary urban fabric with large gaps between industrial and military constructions and roads and railways mingled amongst the intersections of dense residential areas. In recent years the area has witnessed the gradual appearance of new constructions common to modern western cities: big shopping centres, transport interchanges, car parks, freeways and flyovers. The new district municipal offices had to be located in one of the vacant lots arising from recent zoning plans in a densely populated suburb lacking any buildings that represent its civic identity.

In an environment dominated by commercial and transport infrastructures, the new town hall is conceived as a compact building set at one edge of the site in order to configure a public square at the upper level. A sequence of voids crosses it, establishing a link between different public spaces on different levels while also defining an internal open air plaza that symbolizes the representative nature of the district council. This internal square provides independent access to the two main zones of the programme: the exhibition/meetings/council hall and the administration and public service areas.

The building is organised as a solid prismatic volume on a square plan, with a fundamentally opaque external treatment formed by a grid of white prefab concrete panels in three finishes: flat, striated or latticed. Inside, on the other hand, the facades are glazed using the same modulation, with transparent or translucent glazing according to the internal usage requirements.
 






















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LATINA COUNCIL HALL

Madrid, Spain 1997-1999

Client
Municipality of Madrid
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P.
Program
Town Hall
Total floor area
5.489 m²
Project team
Carlos Ballesteros, Mauro Herrero, Pedro Quero, Juan Carlos Redondo
Site supervision
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P.
Miguel Mesas
Structural engineer
Infotaller Estructuras
Mechanical engineer
Geasyt S.A
Photographs
Hisao Suzuki
Baltanás / Sánchez
Project dates
Competition: 1.997
Completion: 1.999
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LATINA COUNCIL HALL

Madrid, Spain 1997-1999

Magazine AREA nº 67. 2003
Magazine of Architecture and the Arts Project
Published by Il Sole 24 Ore Business Media srl. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 0394-0055
Page: 18
 
Catalogue OBRA RECIENTE. CICLO 2000 – 2002. 2002
Ciclo de Exposiciones organizada por el Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM)
Published by Fundación COAM. Madrid, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-88496-65-2
Page: 20 – 21 
 
GUÍA BÁSICA DE ARQUITECTURA DE MADRID. 2002
Published by Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Spain
ISBN: 9788477401001 
Page: 131
 
Book SPANISH PAVILION. 2000
7 Mostra Di Architettura. Biennale di Venecia 2000
Published by Electa España, S.A. Spain
ISBN: 84-8156-297-1 (English edition)
ISBN: 84-8156-296-3 (Spanish edition)
Page: 216 – 221
 
Magazine ON DISEÑO nº 216. 2000
Published by On Diseño S.L. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 0210-2080
Page: 264 – 277
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA COAM nº 321. 2000
Published by Ediciones Reunidas, S.A. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0004-2706
Page: 28 – 31 
 
Magazine ARTE Y CEMENTO nº 1.883. 2000
Published by Elsevier Información Profesional, S.A. Bilbao, Spain 
ISSN: 0212-8578
Page: 110 – 118 
 
Catalogue METÁFORO 21. 1999
Published by Editorial Rueda, S.L. & Ministerio de Fomento. Madrid, Spain
ISBN: 84.7207.123.5
Page: 64 – 73 
 
Magazine COSTES + DATOS DE EDIFICACIÓN Nº 21. 1999
Published by Soft. S.A. Madrid, Spain
ISBN: 1136-9132 
Page: 21
 
Magazine AV MONOGRAFÍAS/MONOGRAPHS nº 74. 1998
Madrid, Madrid
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0213-487X
Page: 46 – 51
 
Catalogue V BIENAL ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA 97-98. 1998 
Published by Electa España S.A. Barcelona, Spain
ISBN: 84-8156-231-9
Page: 91
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LATINA COUNCIL HALL

Madrid, Spain 1997-1999

Honourable Mention Prize COAM 1998

Selected V Bienal Española Arquitectura 1999