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EMBARCADERO CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cáceres, Spain 2003-2008

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EMBARCADERO CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cáceres, Spain 2003-2008

The Aldea Moret district in Cáceres was built in the middle of the last century for a mining company. Its facilities included a series of industrial buildings and an annexed residential zone for the Rio Tinto company staff. The passage of time has left an obsolete group of pavilions, a railway siding and old houses in an abandoned setting surrounded by an area that is degraded socially and economically.
The conversion process for this area, promoted by the municipality with European funding, has begun with the construction of an ambitious centre with multiple objectives in an attempt to generate cultural spaces with a social and educational content as well as a focus on environmental education. The competition required the transformation of a large concrete industrial pavilion to house a complex programme –hybrid in the literal sense of the word-, given that it includes exhibition areas, meetings halls, a bioclimatic agency, offices for neighbourhood associations, centres for training and new technology, a café, an interactive environmental park and a public library.
The totally different activities hosted by this building will coexist beneath the umbrella of a single space, facilitating communication between all uses in a common interior landscape. A ground-level base floor permits a considerable expansion of the public spaces that are essentially defined for exhibitions, auditorium, café and lecture rooms. A generous ramp descends to the lower level beneath a library-bridge, linked to the upper spaces through large circular openings. Four new, light metal buildings are integrated with the pavilion, generating a sequence in which each volume is distinguished by its use, shape, size and colour.
The project’s environmental sensitivity underlies several decisive decisions. A single metal construction protrudes into the exterior, and forms the reference point and spatial orientation for the whole complex while holding photovoltaic and thermal panels on the pavilion roof, along with the overall decisions on the bioclimatic design, both help to minimise the building’s use of pollution-causing energy.
The former opaque walls of the pavilion are turned into polycarbonate or translucent glass panels shaded from the sun, with ventilation louvers that help to improve the building’s energy system.
The former Embarcadero pavilion will help to revitalize a heavily degraded area, compatibilising the memory of its industrial origins with the radical transformation radical of its architectural spaces.
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EMBARCADERO CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cáceres, Spain 2003-2008

Location
Cáceres, Spain
Client
Municipality of Cáceres
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Program
Civic and cultural centre
Total floor area
7.000 m2
Project architect
Carlos Ballesteros
Project team
Stephen Belton, Nina Nolting, Juan Carlos Redondo, Sebastian Sasse, Olaf Syrbe
Site supervision
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Miguel Mesas Izquierdo
Structural engineer
N.B.35, S.L.
Mechanical engineer
Geasyt, S.A.
Infraestructuras, Cooperación y Medio Ambiente, S.A.
Mario García Galludo
Models
Juan de Dios Hernández - Jesús Rey
Photographs
Aurofoto, S.L. (Models)
Roland Halbe  
Fernando Alda 
Project dates
Competition: 2003
Design: 2004
Completion: 2008
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EMBARCADERO CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cáceres, Spain 2003-2008

Monograph TC CUADERNOS nº 131/132. 2017
Published by General de Ediciones de Arquitectura. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-947421-4-9 
Page: 80 – 91
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 148. 2013
Transformaciones / The second life of Buildings
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0124-1256
Article: Multipurpose Center in an Industrial Warehouse
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 32 – 33
 
Magazine ARKETIPO nº 55. 2011
Published by Il Sole 24 ORE S.P.A. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 1828-4450 
Page: 84 – 91 
 
Magazine TECTÓNICA nº 35. 2011
Published by ATC Ediciones, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1136-0062
Page: 20 – 31 
 
Magazine ARKITEKTEN nº 07. Vol 112. 2010
Published by Arkitektens Forlag. Copenhagen, Denmark
ISSN: 0004-198X
Article: Hvad Kan Robusthed?
Author: Michael Asgaard Andersen
Page: 20 – 21 
 
Magazine ON DISEÑO nº 310. 2010
Published by On Diseño, S.L. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 0210-2080
Page: 64 – 73
 
Magazine DISEÑO INTERIOR nº 196. 2008 
Published by Globus Comunicación, S.A. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1130-9458
Article: Nieto y Sobejano: desembarco en Cáceres
Author: Pilar Gómez Rodíguez
Page: 22 – 24
 
Magazine SPACE nº 490. 2008
Published by Lee Sang-leem. Seoul, Korea
ISSN: 1228-2472
Page: 62 – 67
 
Book LA NUEVA SENSIBILIDAD AMBIENTAL EN LA ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA 2000-2006. 2007
Published by Clipmedia. Barcelona, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-611-7520-8
Page: 274 – 281
 
 
Magazine FUTURE ARQUITECTURAS nº 6. 2007
Published by Future Arquitecturas, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1885-8228
Page: 90 – 101
 
Newspaper EL PAIS. 10.09.2005
Article: Extremadura se reinventa
Author: Anatxu Zabalbeascoa
Page: 20
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 94/95. 2004
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0124-1256 
Article: Nieto Sobejano, en Madrid y Cáceres
Page: 19
 
Magazine HABITEX nº 21. 2004
Published by Lourdes Santos Durán. Caceres, Spain
ISSN: 1578-1445
Page: Cover, 8 – 14
 
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EMBARCADERO CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Cáceres, Spain 2003-2008