Town Hall Extension, Murcia
Rafael Moneo 

Town Hall Extension, Murcia

Rafael Moneo 


The only open side of the Cardinal Belluga Plaza is closed with a building that, in dialogue with both the Baroque cathedral and the Cardinal palace, restores the celebratory character of this enclave. Its facade to the square renounces competition with classical orders and, oriented toward the cathedral, is composed without an entrance. It acts as a musical score, assuming the horizontal system of the floor slabs; its key element is the opening of the balcony, which peaks out of the gallery, an echo of the palace ‘piano nobile.’ The concentric circles of the plaza surface emphasize the concavity of the space, while a radial curb of travertine manifests diagonal relations between the civil and ecclesiastic powers. Basalt paving stones extend a dark carpet to the feet of this abstract sandstone altarpiece, in which sparkles the Mediterranean sun...[+]