The leisure Center for the Elderly in Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara), consists of a series of halls that are linked to one another. With this organization, the Center is set forth as a contemporary variation of the traditional casinos, whose rooms were laid out with a certain disorder under the mottoes of leisure, reading, play, conversation and dance.
The building consists of a low-rise pavilion, facing south, which functions as scenographic backdrop of a plot for public facilities and park across from the Town Hall, and a vertical volume containing the center’s offices, storage spaces and other facilities, emerging from the plinth to become an urban landmark, and that includes a visual intervention by artist Tim Berresheim.
The space layout, the building systems, the services, ventilation, exterior protections and landscape design have been studied to create a specific atmospheric effect and to materialize a building that produces no harmful gas emissions, based on a typology of chained spaces and alternating courtyards that is a typical type in the Castilian plateau, as well as on the use of landscaped roofs and geothermal energy as main source.
Ayuntamiento de Azuqueca de Henares, Comunidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Ábalos + Sentkiewicz arquitectos
Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz (directores del proyecto project directors); Luis Alfaro, Andrés Besomi, Margaux Eyssette, Nissim Haguenaer, Pablo de la Hoz, Margarita Martínez, Alejandro Valdivieso, Victor Garzón
Eduardo Barrón (estructura structure); CENER/Florencio Manteca (energía y sostenibilidad energy and sustainability); Manproject/Rogelio Moya (instalaciones mechanical engineering); Ramón Paradinas (arquitecto técnico quantity surveyor); Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz (paisajismo landscape); Margaux Eyssette, Alejandro Valdivieso (maqueta model); Tim Berresheim (intervención artística artistic intervention)
BM3; Acieroid (forjados slabs)
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