EXIT architects: cultural civic center in palencia
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apr 12, 2012
EXIT architects: cultural civic center in palencia


‘cultural civic center’ by EXIT architects, palencia, spain
image © fernando guerra
all images courtesy of EXIT architects

 

 

madrid-based practice EXIT architects in collaboration with eduardo delgado orusco have converted a 19th century prison into a ‘cultural civic center’
for palencia, spain. creating a new meeting place for the people of the city, the building’s internal pavilions host activities within a hybrid atmosphere
of old and new components. the heavy masonry bearing walls which enclose the original four wings have been maintained and refurbished while the
interventions of zinc metal and U-glass complete the structure. the degraded roof and clay tiles were removed and replaced with large skylights,
bringing natural illumination into the once dark interior.

 

the double storey criss-crossing wings extend from a central great hall which takes the form of an octagonal atrium capped
with a stepped alcove ceiling. cylindrical courtyards are scattered throughout the upper level, permeating the ceiling to generate
open voids for daylight as well as opportunities for outdoor planting. corridors wrap the site’s perimeter to connect the cross-form plan
creating a modern and friendly exterior appearance.

 

 


zinc metal and U-glass interventions complete the refurbished masonry walls
image © fernando guerra

 

 


entry
image © fernando guerra

 

 


original brick facade has been refurbished and maintains
image © fernando guerra

 

 


entrance
image © fernando guerra

 

 


corridor
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stair within a translucent glass atrium
image © fernando guerra

 

 


circular skylights and courtyards introduce light from above
image © fernando guerra

 

 


cylindrical courtyards
image © fernando guerra

 

 


tree within outdoor courtyard
image © fernando guerra

 

 


upward view from courtyard
image © fernando guerra

 

 


one of the wings
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upward view of cathedral ceiling
image © fernando guerra

 

 


octagonal library
image © fernando guerra

 

 


upward view of octagonal alcove ceiling
image © fernando guerra

 

 


light filters down from the glass enclosed structural beams
image © fernando guerra

 

 


auditorium
image © fernando guerra

 

 


roof detail
image © fernando guerra

 

 


rooftop courtyard
image © fernando guerra

 

 


at night
image © fernando guerra

 

 


original prison

 

 


rendering

 

 


axonometric

 

 


phased diagram of retained walls and interventions

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


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roof plan

 

 


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