álvaro siza forms public auditorium in catalonia with monolithic red brick volumes
all images by joão morgado

 

 

 

renowned portuguese architect álvaro siza vieira has completed a public auditorium in llinars del vallès, a catalan village located 40 kilometers northeast of barcelona. designed in collaboration with local practice aresta arquitectura, the scheme is part of a major public investment in regional cultural facilities. the red brick building consists of two primary volumes: one for the auditorium, with a capacity of 300 seats, and another which houses the site’s offices and technical areas — the latter of which also contains dressing rooms and rehearsal space. owing to its unconventional footprint and internal layout, the scheme takes on a different appearance depending on where it is viewed from. meanwhile, a limited fenestration ensures that the building assumes an imposing and defensive character. the auditorium was completed in november 2015 and will be inaugurated in early 2016.

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the auditorium is located in llinars del vallès, a village northeast of barcelona

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the project was designed in collaboration with aresta arquitectura

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the scheme is part of a major public investment in cultural facilities for local residents

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the red brick building consists of two primary volumes

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the auditorium can accommodate up to 300 guests

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the structure takes on a different appearance depending on where it is viewed from

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dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces are also included

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a limited fenestration ensures that the building assumes an imposing and defensive character

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the auditorium was completed in november 2015 and will be inaugurated in early 2016