BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village community in spain

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village community in spain

BIZNA estudio has realized a new community building located in the square of noviercas – a small village in the north of spain. the project is named ‘teleclub with thermal buffers’ and it replaces the only bar that since 1970 housed the first television in the village. it also takes this name as thermal comfort has been a key factor in shaping the design. 

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

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the L-shaped footprint of the existing building has been retained, however, BIZNA estudio has added an element of flexibility in the new design. the floor plan is now split into two main spaces and two buffer spaces, all of which can be used either independently or together via a series of bifold doors and openable partitions. when opened all at once, the space is large enough to host the entire village. moreover, movable windows on the elevations allow activities to spill out toward the square.

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

 

 

due to the high altitude of the village – 1,095 meters above sea level – thermal comfort was a key factor in the design. to provide protection from cold winds, the north-facing elevation has no openings. on the other hand, the façades to the south-east and south-west feature large panels of polycarbonate to take advantage of natural light and solar gain.

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the buffer spaces and polycarbonate skin play a fundamental thermal role. in winter, the outside air is preheated by the sun to minimize the thermal gap while in summer, they prevent overheating. they can also be opened completely, acting as a covered terrace that protects from the sun while allowing cross ventilation through the whole building.

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thanks to the buffers, the controlled openings and the skylight, a large amount of natural light is introduced into the building. reflected in the concrete of the slabs and floor, the light reinforces the geometry of the spaces, giving them a welcoming warmth. at night, the role of light is inverted and the polycarbonate turns the building into a lighthouse element that draws attention to the main meeting place of the village.

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

 

 

with the design, BIZNA estudio also seeks to integrate the building into the landscape and local culture. for the exterior, flat brick with a wide flush bond has been employed in the lower part of the façades. for the interior, exposed in situ concrete and ribbed slabs dominate, endowing the architecture with a certain material honesty.

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

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BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

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BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

BIZNA estudio designs a brick-faced meeting place for a village in spain designboom

 

 

 

project info:

 

project name: teleclub with thermal buffers
location: calle la marta 29, noviercas, soria, spain
architecture firm: BIZNA estudio (rocío garcía + pedro torres)
architects: pedro torres garcía-cantó, rocío garcía peña
structure: pedro torres garcía-cantó
client: noviercas city hall
area: 5920 ft2 (550 m2) building + 5,490 ft2 (510 m2) public square
design phase: 2016
construction phase: 2017 – 2019
photography: imagen subliminal (miguel de guzmán + rocío romero)

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