enrique abascal arquitectos: service building at the port of barbate enrique abascal arquitectos: service building at the port of barbate
jan 04, 2013

enrique abascal arquitectos: service building at the port of barbate

‘service building at the port of barbate’ by enrique abascal arquitectosnorthwest view



the port of barbate, a few miles from cape trafalgar, is the nearest sheltered point in the coast near the western side of the strait of gibraltar, and anchorage area prior to pass of the strait. in the western side of the port, the nautical-sports area is situated, based on docks that protect the sea current to the port. to support these aquatic activities, a building by spanish enrique abascal arquitectos was built to accommodate services and complementary facilities. 


the two-story edifice is located next to the entrance, on a pier which is also located beside the building of the captaincy (main building to control operations in the port). with a length of 56.55 m and a depth of 15.95 m, it occupies a site on the central axis of the dock, just between the building and parking lot. in the main section of the development, locals are located for uses with their own spaces for organization, and another local for nautical supplies. a core between the two areas, with the stairs to the top floor, lift, facilities and general services has entrances on both sides of the facades. on the second level, locals have terraces with different orientations to see activity in the marina, breakwater and docks, the entrance for boats and the eastern port.



southwest view



northwest view



west view



southwest corner



views over the marina from the terrace



the sea as a permanent backdrop



view of the terrace



the transparency of the building



hall of the building



dialogue between buildings



the building iluminated at night



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  • nicely executed, good to see a little restraint employed once in a while

    dbkii says:
  • I wish Zaha Hadid would learn from this beautiful and simple piece of architecture.

    besta says:

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