ensamble studio reanimates slaughterhouse in madrid as a cultural center
ensamble studio reanimates slaughterhouse in madrid as a cultural center ensamble studio reanimates slaughterhouse in madrid as a cultural center
oct 10, 2012

ensamble studio reanimates slaughterhouse in madrid as a cultural center


madrid’s original slaughterhouse is being transformed into a rich center for cultural activities, as the city invites architects to propose new programs for the many warehouses that constitute the previous death factory. local practice ensamble studio won the competition to repurpose warehouses 13, 14, and 17b, 17c which sit across the street. the vernacular of the halls was maintained, keeping the original windows and steel trusses with granite floors. the narrow exterior space between the buildings is closed and used as a longitudinal modern circulation space communicating the two white volumes now appropriated to educational and cultural events with a great flexibility in the types of spaces created. the transformation has been recorded below by roland halbe.

small multi-use rooms within a large hall image © roland halbeall images courtesy of ensamble studio




massive precast concrete beams intersect transversely through the constructs creating vectors of study and research areas that look over the more social functions below. ensamble’s updated aesthetic results in continuous light-filled masses with modern injections of colorful program, fixtures and structures. the disconnected edifices were transformed into a multipurpose auditorium and office space. the dilapidated roof is rebuilt as it had existed, while the interior profile is reinterpreted with thin aluminum slats that glow with natural daylight. a delicate steel frame supports the original masonry walls that continue to define the exterior facade.

large geometrical structures provide children with a play area image © roland halbe

horizontal beams create corridors inside the space image © roland halbe

image © ensamble studio

stairs leading to the upstairs hallway image © ensamble studio

handrail detail image © ensamble studio

central circulation between the two warehouses image © roland halbe

image © roland halbe

large open event spaceimage © ensamble studio

transverse inhabitable beams create corridorsimage © ensamble studio

lounge areasimage © ensamble studio

auditoriumimage © ensamble studio

entrance to the two warehousesimage © ensamble studio

image © ensamble studio

original facadeimage © ensamble studio

exterior entry image © roland halbe

original slaughterhouseimage © ensamble studio

site plan

floor plan / level 0





axonometric of ceiling construction

spatial axonometric

spatial axonometric

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