EXIT architects: cultural civic center in palencia EXIT architects: cultural civic center in palencia
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 image © fernando guerra

 

 

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 image © fernando guerra

 

 

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

 

 

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