fündc: new cultural center (ncc) fündc: new cultural center (ncc)
jun 01, 2011

fündc: new cultural center (ncc)

‘new cultural center’ by fündc, pozuelo de alarcón, madrid image © fündc / césar gª guerra

spanish architecture and urban planning office fündc has completed ‘ncc’, the largest urban intervention of the last decade in pozuelo de alarcón, madrid. located on and around padre vallet square, the design establishes itself as the origin of a new and expansive network of cultural and pedestrian spaces.

sculpture like volumes compose the iconic new structure image © fündc / césar gª guerra

a bold and angular new hall, composed of geometric forms and cantilevered volumes both contrasts and integrates itself into the historical and grey landscape that surrounds it. the hall, flexible in its organization, features movable floor decks that can be adapted to suite a range of cultural programs including exhibitions and performances. surrounded by a new urban landscape, the building – which measures 20,000 square meters –  is composed of two different architectural typologies, old and new, which work on a symbiotic manner providing traditional and transformable spaces.

interior of hall one image © fündc / césar gª guerra

outside, an uninterrupted paved walkway, fountains and custom ‘mega-tree-pots’ transform the previously concrete environment. the pots, which appear as structural columns in the parking garage, allow for the growth of medium to large trees, generating green and vegetative spots in an area that could not normally accommodate it.

interior of hall two image © fündc / césar gª guerra

below, a new double-deck parking garage absorbs the vehicle impact. working together with a series of underground roads and

bus stops, the garage is able to free the upper square of vehicular traffic, leaving it open to pedestrians and bikes.

architect cesar garcia explains, ‘this intervention changes the traditional way of understanding new pedestrian areas on built environment as it does not choose between pedestrians or cars but accepts both, re-positioning them.’

‘mega-treepots’ act as skylights in the underground parking garage image © fündc / césar gª guerra

detail of urban furniture image © anna pericas / escofet

night view of south facade image © fündc / césar gª guerra intervention area: joining several areas through a uninterrupted pedestrian paved carpet, with the ncc at its center. ‘mega-treepot’ location on the first underground level. axonometric view. [© fündc] image © fündc / césar gª guerra

‘mega-treepot’ concept in elevation and section image © fündc / césar gª guerra physical model image © fündc  configuration concept of hall one as an auditorium image © fündc

configuration concept of hall one as an auditorium image © fündc

diagram of original and renewed square image © fündc

adjoining historical building under construction image © p. gil / ayuntamiento de pozuelo de alarcón

different construction phases image © fündc / césar gª guerra

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  • exquisite forms one the exterior

    the interior is a wonderful surprise

    dbkii says:
  • This is onece again one of the ungood modernizations among historic buildings that do not fit.

    Dr. med. Zoltán George M a y e r de Borszowicky says:
  • Un gran proyecto y buena realización. Felicidades al equipo de Fündc.

    César Pinilla. Area Manager Escofet 1.886 says:
  • Remembers me of Casa da Música in Oporto, Portugal… :/

    Pedro says:
  • well, actually casa da musica did not make it to be made out of structural concrete (at least its skin) and this one seems to have achieved that part,… 😉

    brian says:
  • one of the best projects I have seen in years. thank you.

    BooBee says:
  • phodaa.

    dóda says:
  • Creo que es un proyecto poco atento con el sitio, genera una plaza sin arbolado o una sombra. los volúmenes si bien su forma es producto de la contención de un programa, repercuten sobre la ciudad de una forma poco cuidadosa, generan sombra pero no hay medios para utilizarla porque las bancas están en otro lugar. Los espacios interiores no son muy afortunados y las fotografías tomadas con grandes angulares o lentes con correcciones ópticas causa que se deformen las proporciones.

    Personalmente creo que hay mejores formas de intervención en entornos urbanos. Lo rescatable del proyecto, y lo mejor, aquello que está bajo tierra. Los maceteros para los árboles que siven a su vez de estructura me parecen muy acertados.

    Soy de los que piensan que ante la duda, ante entornos delicados, siempre es mejor ser sencillo (y no simple) antes que complicado, leve antes que impositivo y pequeño antes que abrumador. Ejemplo de ello la rehabilitación del Palacio del Condestable en Pamplona de Tabuenca & Leache o el trabajo de nieto sobejano en Madinat al Zahra.

    frank says:
  • Beautiful. Great form and use of materials

    Aisha Densmore-Bey 06.06.11 says:

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