spanish architectural practice fuses-viader architects deals with the complexity of the 19th-century architecture by redesigning and extending sant julia’s fortress in girona. taking advantage of the existing structure — its thick walls buried underground — the project features a contemporary arts center accompanied by a hotel, restaurants and educational areas.


images by jordi mas

 

 

comprising a set of units, the fortress is built on several levels formed by stone walls and vaults, which are mostly underground and are connected by corridors running through the mountain. thus, the museum is arranged on the lower level, while the hotel is placed at the top, the stronghold zone, where explosives used to be stored. 


museum-level square
image by varlos suárez-kilzi

 

 

a 7,5-meters high auditorium, which is an oval in section, is cast with natural soil formwork and located in the center of the set. the huge space-like room features a metal-covered floor and is illuminated through a round skylight in the middle of the ceiling.


the auditorium
image by jordi mas

 

 

combining restoration and construction, fuses-viader’s project incorporates two design solutions: the renovated existing buildings maintain the austere spirit of the strong and secure fortress and are covered with green roofs, providing a unique system of passive cooling. meanwhile, the new structures complement them with the lightness of glazed façades and corten steel on the top. 


image by josep m. torra

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


corridor interconnecting exhibition spaces
image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 


views towards the hotel courtyard
image by carlos suárez-kilzi

 

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