zooco estudio has completed the design of an arts and culture complex in verín, a small town in northwestern spain close to the portuguese border. the project, which has been documented in images taken by photographer roland halbe, comprises six stone-clad volumes of various sizes. the largest of these monolithic blocks contains the site’s auditorium, while other, similarly sized boxes, house multi-purpose areas, lecture rooms, administration zones, and a restaurant.

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the complex is located in verín, a small town in northwestern spain
image © roland halbe (also main image)

 

 

architects zooco estudio indented that the ‘centro de las artes de verín’ provided the intimacy of a home, and, at the same time, the heterogeneity of a town. ‘each use of the program required by the city hall materializes as a unit, as a volume that is aligned to the edge of the plot creating a space of coexistence and relationship, without hierarchies, supporting the idea of ​​small community,’ explains the design team.

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the project comprises six stone-clad blocks of various sizes
image © roland halbe

 

 

although the complex may appear at first to be randomly scattered across the landscape, the buildings have been carefully positioned to establish a series of specific relationships and variants. defined by a sense of flexibility and unpredictability, the scheme creates a number of interstitial spaces, formed among the six volumes. these internal areas not only offer circulatory zones, but also serve as the backdrop for impromptu meetings and discussions.

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the scheme creates a number of interstitial spaces, formed among the six volumes
image © roland halbe

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the largest building houses an auditorium
image © roland halbe

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the buildings have been carefully positioned to establish a series of specific relationships
image © roland halbe

 

 

project info:

 

name: centro de las artes de verín
architects: miguel crespo picot, javier guzmán benito, sixto marín martínez, and sixto martín aparicio
team: zooco estudio
collaborators: borja garcía lázaro, daniel civantos castilla, and teresa fernández de arévalo
client: ayuntamiento de verín
year: 2016

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