Understanding the Zeleieta Zentroa Cultural Center as an autonomous organism lead architect Javier de las Heras Solé to convert its dividing wall in an extra facade to complete and resolve all the perimeter of the actual facilities.
Further, he saved the original wall of the adjoining frontón ball court and incorporated it as the real protagonist of the project. He gave it visibility and presented the layers of time visible when seeing the different overlapping walls, in order to preserve heritage and memory.
Once the formal autonomy of the adjacent cultural centre was assumed, it became visible that the Musika Eskola in Amorebieta-Etxano, Spain will work as an independent element, respecting the orthogonal criteria and abstraction of the facilities, but still being a singular and recognisable element.
The architect freed the new facade –dividing wall- and separated the buildings to create a ground floor patio and an empty passing in the rest of the floors. The floor closes around the patio that works as a drain element and tank in case of a flood. It is given an offset from the longitudinal facade to build a porch all across the floor and emphasise the access.
The top floors resolve the program forming a regular prism three floors high, parallel to the new facade-dividing wall- and a corbel. Compacts floors are achieving an optimisation in the available area. An effective, useful and compact box.
To achieve a totally open floor, the structure resolves in the perimeter so the facade is turned into a load bearing wall. The stairs are outside this prism with an involving glass for a greater transparency. The stairs are designed as an architectonic experience so that the user can have a view of the park and understand the patio dimensions and the building character as an extent, abstract and singular space.
Design and info © Javier de las Heras Solé
Images © Adrià Goula