University Buildings at Europa Point on Gibraltar

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University Buildings at Europa Point

Architectural Development on Gibraltar – design by Ayalto Integral s.l

14 Dec 2015

University Buildings at Europa Point on Gibraltar

Design: Ayalto Integral s.l, architects

Location: Europa Point, Gibraltar

University Buildings at Europa Point Gibraltar

Since the first time we visited the barracks located at Europa point we take account of the great possibilities of this project, or his location (N-S orientation and impressive sea views) as well as for the buildings intrinsic value as cultural heritage (antiquity, materials, and interior brick vaults).

University Buildings at Europa Point

Firstly we focus our intervention on pulling down all the structures added on different moments for the uses placed during the complex´s life. After trying, unsuccessfully, to locate all the large programme of necessities in the existing buildings when we realize that we need to build two new buildings. By this time we made the decision of arrange and promote this “in between spaces”, as a goal for the project.

University Buildings at Europa Point

The Courtyard
We have previously decided to refurbish the existing buildings for the Academic Staff Offices (because of its north light and a certain independence from the Common Teaching Facilities) when we decide to develop some new volumes to complete the necessities program. This new buildings give us the chance of restore the original trace. This new enclosure appears like a sort of “cloister” with a new private garden.

University Buildings at Europa Point

The Atrium
In order to organise the program´s circulations we took advantage of two axis, North-South and East-West.

University Buildings at Europa Point

The first one sets a circulation from the north entrance, courtyard, and goes across the main building to the barracks. We change vertical communications (stairs and lift) to this point. The west-east axis (parallel to the main building façade) defines the two new entrances to the university.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

Were this two axis cross each other is our new central point for the university. For this reason we make the decision of relocate in this place all the representative areas (Main reception, Learning Café, Main Hall…etc) to promote social interaction and a natural exchange of knowledge and experiences between academic staff, students and visitors.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

From our point of view this should be the aim of the university and the project´s principal consideration. This space needs to link all the activities and take advantage of the important slope (from the principal building to the barracks) to develop a double height atrium.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

We cover up this space with thermic glaze and a white steel frames (equipped with brisoleis) to create an Impluvium of changing natural light. This social interaction areas are kept more formal on the ground level, and more informal on the basement level (closer to the university´s refectory). Even though both areas share this central atrium.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

Main Building
We tried to keep its character of the XVIII century main building placing all the representative areas, like Managing Unit, Library, Study Areas and Main Hall (in the N-S axis) in it.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

Barracks
We decide to use this interesting rooms to set in them all shared needs for both qualifications, like Common Teaching Facilities, Offices for Support Staff, Toilets, and Staff room…etc. We set all classroom in a central place whereas all the complementary uses are moved to the ends.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point

New Buildings
We build two prismatic volumes, each side of the atrium, to locate the Faculty of Health studies and the Faculty of Hospitality. This blind boxes look for zenithlightning by sky lights on the ground level, and look like there are support by metal profiles on the basement level. We tried to make change the façade with the purpose of create a new user´s sphere in each level.

Restaurant
With an independent entrance close to the main access, we locate the restaurant on top of the current barracks. We have tried to generate a clear and open space only, produced with glaze steel frames and shadows. Barely defined by a light roof we tried to take advantage of the exceptional views of Africa on top of Europe point.

University Buildings at Europa Point

University Buildings at Europa Point – Building Information

Project: Gibraltar University
Developer: Gibraltar Government
Location: Europa Point, Gibraltar
BudgetUDGET: 10.000.000 pounds (Ten Millón Pounds)
Company: AYALTOINTEGRAL S.L
Architects: Xavier Ozores Pardo (Principal) Pedro Carcelén Fernández (Collaborador)
Quantity Surveyor: Jorge Carcelén Fernández
Building Company: Casais l.t.d
Facade: SETENTA l.t.d
Awards: Gibraltar Heritage Award 2015

Contact: Xavier Fernando Ozores Pardo
Cargo de Empresa: partner AyaltoIntegral s.l
International Project manager, Main Architect

Facade supplier: Vidraria dos Peões
Laminated glass: Saint Gobain
SGG Tempered Climalit Cool-Lite SKN 154 type
Aluminium joinery: Technal
Cerámic: Porcelánico Saloni
Plaster boards: Walls and ceiling Placo
HVAC: Daikin
Technical floors: Kingspan
Glass railing: Q-railing
Bathrooms: ROCA
Fenolitic; Trespa
Vinylic: Geflor
Waterproofing: SIKA
Lifts: General Lifts
Facade insulation: Viero Minho
Lighting: Tromilux; Prolux y Brilumen

University Buildings at Europa Point

Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz

University Buildings at Europa Point on Gibraltar images / information from Ayalto Integral s.l


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