Bombas Gens Centre in Valencia

Bombas Gens Centre, Valencia Industrial Building, Fundació Per Amor a L’Art, Spanish Architecture

Bombas Gens Centre in Valencia

Renewed Art Deco Building in Eastern Spain – design by Ramon Esteve Estudio

7 Apr 2018

Bombas Gens Valencia – Fundació Per Amor a L’Art

Architect: Ramon Esteve Estudio

Location: Valencia, Spain

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia: Fundació Per Amor a L’Art

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Bombas Gens is an old industrial building with an unquestionable social-historical value and one of the rare remaining examples of the industrial architecture of the thirties.

LAND ROVER BORN 2018 AWARDS BOMBAS GENS

Ramón Esteve has been awarded the Land Rover Born Prize in the Architecture section for his work in the rehabilitation project of the Bombas Gens Centre in Valencia.

Photographs below © Frank Gomez:

Bombas Gens Centre in Valencia

This former factory has an unquestionable social-historical value and is one of the rare remaining examples of the industrial architecture of the thirties. The new facilities have been created as an internationally renowned multi-use space that will develop a three-branch activity (arts, society and research).

Bombas Gens Centre in Valencia

“Our aim has always been to apply a homogeneous intervention criterion to the whole complex, be them original or recently built buildings, and, at the same time, give each building the characteristic features that it needs for its specific use.” Ramón Esteve

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The core of Bombas Gens is an art centre that uses four of the original warehouses and most of the façade. By its sides we can find the restaurant and the day care centre for children at risk of social exclusion, as well as the headquarters of the Foundation using the former villa.

Photos below © Alfonso Calza:

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

There are other detached premises such as the remains of 15th century cellar on the backyard or an air-raid centre from the Spanish Civil War.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

They are organised by means of courtyards and gardens that allow the proper use and enjoyment of the whole complex and each of its corners. Ceramic brick and galvanised steel are the most used materials because they evoke the original industrial atmosphere of the complex.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

In some other more secluded places, we have reinterpreted the original tiling of the cellar and the farmhouse, which combines with wood to make the rooms more distinguished. In the interior, we have reproduced the original lightweight timber decks.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

You can access the Bombas Gens Art Centre through the façade bay. Then you get into the courtyard walking on a restored industrial weighing machine that covers most of the floor of the hall. In the courtyard, some hackberry trees grow on a floor covered by recovered sandstone cobbles.

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Through its irregular shape, we can discover intuitively the different facilities: straight forward, the entrance to the art centre; to the right, the restaurant, and to the left, partially secluded from the entrance, the offices.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

The recognition by the Land Rover Born Awards coincide with the ending of the second stage of the project, for which Ramón Esteve has designed a rear courtyard, a space that holds the garden and a site-specific sculpture by Cristina Iglesias. It is made of two irrigation canals inspired by the Turia River that recall roots and the bottom of the river. The walls that surround the garden also hosts a space for the 15th-century cellar, covered by brick latticework.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

Inside, a glass footbridge goes over the cellar and enables us to watch both the cellar and the original tiling found during the excavation of the farmhouse. For the day-care centre, Ramon Esteve Estudio have chosen similar materials to those of the warehouse, hand-made brick walls. Thus, the building becomes the background of the general view supporting the industrial buildings.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

The Land Rover Born International Awards, created by Jean Christophe Chopin eight years ago, recognize the creative talent that successfully brings together innovation and functionality in an aesthetic way in six different sections: Architecture, Technology, Fashion, Home, Sports and Mobility.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

The Spanish winners, among the winners from Germany, France, England, USA and China, are going to present their designs in the Design Milan Week, in a space specifically held by Land Rover Born from 17th to 2nd April in the downtown district of Brera. Later, on 4th October, they are going to meet in London for the selection of the international winner.

Bombas Gens Centre Valencia building

Bombas Gens – Ficha técnica

Location | Valencia, Spain
Year | 2017-2018
Area | 6981 m2
Extension Architect Ramón Esteve /
Museum Project Architect Annabelle Selldorf /
Restoration Architect Eduardo de Miguel /
Technical Architect Rafael Ferriols /
Project Team Víctor Ruiz, Javier Estevan, María Luna, Francisco Palomo /
Archaeologist Paloma Berrocal / Sculptural Work Cristina Iglesias /
Installations Engineering ICA S.L. /
Structural Engineering Estructuras Singulares | David Gallardo Llopis | UPV/
Developer Sancana S.L. /
Constructor Grupo Inserman /
Structure Bertolín /
Project 2017 /
Landscaping Gustavo Marina /
Photographer, production and audiovisual Alfonso Calza /
Photographer Alfonso Calza, Enric Morán, Frank Gómez, Mariela Apollonio

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