Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre Building, Spanish Architecture Project

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre

New Architecture in Western Spain – design by selgascano architects

13 Feb 2019

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre

Architect: selgascano, Madrid

Location: Plasencia, western Spain

Typology: Culture

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building
photograph © Iwan Baan

The centre is on the boundary between the town and the country, in outskirts of Plasencia, the edge between what has been touched by a less artificial humanity and what has been touched by millennia of climate. What has been touched by humanity has covered up those millennia with the sweep of a trowel in a few years.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building Spain
photos © Iwan Baan

This is strange, even economically, because to do so, 15m high retainer walls had to be built.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Thus, from the outset, from the competition design, we saw quite clearly that the work consisted of choosing between one of the boundary´s two sides: belonging to the city, to what has been touched by our generation, or belonging to slowness. Under these conditions, it was impossible to belong to both.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Having been chosen by the second option, we found ourselves forced to rest the buildings on a much lower level then the street due to the considerable height difference between the two worlds. The artificial world had created a 17 m high embankment that covered the natural contours, now buried below.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

In reaction to this unstoppable submission (sous les paves, les 17 metres de paves, la plage), we decided that our solution would have a maximum respect for the land, resting on and covering the least possible area of the allotment.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

We plotted to make this building set the stage for a different method and preserve an island of natural earth in the future expansion zone, even if it meant being a small puddle in the sea, as a possible reagent for the rest of the constructions to come, which will find themselves insinuated and become beached similarly in this whiffed sea: the Extremadura countryside used as an equivalent for the ocean.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

Forget-me-not. We like the name of the flower, and also the fact that it is a flower.
The Salamanca highway, the Silver Route and the Silver Motorway as well, all run past the western side of the allotment, which also has the best views of the Gata Range.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

The building will be visible in the distance from an entire western perspective, from N to S. It’ll be seen when passing by at high speed in a car, which is why we have planned it as a snapshot or a luminous form, acting as a sign for passengers day and night, playing at being a correspondence between sensation and reality, between the position it seems to be heading for and the position from where it’ll move.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

Forget-me-not…tell me if its final aspect triggers in you the same reminder as G. Sand´s for Flaubert, “ Don’t define the form, don´t bother”.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building in Spain

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

The form of ours is due to the building´s section; due, as we have said, to the idea of resting the smallest possible part on the ground, which corresponds to the stage area and the tiers in the main hall.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

The section of this hall is what continues to define and complete the form by superimposing the rest of the brief on top of it: the entrance lobby, the secondary hall for 300 people, which can be divided into three for 100 spectators each, the exhibition halls and the restaurant area.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

The entrance is on the urbanized street level, more than 17 meters above the lowest part of the building, using an orange gangway that arrives at a 12m deep vertical canyon in the same colour, where the views of the countryside, the spurs of the Gata Range, are accentuated.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

From here it is possible to move all around the central concrete shell, go up or down on a set of ramps and spiral stairs that mingle exterior and interior spaces.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

This is for two reasons, economy and expenditure. Economy by not climatising or using glass to enclose certain parts. Expenditure due to a crossing of spaces –in-out-in on account of the mixture of their climates.

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Name of work in English: Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre
Name of work in original language: Auditorio y Centro de Congresos de Plasencia
Placement: Finalist
Prize year: 2019

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Location: Plasencia, Spain

Year completed: 2017 (Year began 2013)
Studios: selgascano
Authors: José Selgas (1965 Spain); Lucía Cano (1965 Spain)

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Collaborators:
Structural engineering: Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores Acoustical: Arau Acústica Façades: Lastra-Zorrilla Others: Gilberto Ruiz Lopes

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre building

Program: Culture
Labels: Congress Centre

Total area: 20000 m2 m2
Usable floor area: 7500 m2 m2

Client: Regional Government of Extremadura
Client Type: public

Map: LatLng: (40.0394693159264, -6.094746258788973)

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