School of Art and Design Amposta Building

School of Art and Design, Amposta Education Building, Tarragona Development, Spain Architecture

Amposta School of Art and Design, Spain

New Spanish Education Buildings – design by David Sebastian + Gerard Puig Arquitectes

7 Mar 2013

School of Art and Design in Amposta

Design: David Sebastian + Gerard Puig Arquitectes

Location: Amposta, Tarragona, Costa Dorada, north east Spain

New Building in Amposta

The competition raised the construction of two buildings with very different programs and scales. On the one hand a School of Art and Design, and on the other a Pavilion for Fairs. Two sites abutting, but separated by a road. The first phase has understood the construction of the School. This includes an auditorium which is part of the program of the second building ground floor building, the Fair, currently at draft stage.

Amposta School of Art and Design Spain
photo : Adria Goula

We do not understand the project as two isolated buildings. We suggest mixing in the other, find a common language. The dimensions of the auditorium set the lights of the Fair. Smaller spaces of the Fair take the dimensions of the classrooms of the School, and vice versa.

Buildings are organized by strips of 9 m width, and variable heights [+ 4 m / m + 8 / + 12 m]. These bands are grouped and glide depending on program, environment and land boundaries.

Amposta School of Art and Design Spain
photo : Adria Goula

The resulting project is more a way of building the place, than a definitive answer. Rules that allow systematizing possible changes to program or construction phases. Fixed parameters that give flexibility to the final result.

Size of the building: 2.498 m2. Size of the site: 2,557 m2.

Amposta School of Art and Design Spain Amposta School of Art and Design Spain Amposta School of Art and Design Spain Amposta School of Art and Design Spain
photos : Adria Goula

The most important aspects of sustainability are:

-The optimal orientation of the building (North-South), which provides a maximum contribution of natural light, as well as cross-ventilation and protection of Mistral wind (West).

-The systematic construction and choice of metallic structure that guarantee a great speed of mounting and saving time and resources.

-The use of local materials, especially the view ceramic on facades and the finished interiors. Industrial materials used directly, without the need for coatings or maintenance.

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