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Civil Guard Headquarter, Spain.


The solution adopted is based on a stratification by floors which adapt to the complex and irregular topography of the land. In the first place, the construction of the new barracks is concentrated on the shortest side of the "L" of the plot, which coincides with the highest part, topographically speaking, of the plot. This entails two extremely important consequences: the first is that the building completely dominates both the location of the plot and the surrounding roads and has a complete view of the entire site and accesses. The second is to leave a remnant, as "clean" as possible for a future expansion of pavilions on the site itself, independently of the outbuilding, but visually linked.

Due to the pronounced unevenness of the plot, the creation of two entrances on the same road is proposed, one for pedestrians and accessible access through a ramp and another road access, for all types of vehicles, both for private and for the public in general. This road access accesses an open-air car park which will act as a hinge for the future, joining the garage of the official offices and the access to the future pavilions, which are not the subject of this project.

The project follows some irregularities in the plan, which are adapted to the topography or contour lines, while creating specific views of the entire terrain and platforms. Internally, the project is also topographically adapted, to create as little land excavation as possible, since these actions will be large-scale, so the project minimizes excavations as much as possible, adapting it to the existing topography.

In elevation, the project plays a great role in its volumetry. The volumetric game is evident and very present in the Northwest elevation, implementing all the views towards the outside. In this sense, we want to accentuate the pseudo-vegetable part, creating on the platform roofs, a landscape tapestry with elements that intersperse, grass, gravel of different colors, tree bark and albero, with the aim of not only reducing the island of heat that can be produced on the roofs and is introduced into the interior by reflection, if not to create a friendly and sustainable landscape for the staff that works and is inside.

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