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New Civil Guard Headquarter

Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Date: Ago 2021 - Dec 2024

Typology: Office, Housing.

Size: 7.230 sqm

Status: Under Construction.

Client: Spanis Civil Guard.

Collaborators: Sendarrubia & Hernandez Architects, Argenia Engineering, Yolanda Palomar (Construction), Jose Julio Díaz, Sandra Lanza, Rocio Acedo.

The new building is configured as a backdrop to the existing building, putting it in formal value.

The solution adopted is based mainly on creating a volumetrically solid body that is attached to the existing building from the back, which will act as a backdrop to the current building in the main view from the access. The building is located entirely on the plot, creating a setback of three meters on the first floor and 4.40 meters on the ground floor on the southern boundary. The building has been configured volumetrically from the implantation of the maximum solid based on the available surface and that was given in the needs program. This maximum volume is suffering in certain areas, some folds of the facade to create certain shadow points and give a certain dynamism to the volume, with the aim of breaking the rotundity of the built mass.


Aerial view

By having a practically triangular plot (by incorporating the mandatory setbacks in the main façade), it makes the building in its triangular corner, lose a lot of surface and remain unusable spaces; For this reason, the solution is chosen not to complete the building in said corner, except in the basement, also leaving a setback of 7.80 meters at this point. In turn, said corner, volumetrically, is “broken” to produce a more accentuated view from the street.

The configuration of the housing building is based on the creation of two communication elements that are symmetrical to each other, which serve as a corridor that faces north. This corridor provides service and access to the different dwellings, which overlap each other to create a volumetric game on the south façade, to respond to the dialogue it has with the building facing it.


Exterior office view


Exterior office view

The houses that are located in the central part have the same building configuration, where a tablet of wet cores is placed in a North orientation, blinding said façade and leaving it only for the access of the houses. On the other hand, all living spaces that need light are oriented on the South façade, allowing maximum sunlight to enter the rooms.

The front elevation is resolved, creating “viewpoints” with aluminum lattice work so that they act as sunscreens. With this solution, what is intended is that the viewpoints are misaligned from one floor to another to create a vertical “stitching” between the different floors and eliminate that notion of floor identification.


Exterior housing view


Exterior housing view

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