Extremadura Archive



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    We proposed a building of a great tradition in Extremadura, a “Watchtower Fort”, which emerges from its environment of autochthonous vegetation, holm oaks and olive trees. The L-shaped building houses the archival deposits, closing itself to the exterior by a Wall and a Fort and opening to an interior plaza, a place of communication and meeting that articulates all of the circulations as a forum. The building that forms the plaza on its North side, housing the private area B and the public area C of the necessary program, has a dominant position with views of the plaza and the exterior with the Guadiana river and the city of Meridá in the background, as the true symbols of Extremadura. The powerful building with an enclosure of prefabricated panels is differentiating in textures and treatments according to the functions in its interior spaces.

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    Extremadura Archives. Mérida, Badajoz. Competition. 2010

    Client: Extremadura Council, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
    Architects: Olalquiaga Arquitectos
    Location: Mérida, Badajoz, Spain
    Purpose: Archive, offices
    Built area: 1.685 m2
    Budget: 1.669.000,00 €
    Mechanical Engineer: JG Ingenieros
    Models: Jesús Resino
    Photography: Aurofoto (Federico López)
    Renderings: Estudio
    Collaborators: Javier Morales Luchena

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