Institute-Municipal Archive and Shadow Square_ Memory
The center of Móstoles City,
although it seems to have a caothic condition, it is formed by a structure of
differents public squares. From the Town Hall Square, there is urban pathway
that conects the Cultura Square, the Ernesto Peces Square and the Pradillo
The IMAM project, located between
party walls, it is conceived like one more square that belongs to this general
structure of public spaces. It not only proposes a new passageway between Colón and Ricardo Medem
Streets but also a new half-covered
public space with vegetation, childs playground, benchs….
Although they are two buildings with
different functions, the Women’s
Institute and the Municipal Archive, the construction is configured as
one piece, pierced by longitudinal courtyards. From the public square, these
courtyards penetrate the building becominng huge flower beds with different
types of scented climbing plants, sage, lavander and bamboo.
According to the competition
requirements, the old Casino facade has been rebuilt, but with a new system of
perforated galvanized steel plates, which arrange the access to the Municipal
Archive, and also a new glasshouse between this facade and the new building.
Each courtyard generates two facade
systems: the north facades, formed by large concrete walls washed with surface
deactivant agent, and colored methacrylate bubbles; and the south facades,
formed by large panes of different types of glass according to the sun’s
position. Both structural facades are also supported by V-shaped pillars, which
free the ground floor space.
We are proposing a building without
refinement. A raw building.
The structure is the finish of the
building, the installations are visible, without false ceilings, etc… Only the
colored methacrylate bubbles and the graffiti done by the Boamistura group of artists, will contrast
with the rest of the building.
The configuration of the building’s
structural system is based on mixed porticoes made of steel and concrete.
The porticoes on the north side are
formed by reinforced concrete screens, which work as deep beams, supported on
HEM metallic pillars in a V shape.
The porticoes on the south side are
formed by HEM metallic pillars which make triangular geometries to reduce the
openings of the concrete beams.
The ends of each piece are freed up
by large cantilevers of between 5 and 6 m., supported by the concrete screens and by
the strenght of the HEM pillars which hang from their ends. There are two types
of framework according to free light: if they have less than 5 m., they are flat 20 cms
thick concrete slabs; if they have more than 5 m., they are ligth frameworks
surfaces 50 cms. thick.