CaixaForum – Sevilla Cultural Centre by Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra

To resolve important questions when dealing with interventions on existing buildings

Project Specs


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The Project for the new Cultural Centre CaixaForum Sevilla attemps to coherently resolve two questions that are always important when dealing with interventions on existing buildings (in this case, existing structures), as the occupational strategy and the necessity of visibility given an expected organization.

▼建筑外观,exterior view


The mentioned ocuppational strategy is based on an analysis of the existing spaces and the previous uses planned for the “Podium Building” of the Tower Pelli Complex. The current structure has unavoidable determined program distribution as well as the spatial configuration of the different uses. That way, the main strategy consists on placing a series of volumes fairly autonomous inside the present structure looking for the coexistence of each one of the interventions.

▼外部新建的天蓬,the new marquee

▼近景,a shot of the marquee


In that line we could stand out the disposition of the exhibition rooms and the auditorium in the only spaces that, due to their height and dimensions, allowed their positioning, being demarcated by self-standing enclosure elements that avoid conflict with the current concrete structure. These available spaces take place underground, fact that has conditioned the access sequence and flows along the building. Likewise, the cafeteria and administration areas have been placed in the upper levels searching for better conditions of light and views. On the other hand, the importance and required visibility of Caixaforum-Sevilla inside this complex has led to certain operations to clarify the entry. The main access to the exhibitions will be held under a new marquee that will cover both the entrance and the skylight, source of natural light necessary for the lower levels, creating a covered plaza situated between the designed tree rows and permeable to the flows of people that will go through the buildings ensemble.

▼展示区域的主入口位于天蓬下方,the main access to the exhibitions is held under the marquee

▼地下的空间调整了建筑内部的交通流线,the available spaces conditioned the access sequence and flows along the building

▼就座区域,seating aeras

▼交通空间,circulation space

▼咖啡厅被置于地上层以获得良好采光,the cafeteria is placed in the upper level for better conditions of light and views


▼自支撑的围合结构避免与既有的混凝土结构形成冲突,the self-standing enclosure elements avoid conflict with the current concrete structure

▼展览空间的家具也与空间保持了一致,the furniture completes the spatial feature of the exhibition area

Location:Isla de la Cartuja. Sevilla
Construcción: 2017
Architect: Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra (project and direction of works)
Technical Architect: Marcos Vázquez Consuegra (project and direction of works)
with Ignacio Gonzalez (direction of works)
Juan José Baena (coordinator), Eduardo Melero, Alberto Brunello, Martina Pozzi, Álvaro Luna, Patricia Fraile (furniture)
Structure: Edartec Consultores, S.L
Services: Ingenieros-JG, S.L
Acoustics: Higini Arau
Scenic Advice: GD Consulting
Metalwork Advisor: Jorge Vázquez Consuegra
Project Manager: Carlos Coronado, Maria Dolores Casado e Idom
Signage: Estrada Design
Models: G-Metal and Estudio Vázquez Consuegra
Surface: 10.500 m²
Contractor: Dragados S.A.
Client: Fundación Caixa D’Estalvis i Pensions Barcelona “La Caixa”
Photo credits: ©Duccio Malagamba ©Jesus Granada

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