该项目赢得马德里政府发起的公共竞赛，将西贝莱斯邮政大楼改造成新的公共空间。大楼建于二十世纪初，由Antonio Palacios和Joaquín Otamendi设计，曾经作为邮局使用，如今用作文化中心。设计团队对其内部空间进行了一系列改造。
Colgando del Centro is the result of a public competition called by Madrid City Council (Madrid Destino) in order to adapt the existing Operations Court of Cibeles Palace as a new public space for the city of Madrid. Therefore, the project consists of a number of interventions inside the old Telecommunications Palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century as the Post Office by Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi. Today it serves as the home of CentroCentro cultural space.
▼项目概览，overview © Montse Zamorano
The historical context of the project conditioned the nature of the intervention, turning the proposal into a reversible intervention, without affecting any original structural element. In addition, it is mainly a mobile construction, so it would be possible to hide its main elements and furniture when necessary, thus creating a slight modification on the current morphology of the Operations Courtyard.The goal of the project was to intensify the reception, information and participation functions through a new zoning strategy that clarifies the interior organization of the Courtyard. In order to implement this design strategy, we included new furniture pieces and hanging structures that illuminate, multiply the versatility of the space and facilitate the exchange of information.
▼入口关闭与开放，entrance closing and opening © Héctor Fernández Elorza
Access: Due to the monumental nature of the building and its facade, the project was understood as a gateway, not only to CentroCentro, but to the city of Madrid. Therefore, we proposed a new entrance gateway that allows solving the serious problem of loss of climatic comfort that the previous system produced in the building. Additionally, it frees up the entrance hall to the building without losing or substantially modifying the exterior view of the Palace.The new access consists of three stainless steel bodies and interior glass doors that allow the visual and transparent connection between the Center and the city. The central body allows entry through a revolving door and the sides work as emergency exits.
▼入口立面，entrance facade © Montse Zamorano
▼大门，gateway © Montse Zamorano
▼细部，details © Montse Zamorano
Information desk: The new information point is located right in the center of the cultural center and opposite the new access. This circular information desk works as an information point for tourists both for CentroCentro and the city Madrid. Its hanging lighting structure serves as a claim both from the inside and the outside of the building.
▼新问讯处位于文化中心的中央，正对入口，new information point is located right in the center of the cultural center and opposite the new access © Montse Zamorano
▼圆形的问询台，circular information desk © Montse Zamorano
▼俯瞰问讯处，悬挂吊灯是空间的焦点 © Montse Zamorano
overlooking the information desk，hanging lighting is the focus of space
▼细部，details © Montse Zamorano
Central nave: The Operations Courtyard space is divides into three naves. Its monumental scale creates an infinite number of possibilities in terms of its program. One of the main features of the projects is the system of curtains and lighting that we proposed for this nave. They work as a hanging structure suspended form the original steel structure of the building. This system allows to configure new domestic spaces within its central nave. The new structure could host events ranging from a townhall meeting, a workshop for children, to a larger venue like a conference or institutional gatherings.
▼中央大厅，central nave © Montse Zamorano
▼可移动的帷幕，movable curtain © Montse Zamorano
▼灵活多变的内部空间，flexible interior space © Montse Zamorano
Resting and working areas: The three naves are surrounded by smaller-scale ambulatory spaces. This perimeter limits with a line of historical counters that were originally used as the Post Office desks. The project turns these counters into the storage space for the new furniture pieces.
▼工作区，working areas © Montse Zamorano
Shop: We have relocated the store space and redesigned its furniture following the same principles as in the rest of the project. It combines both fixed counters and mobile furniture pieces, which can be distributed throughout the Operations Court.Gloria Fuertes Room: A new space for the public that supports the activities of CentroCentro.Signage: Following the main idea of the project, we designed new elements of signage and information of the building through hanging structures from the steel structure of the existing building.
▼可移动的家具，movable furniture © Montse Zamorano
In conclusion, the project aims to be a respectful intervention inside the historical Telecommunications Palace through a series of actions that give value to the scale, color, materials and light of the existing building. Colgando del Centro aims to provide the building with a new changing and attractive program of activities, turning this Center into a reference point for the city of Madrid.
▼俯视图，top view © Héctor Fernández Elorza
▼总平，site plan © Héctor Fernández Elorza
▼平面图，plan © Héctor Fernández Elorza
▼剖面图，section © Héctor Fernández Elorza
Architects: Héctor Fernández Elorza
Collaborators: Violeta Ordoñez Manjón (Architect), Javier Estebala Alández (Architect), Mireia Carrasco Ferri (Architect), Guillermo Pozo Arribas (Architect), Ismael López Portilla (Architect), Javier Moraleda Perulero (Architect), María Risueño Domínguez (Architect), Ignacio Delgado Conde (Technical architect)
Site: Palacio de Cibeles. Plaza de Cibeles, 1 28014. Madrid.
Start of construction: January 2019
End of construction: November 2019
Client: Madrid Destino
Intervention surface: 2200 m²
Budget: 715.000 euros
Picture credits: Montse Zamorano