The ancient city of Cordoba is well known for its Morish heritage.
White narrow streets form laberynths and tunnels, a play of light and shadows.
Little patios bring light and fresh air into the houses and keep the warmth outside them. Water and vegetation in this areas complete a traditional and sustainable life cycle.
Our project is very much inspired by this traditional elements and the ancient construction of the city.
The given site has three blind sides. The only facade faces the Ajerquia square. In this front, a remaining palace dated 16th century completes the street facade.
We propose to continue the city structure inside the plot. A series of new streets and squares organize the new cultural centre.
The main circulation of the building is therefore an outdoor space. We envision this space as a place of interaction, a social meeting area: Parents bringing kids to cultural activities, neighbours organizing meetings or cultural activities, or just a people walking will be its new inhabitants.
The different programs (library, offices, exhibition spaces and workshop areas) are organized around a main square.
The four volumes with its sloped roofs get light and air from these streets
Location: Cordoba, Spain
Program: Exhibition space, workshop areas, auditorium, public library, offices.