The main purpose of this project is to conceive a building that contains the cultural activity of Caixa Ontinyent
and at the same time it represents the enterprising spirit of the entity. The characteristic use is the social and cultural one; it is basically devoted to the promotion of the cultural activities such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, conferences…
Just in the centre of Poble Nou, in this address was previously located the Casa Llorens, a stately house of which we conserve the main façade that remains the history of the place. This area was characterized by being the commercial, social and financial centre, and it was consolidated in the XVIII century.
The site is located between buildings, the shape is like a polygon and it crosses the block in the way to the river. So the building will have two facades, the historic one, linked to the memory of the city and the contemporary one that looks to the Clariano River.
The project represents a big volume formed by two pieces which are intersected, creating a big garden in the private courtyard. The main entrance is in the historic façade, through a low height we arrive to a high space where all the rooms look into. The big hall has a lot of functions, like reception, foyer and multipurpose area that can be used in exhibitions and meetings. There are a lot of crossed views, from here to the café, the office, the council room, the exhibition hall, the auditorium… creating relationships but maintaining their own independence. There are some big skylights in the high central part that produce a great lighting of the space. This treatment is taken to the design of the façade of the courtyard; big hollows give sense of depth and frame the sights to the landscape.
The hierarchy of the spaces is reached by playing with the different heights. The garden becomes the focus of the perspective and the big hollows enter the light into the inner spaces. The result is a big broken volume of white concrete with a powerful image that contains spaces very pure and calm.