Transmission Space For Megalithic Dolmen Of Séro

by | 27. Aug 2013

Cultural | Feature

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ransmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Exterior view. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Exterior view. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Exterior view. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Exterior view. Photo: Antonio Cayuelas

The Flagstone Display

A very gentle spiral ramp leads to the old flagstones exhibited in the interior of the building. The exterior light shines through the perforated ceramic bricks of the walls and decreases during the ramp walk. In the center, andiolic lightducts focus on every stone so that the visitor can see their detailed surface. A second ramp leads the public out, so they won’t cross in the narrow corridor. The setup also encourages people to remain silent in front of the old grave monument.

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. The soft spiral ramp in. Photo: Aitor Estévez

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ransmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. The flagstones exhibition. Photo: Aitor Estévez

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ransmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. The flagstones exhibition. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. The soft spiral ramp out. Photo: Aitor Estévez

Multipurpose Program

Besides its urban function and the display of the ancient monument, the project program also includes other facilities for the town of Seró including a wine shop and a multipurpose space. The wine shop sells locally produced wine straight from the wine cooperatives of the area, and doubles as a local wine bar. The multipurpose space works as a social center during the day as well as an introduction space for the monument. A small museum tells the story of the discovery of the dolmen monument and exhibits some of the items found in the old grave.

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Multipurpose space. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Multipurpose space. Photo: Aitor Estévez


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. The small museum. Photo: Aitor Estévez

Rudimentary Local Materials

The overall aesthetics of the pavilion are raw and apparently unfinished due to the use of very basic construction materials such as corrugated steel, bricks and other ceramic elements for the finishing of floors, walls and roofs. Corrugated steel bars – the kind normally used for reinforcing concrete – achieve a great technological performance for such a basic material, have been used for the ramps and handrails, resulting in an attractive, thin and transparent structural solution. This aesthetic responds to the rudimentary nature of the local agricultural constructions of the area.

Despite the popular tendency in Spain for raw and apparently economical details – a post-iconic architectural reaction now ironically dubbed by some as “folk architecture” – Toni Gironès’ preference for economical solutions goes way back as one can see in his early projects like the Montgat Book Warehouse (1993-1994), the Minerva House (2005-2006) or recently the Salou Social Housing (2007-2009) that was awarded the AVS Housing Prize 2012.


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Local landscape inspiration. Photos: Toni Gironès


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Detail of the wine room walls. Layout courtesy of Toni Gironès


Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Detail of the interior floors. Layout courtesy of Toni Gironès

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ransmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Detail of the exterior floor. Layout courtesy of Toni Gironès

FAD Prize 2013

For this project Toni Gironès Estudi d’Arquitectura was named one of two winners of the Prize FAD of Architecture 2013 edition. The jury states:

An apparently unfinished image and some simple materials that hide a rich reflection on the surroundings, the values of the rural heritage and the relation between a sumptuary past and an agricultural present. A skilful employment of the resources, that avoids the unnecessary, creates elaborated spaces – some strongly moving – and gives place to an equipment adjusted to the context.

Toni Gironès previous experience on archeological sites has resulted in other great projects like the Can Tacó Site, winner of the XII edition of the BEAU Award in 2013.

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Project sketch. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Project sketch. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Projects plans. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Cross sections. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Cross sections. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Spiral ramp and exhibition sketch. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

Transmission Space for Megalithic Dolmen of Séro. Sequence of the spiral ramp. Drawing courtesy of Toni Gironès

INFORMATION

CITY Artesa de Segre
COUNTRY Spain
ARCHITECT Brufau I Cusó S.L.P.

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