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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

RAW/deAbajoGarcía: Impluvium, community center in Reinosa (Cantabria)

The Madrid practice of Begoña de Abajo (León, 1986) and Carlos García (Cangas del Narcea, Asturias, 1982) has built a social and cultural center over the remains of an old market, demolished after a fire, on Plaza Abastos in Reinosa, a city in the Cantabrian county of Campoo-Los Valles. Named ‘Impluvium’ (in Roman houses, the uncovered space in the middle of the atrium through which rainwater fell), it presents a large roof with a structure of laminated timber that leans toward the courtyard. Containing a built area of 1,500 square meters, the square-plan multipurpose building has an off-center sunken court, around which four different boxes serving different uses are arranged. The enclosure’s inclination toward the courtyard creates shaded spots during summer and its glass shields a continuous bench that then bathes in sunlight during winter. The section shows a mezzanine level hanging from the main structure. This floor enjoys privacy and nuanced natural lighting thanks to the wooden lattice of the upper parts of the facades. On the contrary, the ground floor is visually connected to the street, creating continuity between inside and outside.
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