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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Murado & Elvira, municipal library and historical archive of Baiona (Pontevedra)

The practice of Claro Murado and Juan Elvira has carried out the renovation and conversion of the Sancti Spiritus Hospital in Bayona. The 17th-century complex underwent a series of transformations and then was abandoned for a long time. Now it has reopened as the Galician city’s new public library and historical archive. The project of the Madrid partners included cladding the building’s interiors with wood and installing a large integrated furniture element that gives continuity to the space. There are two floors, a garden, and an inner courtyard surrounded by the reading zones. On the lower level, the access from the direction of the old town is connected to a renovated patio through a large corridor marked by the original stone of walls and pavements, granite that turned up  during the restoration work. The dialogue between the two materiales – this stone and the warm wooden cladding of the reading rooms – gives the visitor a sense of calm and familiarity that does much to continue the tradition of hospitality of a city accustomed to welcoming pilgrims enroute to Santiago de Compostela.
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