Amid.cero9, Giner de los Ríos Foundation in Madrid
Photos: José Hevia
A century after the death of Francisco Giner de los Ríos, founder of the Free Educational Institution (Institución Libre de Enseñanza, ILE), the foundation that bears his name opens its new headquarters in Madrid, situated on the same site on Paseo del General Martínez Campos where the educator’s house and the ILE’s headquarters were originally located, but now extended with the addition of an adjacent plot amid party walls. The project won the public call for ideas of 2004, taking as guiding thread the recovery of the garden as the activity hub of the institution, because one of its principles was to promote life in the outdoors. To this end, the whole building is organized around the perimeter of the plot to free up the central space, conceived as a meeting place and a circulation node. The sensation of dynamism is further emphasized by the variety of plant species of different sizes, and which change color with the seasons. Services and communications are placed along the perimeter of the plot, where a corridor leads to the different rooms, positioned in such a way that from the outside one gets the impression of being amid pavilions scattered around a park. The building’s volume is blurred under a light and uniform envelope, wrapped as it is in a latticework of three layers of thin galvanized steel wands painted in an abstract silver gray tone.
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