- Cantabria - Spain

IMPLUVIUM is a large roof built with a laminated timber structure. Its components were industrialized and assembled on site, replacing a former market demolished after a fire. The roof, together with four boxes that arise from the ground, is the necessary infrastructure that allows many events to happen, both spontaneous and programmed under the same ceiling.

The squared plan of the Community Center is organized by the strategic location of the mentioned boxes and a courtyard that polarized the interior space. The courtyard is decentered to generate different scale spaces in the ground level. Also, its floor is lowered and moved in relation with the glass enclosure generating outside shaded sitting areas for the summer time and an inside adjacent bench that receives the direct sunlight through the windows during the winter.

The ground floor is in continuity with the site level on the South, extending the public space towards the inside and connecting visually the whole building with the street. In addition, the strategy used in section allows the introduction of a mezzanine that hung from the main structure and offers higher privacy spaces. Its location in the perimeter creates a lineal layout for the plan with a more individual scale, taking advantage of the natural light, filtered by the wooden lattice that surrounds the building.

The variety of particular situations, in and by the courtyard, around the space or in front of the building, generates a great flexibility of use without loosing the specificity of the different scenarios.


Competition 1st PRIZE

Location: Plaza de Abastos S/N, Reinosa, Cantabria, Spain

Program: Community Center

Date: 05.2014 - 09.2016

Architects: RAW/deAbajoGarcia

Built surface: 1500m2


Antonio Rincón, architect

Jesús Gangas, quantity surveyor

Miguel A. Palencia, quantity surveyor


Juan F. De la Torre

(EUTECA SL), structure

PROYECTA SL, mechanical

Contractor: Fernández Rosillo SL

Photographs: Montse Zamorano

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