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The building is essentially a cover protecting the remains of a Roman assembly (thermal baths, forum and domus) in the archaeological site of Molinete Park in Cartagena, Spain.
This cover is integrated as another piece of the historic area of Cartagena whose main architectural challenge is to reconcile very different architectures; from the roman time, passing through baroque to nowadays, making all the interventions vibrate together in the neighborhood. It is a transitorial element between very diverse urban conditions: in size, material and structure; from the dense city centre to the sloping park.
The primary goal of the work is to respect the existing remains, using a long-span structure, which requires the least amount of support to hold the cover. The intervention unifies all the remains in a single space, allowing a continuous perception of the whole site. The cover generates a new urban façade in the partition wall.
The project also pursues a sense of lightness and is conceived as an element that allows light inside. The inner layer is built with a modular system of corrugated multiwall translucent polycarbonate sheets. The outer layer, constructed with perforated steel plates, qualifies the incidence of light and gives a uniform exterior appearance.
Besides the steel structure, the building set includes an elevated walkway parallel to the street. Conceived as a glass box, with a faceted, partially visible geometry, it makes up the street façade and allows a view of the ruins from three meters high setting out an overall vision of the roman remains.
architects: Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri
location: Parque del Molinete, Cartagena Murcia
surface: 1847 m2
year/status: 2011 (built)
materials: steel, polycarbonate sheets
client/contractor: Cartagena Puerto de Culturas / TMR
project team: Nacho Álvarez-Monteserín, Javier Gutiérrez, Ana López, Pablo Sigüenza, José López
partner/consultants: José Cerezo Ingeniería SL (structure), Condiciones Internas SL (facilities)
photography: David Frutos