Amann-Canovas-Maruri – Deck over a roman site in Cartagena, 2011



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 fa ade 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 fa ade and allows a view of the ruins from three meters high setting out an overall vision of the roman remains.


architects: Atxu Amann, Andr s CA?novas, NicolA?s Maruri

location: Parque del Molinete, Cartagena Murcia

surface: 1847 m2

year/status: 2011 (built)

structure: steel

materials: steel, polycarbonate sheets

client/contractor: Cartagena Puerto de Culturas / TMR

project team: Nacho A?lvarez-Monteser n, Javier Guti rrez, Ana LA?pez, Pablo SigA?enza, Jos LA?pez

partner/consultants: Jos Cerezo Ingenier a SL (structure), Condiciones Internas SL (facilities)

photography: David Frutos

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