Cultural Center Los Molinos
The treatment of the open spaces of the building, which at the time served as a playground and modest sports facilities of the school itself, currently represent an obstacle between the center of the town and the commercial area located in which it could be considered access main of it.
The project makes "tabula rasa" with what was the old playground, respecting only the existing trees. A plantation made up of a 5.50 x 5.50 meter grid of the same trees dictates the guidelines of the proposed public space. In front of this tree plantation, there is a hard, small-format cobblestone soil. The horizontal ground plane will be crossed by bands of 1 m wide that will introduce the green and the humid in the square. These strips, perpendicular to the library building, will also contain integrated luminaires. On the other hand, mobile benches meander among the trees, creating stationary areas around the trunks, generating concavities in which dialogues and gazes will take place between the residents of Los Molinos.
It is intended that the result of the above described generates an open public space, without barriers, accessible by everyone and for everyone. A place to interact or, to paraphrase the anthropologist Manuel Delgado, celebrate the public. The main objective of the proposal is to create a multifunctional space that highlights the balance between the history of Los Molinos and the original building, and the programmatic innovation following a contemporary socio-cultural space.
The intervention frees up a large void space on the ground floor where a grandstand is located as a tribune. This will act as a seat when an event occurs or as a relationship space between the rest hours of the building users. Also, a large skylight crosses the roof to give the intervention a larger scale. The facades will be rehabilitated, mainly differentiating the intervention on them in two. On the one hand, the openings that illuminate smaller spaces such as offices and instrument rooms, and on the other, the openings that lead to larger-scale rooms.