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The historical roots of Marchamalo significantly influence the conceptualization of this design. The initial Celtic settlement, Carpelos, and later the Hispano-Roman presence near the Via Dominicana, known as Arriaca, hold importance. The new Cultural Center's site is positioned at the crossroads of the village's main street and the connection to the Arriaca archaeological site, recalling the location of the old settlement. This historical connection, albeit symbolic, establishes a robust foundation for citizens to identify with and feel represented. Marchamalo's unique historical and cultural conditions make this connection to the ancient settlement of Arriaca distinct. The organization of the Cultural Center is based on the iron artifacts of the archaeological site scattered throughout the plot, while adapting to the dimensions of the traditional buildings of Marchamalo. Departing from the massive scale of other public buildings, the design takes on a more dynamic approach. Internally, each object serves a specific function, resembling 'buildings' from an urban perspective. Rather than a singular structure, the Cultural Center comprises different pieces engaging in dialogue, conflict, and tension. They overlap, separate, isolate, and come together, forming connections and voids simultaneously. The grouping is influenced by the organizational principles observed in the small houses of the historic center.

Marchamalo, Spain

Library, Archive, Exhibition, Conference rooms


Marchamalo City Council