The Madrid based Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza realised this light and open pavilion in order to cover and protect an archeological excavation at of the most significant location in the history of Cadiz, the oldest city of the Western World.
Here is what the architect explains:
“Additionally, we would like this covering plane to serve as the base for a public area facing the sea, at a height that provides a clear view, so the cars on the access highway cannot be seen. It is conceived as a light white platform, perched over the excavation, as if on tiptoes, and is reached by a side ramp. On this plane, light holes will be opened, as skylights, so that the excavation can be seen from above. Above, in the back, covering the current party wall, a stone face to provide continuity to the stone façades of the two cathedrals, an awning is constructed to protect us from the rain and sun”
“The entirety is built with light elements, perhaps metal, as if in shipbuilding, all painted white to accentuate its lightness. The passable area will be carpeted in white marble.
The construction of the base recollects ships. The awning above, as if a canopy on poles, recollects a religious procession.We wish to make a beautiful piece of architecture, capable of revealing this marvelous place to its best advantage, capable of remaining in the memory of Cádiz.”
(Alberto Campo Baeza, architect)
Project period: 2006- 2009
Surface: 1000 m2
Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Collaborating architects: Ignacio Aguirre López, Emilio Delgado Martos
Structure: Andrés Rubio Morán, Jorge Conde Conde – IDEEE
Construction Manager: Manuel Cebada Orrequia
Costs: 1.475.000 €
to the Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza profile @ Architonic