A site of an old winery has been transformed into a major cultural destination of the southern Spanish region of Huelva thanks to the Seville-based Donaire Arquitectos and their recently-finalised Theatro Municipal. Located in Almonte, the imposing, geometrical structure towers above its low-rise surroundings while the structure’s plain, unornamented façade allows the theatre to blend harmoniously with its environment. The 3,265-square-meters theatre has been completed in spring this year at a total cost of over €4 million.
From Donaire Arquitectos:
‘The building is located on the site of an old winery. It has the challenge of integrate the existing old buildings, declared as cultural interest, and being part of a cultural complex of a total of three buildings and a common space. This space turns into the main place of the town and an important meeting area.
‘An opportunity to work on light, material and space. The path chosen to work on these concepts, is the contrast. Contrast between outside and inside, between old and new, including a monumental scale and human scale. And the journey as the thread that sews and explains the intervention. A large area covered with large proportions and controlled height works as a high threshold. A monumental scale lobby welcomes the visitor showing the scale of a public building.’