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‘Between Cathedrals’ by Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza (ES)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 09.04.2010 - Tagged as: , ,

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

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.

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

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”

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

“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)

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

'Between Cathedrals', photo by Javier Callejas

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 €

Constructor: GEOCISA

to the Estudio Arquitectura Campo Baeza profile @ Architonic