Programme: Community and Social Services Centre
Date of competition: 2010
Category: Community and Social Services
Area: 1,196 m2
Developer: Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Sevilla (EMVISESA - Seville Municipal Social Housing Company)
Collaborators: F. Orizia, A. Alanís, J. Guerra, M. Valiente
Seville Town Hall launched an architectural competition in 2010 to dismantle and redesign a community and social services centre in the San Pablo- Nervion neighbourhood in Seville.
At MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos we believe that integral sustainability in architecture is a fundamental constructive, economic and social objective. Part of the project included dismantling, deconstructing and demolishing the existing building in order to construct the new social services centre in San Pablo. We committed ensuring the recycling of significant elements.
Within our proposal the building is a place for the convergence of both people and activity. The interior is arranged around a central courtyard, connected to the outside world by open galleries. Without losing sight of its role as a public structure, the building introduces elements and materials from the domestic sphere in order to create a more intimate relationship with visitors to the space. We proposed building an apparently introverted compact volume. We did however take into its location, surroundings, orientation and the flow of people visiting the centre. There is, for instance, a close relationship with the northern entrance where there is an ample porch and a large balcony on the top floor. The aim was to create a social centre that looks after the surrounding neighbourhood.