Programme: Art Centre
Date of project: 2006
Category: Interior Design
Area: 320 m2
Developer: Seville City Council
Collaborators: F. Orizia
In 2006 the Seville City Council commissioned MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos to design a collective arts centre in Seville. The brief was to design the interiors of the offices and open archives for the arts centre.
When planning the design of a collective arts centre we focused on the need to create spaces to catalyse processes of experimentation, information, creation and transaction. Within this framework we took on this architectural project as a process to construct contexts, supports and tangible stages for the free flow and generation of happenings and events. We understood claSE to be a project about projects. For this reason we created a project to foment processes and proposed an architecture of presence rather than permanence. Architecture, understood in this way, is a phenomenon in transit.
In contrast to spaces in which the discourse or representation eclipses the agents or people present within them, the architecture of claSE becomes meaningful when it is active and this supercedes its condition as a container for activities. At MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos we proposed creating a breeding ground for creativity and a tool for reflection and debate.
The location of claSE in Seville reveals its inherent condition as a crossroads, where urban tensions come together between the confusion of La Cartuja, the popular pulse of the Alameda and the forgotten northern outskirts of the city. More than simply a location, claSE is a process in which to express new forms of neighbourhood with nearby agents and spaces, as well as with culturally and geographically distant others.
We started out from two preexisting parts of the building (the semibasement and the attic) that are visually and acoustically connected to the rest of the building via open spaces and gaps. The archive is the location for critical presentations and for the production of artistic projects, the container for the happenings that relate artistic practices with their contexts. The archlive, as it is called, is a laboratory for production and consultation, a space in which archives are spatially available. We propose to convert the attic-office into a friendly and active observatory, a space for mediation and communication, and an operations room from which to bring together the results and outcomes to communicate them to the outside world. Our aim was to create a space that feeds itself with the daily grind of the city in order to generate new ways to construct urbanity and citizenship.
If claSE hopes to affect the city, it needs to be a space that communicates the idea of the intelligent city. In other words, the space needs to become a meeting point that generates processes that stimulate, increase, and integrate the values of the city with those of both collective and individual citizens.