Espacio Miguel Delibes, Alcobendas, Spain / Rafael de La-Hoz

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

Project Details:
Location: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain
Type: Public
Client: Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda de Alcobendas (EMVIALSA)
Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga

The new building hosts the Universidad Popular, the headquarters of the PhotoEspaña International Centre in Alcobendas, as well as a media library and a citizen’s advice service of the City Council

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

Inaugurated with the name of the famous Castilian writer Miguel Delibes, the new building is erected on 6,000 square meters in the Avenida Pablo Iglesias of Alcobendas, one of the youngest areas of the city. This results from the express will of the developer to create an open and dynamic centre so as to generate a singular volumetry.

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

Rafael de La-Hoz proposes a building with three bodies that clearly differ from each other but are completely interrelated: a glazed cube, a massive volume of greater height and a horizontal perimeter crown, which rises from the ground and creates another space, a place of convergence and exchange.

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

The gap generated by the perimeter crown forms a large void, a spacious patio in which the other two volumes are inserted, leaving spaces filled with air and light between them. This results in two opposed patios in terms of size, proportions and orientation. The bigger one is a landscaped and sunny winter patio. The second is a vertical summer patio that provides shade in the summer.

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

The glazed central volume represents the core of the concept. It will host the multipurpose hall on the ground floor and the general vestibule of the building together with the exhibition and rest area on the first floor. Its centred position in the complex, between the two patios and tangential to the perimeter volume, turns it into an isolated body which, thanks to its crystalline materiality, looks like a huge night lantern from the outside.

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

The perimeter crown includes the lecture halls and workrooms of the University. The citizen’s advice service (SAC), the PhotoEspaña International Centre, the teacher’s room and the direction are included in the massive volume.

Espacio miguel delibes, alcobendas, spain / rafael de la-hoz
© Alfonso Quiroga

Each of these volumes have independent use and access from the street. They can thus be used at different times and in different ways, which allows for a completely flexible use of the complex.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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