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This proposal for intervention in the ancient slaughterhouse of Carmona and its urban surroundings is part of the understanding of the place, its historical value, its strategic location within the city area and its potential as a representative space for meeting and interaction for the local community. The project focuses on reconnecting the urban fabric, currently fragmented by the presence of retaining walls built to support the Ronda del Matadero - an exclusively vehicular road. The project proposes completely freeing the public space from the surface parking lot by building an underground car park covered by a new public park. In this way the importance of the place is enhanced, a new place of congregation is offered and the citizens are allowed to enjoy it. About the operations with the buildings, the Old Slaughterhouse that will host the Archaelogical Archive is a listed building in a derelict state, we propose to rebuild the west wing, introducing a mezzanine to create extra space and free its front to complete the perimetral circulation around the cloister, enclosing it with a portico built in a clean and contemporary language. The Music Centre is built from scratch, based on the footprint of the previous building. This volume presents itself as an hermetic entity that is reminiscent of the walls and the fortresses in the area. Built in brick, its deep façade allows for better control of the temperature of the internal spaces based on its mass, generating thermal inertia. Specific and controlled openings pierce the volume, allowing small exchanges of light and views between the interior and exterior. The central patio becomes this space, the heart of the building, which allows circulation and access to the different rooms dedicated to music (rehearsal rooms, classrooms and study rooms, etc.) located on the perimeter of the cloister. At the same time, it offers an ideal space to host concerts and other musical and cultural events. Its interior architecture is reminiscent of the "corrala" typology, widely found in Andalusia, through the use of continuous balconies open to the central patio. Circulations and interior spaces are designed using a CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) structure. The main and largest spaces of the program, the rehearsal rooms, are strategically located on the ground floor around the patio, allowing them to open completely towards the central space, offering the possibility of an even closer interaction between the interior and the outside. The choir rehearsal room goes one step further, and can also be integrated with the Plaza de los Mataderos through a folding façade that completely merges the public space with the interior patio of the building, allowing the possibility of hosting even bigger events.


Carmona, Spain


Municipality of Carmona








2300 sqm 



 TMA Arquitectura, ARE Arquitectura en Estudio


Xavier Aguiló - BAC Socotec, Bemaarch

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