Third prize (accesit) in Open Competition with the Intervention of a Jury for the execution of an office building for the Xunta de Galicia in the old bus station of Santiago de Compostela. In partnership with G3 Arquitectos, leading by Poncho Garduño.
The intervention idea emerges from the especial challenge that involves to operate on a urban space already complex in itself and to solve, at the same time, a wide functional program constrained by the need for the new building to be properly articulated with the current complex of San Caetano. To that end, our proposal comes from an basically urban answer, we tried to avoid the urban archipelago that represents the current building of San Caetano.
Thus the building is condensed to its maximum and it only has two private courtyards and a connection below ground; in this way, all outer space can be recovered for citizenship with particular significance of the new square located in the current upper plaza (Camilo Díaz Baliño) and the bus entrance area. Such space, on which the new entrance to the administrative complex would be located, would also turn a leisure space for the adjoining houses, something that they have been demanding for a while. To design the new construction is also chosen the option of recycling the part of the existing building that faces Camilo Díaz Baliño’s square, which finds itself in good condition.
The new building will be created from that first piece of longitudinal development until it defines a closed volume around two large courtyards through which solve a suitable functional and bioclimatic integration of the whole. There would be three different growth stages for the construction of the building since the transfer of the civil servants would not be undertaken jointly. The building will also have two small shopping areas, one at level 0 and the other at level 1. The implementation of commercial uses in the building, on the two levels facing the square, will drift towards an appropriation of the public space and will integrate the building with the city.