Sunday, 25 May 2014

Rehabilitation of Lavapiés Pious School to provide Library and Classrooms

In the year 1763 the Shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar was built by the architect Gabriel Escribano. Over two hundred years later the architect José Ignacio Linazasoro, thanks to a competition, gives life back to the 'Pious School' and its surroundings environment.


After a long process (1996-2004), each part of the programme has its own zone in the building:
  • The library is situated in the church as it represents the peace and silence of this space.
  • The building adjacent represents is converted into the school building.

It is a project that reaches workss on different scales ranging from urban design to furniture design.


The central space of the church is the library and is emphasized enhanced with the use of hanging lighting which creates a feeling of ritual space.  Each piece of wooden furniture in the library is a piece of the building.


Vertical communications classrooms are provided by the staircases, which is the most significant element. One of the main centers of this building is this piece because it organizes the different spaces. The library and school are arranged around this element which leads you up to an ¿open sky?.




Asunción Navarro Margallo

Year 1763, Pilar's Hermitage is built by the architect Gabriel Escribano. Will be 233 years after that, when the architect José Ignacio Linazasoro, thanks to a idea competition, gives life back to the "escuelas pías" environment.

After a long process (1996-2004), each programme has its own zone in the building:
- The library is the church because represents the peace and silence of this space.
- The building adjacent represents the college building.
It will be a project that reaches different scales ranging from urban design to furniture design.

The central space of the church is the library and is emphasized with the use of hanging lights which create a ritual space.  Each wooden furniture in the library is a piece of the building.

Vertical communications classrooms are provided by the staircases, which is the most significant element. One of the main centers of this building is this piece because it organizes the different spaces.

1 comment:

  1. Asuncion, this is a nice description of a very interesting building. I can't believe that it is in Madrid, I need to look for it next time. It's nice too that they have 'reinstated' the original function of the building - education.

    The images are well chosen and complement the text. There are perhaps missed opportunities for language, even simply looking at the Louvre Pyramid 'Through simplicity the new stands with the old', which would be appropriate here.

    I'm also quite interested in the section, there appears to be some very interesting roof lights over the school room.

    A great description, well done, Martin

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