New headquarters of Málaga University
alcolea+tárrago, Roberto Ercilla, Lecumberri – Cidoncha
The project stands out for the predominant use of white Macael marble, and shows the possibilities of using this material even for urban furniture.
The new Government Pavilion of the University of Málaga will accommodate all the offices of the Rectorate, which were up to now scattered in different buildings. The project rounds off the university campus with an auditorium and open spaces including a large garden, parking areas, and a small outdoor theater. The design recovers elemental architectural types and uses an abstract language to organize the entire program in two bold volumes. The essential geometry of the buildings and their representative character is reinforced by the almost exclusive use of white Macael marble on all surfaces, giving the whole complex a unitary and coherent image.
While the auditorium building is designed as a compact volume that adapts to the topography to minimize its visual impact and improve energy efficiency, the administration area, by contrast, is articulated around two large courtyards filled with vegetation, and which offer a shaded public space outside and optimize the hygrothermal conditions of the interior. Both volumes are connected by a pergola, a sort of transition space towards the vast topography of landscaped grounds. The project pays special attention to the vegetation and its maintenance, giving priority to regenerative agricultural techniques that in the future will improve the fertility of the land.