General Services Building – New classrooms. University of Murcia

Year
2002
Location
Espinardo Campus . North Zone. University of Murcia
Client
University of Murcia
Budget
2.264.729 €
Built up area
4.656 m2
Architects
Martín Lejarraga / Francisco Ruiz-Gijón
Martín Lejarraga's Office
Patricia Reus (Arch.), Julian Lloret (Draftsman)
Technical Architects
José Ibeas / Mariano García-Otero
Builder
LIR Obras S.L. + Construcciones López Torres
Photographers
Juan de la Cruz Megías / Luis Asín

This building is one of the university equipments that are in the next development area of Espinardo Campus, in the north side, and it has a hard and unfriendly landscape with pronounced topography.

The solution colonizes the plot totally advancing a one level building, that it is adapted to the topography.

The building is folded in the contact with the land, producing continuous surface where the general uses are organized. It is a continuous sequence of closed and open spaces.

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This organization applied in a systematic way generates sequence of open courtyards that are the inner landscape, and at the same time they produce the main volume and the outside image.

The program is mostly classrooms that are oriented to the north (the best light and wind) and protected from the hard environment.

Structural concrete and glass –translucent and transparent- is the outside image. Prefabricate panels –wood and naturals fibers- is the inner one.

Publications

2003
XII Catalogue Architecture Award 'Región de Murcia'
2002
AV 93/94. Yearbook 2002
University of Murcia. Architecture 1994-99
Architecture + Plus. 'Education Buildings’ (20 Buildings for Education)

Awards

2002
National Architecture Competition > 1º Prize
2003
XII Architecture Awards 'Región de Murcia' > Special Mention