Military Navy Headquarters. Cartagena

Year
1997
Location
Curra harbour. Port of Cartagen
Client
Port Authority of Cartagena
Budget
540.480,68 €
Built up area
808,30 m2
Architects
Martín Lejarraga / Alberto Burgos

Location

The location of the building is very important to get different information layers which are crucial to start the project.

The first approach to the site reveals a wonderful place where its limits are the natural landscape.

The building is on a dyke, and it has views in both orientations, to the sea on the South, and to the city on the North. It is the first construction we can see arriving from the sea.

The second approach, more specific, is about the information from the navy, the building owner and the unique user of the dock. The place has a complex program diagram with several uses and functions, services, security…

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The building has this double situation. A regular piece, vertical and compact volume is projected, autonomous but with specific connections for its supply. The building has a neutral image with six facades, in response to these conditions.

Organization

Inside, the complex program organization is solved with vertical levels. The double height close and open spaces pass trough and join the different floors.

Navy life and authorities: first floor
Offices: second floor.
Major’s house: third floor

Outside, it is an abstract objet, without scale:

The building gets open to the main view orientations: north and south, and gets closed to the worst climate orientation for sun and wind, east and west.

Publications

2000
AV nº 81-82. Spain 2000
1998
El Croquis nº 90. Spanish Architecture 1997-98
1999
Book V Biennial of Spanish Architecture
1998
AV nº 69-70. Yearbook 1998
1998
IX Catalogue Regional Architecture Awards. Region of Murcia
1998
'El País' Newpaper (1 September 1998)
On Diseño nº 194
'Nombres' Catalogue nº 7. Ministry of Development
Catalogue Camuñas Foundation
Architecture: Idea + Function. Valencia
Sample of Samples 1990 – 2002. Camuñas Foundation
Architectures. Region of Murcia 1982 – 1999

Awards

2003
Sample of Samples 1990 – 2002. Camuñas Foundation
1998
National Architecture Award 1999 > Shortlisted
1998
V Spanish Architecture Biennial 1997 – 1998 > Shortlisted
1998
V Young Spanish Architects Sample. Antonio Camuñas Award > Shortlisted
1998
Iberfad Award (Spain-Portugal) 98 > Shortlisted
1997
IX Architecture and Urban Awards 'Región de Murcia' > 1st Prize. Architecture