Rehabilitation of the Cortiguera Palace for cultural uses
Authors: Jorge García, Fernando Eiroa
Collaborators: Rafael Calvo
Promoter: Ministry of Public Works
Status: Honourable mention in competition
The project for the Space for the interpretation and dissemination of the History of the City + Headquarters of the Santander Creativa Foundation bases its main idea on the plinth that allowed the original building to stand on the original promontory, as this plinth implies an agreement with the pre-existing topography, but also a relationship with the street and its own plot.
The idea of the plinth as a strategy for relating to the free and public space is the main intention of the whole proposal. In this case, the proposed plinth will establish a coherent treatment with the two access doors that will extend the public space of the street inwards. It will establish a connection with the voids of the plot, as a welcoming space and garden for various uses. And finally, this "plinth" will establish a dialogue with the masonry wall that serves as a retaining wall for the esplanade where the public school is located.