Located in a heterogeneous area, on the periphery of the University Campus and adjacent to the island highway, the new Fine Arts School presents itself as an extension of the Campus’s public space, while creating an autonomous interior landscape of its own.
A skin of suspended concrete slats adopts a curved shape which develops on the different levels protecting and wrapping the open space of the building.
Campus circulation is collected and guided by a public plaza that extends through the main entrance and is transformed into a spacious terrace overlooking the inner courtyard. From the main entrance, circulation is continuous, following half-open, undulating corridors.
The teaching areas are distributed along these corridors. Adding to classrooms with mobile dividing walls are multiple spaces like the patio-gardens and open ramps, the covered galleries and the entrance terrace, conceived as open exhibition and teaching areas, innovative spaces for an experimental and creative education.
gpy arquitectos, the studio formed by Juan Antonio González Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña and Constanze Sixt, sees architecture as a means of using space to seek out new forms of relating the human being with his surroundings. The dissolution of the limits between interior and exterior, public and private, urban and territorial, is employed as a strategy for transforming projects into social spaces.
The studio’s works have been shown internationally at the Architecture Week in Prague (2014), the Netherlands Architecture Institute NAI in Rotterdam (2008), the MoMA in New York (2006) or the Spanish Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2002).
Publications of their works include titles like Europe City: Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space (Barcelona: CCCB/Lars Müller Publishers, 2015), Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (London: Phaidon Press, 2008), 1000x European Architecture (Berlin: Verlagshaus Braun, 2006) and 10x10_2. 100 Architects 10 Critics (London/New York: Phaidon, 2005).