Cultural Center Puertas Castilla, 1998-2003


Location: Murcia

Architect: Oscar Tusquets Blanca


Project Coordinator: Carles Díaz

Project Manager: Andrés Monzú

Quantity Surveyor: Plácido Cañadas

Structure: Enric Torrent

Built area: 4.625 m2

The programme featured three generously dimensioned spaces: an events hall, an exhibition gallery and a library. In order to be open plan, these spaces required larger spans than the building’s structural framework, based on the car-parking floors. For this reason, it was most convenient to locate these halls on the upper floor, where the structure had only to support the roof and could easily accommodate a large span.

    This situation also allowed overhead lighting through skylights, an ideal form of lighting for these functions. The roof and skylights are carefully designed to tame the dazzling Mediterranean, preventing direct sun. Urban development of the setting was not completed.