-2022 Architecture Ideas Competition of the New Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Seville. Second prize

SITUATION: Calle Profesor García González, Sevilla. >>Open in GOOGLE MAPS
DATES: competition (2022)
CLIENT: University of Seville
ARCHITECTS: José Antonio Carbajal Navarro, Nicolás Carbajal Ballell, Rodrigo Carbajal Ballell and Antonio Barrionuevo Ferrer
COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS: Fernando Moreno Humanes and José Anelo Romero

Our proposal is based on strict compliance with the program defined in the competition rules, which as a whole means providing the Faculty of Pharmacy with a surface area of around 20,000 m², which represents an increase of more than 40% over the current one. This implies the need for an in-depth restructuring that allows a better volumetric use while freeing up open-air spaces that are now crowded inside the plot. With the renovation of the Faculty of Pharmacy, we try to create a new landscape, to improve the distribution of places, to explain the cultural and historical identity of the Pharmacy Institution and to take care of the realization of its interiors and its gardens.

The current state is made up of a group of three buildings built over time: the original faculty, built in 1982, a work of notable value by the architect Alberto Donaire Rodríguez; the one floor lecture building adjacent to Paseo de Bonanza (lecture building 1) and the annex lecture building (lecture building 2) built in 1994. In addition, this Faculty of Pharmacy has a series of laboratories that due to lack of space are located in the which was the building of the ETS of Industrial Engineers on the Reina Mercedes Campus.

Our design will allocate the original building to the classrooms of the Faculty due to its adequate functional arrangement, a building structured linearly by a central corridor with two parallel wings with dimensions suitable for the necessary classrooms and which has separate vertical communication cores in its extremes. In this building, as we say, a new layout and the extension of its attic are proposed to house the extensive program of classrooms requested, preserving its structural elements and the large facade staircase that ascends to the study room, offering informal meeting spaces among the university community, and recovering its terrace.

As for lecture buildings 1 and 2, they will be demolished in successive phases to reconstruct new buildings on their site suitable for housing the extensive program of needs foreseen, providing the whole with a common floor for the general uses. Over this base, that connects the teaching and research complex thanks to clear and direct accesses and circulations towards the vertical communication cores, two modulated and independent towers rise in height to house the departmental areas and their laboratories. Both towers, with a restrained volume are internally organized under criteria of maximum functionality. The arrangement of the departmental areas prioritizes rooms for joint and flexible use in order to promote exchange and transfer between research teachers and students.

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