-2021 Competition for the UCA-SEA Innovation Center of University of Cádiz. First prize

SITUATION: Llano Amarillo, Algeciras, Cádiz. >>Open in GOOGLE MAPS
DATES: competition (2021), project (2021), construction (2022-2023)
CLIENT: University of Cádiz
ARCHITECTS: José Antonio Carbajal Navarro, Nicolás Carbajal Ballell and Rodrigo Carbajal Ballell
COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS: Fernando Moreno Humanes, José Anelo Romero and Juan Tuñón Espinosa
BUILDING SURVEYORS: Jesús Bozzo Fernández de Tirso and Manuel Ballester Diana
SERVICES ENGINEER: Manuel Sibón Molinero and Miguel Sibón Roldán
PHOTOGRAPHY: Fernando Alda and Javier Orive
Neutra Nº 19. Neutra – Revista del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Sevilla, 2024. ISSN: 11381507. Dep. Legal: SE-2115-97

The project is part of the building complex promoted by the Port Authority of Algeciras together with the University of Cádiz on the port front known as Llano Amarillo, an emblematic performance for the city and these administrations. The functional program of the UCA-SEA (laboratories, administrative areas and spaces for teaching) aims to address the contents derived from the granting by the European Union to the University of Cádiz of the role of coordinator in the European University of the Seas project.
The aim has been for a rational and contemporary building, with comfortable accessibility and easy control, clear in its internal organization, also clear in its circulations that are easy to identify by users and visitors. Flexible and versatile in its compartments and mode of occupancy and comfortable in its work areas. The facilities and toilet spaces, concentrated in a strip of services, serve as a filter between the lobbies and laboratories and other work areas. With a strict geometric modulation that allows to take advantage of industrialized construction systems and finishes, that have a favorable impact on the execution times of the work and the necessary energy efficiency. Very few materials have been used, basically aluminum, steel and natural stone. A three heights cubic volume with an envelope protected from sunlight with purpose-designed motorized slats, completed with a garden roof plan and in turn equipped with a covering of photovoltaic panels at the top.
Inside, the relationship areas focus on the future boulevard that will connect the city with the dock so that users can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the landscape and the port’s activity, while the transparency of its northern façade is a sign for the citizens of the character and work of the University.
The delay in the execution of the second phase and the unfinished urbanisation currently penalizes the understanding and use of the project for which, in the meantime, the Port has built a provisional access to the building.

This work is published at tectonica.archi, metalocus.es, gooood.cn and archello.com
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