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A culinary school in a former slaughterhouse in Medina Sidonia

A culinary school in a former slaughterhouse in Medina Sidonia © Fernando Alda

Recently we published on our website's architecture photography last finished work architects Maria Gonzalez y Juanjo Lopez de la Cruz. We do not believe that this project should go unnoticed. This is an interesting intervention that responds to the request to install a hospitality school in the old building of the abattoir, Cadiz in the town of Medina Sidonia. The project developed from an initial position of engagement with the place and the existing building (analysis, development and respect for the town and its old slaughterhouse), further the search for architectural, more personal, a certain formal abstraction. It reaches its expansion in areas not built and annexes, being especially notable and free decks. As we show some images of all, this solution is not at all the result of a rhetorical exercise. The aim is rather fit and “shelter” the building in its urban reality. The right look, established some distance, forms reveals that, color and materials are anything but capricious and, perhaps- were present between the lines in a text that this project has been able to read in poetic form.

In this image almost aerial, come together with precision photographic and projective arguments. Project and eyes reveal, mutually constructed. The architects explain it well: “Intervening in the historic city has something to layer, settling, shelter in the hollow and porous consolidated over time. The density of the architecture of the slaughterhouse: walls, patio, displaced stones and columns of the temple of Hercules Phoenician Melcart where the cattle were tied, contrasts with the potential space defined by the perimeter wall that has remained empty for years as a place for your cattle, dead poultry slaughtering and pork and beef. The project proposes to capture the space covered by a new ceramic that limits the involvement of new plant, clarifying and strengthening the original scope of the construction of the abattoir. Cover, confined between the perimeter walls, illuminates the space between walls and curls to house the kitchen of the hotel school, dotted with courtyards that serve as vents and a large cooking pots species, while the ships of the slaughterhouse are situated teaching kitchens open to the main courtyard. The new coverage, fired ceramic coated, bristles profile looking for the light and its reflection in the multitude of covers that are going up the hill of Medina Sidonia”.

12 September, 2011 · Published in architectural photography, architectural photographer, architectural photographer, new reports

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Ferando Alda

Professional photographer since 1981, specializes in photography of architecture and infrastructure from 1987. My stories recorded works of great interest and uniqueness, documenting its construction and final state. My studio is developing a high quality work in editing analog and digital images. This material, exceeding seven thousand reports, is consulted regularly by publishers around the world, being published monthly in books and magazines and foreign.


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