Reform of existing building of Technical University School of Architecture of Malaga

The Project consists of the reform of the ground floor and basement of the School of Architecture of Malaga as new spaces for teaching innovation, as the winning project of an ideas contest where it is proposed to recover an abandoned space becoming the school's teaching center. An atmosphere of teaching innovation enabled for the development of activities that transcend the day to day of the classroom. An operational habitable space that shelters the production of students, graduates, and teachers, making visible a work that is now abandoned in the basement. This is how it is perforated, natural light is introduced, to convert the entire basement area into a large public stage for the development and exhibition of activities. A space that offers possibilities and that does not limit, it is about opening teaching possibilities. To enable this support, 3 very clear concepts are followed that define the action. Three very simple ideas that allow you to achieve what has been pointed out (open, illuminate, recover, show):

1. Undress.
Eliminate all that superfluous element that camouflages the architecture. The architecture of the essence. The first thing is to clean, leave only what is necessary, keeping the space, flexible space. The structure and traces of construction become teaching arguments in the project. Teach architecture with the architecture we have, show the structure, and show the construction. Architecture educates.

2. Subtract.
Drill to incorporate maximum natural lighting. Introduce oxygen. Think spatially, teaching in m3. Open the lateral openings of the building, creating large windows that eliminate the basement condition, introducing natural light and ventilation to the entire basement. Transparency ubnes the space, from the street to the patios.

3. Connect.
A single folded space. Through the creation of the stands, a single space is achieved that moves from one floor to another with continuous and varied activities. From the street you go to the basement where postgraduate teaching is incorporated in a natural way, folding the space.

4. Enable.
Support available to show processes.
Spaces for teaching innovation, to show what is generated in the center. Continuous exhibitions that open architecture to the citizen. These spaces are enabled as open spaces where the work generated by students and teachers at the school is continuously displayed. The transparency of the space from the street to the patios is key to this, introducing natural lighting and ventilation.


The maximum simplicity and cleanliness is sought, therefore, the materials used are basic but contemporary. Concrete and metal structures are used where appropriate, all of them visible to be teachers. Space as a third teacher.

The entire floor covering is a continuous linoleum flooring in two colours, blue for the designated spaces and gray for the rest. Acoustic ceilings enhance the space.

The set of rooms are compartmentalized where appropriate with fixed and mobile glass partitions to promote transparency, expand the space, expand lighting. The enclosed spaces in the production area in the laboratory are made with plastic materials such as transparent and translucent polycarbonates, allowing what is happening inside to be seen, seeking maximum flexibility to be able to move and adapt to the changing conditions of the space.


Ventura Blanch, Ferrán

Proyecto: Bosch, Blanca; Cervantes, Ana; Salas, Nerea; Valdivia, Antonio.
Arquitecto Técnico: Salas Rodríguez, Pedro
Ingeniero: Barrios Corpa, Jorge

Vicerrectorado de Smart Campus. Universidad de Málaga

Building Company
Lasor, S.L.

Hereklith, Reiter, Raices con arte, Iconico, Porcelanosa, Roca, Geoflor, Acrisal