The mining days of the Spanish town Ortuella are now long past, but OKE, the new Ortuella Culture House, artistically pays tribute to the industry's influential history. Designed by aq4 arquitectura, the Spanish architects clad the mountain-like building in rusty red Corten steel. OKE is located at a juncture between a main street and a public square in a prominent location in town.
aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen from a distance. The architects also carved out a new pedestrian pathway to connect OKE to both the main street and the adjacent Otxartaga Square, the most significant public space in the area.
The mountain-like building’s jagged volumes were designed to match the topography of the area, which rises abruptly from street-level to the public square. A ramped concrete structure mitigates that slope change. Inside, the architects created multi-purpose spaces that can accommodate a variety of needs. Long vertical band-like windows open the building up to views and daylight.
Images via aq4 arquitectura