A stunning monolithic structure rests at the base of the marble quarries in the small municipality of Algueña in Alicante, Spain. This shimmering music hall set amidst the region's rural landscape was designed by Cor & Asociados to bring music and culture together in one center. The MUCA Music Hall and House is composed of three outer walls tiled with a pearl-white surface. The building's pixelated facade is dazzling under the midday sun, glimmering beautifully depending on how the light changes.
Cor & Asociados consulted with local residents to find out what they desired and tried to meet local needs with the MUCA Music Center while working with a maximum budget of €562,800. Beginning by converting the disused headquarters of the Civil Guard, the architects designed a building around a central U-shaped courtyard, transforming it into a series of classrooms and rehearsal spaces. They developed a new 230-seat auditorium to host local festivals and music lessons, taking care to create a shape to provide good acoustics.
Opening out onto a landscaped courtyard, the space provides ample room for additional guests and visitors. The award-winning design already has future development prospects ahead: the architects propose to reserve a green zone beside the building in order to develop an open-air auditorium and a garden.
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Images courtesy of Cor & Asociados and David Frutos