Instead of completely doing away with a disused bus stop in Coruña, Alejandro García y Arquitectos was commissioned to transform the whole thing into a futuristic new tourism office. Located in a fairly obscure town in the Arteixo region of northwestern Spain that receives little tourism traffic, the new office is designed as a lure that will introduce tourists to the area beaches, architecture and other noteworthy attractions.
Most of the existing structure was left alone, considerably reducing the amount of new materials required to complete this striking new adaptive reuse project in Arteixo. Despite a tight budget, the design team was able to give the building a brand new perforated metal skin. The geometric metal panels lend a futuristic feel to the place but also shield the interior from excess solar gain.
The screen provides shade but not to the detriment of natural daylight, which absolutely floods the interior. Although the natural wood and stone flooring contrasts with the angled modern cladding, we think the materials are ultimately harmonious. All in all, it’s hard to imagine that this new office was once a bus stop and we sincerely hope that it reaches its intended goal of encouraging tourists to explore the magical areas of northwestern Spain.
Via Arch Daily