The former military barracks of Gardeny in the Spanish city of Lérida was converted into a food science and technology center back in 2009. Efforts to make the renovation sustainable included using recyclable materials and a rainwater harvesting system, and now the center has evolved even further. Pich-Aguilera Architects added a new section to the renovated complex that will be used to house a modern audiovisual center, and they wrapped it and neighboring volumes in a diaphanous structure made from tensioned fabric.
Pich Aguilera calls their new addition to the Gardeny Science and Technology Center “Magical.” The third volume located at the southern corner of the original square is said to complete the center’s functions, according to the design brief sent to Arch Daily. Tucked into the complex like a futuristic spaceship, the new container is filled with natural light and has spectacular views of the outdoors.
Far and away the most compelling aspect of this striking new design is the tensioned fabric that wraps around the addition, “spreading like fog” to the adjacent buildings,” say the designers. Underneath lies a reception, waiting area, and cafeteria – in addition to other facilities. Rather futuristic looking, the textile cladding softens the brutish quality of the existing buildings, creating a more inspired environment.
Via Arch Daily