The Cave – Gonzalo Vaillo Martinez, Universidad de Alcalá

Today’s project is from Spanish student Gonzalo at the Universidad de Alcala.  The project creates an extension to the Tate Modern on the Thames in London.  Underneath a new plaza, an extension to gallery spaces and a new auditorium allow blurring of boundaries between the Tate and the surrounding neighborhood.  Read the rest from the student after the break.

STUDENT: Gonzalo Vaillo Martinez
SCHOOL: Unversidad de Alcala
CLASS: Thesis

The work was begun during an exchange program with the Professor Colin Fournier of the Bartlett School of Architecture and it was carried on with the tutor Ángel Verdasco Novalvos.

The project is focused on three essential parameters of London: the green areas, the icons and landmarks and the pedestrians. What it is searched is to recover the figure of the pedestrians and involve them again in the city. The public space is the basic network for getting it.

Focused on the Tate Modern as an icon which is isolated in its environment (particularly its back side), the project works in two overlapped scales: the necessity to connect the Tate with others landmarks and its own renovation and adaptation for the new social demands.

A new park is created whit the intention of solving it and a new auditorium was included. Taking into account the important of the chimney in the skyline of London the new auditorium is buried for preserving the views over it.

This produces an inversion of the normal program of an auditorium, so the accesses and foyers are now over the music halls in directly relationship with the park and its new topography.

The auditorium is made up of three different halls, which have the same stage.

This produces that every kind of performance can be showed whit simple mechanical partitions depending on the capacity necessity.

The three halls are covered by huge concrete beams, which at the same time are covered by other smaller beams.

Between them the public program of accesses, tickets and multifunctional rooms are developed.

Over them, a new topography creates the green roof, which is part of the park.

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