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El Batel

Selgas Cano Architects built the ‘El Batel’ auditorium and convention center in Cartagena on Spain’s coast. The sructure is over two hundred meters in length, combining volumes of different heights. A long facade unites all volumes. The building is lit by night to create a clear accent while color is selectively used to set everything in motion. The conference rooms for example have concentrated low-level light and the ‘public’ rooms seem flooded with light. Both outside and inside wide, open spaces are broken up by structured surfaces, translucent materials, and organic forms are freely arranged to build bridges, ramps, and benches that seem to float above the ground.

This project is part of the exhibition Culture:City, that is asking questions about the impact of art and culture on cities and their architecture. Visit Culture:City from 15th of March – 26th of May 2013 at Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin.

All images © Selgas Cano

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