The project conditions and the idea.
After the urban project of a residential expansion for Betanzos I’ve had to design two of the proposed endowments on it.
The second one was a sea research and visitor center. A endowment focused on the recuperation and potencialitation of Betanzos ria.
The program included aquariums, exposition rooms, an animal care room, a cafeteria, research areas, offices, a reception, storages, small research cells and a shop.
The plot was located on te end of the new neighburhood designed before, in the division between the Mandeo river and a affluent. Working as a regeneration point of the natural area, as a element to approach the science to the visitors and the habitants of Betanzos; the building was designed acording to the next ideas:
- The total integration between water, building and enviroment. The research activity is a way to get closer to the nature therefore the building should transmit the same concept.
- Integrate, get closer to the enviroment and mix nature and building.
- To achieve this, the idea was thought as a new river’s edge composed by a lot of “water lilys” (circles) which ones will be the main uses of the building.