Teulada-Moraira in Alicante province is not a typical urban core, divided as it is into two cores that are geographical apart but administratively one. Situated on a valley slope descending from the mountain to the sea, it renounces neither its land nor its maritime conditions. Each of the two cores serves as a visual reference for the other. And it is this reciprocal view, made possible by the altitude difference, that makes unity win over distance. It would be hard to find a more suggestive context for a project. The plot occupied by the new Auditorium of Teulada-Moraira is physically located in Teulada, the higher of the two cores. It is part of a new urban development situated at the city’s highest point. From this place, over a valley dotted with small white buildings, one discerns Moraira beside the sea.
The building’s urban and landscaping conditions give it an importance exceeding that which it would have as a mere object; they support the fundamental decisions that have been made in its configuration and formal definition. Topographic features and grade differences on the site were also actively determining in the solution adopted. Finally, the organization of a program regulated and balanced in accordance with the needs of Teulada-Moraira as a populated entity with effects on the territorial surroundings, combined with imposed economic limitations, completed the set of general criteria on which the project was drawn up.
Tile of Spain Awards ASCER 2011. Honourable Mention Architecture category
The ceramic pieces are fabricated with clay of a porous red paste, subjected to double-baking and given a rustic blue finish. Placed on medium-density fiberboards (MDF) 16 mm thick, with water-repellent treatment (MDF-H), fixed to an existing metal frame by means of pinewood strips prepared for outdoor use, with 60 x 40 mm sections.
Teulada City Council
Regional Government of Valencia
Jose Mª Gastaldo, Idoia Alonso, Birte Latterman, Borja Fernández, Edurne Pradera
NB-35 (Structural Engineer)
Iturralde y Sagüés (Installations)
ALS Lighting (Lighting Engineer)
Higini Arau Estudi Acustic (Acoustic Engineer)
PA Aparejadores (Building Engineer)
Constructora San José S.A.
Roland Halbe (images 1, 3-6, 8, 10, 11)
Juan Rodriguez (images 2, 7, 9)