Sounds of harmony: Municipal Auditorium of Teulada by Francisco Mangado
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In a Spanish valley running from from the mountains to the sea, is an urban centre that is essentially composed of two separate towns: Teluada and Moriara. Though distinct, the towns share many things including the local culture. They now share a beautiful auditorium set in the mountains and overlooking the valley and the sea. Francisco Mangado has carefully controlled the views and setting to develop the relationships of sea, mountains and the people and culture that connect them.
The topography of the site is used to great effect. The entrances to the building are contrived to embrace the plot and to reveal the view with Moriara down in the valley, continually reinforcing the connective relationship and political function of the building. The building itself is sculpted, faceted like a gemstone only partly hewn from a mountain. The auditorium is set into the slope reducing somewhat the overall bulk of the building yet without reducing its presence.