• Rehabilitation of the San Isidro Sugar Factory

  • 1374-LGB-GRX.ES-2015
  • by Laura Gelman

The project is developed in the old San Isidro Sugar Factory, an industrial complex of the twentieth century. It is located in the Agricultural territory of La Vega de Granada, in a plot that links with the city of Granada, due to its location in the middle of the boundary between city and countryside.

It is proposed to recover the industrial heritage through a program that reactivates not only the building, but the agricultural environment, with a new contemporary usage: The Training and Research Gastronomic Center.

The project is understood as one more layer added to the current state of the building, without erasing its identity or the evidence of the passage of time. There are implemented a series of light boxes of dry construction that contain the facilities of the new program, and that contrast with the factory in materiality, scale and geometry. The user’s vision from the intermediate space are the traces that define the form of the new boxes, not to never interfere the vision of the great industrial space.

New greenhouse covers are designed for the naves, which inundate the space of light, allowing vegetation and people take hold of the industrial space. There are used only passive climate strategies in order to achieve a pleasant environment in the intermediate space, minimizing the contribution of energy only for the interior of the new boxes.

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architect: Laura Gelman  |  collaborator: Amadeu Santacana  |  client: ETSA Valles  |  status: Academic Project (2015)  |  location: Granada, Spain (37.192881, -3.642986)  |  climate: Mediterranean, Temperate  |  materials: wood, stone  |  environment: Industrial  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: large  |  types: education, refurbishment, school  |  views: 6.173