El Batel Auditorium Conference Hall, in Cartagena (Murcia)

This state-of-the-art building, design by Spanish practice Selgascano, is based on the marine traditions of the city. Its location next to the port and sea of Cartagena (Murcia) influence the design.

The exterior is dominated by straight lines, similar to the containers of the boats stacked in the docks, the straightness of the edge of the port and the calm of the surrounding sea.

The innovative materials used, native to the area have been used for the first time in the façade of a building, and have allowed us to create luminous areas which provide great brightness to the interior. The complex structure, characterised by the absence of pillars, creates an interior with large open areas and bright effect, reminiscent of the weightlessness of the deep sea.

The interior is a bright, translucent and delicate space which is connected by a walkway of gentle ramps which take us around the whole building. The grandeur and luminosity of the interiors make El Batel Auditorium and Conference Centre an airy building which transmits the harmony and serenity of a calm sea.

The surroundings of the building, decorated with spruce boards and varied vegetation, comprises a leisure area which allows us to enjoy the seafront promenade.

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Via: auditorioelbatel.es/en, frameweb.com
Photos courtesy Iwan Baan

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