- Previous state
The triangular shape of the square Torico Teruel is not fortuitous, its route becomes of outstanding natural where rainwater runs. Over time a morphology was created transforming land, domesticating outstanding transcript to other vector systems of its
organization. Socially, Plaza del Torico is an extension of the urban net, a compound playful and for the citizen. His dual status of environment and connector assembly required a response from the design that envisaged for the future, respecting the qualities of space and heritage.
- Aim of intervention
This projects is the remodeling of a square of 1.798,76 m2 surface and arcades that surround it of 1.047,01 m2, with the renewal of its pavement with basaltic stone pavers. Under gradient, a gallery of connection between the two tanks, Somero and Fondero, and museum area with a total of 409.56 m2 has been projected. This campaign has sought to improve the flow and public participation through the connection between the two tanks that allows the display Albellón and reuse cistern Somero as space for future exhibitions.
The intervention focuses on the complete renovation of the appearance of the square, its pavement, their porches and facades, following a carefully designed lighting. And assumed, in addition, the recovery for the public of the tanks that are placed under
the square, elements of great value and artistic heritage.
- Description of intervention
The pavement developed enables a sensitive relationship to the variety of interpretations of the stories, events and emotions that converge on the square. The compositional strategy of systematic repetition and variation materializes physically on the surface of the pavement of basaltic stone: light through a system based on LED technology. The change stems from the runoff diagram of the square, which translates into power lines, causing bifurcations and inflections to encounter various obstacles: surface with the fountain of Torico (where is the turning point of enlightenment); low flush with tanks, on which the vector density is reduced by half, so that the presence of underground archeological values is visible in the public space. The remodelling of the Plaza del Torico has included an innovative lighting system consisting of 1.230 luminaries led lamps embedded in the ground that have the ability to change color using a video program, which can generate different textures and rhythms light.
The lighting of facades, following the criteria of the European Union, is performed by luminaries based headed to bathe in the same direction from top to bottom, putting them in value. In the porches has been used indirect lighting that highlights other
items, while the Torico lights from the facades of the square for a light beam focused.
In order to provide a good feeling light to the plaza without detract attention to the pattern of inlaid luminescent, facades and the horizontal plane of the porch were illuminated. In the latter, a new false ceiling has helped upgrade the facilities that used to hung by the lintel of the outer face of the porches. The light, flush and bathing slightly the facades, illuminates a linear fashion vertically from the cornices, while the sides of the false roof, porches perimeter of the square glow horizontal and diffuse.
The lighting of the plaza is reduced to a vertical plane of the facade that rotates to become the horizontal plane above the false ceiling of the arcades. This linear lighting system that reinforces the direction of the plaza in both directions will be subtle
because of its small size. The use of cutting-edge technologies in general lighting of the facades and porches of the square we reduces maintenance intervention every 20 years, as well as the energy consumption of lighting system.
Architects: Fermín Vázquez - b720 Arquitectos
b720 Arquitectos team: Fermín Vázquez, Agustín Miranda, Pedro Baltar, Sebastián Khourian, María Barbeito, Ana Caffaro, Leyre Ciriza, Ángel Corsino (models), Pedro García, Pablo Garrido, Gustavo Gaudeoso, Guillermo Gutiérrez , Markus Jacobi, Paulo Moreira, Magdalena Ostornol, Javier Piedra, Andrea Rodríguez, Marta Sorribes, Alesandro Zanchetta (graphic design)
Client: Sociedad Municipal Urban Teruel
Developer Company: Diputación General de Aragón
General contractor: Acciona
Quantity surveyor: Tirwal
Structural engineer: Valladares
Services engineer: Inarse
Lighting consultant: Artec3 Lighting (Maurici Ginés, José Cardona, Jesús González, José Mª Deza)
Light manufacturer: Lightled, Philips, LDI
Lighting control manufacturer: Lutron, Craltech