Authors: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Álvaro Cerezo Ibarrondo. Collaborators: Víctor Ugarte, David T. Goss, Miguel A. Maestre, Deborah S. Nickles, Sarah Ezzedine. Technical Architects: Ana Moral García, Garaitz López Arcarazo. Developer: Ayuntamiento de Durango. Project Date: October 2007. Built Surface: 6,406 sqm. Images: Alfonso Aramburu.
The proposal for the San Fausto Civic Area is grounded in the idea of creating a unitary layout to revitalise the neighbourhood. Hence, a series of strategies have been outlined to enhance the inherent values to the place, such as its fun, cultural and sporting character, its characteristic as an outlying urban area framed within a natural environment and the value of existing buildings.
The characterisation of the spaces is achieved through the creation of settings, as defined backdrops or planes, which will be the bedrock for the activity of people in the neighbourhood and their involvement in its revitalisation. Hence, the global space, neutral in its nature, only influences and defines a scenario where each object unfurls its own spatial nature, without imposing onto the user the presence of architecture and allowing citizens to freely appropriate each experience.
The San Fausto Civic Centre metaphorically represents the role played by the pre-churches in the municipalities of Bizkaia in antiquity as places of protection and the settings for social life, markets, events and traditions. Hence, the proposed Civic Centre is grounded in the idea of creating a protective volume that is manipulated according to a series of laws (dimensional and geometric) and conditions imposed by the place, making patent its dual condition of gateway and boundary.