Polyvalent Spatial Transmitter

author Toni Gironès Saderra
project Community Centre and Exhibition Space, Seró, Artesa De Segre, Lleida, Spain



During the January of 2007, the construction works on one of the pipes of the water distribution mains in the Segarra-Garrigues system caused an unexpected appearance of archaeological ruins from an ancient construction, which dates back to 4,800 years ago, in Seró (Artesa de Segre, Lleida). The most exceptional feature of this discovery was the megalithic nature of sandstone slabs, especially the accuracy of the geometrical decoration carved on them. These stones with soft relief were, in fact, fragments of ancient statues reused from a former sculptural monument.
Next to the bascule square of the village, on the terrain of two abandoned orchards, the new building is designed, a small cultural piece of equipment with polyvalent uses and spaces. The construction, based on local materials, is the new topography to solve the one-floor-drop between the square and the orchards.
A succession of mild ramps with light and elastic limits made of corrugated steel suggests the transits and covers the different conditions of the designed public space: a clay and humus platform between the square and the pre-Pyrenean horizon, a cliff above the chamber of the steles from which we can localize the area of the discovery, a corner space oriented towards the west with sunlight in the winter and vegetal cover during the summer, some benches made of recycled stones from one of the walls of the orchards, porous paving offering thermic inertia to the roof and embracing the landscape while adapting to the different seasons, the shadows of two recovered warehouses, and the memory of the previous orchards with the spontaneous regrowth of chard. On the inside, the space of the wine offers the product of the local cooperatives and at the same time functions as the village bar. The polyvalent room blends the daily uses, as a social centre with an introduction to the exhibition area where the discovery is documented, and the pieces of the megalithic tomb are displayed.