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Santa Lucía Security Centre, Vecindario, Spain

Wednesday 04 Jul 2012

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New security centre designed to be open to the public 

The building is located in a bedroom community characterised by marginal building practices and exponential growth. Most residents work in the services sector in the tourist areas of the south of the island of Gran Canaria. The town of Vecindario's initial growth was not subject to any form of urban planning, and so it is singularly lacking in facilities and public spaces.

A system of interior patios, interconnected by means of a central circulation ring, organises the building and establishes the routes in a sequence of alternating light and shade.

On the main floor, adjoining the entrance foyer, one finds the more public uses of the building - the Documentation and Immigration Office and the Complaints Office - which encourage proximity to local residents by opening up to the public space via a covered porch. The diaphanous waiting rooms are open to the landscaped spaces on either side, both inside and outside the building.

Located on the upper floor are workspaces for the various police units and squads. These more private spaces, as well as the police chief's residence, are turned inward to the patios, offering protection from the outside.

A suspended volume which is completely closed off from the outside defines the institutional scale of the building, while housing an luminous, inward-looking inner space that is adapted to the private nature of investigative police work. On the main floor, the borders between interior and exterior are dissolved in a continuous space, transparent and open, that forms an extension of the urban space. Transparency and proximity to society are the new concepts defining the Security Centre as a space open to the community.

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