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Architecture projects: New Seat of the General Council

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Place:

Andorra la Vella (Principat d'Andorra)


Date: 2004-2011
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New Seat of the General Council

The new seat of the General Council located in the vicinity of the Casa de la Vall is a building that solves the functional program of the Parliament building and at the same time fits and gives immediate response to the monumental potentialities.

With a maximum height of 30,20 m, the building has a total built area of 16.000 m2.

The surroundings of Casa de la Vall are today spaces with a great historical and symbolical significance, but located on the highest point of the Old Town of Andorra la Vella and that means they have little relation with the plot of the city.

It was necessary to extract over 40.000 m3 of rock.

The new building connects the Old Town and the new extension. It is a conection between modernity and history, through a square in the Casa de la Vall of 1300 m2.

The architecture of the General Council of Andorra reflects the symbolic capacity, the thinking of society, its durability and the fact for being a reference in time and place.

The site and search for form that responds to the functions and requirements of the building (such as plenary chamber, offices, public hearings room, a Chamber with a height of 6.30 m, technical rooms, commissions rooms, archives, library, etc ...).

The proposal complies with a program and a particularly difficult and complex because place because of its topography and its location in relation to the current General Council.

The building responds to two programs: the seat of parliament and the seat of parliamentary groups, these two distinct, but interconnected in a place making a topography that shows a sharp drop.

The total built area for parking of the entire building is 4.400 m2, with a capacity for 65 vehicles.

The project plans a future walkway along the streets connecting the new building within the town square with St. Stephen's Square through the Old Town.

These are the essential factors in its symbolism, which will influence to the geographical character of the place.

The historical site becomes a place of passage, and the urban center where confluences the past and the future.