Torrelavega (ES)

Data

Project Scales L/S - Urban and architectural

Location National Livestock Market – Torrelavega - Cantabria

Population Cantabria Region 581,769 inhab., Torrelavega, 52,819 inhab.

Strategic site 35.94 ha – Project site 13.24 ha

Site proposed by Government of Cantabria – Torrelavega City Council

Owner of the site Municipal

Post-competition phase Building / urban project

Team representative architect, urban planner

More Information

How can the site contribute to the productive city?

Torrelavega is a productive industrial town that is also characterized by the deeply rooted cattle farming traditions of the Cantabria Region.
However, the scale of livestock farming is now smaller than in past times. The aim of this project is to refocus the National Cattle Market, maintaining its core activity while adapting it to productive, exhibition, leisure, cultural and other uses which will be integrated into the building and its environs. New activities will be generated to coexist with the main emblematic activity.

City strategy

The site currently covers a vast area that exerts a barrier effect on circulations in the zone.
The project should integrate the existing parkland with the building and its plot in a way that enables the interior of the building to operate as an extension of this green zone for citizen enjoyment.

Site definition 

The project area is just south of the centre of Torrelavega. It is surrounded by consolidated residential areas including the Nueva Ciudad and El Zapatón districts, and is adjacent to Manuel Barquín Park.
Both the building and the plot include other uses that must be maintained, such as the fire station, offices and an area occupied by municipal services.
The gently sloping topography is not steep, given the large size of the property, but does generate considerable grade variations

How is Production Considered in the Urban Diversity Program?

In recent years, Torrelavega has undergone major transformations that are giving the city a new image. It is committed to a major transformation and a reutilization of consolidated spaces, adapting them to today’s needs.
As part of this dynamic, it has become necessary to design a new multipurpose exhibition space that must also be compatible with the weekly cattle fair, which will continue to be held in this venue.
Family leisure is another of the uses that must be inserted into the project. The building and its environs will be converted into a large roofed space for everyday use by the citizens of Cantabria

 

 

Questions on the site

 It is possible to demolish the buildings in the north-east corner (the area with 8.5m difference from the street) ?

¿Es posible demoler los edificios de la esquina nordeste? (El área con un desnivel de 8,5 m)

Yes, it is. The buildings in the north-east corner can be demolished. However, the operation of the cattle fair area has to be taken into account. It is therefore necessary to maintain or displace the disinfection building for the vehicles transferring the livestock to ensure that disinfection is made and that vehicles traffic is controlled for their access to the loading docks. 

Sí, es posible plantear la demolición de los edificios de la esquina nordeste. Lo que sí hay que tener en cuenta es el funcionamiento del área de la celebración de las ferias de ganado. Por tanto, hay que mantener o desplazar el edificio de desinfección de los vehículos que trasladan el ganado, de manera que se realice esta labor y se pueda controlar su circulación para que puedan acceder a los muelles de carga.

Is it possible to re-think the facades, avoiding to alter th overall image?

¿Es posible repensar las fachadas, evitando alterar la imagen general?

 Yes, it is. Facades might be some of the elements that can be changed. However, it is necessary to take always into account that the building has to be maintained in such a condition as to comply with the health and safety requirements of the cattle market.

Sí, es posible que las fachadas sean parte de los elementos que puedan transformarse. Teniendo en cuenta siempre que se ha de mantener la instalación en el estado necesario para seguir manteniendo el mercado de ganados con sus necesidades de seguridad y salud.

Taking a close look at files, we have noticed a difference between strategic site dwg and aerial view from google. Can we consider right the dwg file?

Al examinar los archivos, hemos observado que hay una diferencia entre el archivo en formato dwg del área estratégica de estudio y la vista aérea de google. ¿Podemos considerar correcto el archivo en formato dwg?

I suppose you are referring to the difference between the “ES-TORRELAVEGA-PS.M1.dxf” and the “ES-TORRELAVEGA-SS.AP1.JPG” files. In this case, the JPG file is the most accurate since the cartography in the DXF file is older and it does not contain the elements included afterwards.

Me imagino que se refiere a la diferencia que existe entre el archivo “ES-TORRELAVEGA-PS.M1.dxf” y el archivo “ES-TORRELAVEGA-SS.AP1.JPG”. Realmente, el más exacto es el archivo JPG, ya que la cartografía DXF es más antigua y no recoge elementos que se han incluido con posterioridad a la misma.

As for the main pavilion zone in which market activity is held, are the fences to keep the cattle (photo in page 19 and marked in yellow in the brief) structures that must remain fixed even when there is no market activity?

En referencia a la zona de la nave principal en la que actualmente se realiza el mercado, las estructuras que se utilizan para el vallado del ganado (foto pag. 19 del brief, y dibujadas en color amarillo en la planta): ¿Son estructuras fijas que deben permanecer en el lugar también los días que no se realiza mercado de ganado?

In principle, they are not disassembled since assembly and disassembly them is a very labourious task. However, depending on the project idea, they can be removed when there is no market activity.

En principio no se desmontan, puesto que es muy laborioso estar instalando y desinstalando estas estructuras, pero en función de la idea de proyecto se puede plantear que puedan desaparecer mientras no haya feria.

Could it be possible to consider any use for the pathway of the ground level intended for cattle market for those days with no market activity? That is, should any use be intended for this part of the pavilion, would it be compatible with the cleaning and hygiene systems required for this part of the building?

¿Podría proponerse un uso en el deambulatorio de planta baja de la zona destinada a mercado de ganado para los días que no haya mercado? Es decir, ¿sería compatible un uso en esta parte de la nave con el sistema de limpieza e higiene exigido para esta parte del edificio?

It is possible to use all the precinct zones, even the pathway and the main pavilion, provided that the usual operation of the market days is not disrupted. Of course, required hygiene and sanitary conditions shall be ensured.

Siempre y cuando no se interrumpa el funcionamiento habitual los días de mercado, es posible poner en uso todas las zonas del recinto, incluido el deambulatorio y la propia zona de la nave principal. Por supuesto que habrán de asegurarse las condiciones higiénicas y sanitarias exigibles.

The cattle unloading platform located under the pergola at the east side lies south as an uncovered raised area. Is it necessary to maintain that platform?

La plataforma de descarga de ganado situada bajo la pérgola en el lado este se prolonga hacia el sur como una superficie elevada sin cubrir, ¿es necesario mantenerla?

In principle, it is not necessary to maintain that platform.

En principio no es necesario mantener dicha plataforma.

How is the installation system of the pavilion managed? Is there any room intended for it?

¿Cómo se gestionan las instalaciones de la nave? ¿Existe alguna estancia específica para ello?

This is a very general question. We understand that you are asking if there are rooms intended for the different supplies and installation systems of the precinct. We can only give competitors the updated information of the building levels in dwg format provided by the Torrelavega City Council.

La consulta realizada es muy genérica. Entendemos que se refiere a si existen cuartos de específicos para los distintos suministros e instalaciones que existen en el recinto. Solamente podemos trasladar la información actualizada de las plantas del edificio en formato dwg que ha proporcionado el Ayuntamiento de Torrelavega.

 

 

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