Rehabiñitation and Expansion of the Goikoa Palace in Donostia
Type of Work
Maria Luisa Artacho Sancho-Arroyo
FDP / Final Degree Project
“FROM THE OUTSIDE, BLOCKS CAN BE DISTINGUISHED THAT REFLECT THE INTERIOR USES. THE NORTH BLOCK CONTAINS CITY HALL OFFICES; TO THE WEST, EXHIBITION SPACES; TO THE EAST, LIBRARY SPACE TO COMPLEMENT THE CITY HALL; AND THE SOUTH BLOCK, MEETING AND SEMINAR SPACES. EACH WITH THE APPROPRIATE ORIENTATION TO CONTROL EXTERNAL LIGHTING AND NOISE.”
This project presents the rehabilitation and extension of the Goikoa Palace. This historic building of neoclassical style is located between the Old Part of the city of San Sebastian and the bay of La Concha. This former Military Government built in 1881, is part of a Monumental Complex and has a protection that forces to maintain the exterior morphology, allows the emptying and the extension upwards, although original historical elements are maintained. As there is a lack of tertiary uses in the Old Part, the rehabilitation converts the building from administrative use into a cultural center, with the current activity included in the program.
A light and semi-transparent metal and glass structure is developed on the masonry walls with inclined pillars that allow the bracing of the structure. This volume contrasts significantly with the original palace as a crown. However, the interior is united by the inner courtyard to which all of its to which all of its uses are directed, allowing for an open, fluid and flexible floor plan.
This volume reaches a height and uses materials that allow it to adapt to the current silhouette of the Old Part.
From the outside, blocks can be distinguished that reflect the interior uses. The northern block contains city hall offices; to the west, exhibition spaces; to the east, library space to complement the city hall; and the southern block, meeting and seminar spaces. Each with the appropriate orientation to control lighting and external noise.