Ispilu Magikoa competition proposal for the design of a square light roof in Ermua
Ermua, Vizcaya, Basque Country
OCA architects:  Hernan Lleida Ruiz and Bernardo Garcia Morales
Organizer: City council of Ermua
Client: Municipality of Ermua
Typology: Public space / Square roof
Size: 300m2
Budget: 300.000€

Plaza Cardenal Orbe, is the cultural center not only of the city of Ermua, but of the entire Vizcaya area. A historical place that reflects the character of the Basque population, which shines during the holidays. That is why it is proposed to intervene in the square with a large contemporary cover, mirrored wings that reflect the city of Ermua and the life of the citizens.


The remodeling of the kiosk together with the new roof allows the creation of a new singular element that grants an original and innovative character to the space and the city. Two structures of light steel that resemble the hull of a ship and seem to float on the dark sea of the pavement of natural marble stone of the square.


The new covers are related to their environment as phenomenological interactive elements. They do not bring a new architectural style or imitate existing ones. Its section allows a great surface of photovoltaic panels to supply the square with energy support. The double skin of the covers with a waterproof top layer and a lower one that gives the finish allows the integration of skylights on the roof. In this way sunlight is filtered through it obtaining an effect of lightness. The kiosk is remodeled to make it accessible and conseguir an urban environment completely adapted to citizenship.

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