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Centre for Art and Nature

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Rafael Moneo
location Huesca
function culture, museum
contributed by Jose_Garcia

The Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas (CDAN) sits on the outskirts of Huesca. CDAN is erected on a agricultural land, a cultivated field, a vineyard, the geometry of which -the parallel lines that try to meet in infinity- is interrupted by the undulating walls of its architecture. The undulating walls of reinforced concrete, composed of white cement, thick dry brick ballast and mineral additives aspire to attain a quasi-stone condition. The curved walls define the space of the great exhibition hall. They stem from a reservoir that reminds us, on the one hand, of agricultural nature of the land and, on the other, acts as a protective moat. The reflections of light in the water constantly enliven the wavy surfaces of the walls. Lighting is perhaps the most outstanding feature of the main exhibition hall. A system of virtually self-supporting trusses (on which only the glazed roof rests) allows the creation of a filter to prevent the sun´s rays from reaching inside.

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Centre for Art and Nature
Doctor Artero s/n
Project is public!
Opening hours October 2 to April 30: 11:00 to 14:00; 17:00 to 20:00 Sundays: 10:00 to 14:00; 17:00 to 20:00. May 1 to October 1: 11:00 to 14:00; 17:00 to 21:00 Sundays: 10:00 to 14:00; 17:00 to 21:00. Mondays closed.
Completion 1- 2006
Floor area/size 1690 m2
ArchitectRafael Moneo
associate architectIrene Hwang
contractorNECSO. Entrecanales y Cubiertas S.A.
associate architectPeter Carroll
associate architectRafael Beneytez
Client Beulas Foundation, Government of Aragon, City and Province of Huesca
Project ID 2639
Latitude/Longitude 42°09'02N 00°25'44W
Contributed by Jose_Garcia
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