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Murcia City Hall

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Rafael Moneo
 
location Murcia
function government, office
contributed by Jose_Garcia

The Murcia Town Hall raises in the Cardinal Belluga Square, a baroque square where the protagonist are the façade of the Cathedral designed by Jaime Bort and Cardinal Belluga Palace, the work of the architect Canestro. Moneo designs the building of the Town Hall content in its role as a spectator, without seeking the status of protagonist held by the two historical buildings. However we do not imagine a commonplace spectator. Civil power is embodied in this building on the place where the Church shows its power. The façade/retable of the Town Hall facing the square could never, nor would ever, want to compete with the classical order. It's organised as a musical score, numerically, accepting the system of horizontal levels of the floor slabs. The façade resist symmetries and offers as its key element the balcony of the gallery. The Town Hall has not an entrance on the square. It respects the pre-eminence of those buildings which have occupied it for so long. (text from project memory).

 

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Murcia City Hall
Address
Plaza Cardenal Belluga
Spain
http://www.ayto-murcia.es
Project is public!
Opening hours There is a tourist office just beside the corner of the building, for more information about the building and the city. Only some zones of the building are open the public. The opening hours are: Monday-Friday 9am to 2pm. Monday-Thursday 5pm to 7.30pm. Saturdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.
How to get there? The City Hall is in the very center of Murcia. The one route to come to the Plaza Cardenal Belluga is by foot since all the vehicles were prohibited in the historical hull of the city.
Completion 1998
ArchitectRafael Moneo
Client City of Murcia
 
Project ID 1970
Latitude/Longitude 37°59'02N 01°07'48W
Contributed by Jose_Garcia
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