OKE, the new Cultural House of Ortuella by aq4 arquitectura
Steel and sea were the economic pillars of Biscay, autonomous community of the Basque Country in Northern Spain, based on the heavy steel industry and naval and harbor activities.
OKE, the new Cultural House in the town of Ortuella designed by aq4 arquitectura, is part of a plan of touristic and cultural reconversion of the mining area, marked by an industry that transformed the territory until the end of the XX century.
A socio-economic renovation process that aims at creating new poles of urban aggregation and thus hosting a new cultural center for the community. For this reason OKE rises in the heart of the town, characterizing the most important public space.
On one side the architecture dialogues with the urban context through volumes that open up towards the outside. It’s the case of the cement basement that defines new public spaces, leaving the piazzia to act as a parking lot.
On the other, the project shows clear and defined volumes, covered in Corten, that evidence a monumental character strongly evocative of the identity of the place and inspired by the old mines.
as told by the Alajmo brothers