The project “Between Cathedrals” seeks to create an intervention worthy of the most significant location in the history of Cadiz, the oldest city of the West: the empty space facing the sea located between the Old and New Cathedrals.
The basic premise is to cover and protect an archeological excavation. Additionally, this new plane serves as a base for a space facing the ocean, a raised public space providing clear views unobstructed by cars passing on the circle road.
A light, white platform is thus conceived, poised over the excavation as if on tiptoe, and reached by a side ramp. Over this plane, a huge canopy structure is built to provide protection from the sun and rain.
Constructed as if it were a ship, it is painted completely white to accentuate its lightness. The paved area is carpeted in white marble.
We would like to make a beautiful piece of architecture, worthy of this wonderful place, and worthy of being part of the collective memory of Cadiz.
Project: Between Cathedrals
Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: Avda. Campo del Sur, Square between New and Old Cathedral. Pópulo neighborhood, CÁDIZ
Promoter: Cádiz City Council
Project date: 2006
Construction date: 2009
Area: 1000 m2
Collaborating architects: Ignacio Aguirre López, Emilio Delgado Martos
Structure: Andrés Rubio Morán, Jorge Conde Conde - IDEEE
Quantity surveyor: Manuel Cebada Orrequia
Cost: 1,475,000 eur
Photography: Javier Callejas