Madrid-based architecture practice Amann-Cánovas-Maruri (Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, Nicolás Maruri) has shared with us images of ‘Roof for Molinete Roman Ruins’, a new cover protecting an assembly of archaeological thermal baths, forum and domus of molinete park in Cartagena, Spain. conceived as a transition element between very diverse urban conditions, the light polycarbonate structure seeks to seamlessly integrate the dense city centre to the sloping park while creating a continuous perception of the whole site.
Read as a hovering volume that stretches from the edge of the park, the faceted intervention describes a low-lying artificial topography with dynamic angles and faces. the exterior skin is constructed out of perforated steel plates and corrugated polycarbonate sheets to exhibit a uniform but translucent quality to the roof, allowing sunlight to filter through to the archaeological site below. in order to fully respect the roman remains, the design achieves a large span with limited structural stilts.
Images © David Frutos