MURCIA CITY HALL ANNEX by Rafael Moneo

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The annex to the City Hall of Murcia is located in the historical center of the city, in the square Cardinal Belluga, where are also placed the cathedral of the 16th century and the Episcopal Palace from 1768. When the architect Rafael Moneo, began to design the building one found the problem of facing a modern institutional building to two religious buildings of strong historical tradition. The majority of the citizens still think that Moneo's building should not be located in this square, in spite of the recognition that the architect took as specializing means, thanks to it.

The material used for the exterior of the building is brick and a type of typical sandstone of the Region of Murcia. In the interior, the architect decided to use panels of wood and stucco for the walls and for the soils the stone and the wood. Moneo also took part as counselor of the election for the furniture of the interior. The façade is the most important element of this building. Rafael Moneo focused all his efforts to compose it and that this one could compose in a dialogue with its environment. Moneo thought about a musical score for the order of the columns, and about a glass balcony to break the symmetry and from which the mayor could appear to the city.

In the building were located some needs that the ancient building (connected with this one by a gangplank), could not shelter for lack of space. The main entry is in a wings, this way not to break the composition of the façade. The building has diverse rooms of conferences and meetings, and a café, to which one accedes for the pit of the façade.

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How to visit?

The City Hall is in full center of Murcia, the only 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.

For further information about the building and the city, there is a tourist office just beside the corner of the building. Only some zones of the building are opened the public. The opening hours are as follow: Monday - Friday 9:00 to 14:00, Monday - Thursday 17:00 to 19:30 and Saturdays 9:30 to 13:30

August 2008
Article published on Galinsky Spain Travel Guide