Madrid-based practice EXIT Architects have converted a 19th century prison into a ‘cultural civic center’ of Palencia, Spain. Constructed from load-bearing brickwork, the building contain four wings that have been totally refurbished to accommodate an auditorium, a library, multi-function rooms and classrooms for art and music.
The entire building is organized around a great hall that connects the 4 pavilions of the former prison. The old roof and clay tiles have been replaced with large skylights, adding natural illumination into the once dark interior. It is a project that respects the existing building, which is given a modern, lighter appearance, and where the natural light will play a key role.