Antonio Luis Pulido Roa

Universidad de Sevilla

Escuela Técnica Superior d' Arquitectura

P62 | ST. ENOCH ART CENTRE. About how to recover industrial heritage.

by Antonio Luis Pulido Roa  

The project focuses on a fragment of an unused viaduct, over which the train used to pass. To do so, I decided to make an Art Centre, a program that suits really well this remarkable structure that has always had a marginal use. The barrel vault is the constructive principle that orders the structure. Its strict geometry demands a proposal that highlights its modulation. The change of use requires addition and subtraction operations for the spatial hierarchy that the new use needs. This is achieved through the introduction of light and the generation of double heights by creating a basement and the cafeteria piece which colonizes the roof. The location of the access is taking advantage of a small expansion of public space. Public uses (the exhibition areas, the multiple purpose room, the shop and the art centre cafe) are placed around the lobby, while private use areas are accessible from the other front. To enable the recognition of the fragment of the viaduct, some barrel vaults are transferred to the public use. The light enclosures are set back to highlight the curve of the vault, creating a line of shadow that emphasizes the cadence of the vaulted space.


Antonio Luis Pulido Roa was born in Ubeda in 1986. In 2004, he started studying architecture in the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Seville. During his university studies, his interest in further education led him to coordinate the IX edition of the Architecture Lectures Series “CM Hernando Colón” (2006-2007) and to make a couple of internships (Andres Perea Studio, 2007; Ricardo Alario Studio, 2009), taking part in several projects and competitions. In the academic year 2010-11, he had the chance to enjoy an Erasmus Grant in Strathclyde University, Glasgow, where he started developing his final project. In 2011, he got his degree in architecture and his final project was awarded the second prize in the Holcim Final Projects Award (2012). After his degree, he was working for Conneted Digital Home (spin-off of the University of Seville) during one year. Currently, he is working in Truan Architects (Lausanne, Switzerland).