This is a restoration of an old school in the town of Novelda, in Spain. Called Casal de la Juventud, was proposed a job for the renovation of the building and adapting to new uses and new needs of the city.

The project by the group of architects CrystalZoo, Casal de la Juventud keep the story through the base of the building remained apparent and only being restored, and most of the renovations comes on top, wrapped with a skin of polycarbonate and beautiful color windows. The contrast is great and establishes a dialogue between each stage of the evolution of the building.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by David Frutos

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Existing building

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by David Frutos

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

We try to provide complete and sophisticated equipment to this building and its plaza, through the installation of a new structure that surrounds the old school, with its own program, and also the support for the new activities. This structure provides lighting, energy and information systems, that define the specific environments for all the different situations that may happen.

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

Casal de la Juventud de Novelda by CrystalZoo
Photograph is by Rafael Galán

About the author of this post

I'm an architect and designer from Porto Alegre, Brazil. I've been working with design since he got my degree in architecture, a bit odd isnt it? I'm a fan of Fireworks, CSS among other skills. Besides that I'm co-founder of ZEE.