ex COMFERPET Social & Sport Club FFCC & Oi

By: Marina Villelabeitia

OIL WORLD ENERGY LANDSCAPES Km 8 Cultural Center / ex COMFERPET Social & Sport Club FFCC & OiSummaryOriginal author:UnknownDating original building:circa 1929 Project date: 2008 / 2019 Types of work: Structural consolidation, reconstruction, restore y recycling First stage 2008 / 2010 Second stage 2014 / 2018 Exhibited in the Pavillion of Arsenale, Venecia, as part of the Vértigo Horizontal installation, the national Argentinian presentation to Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018.

Client: Gastón Ergas / Sudestada Cinematográfica Now is rented by Comodoro Rivadavia Municipality; functions as Km 8 Cultural Center and decentralised hub for citizen attention on North Zone of the city Site: Julio Moreno 774 Don Bosco District.

Km. 8, Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut. Argentina https://www. google. com/maps/place/Centro+Cultural+Km+8/@-45. 7968092,-67. 4251126,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0xbde4f98b5c4ee453:0xad5de67fef73bbe3!8m2!3d-45.

7968092!4d-67. 4229239 Covered surface: 490 m2 Exterior surface: 545 m2 Photographic credits: Marina Villelabeitia / Gastón Ergas Proveedores / Products Acindar (structural iron, section IPN, iron profile) Maderera El Muelle (White acacia Wood for floors and windows ) Mosaicos Biangino (White interlocking mosaic) Revear (finishing simil Paris Stone) Vidrios Profilit / VASA (structural glass UGLASS, templated glass) CONCEPTUAL MEMORY RUIN TRIBUTE This architectural work belongs to a serie of interventions that approached the relation between industrial heritage and the cultural dimensión of territory: the question of ruins and the disaffected equipment by productive reconversion process in the San Jorge Gulf oil basin.

The novelty of this perspective lies in to link the concept of historic heritage with the material remains of industrialization, reformulated like cultural property in its triple condition: socio-economic revitalization resource, place memory and collective identity mark.

CONTEXT Comodoro Rivadavia has an fragment and disperse urban tissue, typical of camp cities. The inhabit logic overlays an intrincate topography, impacted by remainings of oil activities: ground is still a productive territory.

This origin conflict is the key to the interpretation of the resulting natural and cultural landscape, the local idyosincracies, the manners in the relation with the site and with the “other”, in a very nomadic and cosmopolitan population.

ORIGINAL SITUATION This building is an example of typical brick´s industrial constructions that was implemented by the foundational oil companies to accommodate social functions in the different locations, whose materials was carried by ships from outside the country.

It was in absolutely ruin state, burned, withouth the roofs and windows, completely abandoned… after have had an intensive use as a social and sport neighborhood reference. INTERVENTION It was a long-term and artisan process, outlining intellectuals solutions often supplemented with on site intuition: structural consolidation with armed concrete reinforcementes and IPN beams; reconstruction of supporting masonry walls using original bricks ( resulting in the aperture of new and big bays, according to the refuncionalization executive project); new roof covering great surfaces with metal-cover, respecting master lines of original documentation; new wood carpentry; oxidized plates for shutters and trellises; steel frame and slabs for the mezzanine floor and terrace; new building installations; new floorings; outdoor space and urban space´s landscape redefinition, …etc.

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