Illustrious Town Hall of Porcuna (Jaén).
Pablo M. Millán Millán
Inmaculada Cervera (Architect)
Javier Serrano Terrones (Technical architect)
Javier Bengoa Díaz (Engineering)
We are asked to think of a place devoid of everything, at a crossroads. We will think of two roundabouts located between two cities. To one side the city of the dead, the Iberian necropolis of Cerrillo Blanco, (archaeological site in which it found the largest sculptural group of the Iberian era known) and on the other side the city of Porcuna (Ibolca in the Iberian era, Obulco in Roman times , Bulkuna in Muslim times).
Intervening between these two contexts supposes thinking in a different scale and dimensions. Two elements that will be icons in the territory and that will link access to one city as well as another. It will be an access door. The project plans to make two symmetrical elements, such as the jambs of a door.
Two important columns made of Porcuna stone and configured as two towers, made by local stonemasons.
As Pomponio Mela said in the Cartographies: “It was Hercules himself who separated the two mountains united (Abila and Calpe) as a continuous mountain range and that was how the Ocean, contained before by the mass of the mountains, was given entrance to the places that it now floods: from here the sea spreads more extensively and advancing with great force cuts the lands that recede and remain much further away. (Pomponio Mela, Corography, I5, 27). These two mountains were separated by Hercules and placed in each of them a column to remember eternally.
The two towers (two columns) will identify the deposit and its direct union with Porcuna. Two mountains, two cities, two natures, two columns, two towers.