Cibeles, ''Colgando del Centro''


The Mostrador central de información (information desk) and, on the right, the external side of the large modular curtain.The design by Héctor Fernández Elorza was conditioned by the historical context of the building ...
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... and the need not to damage its structure in any way.The intervention performed is therefore reversible, all its parts have been hung on the existing steel structure or laid so that they can be removed at any time and without leaving traces.The path of the TRX10 track starts from a dead section, at the bottom of the image ...
... where the curtains are stored and from which they are extracted when necessary.The path creates a separate and protected area in the center of the Patio de operaciones, the central area on the ground floor of the building where the post offices were originally located.The track configuration is side opening ...
... with manual drive.The operator pulls the curtains out of the storage area and places them along the track path ...
... in the way required by the planned cultural activity.The curtains have been manufactured with vertical fullness with the perfect wave mode, which allows to maintain a constant step of the vertical fullness.They are composed of two fabric layers, one metallic and reflective on the outside, made of HLU - Lucilla, custom colour ...
... and a plushy and light-absorbing inside, made of FFO - Foscari, custom colour.The whole curtain is made up of No. 10 separate parts measuring 10 x h 6 m each.Each part can be dragged individually ...
... and placed next to the others, thus minimizing the dragging difficulties, which can be performed by any operator ...
... thanks also to the sliding characteristics of TRX10 rail and of the 1T13 two-wheeled runners.
The Cybele Palace is a public building in Madrid, considered one of the most representative and emblematic of the capital for the recognizability of the Neoplateresque style, for the institutional use and for its monumental dimensions.
Built at the beginning of the twentieth century and originally called Palacio de Telecomunicaciones, it served as the headquarters of the postal service of Spain, after which in was converted to the seat of the Madrid city hall.
Colgando del Centro (Hanging from the middle) is a work carried out following a public competition which adapted the Patio de operaciones (operational court) to perform new functions in the context of the CentroCentro cultural space which is housed in the building.
Antonio Palacios (1874-1945)
Joaquín Otamendi (1874-1960)
the building becomes the seat of the Madrid City Hall
start of CentroCentro exhibition activities
inauguration of Colgando del Centro

Colgando del Centro
Installation of track system and curtains

Materials used in this production

1T - TRX10

Track systems

Acoustic curtains

Acoustic curtains

FFO - Foscari

·Limited fabrics·

HLU - Lucilla

Metallic aspect fabrics

Sound barrier curtains

Acoustic curtains

Vertical fullness making

Fabric: typologies of workmanships