Seville

CLIENT: RENFE
BUDGET: approx. $30,000,000 AUD
YEAR COMPLETED: 1990
DESIGN / DOCUMENTATION: 6mths – Design submission
CONSTRUCTION: N/A
PROJECT TYPE: Mixed Use, Hotel, Retail, Renovation & Refurbishment, Heritage

Architects Australia invited by an Australian consortium to submit a design for the redevelopment of the Seville central rail station property, which had become surplus to the needs of the national rail authority when it developed a new rail station on the northern outskirts of the city. The design scheme proposed by Architects Australia was selected by RENFE over schemes prepared by other architectural firms from Spain, England, Germany, and the USA. Included in RENFE’s design requirements, was the incorporation and protection of the heritage listed existing rail building constructed in the early 1920’s. Architects Australia’s design provided for the development of a new 340 room five star hotel which emulated the character of the existing heritage listed station. In addition to the hotel, the rail station was to be converted into a shopping mall with function and entertainment facilities as well.